Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff

Posted March 30, 2017

The South Carolina Gamecocks making the Final Four is one of the more jarring sports events in recent times.

Kaela Davis won Stockton Regional "Most Outstanding Player" as USC beat FSU in California 71-64. She was limited to 6-for-23 shooting for 16 points, six assists and six rebounds as Florida State fell short once more of the program's first Final Four.

A closer look at the teams who earned a spot in the 2017 Final Four in Glendale.

No. 1 seed UConn will play second-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas to open the Final Four.

TickPick CEO Brett Goldberg said, "Ticket prices are significantly more than the past three years, mainly due to the fact that the participating teams have either never been or haven't been to the Final Four in ages, aside from UNC".

The team comes prepared this year, and their players have been turning in a performance that warranted OddShark to give them a 6.5-point advantage over SC, when they meet on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. EDT. Look for SC to play a more grind it out style, but certainly, can score when needed.

This is not Oregon's first ever trip to the Final Four, but few living fans will remember the last one, which came in the first ever NCAA Tournament, in 1939.

What's next: SC has booked a plane ticket to Dallas to face Stanford in the national semifinals.

Point guard Leticia Romero, who led the Seminoles with 18 points in the Sweet 16, was cold from the floor.

"He's capable of doing anything on both sides of the basketball. That was the big bottom line", coach Sue Semrau said. "Guys stepped up and it was one of the times we got 'em, it was a big upset". "You have to put the ball in the basket". "That's going to be our biggest focus, too, starting the game well against these teams".

Here's what a berth in the Final Four means for each of the four participants. She transferred from Georgia Tech for the chance to do something special.

During an interview with SportsCenter on Monday afternoon, Martin said Huggins and Kennedy were among those to encourage him that he would enjoy success at SC. They usually get knocked out in the first two rounds, with this Elite Eight being only the third in program history.

The Gamecocks are a great story but Gonzaga may be the better team. OR and UNC will tip off roughly 40 minutes after the conclusion of that game. Gonzaga leads the NCAA in scoring margin at plus-22.3 points per game and is ranked fourth in scoring defense (60.9 ppg). On Feb. 7, the Gamecocks managed 16 points in the first half against Alabama. No women's team from Florida has reached the Final Four. When they won, he went out to and was cheering and waving his flag, which has autographs from numerous former and current players and coaches.

For starters, Gonzaga and North Carolina were the two most likely teams to reach the Final Four, at 45 and 48 percent likely to do so coming into the tournament, according to BPI.

Altman has turned out to be a much better coach than player.