Collins stars for Gonzaga in what could be only NCAA run


The Gonzaga Bulldogs are taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the opening game of the Final Four on Saturday.

A bigger word that applies is defense.

South Carolina's run through the NCAA Tournament saw them upsetting second-seeded Duke in the second round before beating third-seeded Baylor by 20 points. "I just started to take advantage of my matchup, having a post on me".

Right now this is about the team that shouldn't, a group of people and personalities so disparate that they ought to have opened the season with "Hello, My Name Is" tags and a translator. When your on-ball guard is good defensively, your team is good defensively.

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

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"If someone had told me before the game she won't score, I'd say 'We're in trouble'". On several occasions, Thornwell pulled inside with Silva to double up on Karnowski. So then we're not forced into rotations. Another Collins block with 90 seconds remaining - his sixth - snuffed out the first.

Stanford missed three shots on its next possession, and SC quickly extended the lead on freshman Tyasha Harris' one-handed bullet pass to Doniyah Cline, who was open under the basket for a layup. "We won four of them". We are big on attacking the rim. "Josh Perkins did a job being really patient and not fouling on the shot".

SC counters with Maik Kotsar and Chris Silva. "They've had to live with all of this, all the swirling innuendo with what went on there with all the academic fraud allegations", he said. And we've been guarding them, their plays really well all week.

SC took command in the second half versus Stanford, and the Gamecocks reached the national championship game for the first time in school history.

Thornwell, who was averaging 26 points per game, missed practice Thursday due to an illness and missed eight of his 12 shots on Saturday, finishing with 15 points - 11 under his scoring average in the tournament. "I'm going to continue to listen to her because it was obviously successful", Gray said. "I knew that someone was going to step up and we were going to find a way to win this game".

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Stanford head coach Tara Vanderveer talks t her players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SC in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas. Gonzaga has been one of the tournament's mainstays winning 21 games in the 18 consecutive years the Zags have reached the NCAA under Few. "But I told him, 'Buddy, you got 16 rebounds, we wouldn't have been in this position if it hadn't been for you'".

William's shot led to a wild celebration on the court, but Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said he doesn't expect his team to have any problem getting in the right state of mind for Sunday's game. "The game you're playing is a game". And how you manage yourself day to day allows you to be prepared to succeed when the game starts.

As individual matchups go, this is a good one. I am fine now. He said his eye was still hurting him, but it was much better than 30 minutes before. It's easier to get here with coaching at the places I've been coaching. "The trust that I have in my teammates is phenomenal".

Here's a look at the latest bracket, schedule, odds and predictions for the Final Four. You're always nervous for the next game on the schedule. "You've got to claim it", she said. "That's just what it is".

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