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College Basketball Tournament Recap: Saturday, March 25th

Gonzaga made them pay, and denied the Musketeers their program's first trip to the Final Four.

And with that, the monkey on Mark Few's back is now gone.

Heading into Saturday, 42 schools had made it to the Final Four at least once since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

No. 1 seed Gonzaga beat No. 11 Xavier 83-59 in the West Region final, while No. 3 OR defeated No. 1 Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Region final.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and his players celebrate. He goes left and he gets to the rim and he's athletic and he's long. The Zags have routinely been dubbed overrated for beating up on teams in a weak conference and failing to reach the Final Four. At 36-1, Gonzaga has become a national power.

Williams-Goss was one of three transfers, along with Johnathan Williams (Missouri) and Jordan Mathews (California), in the Gonzaga starting lineup. Jackson has scored 17, 23, and 15 points thus far in the tournament, coupling beautifully with Mason. SC game. That contest is set for Sunday afternoon.

"The Final Four doesn't validate or discredit a season".

"First of all, I don't know that I have a monkey on my back", he said. "Gonzaga has been a great program and we're just happy to keep carrying the torch". They crushed South Dakota State 66-46 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Their bid for the program's first Final Four ran into a buzz saw. In the first half, it could settle for being a borderline unstoppable offense, one built around Karnowski's incredible post passing, Williams' nonstop spring, savvy understanding of how best to break down Xavier's tricky zone looks and, above all, loads of perimeter shooting. Once Gonzaga got rolling, the Musketeers had no answer. Consider, they were coming off a season in which they reached as high as No. 4 in the coaches poll, knocked off the No. 1 team in the country and eventual national champs, and gained all types of national publicity.

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"I wanted to be at a college where I was comfortable, where the coaches wanted me, where I could trust them and develop as a player", he said.

The Zags struggled to find an offensive rhythm against West Virginia in the regional semifinals- who doesn't? - but had it flowing against Xavier.

The Zags qualified for their first Final Four with the win after advancing to 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and eight Sweet 16 rounds.

In the second half, for good measure, Gonzaga chose to re-assume its true defensive form, and promptly demoralized the Musketeers, who scored 20 points in the final 20 minutes. "We've certainly been good enough that time to get there and we just didn't get it done".

A No. 1 seed winning its region and marching on to the final weekend of the tournament typically wouldn't be worthy cause for extreme surprise and reaction. Go ahead and take them, young man - college basketball fans will be the winners no matter what.

Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7).

The ball bounced off everyone's hands, off the floor and into the basket.

Williams-Goss then hit a floater in the lane and J.P. Macura followed with an 80-foot shot that banked in, but was ruled too late after an officials' review. Fact-based journalism of this caliber isn't cheap. Subscriptions can be home delivered in print, or digitally read on almost any mobile device or computer, and start as low as 25¢ per day.

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