Expert handicapper Tony George of TonyGeorgeSports.com has your 2017 Final 4 free play for Saturday.
South Carolina (+7) vs Gonzaga *5:09 EST
Have you see the list of teams the Gamecocks have beaten? Apparently Vegas oddsmakers have not as there is NO respect in this line for South Carolina. They are 4-0 SU and ATS in the tourney, took down Duke who was as hot as anyone in the country, led by the best coach in CBB, and they were tested and came from behind against Florida and won big, and they have the best player in SEC on their team. Doesn't sound like a 7 point dog to me, but that is the number.
Fundamentally the Gamecocks are better in terms of the basics. Frank Martin is a hard nosed, old school throwback coach and his team is simply too good on defense to get blown off the floor by anyone. Gonzaga has really had 1 good game in this tourney, and the rest of the games they struggled to win. While I think overall the Zags are the better team when you throw in all the intangibles, they will not walk away with this game unless South Carolina shoots less than 40% from the floor.
The Gamecocks unconventional, slow paced tempo, and very tough defense to crack approach should make Gonzaga feel very uncomfortable. Both teams on a huge stage tonight, who flinches first I guess and in that scenario, the big points here are worth a look. You must admit one thing, South Carolina's resume is more impressive.
FREE Play on South Carolina +7