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"Hopefully by the time we get to Thursday or Friday, he'll be able to do some things in practice", Williams said, "but I'm scared to death right now because I don't know".

Find a preview of Game 1 between SC and Gonzaga here. If there's a point (spread), it's going to be half a point.

Maye headlines a group of players that could emerge as X-factors in determining whether UNC, Gonzaga, Oregon or SC wins the national championship.

The Volunteers went 0-5 against the Final Four teams and are the first team since the 2004-05 Iowa squad to have played each team in Final Four during the regular season.

Bigger even than the regulation buzzer-beater by Luke Maye to lift Carolina past Kentucky last weekend.

North Carolina is making a return trip to the Final Four here, a year ago they got to the title game but lost on the last-second shot from Kris Jenkins of Villanova. And they were swept by SC, which beat the Vols 70-60 in Knoxville and 82-55 in Columbia.

"I think I'm probably going to go for Carolina", he said.

"Coach has been doing great things, getting us better and going further in the tournament", Dorsey said. North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, and Gonzaga came to play when it matters most and will duke it out for the National title in Phoenix. "I miss them a lot". "There's not a team in this tournament that can do that, that's left".

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"Last year when we were in the tournament, he'd always be cheering for them when we weren't playing, and so we'd all joke with him, like, 'c'mon Adam, you're with us now!" senior guard Charlie Noebel said. They are not an excellent shooting team, but due to their physical dominance near the basket, they don't need to be.

Berry, meanwhile, could only chuckle and shrug when asked in the locker room here about the parallels between Lawson, Marshall and his injuries.

I also think it's worth watching how the referees call these semi-final games. "I haven't even thought about it being redemption". "They're an athletic team that likes to get out and run and push the tempo". 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. On Friday, he participated in North Carolina's closed practice and said he's feeling about 85 percent - a virtually certain sign that he'll play.

While players on the other teams in Phoenix are goggling their eyes at everything, the Heels appear to have identified the problem and are focused in on the hoop and the goal.

Berry said there's no question about that. But they're all old for a sport which tends to skew young. I'm telling you, that was impressive. In the Sweet 16 they were down 3 with just over 2 minutes to play against MI. "They go hand in hand". I've coached at Kansas and North Carolina.

Not only do the Tar Heels have natural experience, they have Final Four experience from a year ago. The next time, (Frank) Mason came in and got it blocked.

They climbed a short staircase and walked onto the court and looked up high and around. "Bell changed that game". "I think we're turning into a basketball powerhouse". Forward Jordan Bell had maybe the best all-around game of any player this month in the Elite Eight when he destroyed Kansas in a handful of statistical departments. First, they'll try to copy Duke's spread-'em-out-and-go formula from this season to knock off UNC. "It was interesting, seeing the guys out there today shooting balls, listening to them". Now they get a chance to write a new chapter with a new ending. Everyone talks about their man defense.

OR assistant coach Mike Mennenga couldn't help but to interrupt an interview with Linens in the Ducks locker room on Friday, saying, "We've already cut this guy, he doesn't bleed blue. It's been very effective through this tournament, that 3-2 zone they run".