If the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament failed to overwhelm, the next two threatened to overload us with dramatic tension. Expect the Ducks to knock off North Carolina with another strong performance by Bell on the inside and Dorsey on the outside before falling in a close battle in the championship game against Gonzaga.
After 10 years, the Musketeers will appear in the Elite 8 stage and they have to tank Trevon Bluiett who scored 25 points in this game.
SC didn't make it easy on its NCAA Tournament run. Game tips off Sunday at 2:20 p.m. from NY. Kansas pulled within six points late in the game - under three minutes to play - but never got closer as OR ran away with the victory and the regional.
SC had defeated other teams like Marquette (93-73), Duke (88-81), Baylor (70-50) in the post season of the NCAA Tournament so far.
Keeping with the theme from the previous stat, there were a lot of people who didn't expect SC to make it to the Final Four.
Trier scored 19 points and the only one who was following him was center Dusan Ristic with 17 points. The Bears missed 11 of their first 13 shots from the field and it didn't get a whole lot better the entire game.
When South Carolina faces Gonzaga in the NCAA final four playoffs in Arizona on Saturday, it will be the first time both the seventh-seeded Gamecocks and the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs have played their way into the semifinals.
The only No. 2 seed to survive and advance, the Wildcats (32-5) won their 14th straight game. The Zags were "supposed to" beat SU in 2016's Sweet 16. They told me that I wouldn't have to think about the game too much.
UNC, meanwhile, looks poised to avenge both its loss in last year's NCAA Final and the loss to Kentucky earlier this year.
Four players are averaging at least 10.1 points per game for SC, they are: Thornwell (21.4), PJ Dozier (13.7), Duane Notice (10.3) and Chris Silva (10.1) per game.
Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7).
With just under a minute left in the game, point guard Nigel Williams-Goss walked to a solitary point on the court and seemed to gather his feelings before they erupted.
Kentucky-UNC was one of the more anticipated matchups of the Elite 8 round, and it didn't disappoint. Oregon, which will play the Tar Heels, last did so in 1939, the tournament's inaugural year.
He'll have to make it to the title game to even have a shot, but he's not far off.
Chiozza took an inbounds pass, sprinted almost the length of the court and hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to help Florida beat Wisconsin 84-83 in overtime.
The one 3-pointer he did make came with 63 seconds left in the first half when he pulled up from deep on a break, and had a clean, open look.
So while the Final Four story lines may not be exactly what everyone expected when the bracket was unveiled two weeks ago, they're setting up for two compelling national semifinals - and hopefully a thrilling championship game as well.