SC ends Baylor's season in Sweet Sixteen

Seventh-seeded SC, 3-6 over its final nine games before the NCAA Tournament, is now charging through to the program's first Elite Eight back here on Sunday afternoon against the victor of Friday's other regional semifinal between No. 8 seed Wisconsin and No. 4 seed Florida.

An apology from me and the rest of the college basketball world that dismissed SC as a contender to make a run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

SC vs Baylor scores and results will be posted here.

SC is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time after Friday's 70-50 win over Baylor in the semifinals of the East Regional at Madison Square Garden. They avenged a 57-53 loss at SC by pounding the Gamecocks 81-66 in the second meeting as 7.5-point home favorites on February 21.

"I think for teams that have a goal of going to the Final Four and winning the national championship, it is that step that, you know, can prevent you (from that)", Staley said.

"I mean, I think coming off of obviously two huge wins, is going to make us more confident than ever", Fay said.

Thornwell might be the SEC Player of the Year, but the Gamecocks are deep, talented and gritty.

In the first half, while SC turned a 15-15 game into a 37-22 halftime lead, Baylor got no easy looks. He still struggles to make the right reads on both ends, but by and large, he was a much smarter basketball player in a much larger role. He hit four of 10 from beyond the arc, showing that he could find spots in the Baylor zone.

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Somewhere Frank McGuire and fellow New Yorker John Roche are smiling having made basketball important in SC in the 1960s.

On defense, Thornwell found himself all over the place.

Guard Manu Lecomte, who is from Belgium, will be another key to this game.

No team from the state of SC has seen that Promised Land. "They're just energetic, especially at the beginning of the game". And they did a great job of executing their game plan. "We couldn't, really couldn't buy a basket". Sindarius Thornwell, one of the stars of this year's March Madness, played at Lancaster before joining the Gamecocks. "For us to be able to play against a team like Duke and play so well on the big stage says a lot about the character of our team". An All-Big 12 pick and potential All-American, Motley averages 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The mid-major school became an upset darling as the lesser-known women's team in its state, prompting UConn coach Geno Auriemma to wear a Quinnipiac T-shirt on Friday beneath his warmup jacket in support of dear friend and coach Tricia Fabbri and her program's special showing. Johnathan Motley paced third-seeded Baylor (27-8) with 18 points and nine rebounds. Martin went 4-4 against Drew and Baylor while he was in coaching in the Big 12. The Bears shot just 25 percent from the floor in the first half and went into the locker room trailing 37-22.

Baylor hung around as long as it could, cutting the deficit to 11 at 49-38 halfway through the second.

"They played absolutely phenomenal the second half", said fan Bernie Enevoldsen.

Facing one of the best defenses in the nation, the Baylor Bears never got into a comfortable tempo and could never find their shooting stroke in a 70-50 loss to SC in Sweet Sixteen action. The Gators won comfortably about a month ago (81-66 as a 7.5 favorite at home), but the Gamecocks won the January, low scoring one at their home. We've got to try to stop him - making shots hard, making shots difficult. The run started when sophomore guard PJ Dozier made a 3-pointer, then Dozier followed with another 3.

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