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2017 Schedule
26-10, 3rd in SEC
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Frank Martin on his family's journey to U.S.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin comments on his family's path to the U.S., his attitude, his courtship of his wife, working as a bouncer and the movie that never fails to make him cry.

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After UNC (runner-up) and Oregon (Elite Eight) made deep tourney runs last year, each was given decent odds in Las Vegas to challenge for the title this season. Meanwhile, Gonzaga and South Carolina were preseason longshots.

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For the fourth time in the past five years, a school will send both its men's and women's teams to the Final Four. UConn has done it in four of the 13 total occurrences.

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The Gamecocks are the fourth No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four, though three of them have come in the last four years. Only one seventh-seeded team has reached the title game, with Connecticut winning it all in 2014.

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And then there were four ...

UNC makes its 20th Final Four. Oregon is here for the first time since 1939, and South Carolina and Gonzaga face off in each school's first trip.

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The Final Four questions that need answering

Can South Carolina's trademark grit grind Gonzaga to a halt? Will Oregon figure out a way to keep North Carolina off the glass? Which are the key matchups, players to watch and X factors?

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Vitale: Reasons for South Carolina's success

ESPN CBB analyst Dick Vitale weighs in on South Carolina's success, North Carolina's talent, the Tar Heels' matchup against Oregon, the NCAA tournament ratings and Indiana's Archie Miller hire.

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Who has the Final Four's best player?

North Carolina boasts the deepest roster of talent at the Final Four, but it isn't as pronounced as you might think. The No. 1 player in Glendale is an obvious choice from a surprising team.

Veteran affair at Final Four (1:23)

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Starting freshmen at the Final Four: Payton Pritchard and Maik Kotsar. It's possible we make too big a fuss over freshmen.

How does South Carolina defeat Gonzaga? (2:28)

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South Carolina football changes kickoff time of Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game to noon ET to accommodate those wishing to watch basketball team in Final Four. (Photo by Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire)

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Age has had its advantages when competing for a national title in recent years. Of this year's Final Four, North Carolina and Gonzaga typically start the most seniors and juniors (four each).

Martin: 'Our kids are unbelievable' (3:12)

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The state of South Carolina has never had a men's basketball team in the Final Four. It's been 54 years since a team from Oregon has appeared there, and 59 years for a team from Washington. North Carolina, meanwhile, was represented by UNC last year.

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Pete Thamel: North Carolina will win title

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel covers expectations for North Carolina, South Carolina's defense, Gonzaga's NCAA tournament history, whether Dana Altman is underrated and Indiana's Archie Miller hire.


R&K: Raiders to Vegas & the Final Four is set

The Raiders officially move to Las Vegas and Kanell thinks it's going to be great for the team and league, plus the Final Four is set and Oregon coach Dana Altman stops by.

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No one saw South Carolina's surprise run to Final Four coming, including ESPN's BPI. On Selection Sunday, the metric gave the Gamecocks a 0.3 percent chance of making it this far, the second-most unlikely Final Four run since 2008 after VCU's 2011 run (0.2 percent).

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ICYMI: ViewFromVegas of Final Four: Gonzaga -6.5 vs. South Carolina, over/under up half a point to 138.5; North Carolina -5 vs. Oregon (some books at -4.5), O/U up several points to 151.5.

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Sindarius Thornwell impressed NBA scouts

The South Carolina senior guard had dropped off the radar of most NBA scouts, but he now has their attention again. He's one of the biggest risers of the tournament.


R&K: Final 4 set & Raiders movin to Vegas

The guys react to the Final Four and discuss whether the lack of big time programs other than UNC is good or bad for the fans. Plus reaction to the Raiders moving to Vegas.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.2179th
Rebounds Per Game36.3Tied-138th
Assists Per Game12.6235th
Points Allowed64.931st

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-9
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8