This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Gonzaga may be the No. 1 seed that didn't get the respect it deserved prior to the NCAA Tournament tip-off, but South Carolina's presence in the Final Four is quite possibly the biggest surprise of the entire postseason. Both teams have plenty of star power with Nigel Williams-Goss and Sindarius Thornwell, the latter of which has a legitimate case for the tournament's most outstanding player, should the Gamecocks keep advancing. Though the No. 1-seeded Bulldogs will enter as heavy favorites, coach Frank Martin and the Gamecocks have proven time and time again that underestimating them has been a mistake. See how the matchup breaks down, position-by-position.
Gonzaga Bulldogs, West Region No. 1 Seed
Backcourt: Nigel Williams-Goss is providing similar statistics as he did in his first two years with Washington, but the biggest difference is the 6-3 junior is now winning. After winning 33 games in two years with the Huskies, Williams-Goss has led the Bulldogs to 36 wins with 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. He has not shot well in the NCAA Tournament, however, hitting just 31.1 percent of his field goals. Jordan Mathews, a Cal transfer, has also not converted many shots in the Big Dance, but has averaged 13.5 points on 40.9 percent. Sophomore Josh Perkins provides another ball handler and is second on the team with 3.2 assists. Guard Silas Melson is hitting 38.1 percent of his 3-pointers for a team that knocks down 37.8 percent from long range.
Frontcourt: The Zags have