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South Carolina entered this year’s NCAA tournament, their initial NCAA contest given 2004 and their fifth NCAA contest in a final 43 years, carrying never won dual uninterrupted tourney games in a story of a program.
On Sunday afternoon in Madison Square Garden, Frank Martin led a Gamecocks to their fourth true win and their initial outing to a Final Four.
Sindarius Thornwell scored 11 of his 26 points in a final 10 minutes, streamer No. 7 seed South Carolina behind from a 40-33 halftime necessity for a 77-70 win over No. 4 seed Florida. P.J. Dozier combined 17 points and Chris Silva finished with a vicious 13 points and 9 boards, entrance adult with some outrageous descent rebounds and dispatch plays defensively in a second half.
After sharpened 7-for-12 from 3 in a initial half, Florida missed their all 14 attempts from over a arc in a second 20 minutes. South Carolina’s defense, that is second nationally this season, according to KenPom, and that authorised 40 points to a Gators in a initial half, buckled down in a final minutes, forcing turnovers and holding a Gators out of what they wanted to do offensively. They shot usually 11-for-35, or 31.4 percent, from a building after halftime and didn’t get a purify demeanour during a edge in a final 5 mins of a game.
That’s how South Carolina plays. That’s who they are. It’s earthy and it’s nauseous and it’s usually so effective when they’re means to make shots during a other finish of a floor. And that is where this group has altered in March. The Gamecocks mislaid 6 of their final 9 games streamer into a NCAA tournament, unwell to measure some-more than 1.00 points-per-possession in 5 of those 6 losses.
But a story of this diversion isn’t how this South Carolina group has changed.
The story is how a module has changed.
The Gamecocks were a 10-win group that went 2-14 in a SEC a year before they Frank Martin divided from Kansas State, a sinecure that was done interjection to a descending out with his jaunty director, and boy, does that demeanour like a manoeuvre now. He was obliged for streamer Kansas State, that isn’t accurately a module famous for basketball success, to their usually Elite 8 given 1988. He’s now led South Carolina to their initial Final Four in a story of a program.
South Carolina will allege to Phoenix to take on No. 1 seed Gonzaga in a Final Four.