At long last, it is here. Saturday night, Gonzaga will play in the Final Four.
The Bulldogs won the West Regional last week and will face 7 seed South Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium for a spot in Monday’s national championship game.
Gonzaga is 36-1 and advanced by winning in just about every way imaginable. The Bulldogs overcame a slow start in the First Round to grind out a 20-point win over South Dakota State. Then, they withstood a furious rally from Northwestern to advance to the Sweet 16. There, it was a back-and-forth clash with a tough West Virginia team that came down to the final play, to set up a blowout win over Xavier in the Elite Eight.
After that one, coach Mark Few told his team, “We might as well win it all.” Gonzaga will be one of the favorites to do so, but will have to get past a South Carolina team that has answered every challenge thrown its way in this tournament.
The Gamecocks has already run away from Marquette, stunned Duke, destroyed Baylor, and come back against Florida in one of the most surprising Final Four runs in recent memory.
Gonzaga and South Carolina will have the first game of the semifinal doubleheader, with North Carolina and Oregon to follow. Here’s how to watch: