Thornwell might have made himself a lot of money in March Madness.
An upset-filled tournament is always a welcome sight, and there were plenty this time around.
Hachimura admitted that he had not realized how big of a deal it was to make it to the Final Four right before the Elite Eight contest.
In 1998, an excellent No. 3 seed SC bowed to No. 14 Richmond just as an excellent No. 2 seed SC had bowed to No. 15 Coppin State in 1997. If it gives OR easy buckets in transition, the Ducks will bury the Tar Heels in a hurry with their high-volume shooting. Duke took the momentum from that victory with them to the 1992 Final Four. In 1990, his first year as a graduate assistant coach, the Bulldogs finished 8-20.
This year's Final Four features three teams that have never been there before in South Carolina, Oregon, and Gonzaga as well as college basketball power North Carolina. He was a Final Four regular at Kansas and has won two of the five North Carolina titles.
The Tarheels will play OR, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest, on Saturday for a shot to play in the Finals on April 3. But considering how much he provides on both ends of the floor, we can overlook the free throw shooting.
The Path: def. Iona 93-77, def. Rhode Island 75-72, def. MI 69-68, def. Kansas 74-60. It was their third win over a Top 25 team this season, and when it was over, senior Sindarius Thornwell said this: "Before the game, I was saying these are the games you prepare for in your backyard growing up". OR reached the Elite Eight a season ago, and weren't going to be satisfied by simply making it back. The Tall Firs, as they were nicknamed, won the national championship in a tourney that included only eight schools.
The Ducks beat Iona, Rhode Island, Michigan and Kansas without Chris Boucher, their best two-way player. If they're hacking Bam Adebayo and committing silly fouls as secondary defenders on a slashing Fox or Isaiah Briscoe, it's going to be a long night for the Tar Heels. The Zags have routinely been dubbed overrated for beating up on teams in a weak conference and failing to reach the Final Four. "We were just all hoping he would get back to moving and being able to handle the general activates of life".
Mathews didn't even have to miss a season.
Thornwell with 50 total points in the wins over Baylor and Florida in NY vaulted past John Roche and Devan Downey and into third place on South Carolina's career scoring list with 1,926 points. Sunday it was 75-73. Jordan Matthews' game-winning three-pointer against West Virginia in the Sweet 16 showed just how poised this group can be down the stretch of a game with high stakes.
Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III had 21 points in his final game for the Jayhawks (31-5), who had rolled to the Elite Eight by an average margin of 30 points.
They'll face the victor of Sunday's game between North Carolina and Kentucky in Glendale, Arizona. Not considered a top National Basketball Association prospect before the NCAA Tournament, he's arguably been the country's best player over the last two weeks. Arkansas and Kentucky held late leads against these Tar Heels only to lose, as UNC's resiliency, more than its offensive rebounding or deep bench, has seemed to power them to this Final Four. UNC would love to win title No. 6 and break a tie for third most with rival Duke and IN, but don't get it done this season.