SEC rivals Florida, South Carolina battle in East final

SEC rivals Florida, South Carolina battle in East final

"All of sudden we look a lot smarter when that happens than we really are". One more and it's on to the Final Four. The NCAA hit the program with massive sanctions, reducing them to seven scholarships for two years and, in 2005-06, banning the program from playing non-conference games.

Martin also described the thoughts racing through his mind during the final seconds of the Gamecocks' win Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16.

What South Carolina has done is impressive in every way. "We're pretty excited about the challenges that we've faced within this region".

"It's the toughest defense we've played against all year", Krzyzewski said.

The Gamecocks will have to go without their second leading scorer, Alaina Coates, who also is their leading rebounder. The 22 points matched Baylor's low for a half this season. If South Carolina can limit their mistakes, they can put themselves in a good position to make it to Dallas for the Final Four.

Thornwell, feeling slighted, vowed he would not leave SC without playing in the NCAA Tournament.

"We know as a team how they play". "They're an extension of their coach".

Though they fell short of their goal, the Bears enjoyed a great season. We're just anxious about our next opponent, which is Louisville, and just focused on us and what we have to do to get to the next round.

The first three games Friday, at least as far as competitiveness goes, were blah: UNC blew Butler out in the first half and held on for a 92-80 win.

There's another way to assess the East, though, through second chance games offered on numerous platforms that let people fill out brackets.

"It's a great win for the program", Gamecocks guard Duane Notice said. "Obviously they are here for a reason and they have earned every single bit of that".

"It doesn't matter what name is on the jersey, we come out to play". Whenever the ball moved across the court, the Gamecocks moved with it.

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Thornwell has been a man on a mission in the NCAA Tournament. So, it's going to be a grind-it-out game, probably down to the wire like this one.

Thornwell's "Z's" aside, nobody is snoozing on seventh-seeded SC ... not anymore.

"They're well-coached and not only are they good technique-wise, they add heart", Krzyzewski said. The Baylor bench, which had been outstanding in the first two games in Tulsa, finished the game a combined 1-17 from the field.

On the season, Baylor basketball is averaging 72.7 points, 38.0 rebounds and 15.7 assists per game.

The plan of action for both teams is the same: be physical, limit touches and know you're not going to find a way to stop Thornwell or Allen completely. "But there's no doubt in our mind that we can pull off another upset". "This opportunity, it's incredible".

- Princeton had a chance to knock off Notre Dame in the first round, but down one in the waning moments took a long 3-pointer that missed. And then maybe someday they'll win them a national championship here. Very impressed by way they never let up late.

"Our size is young, and I think people tend to forget that", Mulkey said. "And Trish (Fabbri), that potty-mouth coach of theirs, if I ever said some of the stuff that she said, I'd get crucified".

Fabbri was thankful for the love from Auriemma.

"I don't want to be in that situation", he said.

Continued Gard, "I don't try to overstimulate this time of year in terms of what we're going into or what's at stake". Thornwell lived up to his SEC player of the year status by scoring a game-high 24 points, pulling down six rebounds, blocking two shots and coming up with a pair of steals. "And it all starts with her to be honest, and, you know, she's one of my biggest models".

Still, junior forward Joel Berry II defended the league for having the best teams in the nation.