Not many teams have the pleasure of beating Mike Krzyzewski's Duke teams, much less knocking one out of the NCAA tournament.
Yet a longtime friendship with current West Virginia coach Bob Huggins provided Martin his big break. Will the Big Ten's Wisconsin Badgers or another SEC powerhouse, Florida, move on? Freshman Maik Kotsar, a 6-foot-10-inch Estonian, and Chris Silva, a 6-foot-9-inch sophomore from Gabon, will have to continue their strong tournament efforts if SC is to stand a chance on Friday.
Martin's fire is a big reason why the Gamecocks rallied past the No. 2-seeded Blue Devils on Sunday, and why his team is confident heading into Friday's matchup vs.
The Gamecocks are fresh off a historic upset of the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils.
They face Baylor, who beat No. 11 seed USC 82-78.
Baylor (27-7) looks to capitalize on depth. "You can be a team that lost 12 games, and you make a run in the this tournament and everyone forgets all your sins before you got in the tournament".
The Gamecocks have some powerful weapons in their lineup. Those were the most points ever scored in regulation of a women's NCAA Tournament game, and the most-lopsided tourney game ever played. Fellow senior Justin McKie and sophomore P.J. Dozier are both from Columbia, and the Gamecocks have quite a bit of young talent on their roster, as well as a five-man recruiting class headlined by four-star prospect David Beatty and former DE guard Kory Holden, who sat out this past season as a transfer. Duane Notice is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Silva is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. "On the contrary, we showed up the next day, and the days they didn't know if they wanted to work, my staff and I provided that life; and the days that my staff and I probably laid in bed and stared at the ceiling and said, 'We'll never figure this out, ' we showed up the next day and we had a bunch of eager young guys that were like, 'Please". We had our battles. "He can do everything".
"They do a great job feeding him the ball in the spots where he likes the ball".
Still, the Golden Bears from California aren't backing down from the challenge of facing Baylor again in March. (5.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg); F Johnathan Motley 6-10 Jr. Durr averages 19.2 points and eclipsed that by scoring 23 in the win over Tennessee.
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Guard Manu Lecomte, who is from Belgium, will be another key to this game. The Bears' greatest strength is their rebounding.
The upperclassmen must step up on both teams.
The victor advances to the Elite 8. "More nerves, bigger game ..."
"Gamecock Jesus" is not going to New York City. The Badgers knocked off the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, Villanova.
The Badgers are a seriously poised and experienced team. This is the Bears' fourth Sweet 16 under coach Scott Drew, but they haven't been to a Final Four since 1950. Sophomore forward Ethan Happ has come on strong in the tournament and could be a problem for the Gators.
When coach Greg Gard was asked about Wisconsin's repeated success and the importance of the team's senior leaders, he said, "We have relied on upperclassmen leadership".
"Once you got guys that's committed to the coach and what he wants, that's when you see things headed in the right direction", Thornwell said. "When he wasn't starring for Lancaster or on the AAU circuit, Thornwell was toughening up in pickup games against 30- and 40-year-old men on an outdoor court known as The Hilltop, right next to Distinguished Kuts barbershop". They understand. They grow up around it.
While the Baylor men's basketball team's season could very well end this weekend, Baylor's women's team continues its march to another potential title. But they know it won't be easy. One player they will be relying on to counter that attack is Devin Robinson. English said there has to be a relentless recruiting push against top programs like North Carolina and Duke, the programs the SEC will see up close Sunday. "This athletic and quick 6'8" junior with a 7'1" wingspan will be hard for the Badgers to guard. Mariya Moore and Myisha Hines-Allen also average double digit points.
Now they were experiencing a victory over Duke and throwing busted brackets into Dumpsters all across the country. As junior guard Kasey Hill put it, "Just got to stick to playing our defense and that's about it".