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Sindarius Thornwell – the NCAA Tournament’s leading scorer – provides matchup issues for Gonzaga

South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell  drives the ball against Florida forward Devin Robinson  during the first half of the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)
South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell drives the ball against Florida forward Devin Robinson during the first half of the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

The Zags have been successful in slowing opponents’ big-time scorers – South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett – in the NCAA Tournament. South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell presents a unique challenge.

Thornwell, the tournament’s leading scorer at 25.8 points per game, is a strong 6-5, 205-pound senior wing who scores at all three levels: 3-pointers, mid-range and at the rim.

Thornwell will see a variety of defenders, probably ranging from guard Nigel Williams-Goss to 6-9 forward Johnathan Williams, and schemes. Gonzaga also has had success with its zone defense during the tournament.

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