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No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Oregon Preview, Game Prediction

January 19 2018, 05:40 | Van Peters

When a team advances to the second weekend as a double-digit seed, it multiplies that intensity.

The one Final Four mainstay, of course, is North Carolina, the No. 1 seed out of the South region and last year's championship runner-up.

"You want them to leave this situation or this experience and take it with them and it's man, we did this together", Calipari said.

Joel Berry's health is an issue worth monitoring, and they've got no chance to beat OR if Justin Jackson goes cold in the semifinals, but right now there's not another team that I'd bet on to end up as the champion in Phoenix.

Kansas had won its first three NCAA games, 100-62, 90-70 and 98-66. Another loss, three days later, prompted a two-hour team meeting that triggered a nine-game winning streak, including the rematch with the Gamecocks.

The Zags have played in the NCAA Tournament 19 straight years, the nation's fourth-longest streak, reached the Sweet 16 eight times, won the West Coast Conference Tournament 16 times. "But I'm really happy for this team and the work that they've put in, the toughness that they've shown, and they're just, they're wonderful kids".

North Carolina will play Midwest champ OR on Saturday in Arizona. So, absolutely, this is a surprising Final Four - even though it's a Final four featuring three league champions and two No. 1 seeds.

They tapped into their experience with Williams able to start two seniors and three juniors, while second-seeded Kentucky (32-6) started only one senior, a sophomore and a trio of talented freshmen. He added 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and if he can remain that efficient, OR will get off to a great start.

Those who played in that loss to Villanova have seen this season as their chance at redemption.

We're one step closer to seeing who will take home the National Championship on April 3. It destroyed Baylor in the Sweet 16 and now, in dramatic fashion, has topped Florida to punch a ticket to Glendale. Why not go win it all? Kansas pulled within six points late in the game - under three minutes to play - but never got closer as OR ran away with the victory and the regional. His starters exited the game with 44 seconds left and he went down the line hugging each of them. "It's been our mission and we feel great to have accomplished it".

Xavier Musketeers made one more upset to reach the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.

In a grueling, grinding matchup, UNC avenges last year's loss and the heartbreak of a last-second defeat, this time against a SC team possessed with the spirit of Cinderella. Now, if he continues to be the clutch player he's proved to be throughout the tournament, then the Tar Heels can survive their redemption tour.

In addition to seniors Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder, draft projections show that Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo would be first-round picks in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.

"Everybody told me: You could be part of something special", he said.

Oregon. You've got to love the energy that these guys bring to the court.

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