Jadeveon Clowney among those who saw South Carolina shock Duke

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Baylor Bears face off in the Sweet 16 this Friday night at Madison Square Garden in College Basketball action.

What was stunning was Frank Martin and SC ousting ACC Tournament champion Duke Sunday in the round of 32. But South Carolina - which entered the tournament on a low note - had other ideas.

After an opening weekend with few stunning upsets but several close games, SC earned a program-defining win to join Kentucky and Florida remain as the only SEC teams left in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're not satisfied", he said.

South Carolina, playing in front of a large home crowd just 100 miles from its campus, crashed the party, overwhelming Duke in the second half, just as it did Marquette on Friday night.

The Blue Devils weren't able to pull away from the Gamecocks in the first half despite being the better team.

A'ja Wilson scored 21 points, including the put back that gave SC the lead for good and the free throws that sealed it, to help the No. 1 seed Gamecocks beat eight-seed Arizona State 71-68 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night.

"I think we were hitting our strides at the end of the year". Actually, the most physical game we've been in all year.

Showing no fear against a team the smart-money guys in Las Vegas said would beat them by 25, the Mountaineers jumped to a 10-2 lead against the Wildcats, who missed their first eight shots, committed two turnovers and had three shots blocked in the opening 5 minutes. The Gamecocks made 7 of 35 shots, with twice as many attempts as Duke (17). Baylor had a late spurt to beat Southern California in a taut game and UCLA kicked its offense in high gear after a sluggish first half to beat Cincinnati. Leading scorer Luke Kennard had his second straight subpar shooting game, finishing 1 of 6 for 11 points before fouling out. Felder canned a triple from National Basketball Association distance, Silva laid one in and was fouled.

Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the victor of Monday's game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.

The Sun Devils had 2.1 seconds and possession to tie the game, but Brunner's three-pointer fell wide - ending Arizona State's season. Such was the case as the South Carolina Gamecocks pulled off an upset over everyone's favorite team to hate, the Duke Blue Devils.

"The time on the clock, it felt like an eternity was going by", Notice said. "They can't put that into a formula to come out with a percentage chance to win, and that's the things that we have".

"We got worn down", Krzyzewski said.

Besides, 11-over-6 upsets are not really much of a surprise. Additionally, Jefferson will need to stay out of foul trouble. That's all our focus is is going to be just try to get a win in.

The Gamecocks play tough defense, but the Blue Devils have too many weapons and will be too much for SC.

"This is a special group of guys", Martin added. "The shots just didn't fall today".

"Chris was the difference in the second half", Thornwell said.

The final seconds were a celebration.

"That's the most physical team we've faced all year", he said. "Any time it's quiet in the book, we're doing good". "The only people who matter are the people in our circle, who've seen us work, seen us grind, who've been through everything we've been through this season". Let's just play. We're okay. And while the Duke players weren't making any excuses after their 88-81 loss to SC, they didn't deny the effect the crowd had on the game.

  • Julie Sanders