Everyone thought it would be a Duke-Villanova East Regional Final at Madison Square Garden. With a simple ironic twist of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's recent words, one could argue there's "no value" in NY.
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California coach Lindsay Gottlieb really didn't have to watch to know just how good top-seeded Baylor is. They lost earlier this season to SC.
Gamecock fever began to spread Sunday night, when both USC teams won tight second-round games in the NCAA Tournament. "We're in it - why not win it?"
"For us all to be in the spotlight is just tremendous because we don't feel like we get the recognition that we deserve". Out West is the same way - there are a bunch of great teams, but few guys who you'd say have star potential in the National Basketball Association. Gamecock great Alex English, a basketball Hall of Famer, was at Sunday's win over Duke, as was ex-USC star BJ McKie, a Charleston Southern assistant coach and father of current SC player Justin McKie. And his kids believe in him. But this year, they took that step, then took a couple more. A first-round win over Marquette was the school's first victory in the NCAA Tournament since 1973. "But I think our coaches are going to give us the correct game plan so that we can obtain the win".
The Gamecocks arrived in New York City Wednesday ahead of their Sweet 16 match-up against Baylor on Friday. "And he does just about everything for them". "And they've become mentally tough, as mentally tough can be". "For us, for our first time and our last time playing at the university means a lot, because when we came in our ultimate goal was to make it to the tournament". They have also reached the round of 16 in six of the last seven years. The Wildcats and Gators combined to go 50-19 in the NCAA Tournament in that period, with Florida winning the 2006 and 2007 national titles and Kentucky capturing the 2012 championship. Whatever funk a late-season slide might have generated was erased with a history-changing ride in Greenville.
"It's one of those things", he said, "if you look at the quality of those 14 institutions, if they put their minds to something, they're going to be successful". No. 8 Wisconsin will meet No. 4 Florida in the nightcap. Scott said, 'Lets do this.' I don't like playing (against) friends, but he said 'Let's do this, ' because he knew he would have a lot more to lose if they lost to SC than we would (losing to Baylor).
"I've been answering to that the whole last three weeks of the season".
"Freshman year, sophomore year, those two years were the roughest moments for us", Thornwell said. And we're going to continue listening to coach and we're going to let coach lead us and we're going to follow him into whatever. 'Well, your team is just, it's lost its fight, it's not very good, it doesn't belong.' Why, because we lost at Vanderbilt?
If Ball plays well against the Wildcats and then against the Tar Heels (if they beat Butler), it's nearly a guarantee that he'll unseat Markelle Fultz as the consensus top pick.
Sindarius Thornwell, the Southeastern Conference's leading regular season scorer and conference player of the year, is having a career season in his farewell tour for the Gamecocks.