Pick the Final Four's best player, coach and national champion

The 2019 South Carolina Gamecocks squad would have a truly devastating one-two punch that could very well carry them on another deep tournament run.

The victory bests the team's run in 2015, when they also went to the Final Four, but lost in the national semifinal game to Notre Dame.

SC plays terrific defense.

"I've always felt that experience helps to get back". For one, the Zags have won almost every game they played, and most haven't been particularly close. "And how you manage yourself day to day to day allows you to be prepared to succeed when the game starts". As such, this game is going to overtime. And what a story it would be if a core group of players who made a decision to stay home and play for SC, and believe Martin's dream of what they could build, were able to finish this fairytale with a national title. For extra credit, I even told you how OR would beat Kansas.

"That is what you are always anxious about. It just is what it is".

Gonzaga is playing in the school's first Final Four after falling short several times in the past.

SC took command in the second half versus Stanford, and the Gamecocks reached the NCAA women's basketball championship game for the first time in school history.

SC is led by senior and SEC player of the year Sindarius Thornwell along with sophomore point guard PJ Dozier.

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Stroman, Dyson, Neshek and Robertson combined to shutout Puerto Rico, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out six. After the final out, the Americans massed on the mound, hugging and high-fiving while fireworks exploded in centre field.

Thornwell, who is getting over the flu, has been pushed by a six-game suspension pending from an arrest for drug possession and driving on a suspended license. "I felt like I had something to prove missing those six games". Remember, that 72-point regular season average included 90 in a game against Lander.

The man top-seeded Gonzaga (36-1) relies on to lead its defense is 7-foot-1 center Przemek Karnowski.

The rest of her game, though, was plenty strong enough to carry SC to a shot at a national championship. However, what nearly certainly allowed Gonzaga to go this far is its overwhelming team defense that limits opponents to just 85.8 points per 100 possessions according to KenPom.com rankings.

The Tar Heels have proved time and again why their one of the favorites to win it all this season. "The first shots were weird, but we put up a lot of shots to get used to it so it was better at the end". I just goes to show you have to find a way to impact your team.

The winners face off for the championship title Monday. That ended the four-time defending national champion Huskies' 111-game winning streak. We were joking and saying one of the freshmen would have at least five airballs this next practice. Right now, we're focusing on Oregon.

I don't think they're nervous as much as excited. And it's not easy to get here, but it's easier at those two places, and I'm not trying to be humble, I'm being what I think is truthful.

With families and friends rolling into town Friday, Martin said the team has established rules for when and when players can hang out with hangers-on.

"I wish we were headed to Phoenix with them", Wasley said.

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