Gonzaga, UNC, Oregon, USC to hold open Final Four practices

Wildcats junior Danielle O'Toole pitched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Washington - the University of Arizona's first no-no against a top-10 opponent in a non-mercy rule-ending game since 1993. Ducks coach Dana Altman said limiting North Carolina's advantage will be a "priority for everyone who is on the floor", but one made more hard by the absence of Boucher, the team's second-leading rebounder.

Gonzaga, North Carolina, Oregon and SC will all hold practices that are open to the public ahead of the national semifinals. They've held the first four tournament foes to 39.9 percent shooting and forcing an average of 16.5 turnovers.

The second game of the Final Four is the marquee game of Saturday night's action. "Just going every day to the practice facility was a big challenge for me". If the big man out of London asserts himself offensively, it could lead to the upset win.

"I came out of it with no [new] injuries", Berry said as No. 1 North Carolina prepared to face third-seeded OR on Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"I'm not saying I'm not going to enjoy it". The referees always talk and I want to see their perspective. "I never fathomed the idea of playing basketball in a football stadium". "That's all I've been doing these last couple games and my teammates have been having confidence in me and I've been knocking down the shots". "If we don't beat frickin OR we're out there in the Uber trying to get our butts back to Chapel Hill". And we don't look past that or anything.

"We've got to focus in on Oregon. I didn't think that was possible". We go out to a park right now and play on eight-foot rims.

Williams will be coaching in the Final Four for the ninth time, including five appearances with Carolina.

"It's not about us", he said Friday. "Once I do that, it will be good".

The best weekend of the college basketball season is upon us.

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina
SCOUTING REPORT: "The most impressive win in this tournament has been OR going into Kansas City and smacking Kansas". "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a.", Williams said with a smile, quoting Clark Gable's famed line as Rhett Butler.

The Gamecocks came out of the East Regional as the seventh seed and is probably not on very many people's brackets today. "I don't pat myself too much about that".

SC coach Frank Martin believes, as he said Thursday: "Everyone falls in love with the one-and-done phenomenon".

"I'm going to share this with you, but he said to me last night, 'Man, I feel like I'm letting everyone down, '" SC coach Frank Martin said.

"This is what you can't gauge", he said. Letting who down? The game's Saturday.

"But that's just who he is". But he's in good spirits.

Benson, who attended an Elite Eight game in the Cardinals' stadium as a seventh grader in 2009, is expecting 75-to-100 friends and family members to come see him play to reach another championship back at home.

North Carolina would have the advantage of playing in this game before, as six current players - Meeks, Jackson, Hicks, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Nate Britt - appeared in last year's national championship game. "This is a totally different Final Four".

"Sometimes you can be selfish and just think about yourself and your well-being", Berry said.

"Luke coming to Chapel Hill gave us two boys from 704", Meeks told the Observer, referring to Charlotte's area code. Though the first round against Texas Southern was about as lopsided as a tournament game could ever be, the rest of North Carolina's games have been nowhere near as easy. "Maybe two or three times they've heard me say, 'What's the most fun you've ever had in basketball?' And every one of them says past year, the run to Monday night".

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