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Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Interesting dynamic in Palmetto State these days. When I covered Coastal Carolina in College World Series both Clemson & South Carolina fans said they were rooting for Chanticleers. When I covered Clemson in CFP title game, a more-than-expected number of South Carolina fans admitted they'd pull for the Tigers over Bama. But after four days of asking every Clemson fan I see if they'll support the Gamecocks in the Final Four it's been a nearly unanimous "Hell no."

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Dan Gavitt said NCAA looking at possibility of starting season a few days earlier -- mid-week -- to get more attention rather than on a football weekend.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Roy Williams said Tar Heels were not very focused in practice today. Also said he wouldn't let Joel Berry go full court yet because of ankle injuries.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Roy Williams has a bruised lip. Said he kicked a ball in frustration at practice, ball bounced back and hit him in his mouth "and I went down like you'd have thought Muhammad Ali hit me."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks said he and South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell, close friends from AAU ball since they were 13, planned to get tattoos - B4L, brothers for life - but "the tournament got in the way." The plan is to go after this ends, even if the two end up playing one another. "That won't get in the way," Meeks said. "We're too close."

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Berry II on his ankle injuries: "I feel a lot better. The bruising has gone away. I can run on it."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford: "The recently passed legislation allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral site conference championships being held in the state of North Carolina. This discussion will take place in the near future, and following any decisions by the ACC Council of Presidents, announcements will be forthcoming."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Oregon coach Dana Altman said the Pac 12's schedule of Thursday- Saturday games helps his team with quick turnarounds during the NCAA Tournament.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of Final Four: Gonzaga -6.5 vs. South Carolina (up to -7 at Stratosphere, Stations and South Point...note: earlier, Boyd Gaming was third book at -7 but dropped back to -6.5 only to be replaced by South Point)...over/under back down to 138 (137.5 offshore). North Carolina still mostly -5 vs. Oregon (some books at -4.5)...O/U up to 152 and still rising after opening as low as 148.5.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

UCLA freshman TJ Leaf told ESPN he will declare for NBA draft with the intention of signing with an agent.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Great anecdote former Gonzaga coach Dan Monson told me recently. He was married by Mark Few's father, a longtime preacher. Mark Few was already married to his wife, Marcy. Monson was about to marry a woman named Darci. Reverend Few mistakenly asked Monson, "will you take Marcy to be your wife?" Monson replied, "No, but if it's OK, I'll take Darcy."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Gonzaga center Zach Collins on what it was like when Kobe Bryant surprised the team on Wednesday night


Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Mark Few just said his dad was minister at same church for 54 years. "Why mess with happy." Certainly might explain why stayed at Gonzaga.