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Gonzaga given good odds of advancing to the Championship Game

Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski, carrying the West Regional trophy, walks through the noisy welcome by students and fans back to the Gonzaga campus late Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 after the Bulldogs victory over Xavier to put the Spokane team in the Final Four next weekend. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga made the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee look good, advancing to the Final Four like a No. 1 seed should. Even now that the Zags have made it to Phoenix, they will continue to be the favorite.

GU is favored by 6 1/2 points over No. 7 seed South Carolina, which is also participating in the Final Four for the first time in program history.

ESPN’s well-regarded analytics website, fivethirtyeight.com, gives the Zags a 69-percent chance of beating the Gamecocks. The website’s algorithms also indicate the Bulldogs have an 42-percent chance of winning the whole thing, up from 14-percent at the start of the tournament.