"As a coach you want to coach against the best", Staley said. North Carolina only has three less players and coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame than OR has had players drafted into the NBA. If there's a point (spread), it's going to be half a point.
To make this Pacific Northwest thing happen, the Ducks will need to get past North Carolina, who are 5-point favorites, and the Zags (-6.5) will have to get by SC.
The men's program reached its first Final Four with a victory against Florida on Sunday that sent the women screaming in delight at Stockton Arena all the way across the country from the victory at Madison Square Garden. "I'm just trying to go out there and help my team win as best I can". His DRtg is just 79.6 and while he didn't rack up enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard, it's safe to say that it's not a fluke based on his play so far in the NCAA Tournament.
Baylor's guards couldn't do anything against SC, and they lost by 20. And out of the South Region is North Carolina, which lost to Villanova in the 2016 NCAA championship game. SC players celebrate after beating Florida 77-70 in the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in NY.
The Final Four and national championship games will be televised on CBS.
North Carolina's Luke Maye can't go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him. "They've been in physical games". "It is a new experience for our players and staff so I was on the phone with Lon and Mike trying to get thoughts on what to avoid and what to embrace". The previous year they failed to win the entire tournament came in 2012 and their record 11 total national championships includes winning 10 of the last 17. "But all the teams that are there have got some toughness to them". After years of having March Madness runs end in tears, Gonzaga is your 2017 national champion.
"That's not the same Mississippi State team we played previous year here", the Hall of Fame coach said. They dominated that field in Maui. "I guarantee you Roy Williams is scared to death right now wondering about that kid".
'That was, I'm telling you, that is as articulate and good a question as I've been asked all year. They just didn't go in and hang on.More news: Florida, South Carolina set for SEC showdown in NY
A big reason why they won was because they grabbed 18 offensive rebounds.
"They really turned the defense up, their whole energy", Davis said of FSU's win over Oregon State. "They run that little matchup zone they run, and they'll try to do that".
Given how much basketball has changed in the last 78 years, this is the biggest game in OR basketball history. "Bell changed that game".
With Karnowski and Williams, Gonzaga has the size to match up with the Tar Heels inside. They cruised through Texas Southern 103-64, but they struggled against Arkansas in the second round.
What I do think is a huge advantage for Roy, his players, staff members, everyone at the university, is having been through it as recently as a year ago.
SC fans don't want it to end either. I'll be surprised if Kotsar doesn't get in foul trouble because (Gonzaga's) coming at them.
Recent visits between the two have usually come at charity and sponsors' events. "They're going to get tested early".
But for a team that flourishes in their most hard times, SC will be a tough team to beat - especially with the scoring that Davis can do. Everyone talks about their man defense.