South Carolina women follows men's team, reaches Final Fourtitled Content

30 March 2017, 01:37 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Trying to guard Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski in the low post will challenge USC's big men. USA Today


Oregon. The Ducks may have lost a key player with Chris Boucher's ACL injury, but they're talented enough to be a player in the national championship race.

SC guard Tyasha Harris, right, tries to steal the ball from Florida State Seminoles Chatrice White during the first half of a regional final game of the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March.

South Carolina Gamecocks A'ja Wilson, right, goes up for the shot over Florida State Seminoles Ivey Slaughter during the first half of a regional final game of the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 2.

More moments are sure to come from the 2017 Final Four, which is loaded with potential heavy-hitting matchups. The next best thing is in the way of the Ducks making it to the Championship game and they better put the best on the court next weekend in order to beat UNC. "It makes it 10 times better to say you want to do something and accomplish it".

It remains to be seen whether Florida's 2017 tourney march, which ended Sunday with a 77-70 Elite Eight loss to SC at Madison Square Garden, will be a springboard for future success anywhere near what Donovan accomplished.

"What I do think is a huge advantage for Roy, his players, staff members, everyone at the university, is having been through it as recently as past year". Expect big things from the Tar Heels all the way to the end. We saw them a year ago, coming so close and losing at the end of the game to Villanova.

As the Gamecocks have reached their first Final Four in school history, coaches of the SC football team decided that holding a spring game at the same time as the biggest game in school history would be unfair and unnecessary.

Picking these brackets sure isn't easy, but congrats to the fearless SC fans that laughed in the face of oddsmakers and analysts, and went with their squad to make it this far. Additionally, Villanova head coach Jay Wright will join the broadcast as an analyst to offer his insight on both Final Four games and the national championship game Monday night.

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Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). Gonzaga limited its four NCAA Tournament opponents to 33.7 percent shooting. "What he had to say for us, that we could do it".

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White, still trying to dissect the disappointment of the Gators failing to close out a game in which they led the Gamecocks 40-33 at halftime, believes this breakthrough season is pivotal for Florida to establish itself again as a consistent SEC threat. Three of its starters from that 77-74 loss are back, and so are seven other players. "I thanked them for four wonderful years of Elite Eight basketball".

He's also been noticing the changes of how he's been described in the media following the team's victories over Marquette, Duke, Baylor, and Florida. "So when he said that, we all locked in and didn't listen to any outsiders, didn't listen to anybody else but Coach".

"We want to try to help our players as much as possible and make them as comfortable as possible, try to get the routine the same", Altman said. "And they're powerful kids, man, powerful kids". "All the teams have high-profile players who have been very successful and were recruited really hard by several schools. Because I know there are guys who have been doing this a lot longer than I have that are a lot smarter and better at this than I am, and they never got a chance".

Then there is Gonzaga with the underscored Mark Few who finally got the Zags to their first Final Four appearance. "All four of these teams have shown they're ferocious competitors and have the ability to focus on the task at hand". Guard Nigel Williams-Goss, a transfer from Washington, said the Bulldogs' basketball program fills the role that football does at larger schools. The Tar Heels fly to Phoenix on Tuesday night rather than on Wednesday. The game was still in doubt with just under a minute to go when Florida scored a basket and drew a foul for a three-point play that cut the lead to two.

On the day the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas was announced, Altman and Few said they would be in favor of NCAA Tournament first- and second-round games and regionals being played in Vegas. Coach Mark Few's club was the best team in the country in the regular season with just one loss - at home to BYU on February 25 - and leading the nation in defensive efficiency while in the Top 15 on the offensive side. "So we need to quit punishing poor Vegas when it's in our own backyard, front yard, side yard, too".

"Yeah, we had some good games back at Kansas, Kansas State", said Altman, 58. Tyler Dorsey is having an incredible one, averaging 24.5 points per game, scoring 20 or more in each of the four games.

For my money, Berry is the most important player on North Carolina. Some, like me, also may have wondered about the cultural fit of a seemingly rambunctious man - on the coaching sidelines, anyway - of Hispanic descent, in the deep south.

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