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North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts to play against Butler in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday

Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and hit the go-ahead free throws that put SC ahead to stay in a 77-70 triumph over the fourth-seeded Florida Gators.

OR forward Jordan Bell celebrates at the end of the team's Midwest Regional final against Kansas in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. "It's going to be hard to get over, but I know I've got to".

Here is a look at the current power ratings for the remaining four teams.

"I do think it's a huge advantage that Roy, his players, his staff members, everyone at the university, being through it as recently as a year ago", he said.

Kentucky's star freshman Malik Monk hit two huge 3-pointers in the final minute, including one that tied the game with 10 seconds to go.

Kentucky was called for 19 fouls, North Carolina for 18. But the over hit in only four of 12 games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. The sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina, knocked it down for the win with his feet on the 3-point line.

In the second semifinal April 1, OR will play North Carolina. Most college students would probably still be partying after clinching a Final Four berth.

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The Final Four has a bunch of newbies and a real regular, as SC and Gonzaga have reached the prized playoff for the first time, OR has been there once before and North Carolina is in for what's now it 20th appearance. I would love to see SC win, but Gonzaga beats North Carolina for the title.

Monk and Fox almost staged a remarkable comeback, combining to hit three 3-pointers in the final 53.5 seconds, erasing a seven-point deficit, only to lose on Maye's jumper after Monk had pulled the Wildcats even with 7.2 seconds left.

There has certainly been no team as surprising as the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The two communicated this week, with Rudolph even receiving a text from Maye when UNC arrived in Phoenix for the Final Four.

Seeded at No. 7, the Gamecocks have never won an NCAA championship. "We were winning games, coming in here looking like nothing happened".

Fox scored a career-high 39 points against UCLA in the regional semifinals and led the team in scoring during the previous five postseason contests.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox made a 3-pointer to cut UNC's lead to four, and Monk, who scored 47 points against UNC the first time these teams played, back in Kentucky's 103-100 victory on December 17 in Las Vegas, made a 3 of own to cut Kentucky's deficit to 71-70 with 39 seconds remaining. Tell me which team you think should be favored? If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. SC is looking to take their Cinderella story to the last game, and they could very well do so.

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