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Duke Eliminated & More Shocking Upsets Of The NCAA Tournament So Far

21 March 2017, 10:29 | Andy Ferguson

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The 88-81 win clinches South Carolina's first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1973.

Facing the end of their season and, for much of the roster, the potential end of their college career, the players fought tears as they answered questions from the media. The Wildcats, South Carolina and Florida are headed to the Sweet 16 and the SEC is guaranteed a winning record in the tournament. "And I think we proved that", Turner Thorne said.

The Duke fans, of course, made plenty of noise rooting for Arkansas in the previous game against North Carolina, and that kind of crowd support - and, at times, opposition - from three power-conference fan bases within a short drive of Greenville is hopefully enough to keep the NCAA Tournament coming back for more. "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". Morey said. "You can't get more unlikely than a one-and-done, 40-minute, evenly matched game".

The Bears won despite Motley's foul trouble.

The Blue Devils have not lost at home this season. "But it's really just another tough game for us". I mean, look, a lot of these kids were just hurt at the start of the year and whatever. The Tar Heels have length and athleticism and they use those at both ends of the court. And they became close. That's because Duke just never lived up to the hype. "But that's not going to happen". Except for one Duke player. He fouled out with 1:39 remaining and the game still in doubt.

"Even when I first got to school here, the gym was empty", Thornwell said.

The Gamecocks wanted the ball in the hands of Allisha Gray, who had six consecutive points and led the team's fast-break offense. It went through my mind, but you try not to let it affect you cheering on your teammates. "It's hard knowing how far we could have gone". We thought we could. "We just weren't able to finish it out". "I really am shocked, not how Mount St. Mary's played, but that we didn't start the game with energy".

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The Blue Devils will have their hands full against an OR backcourt that is capable of getting hot from the perimeter.

"I'm not anxious about him at all", Wright said.

David Worlock, the tournament's media co-ordinator, noted there had been several upsets this year, if few moments to compare to last year's half-court victor by Northern Iowa, a historic comeback by Texas A&M or the title-game buzzer-beater by Villanova. Some was a success. I've been in other leagues.

In a voice choked with sobs, Harry Giles said he wasn't surprised at Jones' calm in the emotional storm.

"Your mood is definitely down", guard Luke Kennard said. It's what you expect for Matt. And yet, the Gamecocks were still hanging tough going into the final 20 minutes. They'll certainly be a different looking team next year with seniors like Jones and Amile Jefferson finishing up and freshmen like Jayson Tatum, considering the National Basketball Association. "I was trying to do the same thing". But her teammates finally found her. He admits to watching them a lot on TV and he knows "a lot about their team" even prior to the Bulldog coaches preparing the scouting reports. "They showed it every day". By Sunday evening, there was no scrappy upstart capable of making an out-of-nowhere run on the level of past ones by George Mason, or Virginia Commonwealth, or pre-Big East Butler, or pre-big-time Wichita State.

"I want him to come out firing like that", Wright said.



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