Here is a look at that first game. We also have an analysis of key Oregon and North Carolina matchup factors.
Battle in the Frontcourt
The Gamecocks will try to matchup Maik Kotsar with Karnowski and Chris Silva with Collins. At 6-10, Kotsar has decent height but Karnowski has 50 pounds on him.
Silva is closer in height to Collins, just an inch shorter, but he’s lighter by 75 pounds. This is a perfect setup for Gonzaga to use some of its leverage and get South Carolina’s frontcourt into foul trouble.
Gamecocks’ Perimeter D vs. Gonzaga Offense
Although the Zags don’t shoot a lot of three-pointers, about 26 percent of their attempts are from downtown, they are good 37 percent of the time. The Bulldogs like to work the ball inside and then pop out for a shot, and they are extremely efficient. Those factors may work against the Gamecocks’ perimeter D.
Williams-Goss vs. Thornwell
Then there’s the big time player matchup between Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss and South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell. Wow, this one is major. Williams-Goss is not only a fine shooter and rebounder, but he’s also a solid playmaker and defensive player. In March madness 2017, Thornwell has been too hot to stop. He’s been averaging 26 PPG and also been key on D. He’s been the team leader. They way this matchup goes so too does this game.
South Carolina Plays Gonzaga Final Four Matchups
Those are our three primary South Carolina plays Gonzaga Final Four matchups for April 1, 2017. As game time nears, take a second look at these prior to making your wagers. These may be very useful also when betting on the second-half of this game.