Sweet 16 odds: Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga highlight favoritesPor Feo Sada Mar 21, 2017
SC also needs Bad Duke to show up.
The Gamecocks collected a huge prize as a result.
SC basketball coach Frank Martin stayed up late on Friday night after his team's first win in the NCAA tournament.
"I'm hoping this weekend North Carolina and SC will be united in victories", said UNC Fan Rick Bryson. My Twitter feed jumped on the bandwagon out of hatred for Duke, and all of a sudden it felt like the world was cheering this historically shit-ass ball club on like it was the Jamaican bobsled team.
Rakym Felder of the South Carolina Gamecocks played high school ball at Lincoln in Coney Island. The game was in Greenville, S.C., meaning that there wasn't a shortage of Gamecock fans in the building.
"They had it rocking". "We've got to use this motivation and fire we had before the game to come back hard" next year, the sophomore said. "You feel bad for players". But when they won four games in four days to capture the ACC Tournament, it seemed they had enough to make up for any deficiencies.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks head out to Stockton, California, to play the victor of Monday's game between No. 4 seed Miami and 12th seeded Quinnipiac in a regional semifinal Saturday. "They add toughness. They add all the intangibles that go with great technique".
The lead was just one, before another run, this time a 12-4 spurt, in which Dozier accounted for nine points, giving SC a 64-55 lead with 6:36 left. Actually, the most physical game we've been in all year.
If they make a movie about Duke's 2016-17 season, they're going to need to change the ending to fit the rest of the story. The Gamecocks (24-10) shot an unconscious 71 percent from the field in the second half.
Luke Kennard scored 11 points, fouling out with 1:38 left.
"It's no secret I didn't think we should be playing a one seed in the second round on their home floor". Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and he finished it off by swatting away Landry Shamet's 3-point attempt as it left his hand with less than a second left.
When they met the first time, UCLA was ranked 11th in the country and the Wildcats were No. 1. Both programs have enjoyed moderate success in recent years, but they faced two true blue bloods in No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Duke, respectively.
Facing the end of their season and, for much of the roster, the potential end of their college career, the players fought tears as they answered questions from the media.
"Everyone got a glimpse of how good we can be", coach Jamion Christian said. "We had 23 fouls and we average 14 a game".
DePaul, the seven seed, scored the next seven points to cut the lead to 61-50 by the end of the third quarter, but Mississippi State responded with the first eight points of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
At Flight Beer Garden and Music Hall, more than 100 fans tuned in for the Gamecocks meeting with Duke, some holding their seat more than four hours before tipoff.
Another ACC coach reiterated the point.
Duke had 10 turnovers and 10 fouls barely 16 minutes into the game. A real upset is something like that SC game, where Duke was five seedings higher than its opponent.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils have made 12 NCAA tournaments under Turner Thorne, but have advanced to the Sweet 16 just three times. SC never has advanced past the Sweet 16. When the Gamecocks defeated Marquette on Friday night, it was their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1973. It impacted Allen as well, as he averaged just 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, numbers down from 21.6 and 4.6 past year.
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