Morning Madness: Saturday, April 1
Gameday. Enough said. Let’s get into it.
Here’s the schedule for today’s Final Four games:
In case you missed it
Last night, Mississippi State handed Connecticut its first loss in 112 games on a buzzer-beater in overtime of the women's Final Four. It goes down as one of the best Final Four games — men's or women's — ever, but we've still got two Final Four games to play on the men's side tonight.
Before then, get to know the last four teams left standing:
Final Four crystal ball
With just 48 hours until the national championship game, we take a deep dive into the two semifinal matchups that will determine who is playing for the title Monday night, looking at key questions (who is guarding Justin Jackson for Oregon; Can the South Carolina supporting cast stay hot, etc.), previewing each matchup, and making predictions for which teams are going home, and which will see their season live one more game.
The 2017 Bulldogs are Gonzaga’s best team ever
Last year, it seemed like reforming Gonzaga’s starting five (the Zags lost four starters) from a Sweet 16 team would be near impossible task. Yet somehow, the Bulldogs are in their first-ever Final Four this year.
NCAA.com’s Joe Boozell explores how Gonzaga retooled on the fly to create its best team ever.
It’s award season
Spoiler alert: To make it to the Final Four, you kinda need to be good at basketball. When it comes to the starting lineups of the last four teams in the NCAA tournament, there’s little separation. But there are no ties in March Madness, so we gave eight superlatives for the Final Four, including Best Intimidator, Biggest Pest, Most Underappreciated, Best Heat Check Guy, and more.
South Carolina and Gonzaga are making their first Final Four appearance in school history. Oregon is making its first appearance in the semifinals in 78 years. How has this recipe worked out for the ones who came before?
NCAA.com’s Mike Lopresti looks at how first-time Final Four teams have fared since 1985.
South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell has arguably had the best tournament of any single player, and as a result, his 7-seed Gamecocks are one game away from playing for the title. So, with his final weekend finally here, ask yourself: Are you up to date on everything Sindarius? If not, we’ve got you covered.