Morning Madness: Monday, March 27
What did we ever do to deserve March?
The Final Four is set, with Bulldogs vs. Gamecocks and Ducks vs. Tar Heels. And the story behind each one of those team's journeys is, of course, remarkable.
The Gamecocks are flying to Phoenix
Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, South Carolina was 0-4 in March Madness. It had never made it out of the Round of 64.
This year, the Gamecocks are 4-0 and off to Phoenix, after a 77-70 win over Florida.
Back to back for the Heels
Oh man, oh man. Can UNC and Kentucky play every day, please? The Wildcats outlasted the Tar Heels 103-100 when the teams first met in December thanks to a Malik Monk go-ahead three with 22 seconds left.
This time, with the Final Four on the line, it was Luke Maye — yes, Luke Maye, a former walk-on — for the win, breaking a 73-73 tie via a deep jumper with 0.3 ticks left on the clock to give the Tar Heels a 75-73 win.
With it, North Carolina earned a second straight Final Four bid, its 11th Final Four appearance since 1985.
Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s semifinal games:
The road to the Final Four, part one
Winning four games in a row in March is no easy feat. Gonzaga and Oregon were the first to do it this year, securing Final Four bids Saturday afternoon. Here’s how the Bulldogs and the Ducks earned the trip to Phoenix.
Dunks of the day
Bam Adebayo flushed his 100th dunk of the season — more than multiple NCAA teams — against UNC, and it was just one of a handful of highlight-reel jams. Watch the dunks of the day here.