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What to watch for at today’s NCAA Final Four

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Some things to watch for in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Seven-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski is Gonzaga‘s center and he will be matched up with 6-10 Maik Kotsar of South Carolina. Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. Kotsar, a freshman, averages 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karnowski has been battling a back issue. “It was mostly my lower back, maybe a little bit…

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South Carolina heading to Final Four after beating Gators

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks (26-10) used their trademark swarming defense and some solid free throw shooting to beat their fellow Southeastern Conference Gators (27-9) in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina will face Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed from the West Regional, in the Final Four on Saturday at Glendale, Arizona. The game…

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Play it back: rematches to decide last two spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach’s wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina. Are these two ready for an encore? Of course they are – though it’s a valid argument to say this rematch might be better suited for next weekend in the Final Four than Sunday in…

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College basketball: ‘Canes, Knights roll; Bulls rolled

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South Carolina 81, South Florida 63 The South Carolina Gamecocks sprinted out to a 24-2 lead against South Florida and cruised to an 81-63 win in Columbia. USF was overwhelmed from the beginning and were never in the game. South Carolina led 53-22 at halftime and stretched it to 61-25 on a three-pointer by Michael Carrera. If there was a bright spot or the Bulls, it was a 12-0 run in the second half that cut a 33-point deficit to…

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