Berry didn't practice until Friday and is expected to play his normal allotment of minutes against OR, but the injury has the potential to play a major role in this game. "It was a struggle in the third with Karlie not being 100 percent and we never got in sync, but I'm exceedingly proud on how hard we played and we'll hold our heads up high leaving Dallas".
Wilson and the Gamecocks will now do something no SC women's basketball team ever has on Sunday night: play for a championship.
The ankles have been problematic since the start of the tournament, when he was injured in the first round against Texas Southern. The Gamecocks allow 64.9 points per game.
For a player supposedly diminished by injury, he did a nice job finishing right-hand drives in the regional final against Kentucky.
North Carolina. Veteran, multi-talented, been here before more times than the other teams combined.
If he were limited, UNC would have to depend more on senior Nate Britt, who does not exert the same control over the offense and provide the same long-distance shooting threat. When I asked Few whether this was his best defense, he did not hesitate to say yes.
The Gamecocks (26-10) will need that against a big Gonzaga frontline that features 7-foot, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski, blue-chip 7-foot freshman Zach Collins and 6-9 forward Johnathan Williams. Heck, 16-seed South Dakota State hung with the Zags nearly the entire game and Northwestern had a questionable officiating call help derail its upset bid. Over the past five years, they've gradually made progress at that end, but defensive issues frequently cost them at crucial junctures. Against a team that likes to target the paint, USC's defense is going to be tested.
North Carolina's Justin Jackson warms up during a practice session for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
Gonzaga is looking to prove all the naysayers wrong. So did West Virginia in its loss to GU.
"I had no idea we were going to end up here based on my observations then. If they didn't make those NCAA Tournament runs and have all the highlights they had we wouldn't be sitting here with this jersey on today", said Williams-Goss. OR has one redshirt senior, two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman (guard Payton Pritchard).
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South Carolina's front court vs. Gonzaga's bigs. The fan base, after all, has been waiting 78 years just to get back to this point. That's a top-60 number in that category. Obviously seeing how happy my guys are and just the looks on their faces for all the - I had no idea some of the stuff goes on for these Final Four teams. That places them 40th. Wilson's rebounding might have been the only thing that kept them in the game.
That's how good OR has been.
"This team's been really good about on to the next one", Schaefer said. The Ducks have Tyler Dorsey. In the tournament, he is shooting 65.4 percent. The Bulldogs shoot 50.9 percent while holding teams to 36.5 percent. "None of us are satisfied with just making it here".
"His entire game has picked up", coach Dana Altman said. "Fortunately I've been around some great players to get us back at this point to compete for a national championship". Our ball movement's been pretty good.
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"You can't listen to the tone, you have to listen to the message", Notice said.
Gonzaga's return to the NCAA Tournament started in Seattle, where the Zags knocked off Minnesota and Stanford to reach their first Sweet 16. SC made just eight field goals the first half. There might be some connection between his improvement and the Gamecocks'?
Pair losing Stanford's x-factor with the inspired play of South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, and it's a recipe for disaster.
"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.
As of Saturday morning at William Hill, 52 percent of the money bet on the South Carolina-Gonzaga point spread was on the Bulldogs.