South Carolina's surprise Final Four appearance means rescheduling the spring football game

On first glance, and probably on second and third too, this is a dog Final Four. Nobody rigged this one.

Georgia has made the NCAA tournament just twice in Fox's eight seasons and didn't win a game in either trip.

SC advances to play Stanford in the Final Four.

North Carolina vs. OR prediction and game preview, as the No. 1 Tar Heels and No. 3 Ducks face off in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

Back then, OR wasn't really Oregon.

Martin has transformed the SC program in a conference more noted for high-caliber football.

"Since we've gone to a smaller lineup, it's created more scoring opportunities for Kaela, more driving lanes for her to get to the basket and more opportunity for her to pull up", Dawn Staley said. Martin was the Wildcats' head coach until 2012 when he left for SC. The memory of Kris Jenkins' winning shot previous year is still seared into their minds. He is a college basketball contributor for the FanRag Sports Network.

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In an era of one-and-dones, experienced stars carried their teams to the Final Four. Over the previous 18 tournaments, they were eliminated by the 1-seed in seven of them.

As good as this feels for the players, coaches, and fans of SC, there's still this seemingly insatiable hunger that exists and the Gamecocks are going to do everything they can to satisfy it.

So why not an all West Coast championship game between the Bulldogs and Ducks? The answer to all of the above is yes.

Only North Carolina has earned more No. 1 seeds (16) than Kentucky's 12. Some, like me, also may have wondered about the cultural fit of a seemingly rambunctious man - on the coaching sidelines, anyway - of Hispanic descent, in the deep south. And Northwestern played like it throughout the first half, digging itself into a giant hole.

"I think Kalani, from her freshman year to a sophomore year, is a completely different presence in the paint for us both offensively and defensively", Mulkey said. Before this year, their tournament appearance was in 2004, and the last time they reached the Sweet 16 was 1973. They include the Gatorade players of the year from Texas (Alexis Morris) and Louisiana (Cara Ursin). Brooks converted 3-of-8 three-point attempts, and OR will need both of them to find the shooting touch in order to advance to the national title game.

The Gamecocks opened the tournament with a 93-73 win over Marquette, followed by an 88-81 upset of Duke in which SC erupted for a mind-boggling 65 points in the second half. Deltona's Evan Hinson did not see action in Sunday's game, but is still headed to the Final Four. Then, Allisha Gray missed a three-pointer late in the shot clock, but Tyasha Harris swooped in for the offensive rebound, just South Carolina's second of the game. The Zags and Tar Heels each rank in the top 20 in offensive and defensive efficiency, which suggests there's nothing fluky about them. This team is battle tested and has weathered some storms to get back to this point.

SC beat third-seeded Baylor by 20 on Friday and Florida eked out a one-point win over Wisconsin in overtime later that night.


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