South Carolina women beat Stanford in Final Four

This is the most complete team in Mark Few's 18 seasons in Spokane, Wash., and a terrific offensive team that shoots almost 51 percent for the season.

Only 657 out of 18,797,085 2017 NCAA tournament brackets, or 0.0003 percent, correctly picked North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga and SC making it to the Final Four, according to ESPN.

"His kind of whole package is very unsafe", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

That might be a good strategy in the Final Four.

The North Carolina Tar Heels play their first Final Four game on Saturday but they've been practicing all week - and so have the cheerleaders.

"I think older guys understand how fleeting it is and how sudden the season is over with and perhaps they focus a little bit more on that part of it", said Tar Heels coach Roy Williams. The Ducks, despite their reputation as an up-tempo team, play at an adjusted tempo that was 241st nationally.

Still, how is all this possible? But only one school in five at in the smaller conferences reported a profit. "They came out and did a much better job". "Experience doesn't help the game you're playing". The Zags don't exactly rely on the 3 — they were 275th nationally at 26 percent of their made shots — but have four players who made at least 40 shots from the arc this season. The Bulldogs average 83.2 points per game while their opposition averages just over 60 per contest. The Bulldogs shoot 50.9 percent while holding teams to 36.5 percent. The Gamecocks are stellar at defending the 3, holding opponents to the eighth-lowest percentage (30.1) in the country.

"I want to get the kids used to colleges, used to the names of colleges and just being aware", he said.

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The Gamecocks, meanwhile, have shocked us a few times already. He also an underrated defender — just ask West Virginia's Jevon Carter, who was unable to get a clean look in the closing seconds of the Sweet 16. So then we're not forced into rotations. Always finds a way to make a big play. "She didn't handle the double and triple teams well tonight, but she found a way to impact the game", Staley said. OR was 180th nationally in defensive rebounding. This, however, is Gonzaga with elite athletes, depth, defense and belief.

All four teams here have momentum. "Everything is going good", he said Friday. "We wanted to stay nationally relevant".

I think some combination of those players show up big late in what I also believe will be a close game.

Did Few ever expect all this in 1999?

"Once you get used to it", Jackson said, "you get locked in on the basket more than the whole arena". "I know I'm going to have great relationships with them". We have a new arena.

We keep doubting the Gamecocks, and the Gamecocks keep winning. And we're expected to advance. "We were glad it occurred on Wednesday so I could get it over with". So back in those days, we were innocent and footloose and fancy-free.

This stage is the ultimate validation.

UNC is playing with a chip on their shoulder and a modest confidence that has them poised to make a convincing run for the national title. "It's a pretty powerful emotion". "And those were the good old days".