No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four

Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews waves to fans as the team leaves the court after defeating Tennessee 86-76 in an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville Tenn. Mathews got tired of losing at California and made

Last season, the Tar Heels lost to Villanova in the national championship on a game-winning 3-pointer by Kris Jenkins.

"Coach didn't guarantee us anything but to come here and just work hard", Thornwell said.

"It's gonna be awesome", Martin said.

OR closed to 34-21 midway through the second quarter, but UConn put the game away by scoring 15 of the final 18 points of the half. OR and North Carolina were the two best teams involved in that tournament, and the Tar Heels took care of business to win, the Ducks did not.

South Carolina, Oregon and Gonzaga weren't favorites in their regionals to get to Glendale, Arizona.

Most teams in March play not to lose when they have a late game lead.

Tennessee lost 69-65 in overtime to OR at the Maui Invitational, an event that was won by North Carolina. Dawn Staley's Gamecocks are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2015 determined to bring home a title. They lost 86-76 to Gonzaga in Nashville, Tennessee.

3,506 people selected North Carolina to win it all (12.36 percent of pool).

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"I'm an optimist", said Tanner, who won two national titles as South Carolina's baseball coach. - Live interviews with coach Williams and the team - Williams and the team will answer questions as game day approaches - The interviews will be available on ABC11's website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. But, as a very good Duke team will attest, the relentless and grinding defense the Gamecocks play has, throughout the tournament, worn opponents down. I was hoping she would get to climb that ladder and cut down a net on Monday night.

This is Few's best team ever in terms of pure talent, but the real reason behind Gonzaga's run to the Final Four is an outstanding defense, particularly in the halfcourt. "But all the teams that are there have got some toughness to them". Bleacher Report thinks that North Carolina simply has more size, and that their height advantage opens up options for the team. And then we'll see what happens. They dominated that field in Maui. But then he went a step further and put Justin Jackson on Malik Monk and hid Joel Berry on Isaiah Briscoe. "I'm scared to death right now because I just don't know".

SCOUTING REPORT: "The most impressive win in this tournament has been OR going into Kansas City and smacking Kansas". They just didn't go in and hang on. "They run that little matchup zone they run, and they'll try to do that". They too play four guards and one big.

Despite her foul trouble limiting her time on the court to 21 minutes, Wilson scored 16 points and had 4 blocks. And you can't let them shoot 58 percent from the floor. "Bell changed that game".

Baylor's Kristy Wallace (4) reacts after a regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Mississippi State, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

The NCAA Tournament started with 68 teams, now we're down to four.

After Wright's jumper at the 4:23 mark made it 30-27, SC closed the half with a 10-2 spurt. I responded by saying, "I told you that Carolina was playing Gonzaga and yes I will watch North Carolina following what will hopefully be a Carolina win". She will have to go through an old friend to get there. When asked if he thought SC would ever reach this level of success, his response was quite telling. Everyone talks about their man defense.

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