March 23, 2017

For One Night, South Carolina Basketball Is the Toast of the Nation

21 March 2017, 02:33 | Ross Houston

South Carolina earns first NCAA victory in 44 years

SEC gets chance to make a statement vs. ACC on Sunday

Kennard said his team has been in hard environments before "and we've won games like that".

In the season's final game, the Blue Devils surrendered 88 points to a SC team that ranked 124th in offensive efficiency. Additionally, the ACC, which was the most represented conference in the top 50 of BPI, was able to get only one of its nine teams to the second weekend. North Carolina ended the game on a 12-0 run, however, and Arkansas became the second SEC team knocked out of the tournament. The Gamecocks men's basketball team hadn't won a tournament game since 1973.

The Gamecocks got basket after basket, almost tripling their first-half output as they put up an eye-popping 65 points in the second half-by far the most Duke allowed in a half this season.

Before blowing out Marquette 93-73 in the first round a few days, SC hadn't won an NCAA tournament game since that '73 trip to the Sweet 16.

It wasn't just losing. It started his run of eight points in 45 seconds, and third-seeded Baylor never trailed again. The Seminoles were seen as a Final Four sleeper pick due to their size and athleticism.

That anger led to a 73-61 demolition of Michigan State in Friday's first round that wasn't almost as competitive as the final score suggests, and that anger led to a repeat performance against the 1-seed South Carolina Gamecocks.

Drake fans had zero patience waiting for More Life
Features include Kanye West, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Thug, Travis Scott and 2 Chainz. After listening to the project I get why Drake called this a playlist.

Wenger is being treated unfairly by Arsenal supporters - Bacary Sagna
Wenger had previously said that he had yet to decide what he would do, with the offer of a new two-year contract on the table. Maybe commitment wise they were not that confident and without that confidence it's hard to play.

Maury County girl and teacher have been missing one week
TBI issued a nationwide Amber Alert, because with so few leads, investigators said Cummins and Thomas could be anywhere by now. Cummins had been a teacher at Culleoka Unit Schol since 2011 before he was dismissed last week following the case.

Losses by Notre Dame in the second round, Virginia Tech in the first and Wake Forest in the opening round were closer but added to the totals. And when they were asked about this season being defined by its unfulfilled potential, they pointed to that accomplishment as evidence to the contrary. Duke couldn't make them pay because it coughed up 13 turnovers, leading to 10 SC points, almost half of its anemic first-half total.

The tournament didn't produce many shocking early results. Those second-chance opportunities are huge on nights when the team's shooting is below average.

Turner Thorne and Staley both agreed Arizona State deserved higher than an eighth seed and this matchup shouldn't have happened in the second round. It was a rematch of the 2014 game when eighth-seeded Kentucky ended top-seeded Wichita State's ideal season in the second round. I wish I could keep coaching them this year.

And before an early-December win over Florida at Madison Square Garden, a game in which Tatum first made his presence known, we were left wondering if we'd ever get to see the stacked lineup we'd been promised before the season. Here come No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 Florida, No. 7 SC and No. 8 Wisconsin. There were times where their offense would get bogged down, like in each of the final three ACC tournament games that they played, but eventually Duke's talent would take over. The Badgers play in the Big Ten and are headed to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season, so it wasn't exactly a David-and-Goliath scenario.

But the Badgers' Nigel Hayes put it well on Saturday after the victory. "The thing is with all those algorithms, they can't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire". When we thought it was time to pull the plug on the hype train, they'd find a way to win games they didn't have any business winning.

But after that mighty league got a whopping nine teams into the big dance, only one is left entering the Sweet 16, and Duke isn't one of them. Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida State wouldn't have been surprises to reach the Final Four.

Other News

Trending Now

SC notice to Centre, RBI over plea on old currency deposits
The petitioner has referred to the Specified Bank Notes Cessation of Liabilities Ordinance and said it had breached the assurance. The petitioners were also asked to show the documents whether they had gone to banks to deposit the old currency notes or not.

Filipino tycoons included in Forbes' list of world's richest
The highest ranking woman on the list was L'Oreal cosmetics shareholder Liliane Bettencourt, who was 14th with US$39.5 billion. Trump saw his net worth fall from $4.5 billion a year ago to $3.5 billion Monday, the day the newest ranking was published.

Congress leaders openly blame Rahul Gandhi for loss in UP polls
Even after being the largest single party, the party has not been able to form a government either in Goa or in Manipur. However, the Guinness Book of World Record has not confirmed whether it will approve such a request or not.

Mobile LG G6 pre-orders start on March 22
LG G6 pre-orders are up in the U.S. and every major carrier is offering the smartphone with freebies and offers. However, BestBuy is offering the LG G6 though its website with service options from AT&T , Sprint or Verizon .

Adam Levine talks about Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's romance
There have also been rumors regarding their potential wedding plans, which have also been unconfirmed. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Notes ban: ED arrests Sekhar Reddy, 2 others under PMLA
Mr Reddy allegedly has business links with Vikram Rao - the son of former Tamil Nadu chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao. The ED is trying to find out how the money in new currency in such large numbers had reached these persons.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director blasted by Democrats after probe revelation
When he was asked what the committee expects from the hearing , Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes , gave a substantial list. But Comey did say he wished the bureau could have been more aggressive in warning the DNC in hindsight.

Barcelona confident Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will sign new contracts
Barcelona need to chose which star they'd prefer to replace Iniesta and both players have pros and cons. As such, Iniesta has only made 15 appearances this season as he's also struggled with injuries.

Netflix scrapping star ratings system in favour of 'thumbs up, down' reviews
Netflix will still show a percentage next to a title, but that number will represent how likely it is for you to enjoy that title. Not movie stars, per se, but rather the streaming service's system for rating the programs they watched with one to five stars.

Marquinhos Hopes PSG Can Sign Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe was rewarded with his first senior call-up by France boss Didier Deschamps, but he insists his form is nothing special. Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC.