No. 7 South Carolina finished one of a bigger upsets of a 2017 NCAA contest with an 88-81 feat over No. 2 Duke on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina.
Before Friday a Gamecocks hadn’t won an NCAA men’s basketball contest diversion given 1973, and now they are headed to a Sweet 16.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports supposing his thoughts on a Blue Devils’ fate:
Jeff Eisenberg @JeffEisenberg
In a year in that Duke was always unfit to predict, this finale is fitting: A detriment to a group nobody believed could kick them.
The Gamecocks had 5 players in double figures, led by Sindarius Thornwell and his 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman gave his thoughts on a SEC Player of a Year:
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN
Sindarius Thornwell is so damn good. Plays both ends of court, tough as hell, creates large shots.
Chris Silva also had a large night with 17 points, 10 rebounds and dual blocks.
It was a equivocal highway diversion for Duke, as Nicole Auerbach of USA Today explained:
Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach
North Carolina and South Carolina fans have come together to hatred Duke. It’s unequivocally utterly a steer to spy (and hear, really loudly).
The throng advantage was transparent in a second half after this large asperse by Silva:
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It’s removing LOUD in Greenville! #MarchMadness https://t.co/vkiyuM8ZI9
As a diversion progressed, South Carolina was creation both easy and formidable shots:
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
South Carolina is here!
CBS Sports @CBSSports
Just a bit of a shooter’s hold on this one. https://t.co/1CAeCvtes6
The group done 71.4 percent of a attempts in a second half to lift divided late.
The Blue Devils also struggled with a Gamecocks’ assertive defense, that forced 18 turnovers in a game. All-ACC ensure Luke Kennard finished with only 11 points on 1-of-6 sharpened and was one of 3 players on a group to tainted out.
Amile Jefferson had a plain all-around bid with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks, though it wasn’t adequate to assistance lift out a win.
Duke hold a advantage in what was an nauseous initial half, most to a warn of many examination along:
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Feels like Duke has incited a round over on half of a possessions, all of their players have dual fouls, and they’re still somehow adult 8.
Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops
Duke has 13 turnovers! How are they adult by 7?
The contingent 30-23 halftime lead was mostly interjection to worse play from South Carolina, that done only 20 percent of a field-goal attempts and was 3-of-17 from three-point range.
Although a Blue Devils done their mistakes, it was adequate to stay in front.
The second half went most differently, however, with both sides picking adult their descent efficiency.
It came down to creation shots, that South Carolina simply did improved down a stretch. Shooting 27-of-32 from a free-throw line for a group that struggles from there, and a dissapoint was complete.
The Gamecocks will pierce on to play No. 3 Baylor in a Sweet 16 during Madison Square Garden in New York City. With top-seeded Villanova already eliminated, a East Region is wide-open.