Collins is averaging 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 65.4 percent off the bench, and he's doing it in just 17.2 minutes per game entering the semifinals against SC in a matchup of two first-time Final Four programs. And it's not easy to get here, but it's easier at those two places, and I'm not trying to be humble, I'm being what I think is truthful.
Berry said Thursday in the North Carolina locker room that he was feeling a lot better and, "even if I'm not 100%, I'm still playing".
Jordan Bell has played incredibly well in this tournament in Boucher's absence, but he's the only legitimate big man OR has in their rotation. Then Oregon and North Carolina at approximately 8:49 p.m. ET, or a half hour after the Gamecocks and Bulldogs are done with the first semifinal.
But it's still up in the air, according to North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
For the first time since the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939, OR has reached the Final Four, where the third-seeded Ducks will face the first-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, April 1. They lost 86-76 to Gonzaga in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kotsar spent the holidays with teammates and coaches and he credits them for making his transition to Columbia, South Carolina, much smoother.
The Tar Heels got here by beating Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler, and Kentucky in their regional games. "Even though I'm hurting I just want to do whatever it takes to be able to help my team out". "It's a lot and I get a little exhausted of it but I want to be able to get back out on the court so I will do whatever it takes". With three strong teams left in the field, that's far from true.
Gonzaga players take unusual journeys to Final Four
The question that everyone kept asking all year was, "Is this Gonzaga team for real?" "That ball just gets pinged around". The Bulldogs made the Elite Eight one other time under Few - in 2015 - but couldn't seal the deal like they did Saturday.
TOUGH ENOUGH: "After they beat West Virginia, (Gonzaga coach Mark Few) said it was the most physical game they've been in all year, but he said, 'Hey, we're physical, too.' That game's going to help them against SC". They are not an excellent shooting team, but due to their physical dominance near the basket, they don't need to be. When he missed two games in December with a sprained left ankle, they had a bumpy time in wins against Davidson and Tennessee.
UNC men's basketball team is headed to the Final Four! "And I think that's why the older teams usually figure out a way to make it to this stage, in this moment". "If they don't shoot it well, they can still win basketball games". "I feel like we need some security around campus".
The couple met in a volleyball class at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2003 and earned their undergraduate degrees there. You'll be all right, man'.
SCOUTING REPORT: "The most impressive win in this tournament has been OR going into Kansas City and smacking Kansas". I could tell you that their frontcourt is dominant. Just two weeks ago, they happily spoke of their season-long goal of reaching this point. They've faced down tight games this month, and they've won. "And we just do our best of getting along with each other and accepting everybody and being ourselves". "They run that little matchup zone they run, and they'll try to do that". It is the Pac-12 conference's first appearance this late in the tournament in 10 years. I could tell you that their up-tempo attack on offense is almost unstoppable. "Bell changed that game". Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks two of the best big men in the entire country, and they bring freshman Tony Bradley off the bench - and he's the best National Basketball Association prospect of the three.
One student says it's important to show up for the team after last year's disappointing national championship loss to Villanova.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: "A guy that's got to play really big for SC is (forward Chris) Silva - Silva and (forward Maik) Kotsar".
MAYE DAY: Could sophomore Luke Maye be North Carolina's new go-to guy? I know as a college coach, the conversations I have with my seniors are completely different than the conversations I had with the same guy when they were freshmen. "I think I'll be effective", he said. They are 2-2 in the tournament with the over and under.