Tarheels will meet Bulldogs for National Title

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga's big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs kept SC from taking a game-tying shot in a 77-73 victory Saturday night in a matchup of first-time teams at the Final Four. Big men Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins contributed on both ends of the floor to help Gonzaga take back the lead and keep it for the rest of the game, but they were challenged in the final seconds of the game. Bell blocked a career-high-tying eight shots against the Jayhawks.

But it doesn't seem like luck that North Carolina will be playing for the national title for the second consecutive season after losing in the 2016 championship game on Villanova's last-second shot.

Meeks made 11 of 13 shots.

North Carolina led the entire second half and appeared poised, time after time, for a knockout of the never-say-die Ducks (32-7).

The early betting action on the two Final Four games throughout the week had been evenly divided for the most part, though sportsbook directors estimate that 90 percent or more of the money bet on the games will be placed Saturday.

"We had been practicing it all year and we always want to foul under 6 (seconds)". "We just had each of our guys step up and try to do a little more". Instead, Thornwell paused just long enough for Gonzaga to safely foul him without giving up three shots. Let's put in the time, the work, the sacrifices to make sure we get there'. Meeks also factored in a harrowing 5.8 seconds that featured four missed free throws but two offensive rebounds by the Tar Heels.

"We said all year that we're a tight group", Williams-Goss said.

"I have no idea how I am going to react", Kotsar said. But they've been highly ranked all year and are playing even better in the postseason. "Now we're 40 minutes from a championship".

Senior center Przemek Karnowski is a load inside at 7-foot-1 and 300 pounds, while freshman 7-footer Zach Collins is a future first-round National Basketball Association draft choice.

So, here's where I risk looking stupid by doubting SC once again. Why? The seventh-seeded Gamecocks scored 5 straight to get within 74-72 with just over 2 minutes left.

Oregon's top two scorers, Dillon Brooks (16.3 points per game) and Tyler Dorsey (14.5), were named to the Midwest Regional's All-Tournament Team.

Karnowski went down on the court in the first half after being poked in the right eye as he took a shot underneath the basket.

Sports breaks down the second Final Four matchup on Saturday at Glendale, Ariz. 2, 3 and 4 seeds in the East region.

This is the Ducks' first trip to the Final Four since the very first ever NCAA tournament in 1939.

North Carolina forward Justin Jackson poured in 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Rebounds - South Carolina 35 (Silva 13), Gonzaga 36 (Collins 13).

Though Gonzaga got 23 points from Williams-Goss, who was brilliant making 9-of-16 field goals, its inside presence carried made the biggest difference in the most tense moments of the semifinals. Total fouls_South Carolina 14, Gonzaga 21.

  • Julie Sanders