Wilson had 13 points and 19 rebounds for the Gamecocks (32-4), who lost in the semifinal of their only other Final Four appearance two years ago. They might as well win another two games and finish this thing off, right?
P.J. Dozier had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for SC, which erased a 14 point deficit by couldn't complete the task. SC is seventh nationally in 3-point defense, holding teams to a tick under 30 percent from the arc and reached the Final Four by holding Florida to 7-of-26 shooting from 3 in the Elite Eight.
South Carolina's Maik Kotsar goes up for a shot during a practice session for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. "And our inside play has gotten good again". "We've had the utmost confidence in ourselves all season long".
Maybe after playing as well as any player in the NCAA Tournament, Sindarius Thornwell was just due for a bad day.
In this one, Meeks finished 11-for-13 for 25 points and 14 rebounds, none more important than the last one.
When Nigel Williams-Goss, who would lead all scorers with 23, scored on a jumper and drew a foul in the process midway through the second half, he turned to the 'Zags cheering section and let out a roar that could be heard clear across the desert.
The transfers, along with possible one-and-doner Zach Collins and Zags' heavy global contingent, led by center Przemek Karnowski, have been the right combination to finally put them over that Final Four hurdle.
Williams-Goss, Williams (a transfer from Missouri) and Cal transfer guard Jordan Mathews have helped transform Gonzaga (36-1) into a more risky, more athletic team. "It's a pretty big stage and none of us on this team ever been on this type of stage or platform", South Carolina's Rakym Felder said. Still, even Martin seemed befuddled at times with what was going on with the Southeastern Conference player of the year.
Gonzaga's offense was a surprise all its own. Gonzaga hopes to become the last men's basketball team to win after being the last squad to lose. He can hurt you on the glass. "Yeah, he's definitely going to be a handful".
Halftime-North Carolina 39-36. 3-Point Goals-Oregon 7-26 (Dorsey 3-7, Ennis 2-9, Benson 1-2, Pritchard 1-5, Brooks 0-3), North Carolina 8-21 (Jackson 4-9, Berry 2-8, Britt 1-1, Pinson 1-2, Maye 0-1). In the first half, five Gonzaga players had at least six points in the game. Thornwell made the first and intentionally missed the second, but Killian Tillie pulled down the rebound for the Bulldogs.
"That's my job is to go in and rim protect", said Collins, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Prmezek is scoring 12.2 points per game while Jordan Matthews is contributing 10.7 points per game. "With the league we played in, the SEC is a tough league, so there were familiar situations". "But I told him, 'Buddy, you got 16 rebounds, we wouldn't have been in this position if it hadn't been for you'". They were big. Anyone see LSU?