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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Sindarius Thornwell discusses the moment he knew South Carolina had the game against Florida in the bag.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Calipari should be thrilled -- in a way. All that foul trouble (and a bad whistle) and Kentucky only down 5 at the break. UNC's halfcourt offense was brutal at end of half.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Briscoe, Hawkins, Gabriel, Humphries and Mulder made the defensive stand of their careers down the stretch of the first half. Can't score but they're the only reason Kentucky didn't enter halftime dealing with a lopsided game with Fox playing just 8 minutes due to foul trouble, and Adebayo and Monk also limited by foul trouble.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

South Carolina star Sindarius Thornwell says the Gamecocks continue to be overlooked, and still will be come the Final Four -- despite their stellar play on defense.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Kentucky showing off its defensive talents with its three stars on the bench with foul trouble. Most teams would be down by double digits right now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Well, we enter the final media timeout of the half with Monk, Adebayo and Fox on the bench. Not a great situation for the Wildcats. Officials not allowing any physical play in the paint. And Tar Heels are smart enough to attack, exactly what they said they'd do when they talked to reporters on Saturday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As Frank Martin cut the net at Madison Square Garden, Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" played in the arena. The moment wasn't lost on the husband of a native New Yorker. Martin, who makes it a practice to listen to Sinatra's "My Way" before every game, called the moment "powerful."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Jackson is the player to watch when he's on offense. Creating so many problems for Kentucky. Tar Heels keep pinning Isaiah Briscoe on hard screens and Isaac Humphries can't switch fast enough to get to him. When Bam Adebayo switches onto Jackson off screens, watch the junior draw him away from the basket and make it easier for teammates to penetrate.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Justin Jackson showing a lot of emotion, doing a lot of talking. Don't see that often from him.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

With Fox out, you could see the communication breakdown before Hawkins called the timeout. Don't have the same poise with their leader on the bench. Wonder how long he stays out.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Joel Berry II situation could alter everything. Tar Heels getting key minutes from White and Britt. But they'll need Berry to keep up with Kentucky for 40 minutes.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Berry comes back out of the UNC locker room. Now in the huddle and looks ready to come back out on the floor soon.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

What's it feel like when the buzzer sounds and you're headed to the Final Four? South Carolina's Duane Notice still can't believe it.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Berry to locker room. Stilman White checks in 6 minutes into the game. That's, um, not great news for UNC fans.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Berry II in a lot of pain on the bench. Walking back to the locker room now. Sean May just walked back with him.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Joel Berry II clearly hampered by the ankle injury. Hurt it against Texas Southern, and it continues to bother him. Now limping off the court.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Great game so far. North Carolina making Kentucky take a lot of tough shots inside the arc.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Mike White on disappointment of the loss: "I'm happy he's going. I'd rather be going thank Frank (Martin), but I'm happy he's going."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Rucker just told me he's impressed with how Frank Martin got team to believe it could get here, particularly after losing six of nine at one point during the year. He added that this moment reminds him of when the Gamecocks' baseball team won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011. Rucker also said he's going to Phoenix to "watch a couple of games;" will tweak schedule accordingly.

Chad Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

This UK-UNC game has 2 potential lottery picks (De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk), three more potential 1st rounders (Justin Jackson, Bam Adebayo, Tony Bradley) and several potential 2nd rounders on the court. Another great NBA scouting event.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, only 2 teams have made the Final Four after not playing in the tournament for at least the previous 10 years: 2017 South Carolina and 1992 Cincinnati.