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2017 Schedule
27-8, 2nd in Big 12
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Martin has 'unbelievable respect' for his players (1:24)
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Martin credits fans in NCAA Tournament success (1:30)

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

I asked Frank Martin how much easier it is to teach defense to blue collar kids like he has. "That's who we are. That's what it's all about. People talk about guys transferring out. They leave because they don't want to play as hard as Sindarius Thornwell or Duane Notice."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Sindarius Thornwell on defense, said he knew Baylor would make a run but also felt that "we were in their heads the whole time." Hard to argue

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Gamecocks hand Baylor its worst tourney loss

Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded South Carolina cruised past third-seeded Baylor 70-50 on Friday in the East Regional semifinals, the Bears' worst NCAA Tournament loss.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

South Carolina rolls on and I do mean rolls. The Gamecocks absolutely stopped Baylor in its tracks, the Bears completely flummoxed in the face of Frank Martin's defense. The same team that hasn't won an NCAA game since 1973 is now 40 minutes from the Final Four.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor is going to be hard pressed to near it's season low of points -62.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just as it was getting interesting Sindarius Thornwell decided that was enough of that. Big 3 stops a Baylor rally

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor has rediscovered Lual-Acuil. Went to him early and effectively. He's getting more good looks at rim than anyone else.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

The ball is currently going in the basket for Baylor. See what happens when the half begins.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

It's worth mentioning that just a little more than a month ago this same South Carolina team scored 16 points in a half ... against Alabama. To say the Gamecocks have come a long way would be an understatement.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been impressive seeing how quickly multiple South Carolina defenders move to the ball when Baylor tries to pass it around in offensive sets. This game's tempo, energy and pacing is all on the Gamecocks' side.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor finished half 2 of last 14 as South Carolina turned the Bears into the Bad News Bears. Couldn't get many good looks and the ones they got, it was as if they were stunned to be open and missed terribly.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

South Carolina goes into halftime up 37-22 on Baylor because of an 18-0 run late in the first half. The Gamecocks showed energy and defense, and the Bears looked overwhelmed and flustered.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Baylor is never going to have a better opportunity for the Final Four than this East Regional field. And the Bears are coming up incredibly and surprisingly small.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor plays zone and has absolutely no idea how to attack this one. Scott Drew finally calls a timeout as South Carolina fans take over this building.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor hasn't scored in nearly four minutes and missing badly. The Bears range right now is six inches

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

South Carolina defense really forcing Baylor into some crazy shots. No surprise they aren't going in frequently. Gamecocks offense, though, can't take advantage early

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

South Carolina allows fewest paint points in the country but that's not stopping Baylor. Dumping ball inside almost every possession. Gamecocks collapsing and making it tough.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Baylor uniforms really do glow in the dark.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The lights that ring Madison Square Garden are lit in the colors of the four teams playing here tonight. They normally are orange and blue on nights the Knicks play, and red, white and blue when the Rangers play inside.

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.9182nd
Rebounds Per Game37.963rd
Assists Per Game15.652nd
Points Allowed63.722nd

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record11-12
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances10