March Madness: Final Four Bracket Updates and Highlights


Your March Madness Final Four results are here with an updated bracket and highlights. Plus, find out who’s going to the NCAA Championship!

Okay… So now we have it. There weren’t any upsets to speak of in the Final Four portion of the NCAA Tournament. Many would have liked to have seen at least one, but we are left with the No.1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs, facing the No.1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! We have the makings of a great NCAA Championship game ahead. However, there were a couple of questions following the Final Four games, both of which were very close.

In the first game, No. 1 Gonzaga faced off against No. 7 South Carolina. The South Carolina Gamecocks had a record breaking season for their program with 26 wins and only 11 loses. They managed to get the lead to 10-8 in the very early stages of the first half. But then, they quickly drifted behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Gamecocks were no match for the Bulldogs offensively, or defensively. By the end of the first half, the score was already 45-36.

However, the Gamecocks managed to close the gap, with a 14-0 stretch, in the second half and were able to tie the game at 65-65. Gonzaga finally scored again, then it went back to South Carolina, and back to Gonzaga. South Carolina only needed 3 points to tie it up, with only seconds left to play and an intentional foul was used by Gonzaga to force the Gamecocks to the free throw line, which didn’t give them the chance to get the three points. This was a shady way of using a rule against the opposing team. When a game is really close, in the final seconds free throw shots can be forced on a poor foul shooter, instead of allowing the team to get a 3 point shot for the win. According to

According to CBS Sports this is a rule that needs to be to be changed:

"First and foremost, they played really well. Better than South Carolina on the whole. Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss were beasts. The Zags deserved to win. No question. But they were also aided, unquestionably, by a rule that needs to change."

However, this doesn’t change the fact that the Gonzaga Bulldogs won the game with a final score of 77-73, or that they have had an amazing 37-1 season, and it’s more than obvious that they deserve their spot in the March Madness Championship Game.

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The second game had No. 1 North Carolina, facing off against No. 3 Oregon. In this game, it was the Oregon Ducks who managed to both get and keep the lead throughout most of the first half. Although, the Tar Heels were able to gain the lead at 37-36, with only a little over a minute left. North Carolina dominated the last of the first half and kept dominating for the beginning of the second half as well. At one point the Tar Heels were leading the Ducks by 9 points, but then things got a little sloppy. Oregon made a comeback and brought it to one-point game, but for every free throw that North Carolina missed, Oregon missed a rebound. North Carolina won it 77-76.

And you might recall that this will be the North Carolina Tar Heels second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship. Last year, they lost to the Villanova Wildcats. This year they will face the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are making their first March Madness Championship appearance.

The NCAA Championship game begins on Monday, April 3, at 9:20 p.m. ET. The game will air on CBS, or you can catch the live stream on NCAA‘s website. So who do you think will win? Of course, we want to hear your thoughts!

Updated March Madness Final Four Bracket

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Check back here after the game for your NCAA Championship highlights.