Two men's NCAA Tournament Final Four teams were finalized in Monday's Elite Eight and now two more are joining the group – set to play on Saturday with spots in the national championship on the line.
No. 1 seed Gonzaga looked dominant on Tuesday in hammering Southern California to claim to West Regional. The undefeated 'Zags join fellow No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 2 seed Houston in the Final Four.
Coach Mark Few is back in the Final Four for the second time in his career, after the Bulldogs reached the national championship game in 2017.
A look at the winners and losers from Tuesday's Elite Eight games:
Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (30-0) put the game away early, building a 19-point halftime lead off the strong play of their three stars. Drew Timme (23 points), Corey Kispert (18 points) and Jalen Suggs (18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) were at their best and Southern California didn't have a chance in Gonzaga's 83-64 win. Gonzaga was particularly strong on defense in this game early on and won with high-percentage lay-ups from their dynamic passing and cutting offense, while going 7-for-21 from three-point range (33%).
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Gonzaga's Drew Timme reacts during his team's win over USC in the Elite Eight at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Tim Nwachukwu, Getty Images)
Southern California. The Trojans (25-8) had no answer for Gonzaga's dominant offensive clinic, and as good as the matchup between big men Drew Timme and Evan Mobley was, USC was out-matched in every position, while struggling to defend the 'Zags' high-octane scoring attack that relied on constant movement and quick passing for easy lay-ups. Isaiah Mobley lead the way for USC with 19 points. The Trojans weren't exactly bad on offense. They just weren't on par with the 'Zags and turned it over enough in the first half for Gonzaga to put the game away early.
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