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University of South Caroina Gamecocks  Gonzaga University Bulldogs  University of Oregon Ducks  University of North Carolina Tar Heels 
University of South Carolina
Gamecocks (26-10) 
Gonzaga University
Bulldogs (36-1) 
University of Oregon
Ducks (33-5)
University of North Carolina
Tar Heels (31-7)
Southeastern Conference
Columbia, SC
First Final Four (est. 1908)
def. #10 Marquette 93-73
#2 Duke 88-81
#3 Baylor 70-50
#4 Florida 77-70
West Coast Conference
Spokane, WA
First Final Four (est. 1958)
def. #16 South Dakota St. 66-46
#8 Northwestern 79-73
#4 West Virginia 61-58
#11 Xavier 83-59
Pac-12 Conference
Eugene, OR
2nd Final Four (
1-time champion
def. #14 Iona 93-77
#11 Rhode Island 75-72
#7 Michigan 69-68
#1 Kansas 74-60
Atlantic Coast Conference
Chapel Hill, NC
20th Final Four ('46,
'57, '67' 68, '69, '72, '77, '81, '82, '91, '93, '95, '97, '98, 00, '05, '08, '09, '16)
5-time champions
def. #16 Texas So. 103-64
#8 Arkansas 72-65
#4 Butler 92-80
#2 Kentucky 75-73

Thursday, March 30, 2017 
Issue # 11.4.3 "Carolinas vs Pacific Northwest"
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21 battle for 7 spots; More than $85 raised for GHTC

EL SEGUNDO, CA (smt)- North Carolina is making its record 20th appearance in the NCAA Final Four which is 18 more than the other three schools combined.  Both Gonzaga and South Carolina are making their first Final Four appearance and Oregon is making its first since the very first year the NCAA tournament was held, 1939.  Each team has had a close call while each team has had a double-digit win in the Regional semifinal or final.  South Carolina and Gonzaga have had a pair of 20+ point wins while UNC has broken 90 points twice.  South Carolina, a 7 seed is representing the strength of the SEC who have the most wins in the tournament while North Carolina is representing the last vestige of the powerful ACC which had 9 teams to start and are down to one.

Twenty-one entries still have a chance to finish in the top 7 money spots and we won't know who the pool champion is unless Oregon and South Carolina win.  After the semifinals, the Bonus scenarios will be listed for the total points in final tiebreaker.

Craig H (who didn't participate in the main pool) was the only person to get all four First Four games correct (Mt. St. Mary's, Kansas St, UC Davis, USC) to win the 7th HWCI NCAA First Four for Charity.  With 16 entries I will donate $32 and since we got more than 161 entries (new record 178), I will donate another $25.  Generous donations by Charles D, Bob S, and Jeff2 H has brought the total to $85.10 that I will donate to the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference as a Beginner Patron.  More money could still trickle in and the donation will be made when registration opens in June.  In total, the 7 years has raised $593.98.

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   Tids & Bits - South Carolina has set a school record with 26 wins and won their first tourney game since '73... This is the first time UNC & Oregon (UNC leads 4-0 overall) and South Carolina & Gonzaga (1st meeting ever) have met in the NCAA tourney... Despite the Zags Cinderella nature, they have never beaten a # 1 seed (0-7); they are 3-1 vs #7 seeds though... 58 picked UNC to make final, 7 Oregon; 35 picked Zags, none for South Carolina... Oregon did win the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) tournament in 2011 in addition to their lone NCAA championship win in '39... South Carolina has won the NIT twice ('05 and '06)... North Carolina has a sixth title, the '71 NIT championship... Gonzaga is first WCC team to make Final Four since San Francisco in '57... Zags have shot a higher FG percentage than their opponent for 45 straight games (longest in 20 years)... Tom C's (Tom (167th, 83) African son's Cal-Bakersfield lost to Georgia Tech in the Final Four semifinal in New York, ending a great run...

Go Pac 12!...

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