Duke Stunned by South Carolina in the First Weekend of the NCAA Tournament
The South Carolina Gamecocks did the nation a favor by knocking off the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils on Sunday night, 88-81. The loss was in front of a hostile Greenville, S.C. crowd where Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with 24 points and six rebounds. Grayson Allen scored 20 for the losers, who exit the tournament in the first weekend for the first time since falling to Mercer in the first round three years ago.
The Gamecocks shot an amazing 71% in the second half and nearly tripled its first-half point total while Frank Martin’s SEC defense rattled the Duke players. The couldn’t hit an open jump shot in the final 12 minutes and the game was basically over when South Carolina took a seven-point lead with 8:53 left.
The Gamecocks will play the Baylor Bears in the Sweet Sixteen.