Zac’s Final Four Predictions
By Zachery Bonzheim
The Final Four is among us. We have two teams from the West in Gonzaga and Oregon and two teams from the south in South Carolina and North Carolina. Gonzaga and North Carolina have continued to roll as their expectations have only led us to expect them here in the first place. South Carolina went from 22-10 to on the verge of winning it all and Oregon showed why you can’t count out a team for a mid-season slump. Let’s look at what is going to happen, who to watch, and who will win it all.
#1 Gonzaga vs #7 South Carolina, Saturday, April 1, 6:09 PM, CBS, Glendale, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium
Gonzaga has proven to be the most balanced team in the country all year with Williams-Goss playing at his AP All-American 2nd team level. Sindarius Thornwell has led his underdog South Carolina team on a roll as they beat the likes of Duke, Baylor, and Florida. Gonzaga has finally made it to the Final Four as it was a long time coming. Look for South Carolina to face its first balanced offense and for Gonzaga to play another fast paced good defending squad.
#1 North Carolina vs #3 Oregon, Saturday, April 1, 8:49 PM, CBS, Glendale, Arizona, University of Phoenix Stadium
North Carolina is back in the final four for the second year in a row and looking to get the title that eluded them last year. Oregon cruised to this point and Dillon Brooks is determined to bring greatness back home. North Carolina has struggled against teams with a small four so Dillon Brooks will be the most important person to watch. If Oregon can get him the ball as the stretch four, North Carolina may in trouble.
Who to Watch:
Dillon Brooks, Oregon- The small four is the hardest position for North Carolina to cover. He will make or break this game for both teams.
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina- He has led South Carolina to this point. His leadership on and off the court along with his elite play has bested the likes of may of college basketball’s blue bloods.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga- Goss is going to be key because he has finally brought the Zag’s to the Final Four. Will the spotlight hurt his play or will succeed like never before?
Justin Jackson, North Carolina- Jackson has been here before, possibly in a lesser light to Marcus Paige to last year, but now the show is his. Jackson needs to not just elevate his game, but elevate his teammates game come Saturday.
Final Four Predictions
#1 Gonzaga vs #7 South Carolina
Gonzaga moves on to their first title game and South Carolina’s run ends.
#1 North Carolina vs #3 Oregon
North Carolina moves on in a close game with Oregon.
#1 North Carolina vs #1 Gonzaga
North Carolina and Gonzaga will battle it out and in the end… North Carolina adds another title to their collection.