USC now moves on to the Sweet 16 in NY - home of Frank McGuire, Kevin Joyce, Brian Winters and so many Gamecocks luminaries who did things no other USC squad had done until Sunday night. Ranked 306 nationally in effective field goal percentage entering the game, it didn't have the profile of a team prepared to make a comeback against a talented team like Duke. SC is going to put a lot of pressure on Duke's guards, and they need to establish Jefferson in the post early.
But some Duke fans have placed the blame on someone outside of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and outside of the Duke University team.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't win tonight", he said, "But at the end of the season, I want my guys to either be crying because we've lost or crying because we've just won". "We're in it, so why not win it?"
Marquette, the top three-point shooting team in the nation at 43 percent, connected on 8-of-16 shots from three-point range in a frenetic first half and took a 40-39 lead into the break, but SC took its first lead of the night on its first possession of the second half and shortly after used a 13-0 run for forge an eight-point lead with 14:24 to play.
"These kids have taken me on an unbelievable ride and I couldn't be prouder", said coach Frank Martin, the architect of the Gamecocks' renewal. "That's the toughest defense we've played against all year".
After responding in the face of a turbulent offseason, Duke's mental toughness will be put to one of its toughest tests with Lambert's injury still weighing on the team ahead of Monday's game. "When your leading scorer goes out, it's an opportunity for other players sometimes to score the ball, and that's what they did".
KANSAS 90, MICHIGAN STATE 70: Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to help top-seeded Kansas (30-4) pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 with a victory in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, their upset chances could be bolstered by the fact that tonight's game will be played in Greenville, South Carolina.
SC is enjoying a coming out party in Frank Martin's fifth year in Columbia. 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 previous year. Felder canned a triple from National Basketball Association distance, Silva laid one in and was fouled.
Coach Krzyzewski was discussing the call with the official as Jones walked past him toward the Duke bench.
"The time on the clock, it felt like an eternity was going by", Notice said. Silva, a sophomore from Philadelphia, had possibly his best night as a Gamecock with 10 boards to go with his 17 points. "We couldn't ask for more". And then we were in a lot of foul trouble. So you just try and patch up.
"When you shoot 7 for 35 in the first half and you're down just 7 points, I tell you, it just gives you confidence", Sindarius Thornwell, 22, a SC player said.
"Our guys were nervous to start the game", Martin said. The Hogs went to the charity stripe four times in each half, and not getting the gimmes was costly. Kotsar and Felder each had seven for the Gamecocks, who shot a scorching 56 percent (20-of-36) in the second half. He ventured into part of the crowd to kiss his family and hug fans. The Gamecocks are averaging more than 90 PPG in the NCAA tournament. And we got it on the biggest possible stage against the biggest possible opponent. And those are the fans that we really get up for.
"We'd rather have an upbeat crowd".
Arkansas (26-9) will meet ACC regular-season champ North Carolina (28-75) in a South Regional game at 5:10 p.m., while SC (23-10) and ACC Tournament champ Duke (28-8) will meet in an East Regional game around 30 minutes after game one finishes.