NCAA Fun Final Four forecast: Ducks versus NC, Zags versus SC

Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) shoots against North Carolina guard Joel Berry II (2) in the first half of the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS.

The Final Four is set. And in an unusual bit of geography, it’ll be schools from neighboring states out west (Oregon, Gonzaga) against schools from neighboring states in the east (North Carolina, South Carolina).

The national semifinals in Phoenix will feature No. 1 seeds in the Bulldogs and Tar Heels, a No. 3 seed in the Ducks and the surprising 7-seed Gamecocks.

The first game Saturday will be South Carolina-Gonzaga, tipping off at 6:09 p.m. EDT. Oregon-North Carolina will follow roughly 40 minutes after the completion of that game.

For the Tar Heels, it’s a record 20th trip to the Final Four. Meanwhile, it’s the first Final Four trip for Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Oregon coach Dana Altman and South Carolina coach Frank Martin.

 

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