FINALS WATCH: Shocker trifecta

ATLANTA (AP) — When top-seeded Gonzaga played Wichita State during the first week in Salt Lake City, the game plan revolved around stopping Malcolm Armstead and the Bulldogs succeeded. Armstead scored only eight points. Only problem: Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early combined for eight 3-pointers and 32 points. Coach Gregg Marshall said even he wasn’t expecting that good a shooting night from his team.

Message to Louisville: There’s more than one player to stop on the Shockers.

Message to Shockers: To pull another one, against a team like this, might be best if all those guys — Armstead, Baker and Early — are having good nights.

— Eddie Pells — http://twitter.com/@epells

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