Gonzaga coach Mark Few doesn’t need to spend much time to know how much Sindarius Thornwell means to the South Carolina basketball team.
On Monday afternoon, during the Final Four coaches teleconference, Few labeled the SEC Player of the Year as a “dangerous” player to prepare for, before Saturday’s game between the Gamecocks and Bulldogs.
“The intensity that he brings to the game,” Few said. “He can hurt you on the glass. He can hurt you shooting it. He can hurt you off the bounce. He can get to the free-throw line a lot. He’s going to be a hard guard.
“It’s probably going to take a number of our guys. We’re, obviously, going to have to shadow his direction. He’s definitely going to be a handful.”
In NCAA Tournament play, Thornwell has scored 24 or more points in every game.
South Carolina, winners of the East Region, enters the Final Four as the No. 7 seed. Gonzaga won the West Region as the No. 1 seed. The game will tip at 6:09 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.