Representing: SEC 7-2 in NCAA Tournament

Posted March 20, 2017

"That's why they call it March Madness!" said USC coach Frank Martin, who after the game went into the stands to conduct a Jim Valvano-style hugfest with various supporters. "I know that we have the heart of a champion".

SC (24-10): Kotsar 0-3 0-0 0, Silva 6-12 5-5 17, Notice 6-8 3-3 17, Thornwell 6-14 9-12 24, Dozier 5-12 1-1 11, Keita 0-2 0-1 0, Felder 2-5 9-10 15, Gravett 0-3 0-0 0, McKie 2-4 0-0 4. Which will be closer to its average in this game - South Carolina's defense or Duke's offense? And yes I think we had five teams, possibly (could have) had six or seven teams in the tournament. Duke also struggled from 3-point land, shooting a mediocre 37 percent from beyond the arc. He was a catalyst for South Carolina's 65-point second half, too - Silva was 5 for 7 from the field and scored 13 points after the break, committing just one foul in 17 minutes.

SC ended Duke's season in shocking fashion on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Although they lost a bit of their gusto and thus, their volume, as Duke's methodical blowout of Troy wore on, they never gave up. "But I know we won today and it's a great time of year for us to be winning games like this". Coach Dawn Staley said doctors were looking at it after the game and she had no prognosis. What does, though, is how Duke so often managed to trick us into believing it could overcome an nearly nonstop run of adversity. The Gamecocks have played smothering defense for most of the season, but they allowed Marquette to sink 11-of-28 threes in the first round (39.3 percent). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu each added 14 for USC, which advances to play Baylor in the second round of the East region on Sunday. Sophomore Chris Silva also had a huge night and tallied his fourth double-double of the year after dumping in 17 points and grabbing 10 boards; Duane Notice (17), Rakym Felder (15) and P.J. Dozier (11) were the three other double-digit scorers for Carolina. Felder canned a triple from National Basketball Association distance, Silva laid one in and was fouled. Without any timeouts, ASU tried to run a set where any of four players could take the final shot but the ball was knocked out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left.

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Tar Heels scored the final 12 points to avoid a second-round upset at the hands of the Razorbacks at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. "It's the first time in the history of our university that we're going to the Sweet 16". "We just made sure we stuck to our process and kept out composure".

The Gamecocks won this game more than Duke lost it.

Coach Gregg Marshall thought the Shockers were slighted when they got a No. 10 seed. If we lose, it won't be because we couldn't - because they had more people here than we did. That's all our focus is is going to be just try to get a win in. I wish we had some of that tape that doesn't let water into the boat.

The Blue Devils were shockingly upset by No. 7 seed SC 88-81 in their second-round East Region matchup.

Brunner heated up in the second quarter, pouring on ten points over the course of the period and Reili Richardson's score pushed the Sun Devils back in front for the first time since the opening basket at 31-29.

"Yeah, absolutely", Martin said. But in the second half, with Duke getting into foul trouble, he urged his players to go to the rim.

"He has the heart of a giant", Thornwell said.

"We were out of timeouts so we were going by the seat of our trousers", Turner Thorne said. "We'd love to have the ideal scout for the (opponent) but in a day or day and a half, that's not going to happen".

Kentucky 65, Wichita State 62 - Bam Adebayo timed it perfectly, slapping the shot away with his right hand less than a second before the buzzer sounded.

When a Blue Devil got the ball, they got it in an uncomfortable position for them to turn and make a play. The fact that this is their last time leaving us tonight. "When I played, we were sold out every game, and the crowds were incredible".