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2017 Schedule
26-10, 3rd in SEC

R&K: Durant's return and Seth Greenberg

Seth Greenberg gives his top five jobs in college basketball, Kevin Durant could return before the end of the regular season, and what's up with Tony Romo?

Gonzaga, South Carolina prove they belong in the Final Four (0:59)
FiveThirtyEight: Does Oregon or South Carolina have a chance against the favorites? (2:32)
Final Four coaches form unlikely group (1:30)
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See how the Men's Final Four court is made!

From deep in a Michigan forest to University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the floor at this weekend's Men's Final Four has completed a cross-country journey, lasting nearly five months.

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The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives Gonzaga a very slight edge over North Carolina in its current odds for the national title. Oregon sits a bit further back at 4-1, while South Carolina is a distant fourth.

Defense is the key to Gamecocks' success (3:22)
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Thornwell was Frank Martin's first big recruiting win

South Carolina's run to the Final Four has been the best story of the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks' success can be traced backed to Frank Martin keeping Sindarius Thornwell at home.

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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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Frank Martin on his family's journey to U.S.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin comments on his family's path to the U.S., his attitude, his courtship of his wife, working as a bouncer and the movie that never fails to make him cry.

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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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For the fourth time in the past five years, a school will send both its men's and women's teams to the Final Four. UConn has done it in four of the 13 total occurrences.

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The Gamecocks are the fourth No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four, though three of them have come in the last four years. Only one seventh-seeded team has reached the title game, with Connecticut winning it all in 2014.

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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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Vitale: Reasons for South Carolina's success

ESPN CBB analyst Dick Vitale weighs in on South Carolina's success, North Carolina's talent, the Tar Heels' matchup against Oregon, the NCAA tournament ratings and Indiana's Archie Miller hire.

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2dJohn Gasaway

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.

Veteran affair at Final Four (1:23)

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Starting freshmen at the Final Four: Payton Pritchard and Maik Kotsar. It's possible we make too big a fuss over freshmen.

How does South Carolina defeat Gonzaga? (2:28)

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South Carolina football changes kickoff time of Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game to noon ET to accommodate those wishing to watch basketball team in Final Four. (Photo by Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire)

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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).

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.2179th
Rebounds Per Game36.3Tied-138th
Assists Per Game12.6235th
Points Allowed64.931st

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-9
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8