Gonzaga, UNC, Oregon, USC to hold open Final Four practices

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It's going to be a busy Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium ahead of Saturday's Final Four games.

"Schools like North Carolina is where I really wanted to go, and Kansas", the OR junior said.

So instead, the Tar Heels (31-7) were left to focus on Saturday night's opponent, OR (33-5), knowing that they will never be able to undo their history but hoping to simply move past it and write a new chapter. OR is third at 325% and North Carolina last at 110%.

North Carolina is making a return trip to the Final Four here, previous year they got to the title game but lost on the last-second shot from Kris Jenkins of Villanova.

But South Carolina is here because Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier grew up in the state and coach Frank Martin and his staff did a magnificent job of convincing them to stay home to play hoops - when they were well aware their sport is not the primary obsession of Gamecocks fans. "So I think there's going to be a lot of times where pump fakes might be involved". "We never been there, but we're not done yet", star Tyler Dorsey said of the National Championship game. And although Kentucky had sold the most merchandise throughout the college basketball season, North Carolina has dominated apparel sales among the Final Four teams.

"They told me after the game he was there".

64 teams entered the championship tournament, and only four remain.

"I haven't sensed that our team has many thoughts in a negative manner about what happened a year ago except the final outcome", Williams said. They are not an excellent shooting team, but due to their physical dominance near the basket, they don't need to be. And it's not easy to get here, but it's easier at those two places, and I'm not trying to be humble, I'm being what I think is truthful. Right now they're experienced. I have not heard of anyone who even considered that OR would be in the Final Four. "But all the teams that are there have got some toughness to them".

Monk scored only 12 points against Carolina, and half those came on two 3-pointers in the final minute at the Wildcats rallied to tie the game.

Berry fully participated in practice Friday, a day after taking the day off to rehabilitate and rest his ailing ankles. They dominated that field in Maui. "Against those big-name teams, we go out there and play hard and play together because we know what's at stake".

Berry said there's no question about that. They have an old-school coach in Roy Williams. I'm telling you, that was impressive. They have a 57 percent chance to win, according to Ken Pomeroy's projection model (subscription required).

What TV channel is the Final Four on? "We have the experience of playing Kansas last week, so it'll be a fun experience". Speaking of neighborhoods, the one beneath the basket became a fear zone for No. 1-seeded Kansas as Bell's eight blocks came to resemble 16. In Oregon's four games, 24 of Bell's 50 rebounds have been offensive. "I think we've lost some diversity, especially at the highest level of our game". However, they have been dismal Saturday performers, going 1-7 ATS in their past eight.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: "A guy that's got to play really big for SC is (forward Chris) Silva - Silva and (forward Maik) Kotsar". They are 2-1-1 against the spread in this NCAA run and 21-15-1 ATS on the season. They're coming at those two guys. The score finished 75-73, and went down to wire exactly like their matchup earlier in the regular season. Everyone talks about their man defense. Group chat - that's what we're doing right now as far as I'm concerned, we're having a group chat.

Linens is not the first native Tar Heel to experience such a unique moment on an opposing staff. Quinton Sawyer, who is now an assistant athletic trainer for the Phoenix Suns, was an athletic trainer as a graduate student during UNC's 2005 national title run.