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Road to Final Four and NCAA title got a little smoother thanks to upsets

Road to Final Four and NCAA title got a little smoother thanks to upsets

For Gonzaga, the road ahead looks straight and clear. No twists, no turns. The Bulldogs just need to keep their foot on the gas.

As guard Nigel Williams-Goss put it: “It’s survive, advance and move on.”

After a weekend in which the 2017 NCAA tournament verged on swerving out of control with a string of upsets and near upsets, the top-seeded team in the West Regional emerged with a significantly clearer path to the national championship.

Statistical predictors such as Jeff Sagarin and FiveThirtyEight see Gonzaga’s route to the Final Four as the smoothest. There is no fellow No. 1 seed standing in the way of a championship game, thanks to Villanova’s loss in the...

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