by JUSTIN RIVERA
Seventh seeded South Carolina upsets second seeded Duke which was a top contender for the National Championship. The Blue Devils fell to the Gamecocks 81-88 on March 20.
After the first half Duke was up 30-23, with South Carolina shooting a mere 20 percent from the field. However they quickly turned it around in the second half converting on over 70 percent of their shots.
South Carolinas’ defense held Dukes’ top scorer, Luke Kennard, to only 11 points the entire game. They also held Grayson Allen to 5-13 from the field.
Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina contributed a game high 24 points to their offensive attack. Chris Silva recorded a double-double scoring 17 points and gathering 10 rebounds.
With Dukes loss South Carolina moves onto the Sweet 16 and leaving only the University of North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the whole tournament.
The Gamecocks will play against the third seeded Baylor Bears for a chance of advancing to the Elite Eight.