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

Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

If only Thornwell knew what it was like for SC during the old days, and he doesn't, but famed Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins does. While the Blue Devils are always capable of shooting the lights out from deep, handling intense pressure was a problem occasionally this season. Carolina got a stop and took possession with the shot clock off, but Thornwell missed from 3 with six seconds left and MU led 40-39 at halftime. The league matched last year's total of three teams in the Sweet 16, when West Virginia, Kansas and Baylor pulled off second-round victories.

On the season, Duke basketball is averaging 80.7 points 36.3 rebounds and 13.1 assists per game.

- Sunday's NCAA Tournament games at Bon Secours Arena have turned into the ACC/SEC Challenge. "At this point, you're going to get so much energy from the outside anyway just because of how big the games are".

Last season, the two teams also faced each other in the NCAA Tournament.

Brunner heated up in the second quarter, pouring on ten points over the course of the period and Reili Richardson's score pushed the Sun Devils back in front for the first time since the opening basket at 31-29.

As USC (yeah, I know, but it's the biggest win in school history and the Trojans just lost, so let us have this one) stretched the lead to four, resignation changed to fear; as the lead grew to seven, then 10 points, fear melted into hope. They forced 18 turnovers and held Duke stars Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen to a combined 6-of-19 shooting from the field.

During a weekend that saw defending champion Villanova and hated rival Louisville fall in the second round, Kentucky is glad to be moving on from Wichita State.

"She's their money player", said Arizona State forward Sophie Brunner, who led her team with 20 points. Richardson set a new career-high with 16 points and Haines added 12.

Duke looked like a legitimate national title contender in winning the ACC tournament.

Duke had won the ACC Tournament and knocked off Troy in the first round. He finished with 15, four and three with one steal.

Duke leads the all-time series with SC by 57-19.

The ASU basketball women's team is coming off an impressive 73-61 win against Michigan State.

Behind standout performances from Sindarius Thornwell (24 points), Chris Silva (17 points) and Duane Notice (17 points), the Gamecocks stormed out of the gates and quickly flipped the seven-point deficit into a lead.

"I truly believe we have three quarterbacks who can manage the football game in the Pac-12", head coach Gary Andersen told reporters. Amile Jefferson chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the winning effort for Duke.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tyler Dorsey hit a contested go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 38.4 seconds to play, E.C. Matthews airballed a long 3 in the waning moments trying to force overtime, and third-seeded OR rallied in the second half to beat upstart No. 11 Rhode Island 75-72 on Sunday and reach the Midwest Regional.

The Cardinals (25-8) have won five straight opening round games.

An NBA team should and likely will take Giles in the first round based exclusively off potential, but that's why he needs to run to the NBA.

The Ducks led early behind Dorsey's fast start, but Rhode Island grabbed momentum late in the first half. It closed the half on a 9-4 spurt then opened the second half on 10-2 run to make it 48-33. Fortunately, he wasn't the only one to get DQ'd, and Jayson Tatum and Matt Jones also found their ways to the bench before the final buzzer.

  • Joanne Flowers