Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament


Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer talks t her players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SC in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.

Gonzaga and SC, both in their first Final Four, tipped off as fans poured in to cavernous University of Phoenix Stadium.

South Carolina, the largest long shot remaining, was listed as high as 500-1 to win the national championship during the season.

Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski watches during a practice session for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) shoots over CT guard Gabby Williams (15) for the winning shot in an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas. Mi. That's $3.2 million that went to the ACC instead of the SEC in those two games alone, one of which saw the Tar Heels deny the SEC champion a trip to the Final Four.

Gonzaga weathered a furious second-half rally by SC and held on to beat the Gamecocks 77-73 at the Final Four on Saturday night.

Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and SC rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72.

At 7-foot-1, 300 pounds, Karnowski may be the biggest player in the country.

Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Maik Kotsar - unranked in Class of 2016 after moving from Estonia to Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kansas.

North Carolina. Veteran, multi-talented, been here before more times than the other teams combined. "Basically any movement where my disc had pressure was painful".

After I went.500 in the Sweet 16, I could understand. Silva is an inch shorter and more than 75 pounds lighter than Gonzaga's big man. Keeping those two out of foul trouble while getting help from everyone else will be a big key Saturday.

"And I think that's just why people were motivated to play through the injuries".

"But it helped. I'm telling you, it was unbelievable how - the unwritten story for this team is just how they assimilated so quickly with so many new faces". I'm guessing that his in-game adjustments will keep Mississippi State off balance.

If Gonzaga is going to head back to Spokane with a national championship, they might have to do it without one of their best players. "I've just got to make the most of my minutes", Woods said.

"Actually, before that bet, we had quite a bit of money on OR on the money line, but nothing like this", Andrews said. And we don't look past that or anything. We're just going out there, and we're going to play.

A 12-year-old North Carolina girl who before this year had never filled out a March Madness bracket correctly picked the teams competing in the Final Four.

"I don't know how we match up with them", USC coach Frank Martin said.

"And then let's be honest, I've coached at two pretty good places".

Samuelson was hurt when she was making a move toward the basket, and stepped on the foot of SC guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore. However, they can overcome that because all five of UConn's players are so versatile defensively that they can switch on defense without losing too much. SC has two seniors, two sophomores and one freshman (center Maik Kotsar).

Thornwell will be a true challenge to guard, but I think he's wrong with his assessment of the Zags.

As good as OR was in the Kansas game, let's not forget how thin the Jayhawks were this season; they had some great answers (Josh Jackson, Frank Mason) but not many beyond that. You have to focus on the right things and stay focused.