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2017 Schedule
36-1, 1st in WCC
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Defense is the key to Gamecocks' success (3:22)

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ESPN's BPI gives Gonzaga better than a 50-50 shot to win it all in Phoenix, thanks largely to drawing seventh-seeded South Carolina in the semifinals. North Carolina-Oregon is a tighter matchup by BPI's measure, hurting each team's title odds.

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After UNC (runner-up) and Oregon (Elite Eight) made deep tourney runs last year, each was given decent odds in Las Vegas to challenge for the title this season. Meanwhile, Gonzaga and South Carolina were preseason longshots.

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Only one team has entered the Final Four with a better average point differential than Gonzaga in the last two decades. However, that's hardly been a guarantee for previous heavyweights to win it all.

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And then there were four ...

UNC makes its 20th Final Four. Oregon is here for the first time since 1939, and South Carolina and Gonzaga face off in each school's first trip.

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The Final Four questions that need answering

Can South Carolina's trademark grit grind Gonzaga to a halt? Will Oregon figure out a way to keep North Carolina off the glass? Which are the key matchups, players to watch and X factors?

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Who has the Final Four's best player?

North Carolina boasts the deepest roster of talent at the Final Four, but it isn't as pronounced as you might think. The No. 1 player in Glendale is an obvious choice from a surprising team.

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Veteran affair at Final Four (1:23)
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How does South Carolina defeat Gonzaga? (2:28)

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Age has had its advantages when competing for a national title in recent years. Of this year's Final Four, North Carolina and Gonzaga typically start the most seniors and juniors (four each).

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Ball, Mason III among 5 Wooden Award finalists

UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Kansas' Frank Mason III, Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss, Villanova's Josh Hart and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan were named on Monday to the John Wooden All-American Team.

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The state of South Carolina has never had a men's basketball team in the Final Four. It's been 54 years since a team from Oregon has appeared there, and 59 years for a team from Washington. North Carolina, meanwhile, was represented by UNC last year.

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This year's Final Four is not quite ideal for fans of the NBA draft. Duke, Kentucky, Arizona and UCLA all have more freshmen in Chad Ford's top 100 than the Final Four teams combined.

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The last remaining 5-star players from the 2013 recruiting class have made a huge impact on this year's tournament. While Kasey Hill and Zak Irvin couldn't get their teams over the hill into the Final Four, Isaiah Hicks and Nigel Williams-Goss will now look to cap off this season by winning the national championship.

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ICYMI: ViewFromVegas of Final Four: Gonzaga -6.5 vs. South Carolina, over/under up half a point to 138.5; North Carolina -5 vs. Oregon (some books at -4.5), O/U up several points to 151.5.

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R&K: Final 4 set & Raiders movin to Vegas

The guys react to the Final Four and discuss whether the lack of big time programs other than UNC is good or bad for the fans. Plus reaction to the Raiders moving to Vegas.

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FiveThirtyEight: The unlikely odysseys of South Carolina and Oregon (2:24)
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Why Gonzaga will (and won't) cut down the nets

Gonzaga's nine-man rotation gives it depth that will help navigate adversity, but the other three teams in Phoenix match up well with the Zags.

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South Carolina who? The Gamecocks may be in the Final Four, but only 0.6 percent of brackets in ESPN's Tournament Challenge correctly predicted their epic run. On the flip side, 43 percent of brackets picked North Carolina to advance to its 20th Final Four

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How Gonzaga became a Final Four team

The Bulldogs became a Final Four-caliber team 10 months ago, when Przemek Karnowski received another year of eligibility thanks to a medical hardship waiver.

Team Stats

Points Per Game83.214th
Rebounds Per Game40.57th
Assists Per Game15.462nd
Points Allowed60.94th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record24-19
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances19