USC’s Trojans are gifted, talented, deep, clever, powerful; Gonzaga’s Bulldogs are more gifted, more talented, deeper, more clever, more powerful. USC looks unstoppable; Gonzaga looks bulletproof. The Trojans have the best player in future pro Evan Mobley; the Zags may have the next five best.
USC has a terrific coach in Andy Enfield.
Gonzaga has perhaps the best coach in Mark Few.
USC has become a terror on both ends of the floor in this NCAA Tournament, taking a wrecking ball to accomplished teams and teams with pedigree — stifling Drake, stomping Kansas, strafing Oregon on Sunday night, 82-68, to advance to the West Region finals of the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga has been a terror from the beginning of the season, never once letting its foot off the gas pedal, winning 29 games in 29 tries, all but one — all but ONE — coming by a double-digit margin, the one exception the third game of the season against West Virginia. They have made mincemeat of Norfolk State, of Oklahoma, of Creighton in Indianapolis.