Few people even had South Carolina coming out of the first round. They made the Final Four as a #7 seed with star performances from Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier, knocking off Marquette, Duke, Baylor, and fellow SEC member Florida.
Gonzaga is probably the most picked against #1 seed in history. They have proved doubters wrong with stellar play from guard Nigel Williams-Goss and Missouri transfer Jonathan Williams, defeating South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia, and Xavier to reach the Final Four.
North Carolina destroyed their first three opponents utilizing the best rebounding frontcourt in the nation, but needed a midrange bomb from former walk-on Luke Maye to defeat Kentucky.
Oregon lost Chris Boucher to injury before the tournament. Skeptics cited his incredible three-point shooting, ability to space the floor, and shot-blocking presence inside. Guess what? He wasn’t even a starter, and Oregon didn’t need him in wins over Iona, Rhode Island, Michigan, and Kansas.