Somewhat ironic: The ACC, in an effort to expand its footprint, held its postseason basketball tournament in Brooklyn this season, and both Florida (Virginia) and South Carolina (Duke) beat ACC teams to get to NYC.
Baylor and SC played two close games in 2013 and '14, but multiple friendships began well before that. (7-0) will minimize his impact on the game, especially driving to the basket.
"I got the phone call from him telling me, 'I want to do this with you, ' when he could have gone to some of the bluebloods - but he wanted to help us build", Martin said Thursday. The answer is yes, said former Gamecock player Carey Rich. I said, you know what, I'm going to motivate them by showing them toughness. We had our battles; he's a close friend. "And hopefully it just keeps leading us to the right direction and to winning".
"At every corner, I had to stop and hear a conversation or take a selfie", he said. "Everybody else on their team is great, too, so it's not just him".
"Freshman year, sophomore year, those two years were the roughest moments for us", Thornwell said. Before that in 2004, No. 3 seeded Georgia Tech won the Midwest and got all the way to the NCAA championship game. Through two games he's averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Bears.
Still, the Golden Bears from California aren't backing down from the challenge of facing Baylor again in March. It's not like they were getting blown out, either - eight losses came by eight points or less. SC had never won back-to-back in the NCAA Tournament before.
Three times previously at the Final Four, the Gators were one altered outcome from meeting an SEC rival in the NCAA title game.
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Was Wake Forest's season actually a success?
Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, scoring 24 points combined in the first four minutes. Weber has referenced VCU's famous run from the opening games at UD Arena all the way to the Final Four.
In the late games, Kansas handled business easily disposing of Purdue. It's no secret that he's Sean Miller's best player and any more advancements in the tournament will have to come from him producing. All the hard work and discipline paid off when the winningest collegiate men's coach of all-time shook Martin's hand late Sunday night in a delirious Greenville arena and said, "You're building something special at SC". We will preview Baylor tomorrow and an expanded preview on Washington on Friday.
The SEC, which sent five teams to the tournament this year and was 4-1 going into the second round, took another step toward closing the gap when No. 7 SC defeated an ACC blue blood - No. 2 Duke.
- The Gamecocks rank ninth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.0 pct), while Baylor is connecting on 36.1 percent of its 3-point attempts. The Baylor Bears are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line.
It's the Gamecocks first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.
Coach Dawn Staley's women's team, making its fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16, travels 2,637.9 miles to northern California to play a team from CT - the Quinnipiac Bobcats - on Saturday. With two wins this weekend, they would only have to go about 100 miles from their campus to Dallas for the Final Four.
- Martin's sister and her family live in Brooklyn and own several restaurants in the area.
"My older brother stays in New York", Wainright said.