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2017 Schedule
24-10, 3rd in SEC
The lighter side of Frank Martin (3:27)
USC vs. Baylor: Get to know the Bears (2:15)
Players reflect on Sweet 16 spotlight (1:26)
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
10hChad Ford

Sindarius Thornwell's draft stock is rising

The SEC Player of the Year is one of the best two-way players in the NCAA tournament. Scouts loved him as a freshman, but he's much better as a senior.

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11hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Duane Notice

You know all about Sindarius Thornwell, but the Gamecocks are completely different when Notice is making open shots. Just ask Duke.

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What you need to know about Friday's Sweet 16 games

Whose freshman will star: Kentucky's or UCLA's? How can Butler stay with UNC? Can South Carolina disrupt Baylor? What's the key matchup for Wisconsin vs. Florida? It's time for answers.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Villanova and Duke were "supposed" to be here at Madison Square Garden. Absent those two teams with big New York fan bases, not exactly packed at the open practices.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Drew on the unlikely regional here in NY, with Baylor, South Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin talked about the parity of the game with transfers and one and dones. He then added, "with the NCAA Tournament, its who plays best in those 40 minutes. It's not best four of seven, the best team doesn't always win."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Ishmail Wainwright said Baylor watched three hours of film on Sindarius Thornwell alone and that the "whole team" will have to defend him.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA's East Regional has (unofficially) begun at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina's Frank Martin opens Thursday's news conferences. "I'm proud of my colleagues (in the SEC)," Martin said of the conference having three remaining teams, including two here with the Gamecocks and Gators. Martin added that it bothered him when critics downplay the SEC's successes.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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FiveThirtyEight: Gamecocks aren't done yet

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, South Carolina has a puncher's chance of knocking off Baylor on Friday night. If the Gamecocks move on, however, they'll be longshots the rest of the way.

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ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

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2dJay Bilas

Bilastrator: Carolina D rising to the occasion

Frank Martin and the Gamecocks showed last weekend how elite they are in the defensive end. But to get through this weekend, they'll have to be good on offense, too.

Why you should be excited about the Sweet 16 (1:13)

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Baylor boasts the best interior offense among teams still alive in the NCAA tournament, while South Carolina features the top interior defense. The Bears and Gamecocks will pit their productive trench warfare against each other on Friday.

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South Carolina has reached the Sweet 16 thanks to a pair of second-half comebacks. The Gamecocks' most recent performance following halftime against Duke was historic.

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2dMyron Medcalf

SEC basketball is starting to emerge

Known much more for football, the SEC is changing perceptions of its basketball brand with the success of Florida and South Carolina. That could continue in the Sweet 16.

The South Carolina-Duke upset as told by action figures (0:29)
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3dDarren Rovell

Factory worker falls 1 pick short of $1M prize

South Carolina's first-round win over Marquette cost a West Virginia factory worker $900,000 in a Berkshire Hathaway NCAA tournament bracket contest led by chairman Warren Buffett.

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Of the seven teams that have defeated Mike Krzyzewski in the NCAA tournament seeded at least five spots lower, only No. 10-seed Providence won its next game, defeating No. 14-seed Chattanooga in 1997.

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Frank Martin: South Carolina's upset of Duke

South Carolina coach Frank Martin comments on his demeanor, his team's second-half adjustments in the upset of Duke, Mike Krzyzewski's praise of the Gamecocks and preparing for Baylor.

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3dJohn Gasaway

Assessing Sweet 16 coaches: Frank Martin

Martin has orchestrated a defensive scheme that works well for the Gamecocks. But unless South Carolina turned a corner in its landmark upset of Duke, its offense still has room to improve.

'SEC Friday' comes to Sweet 16 (1:14)

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.1179th
Rebounds Per Game36.3139th
Assists Per Game12.8222nd
Points Allowed65.232nd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-9
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8