The moment everyone lets up shows why South Carolina is different

By Mike Vaccaro – New York Post – Source Article

“Don’t give anything away for free,” Dozier said later. “Play until they tell you to stop playing. That’s what this team has been about since Day 1.”

P.J. Dozier – Getty Images

You want to know why South Carolina took a blowtorch to your brackets, why an (alleged) football school out of an (alleged) football conference will be taking its No. 7 seed to Arizona with them while Duke and Kansas and Arizona and UCLA will be getting started with their lacrosse, outdoor track and softball seasons?

This one moment explains it all.

Eleven seconds left in the East Region final Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Gamecocks are up five, 75-70. Florida is looking to do anything to extend the game, and so Chris Chiozza — Friday night’s hero — darts to the basket, knowing that Carolina will certainly let him have the easy deuce because everyone — honestly, no lie; just about every basketball team on earth — would let him have the easy deuce.

Well: almost every team.

P.J. Dozier doesn’t play matador. He actually stepped in front of Chiozza, and then he stripped Chiozza, and then he fed teammate Duane Notice for a dunk. It was 77-70. It ended that way. It was as quintessential a South Carolina moment as the Gamecocks could have conjured.

“Don’t give anything away for free,” Dozier said later. “Play until they tell you to stop playing. That’s what this team has been about since Day 1.”

There were plenty of sentimental reasons to enjoy South Carolina’s splendid sprint through the East brackets, first in Greenville, S.C., then in Manhattan. The Gamecocks’ coach, Frank Martin, may be the most-liked coach among his peers in all of Division I; good luck finding anyone to say a discouraging word about him. And after four days, it was easy to understand why.

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OH SO SWEET! GAMECOCKS BEAT DUKE!

The South Carolina men’s basketball celebrates the win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

BY DAVID CLONINGER – dcloninger@thestate.com – Source Article

GREENVILLE, SC – Those nearly forgotten dancing shoes are made of glass.

South Carolina shocked everyone but its thousands of garnet-clad faithful at Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday by beating second-seeded Duke 88-81, punching the Gamecocks’ ticket to New York and the Sweet 16. Following its first NCAA tournament win since 1973 on Friday, USC (24-10) overcame an icy shooting first half to sock the ACC champions out of the tournament.

It’s the first time USC has ever won consecutive NCAA tournament games. The seventh-seed Gamecocks will play No. 3 Baylor at 7:29 p.m. on Friday with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight. A win there …

  

Photos – Gerry Melendez gmelendez@thestate.com

Well, they didn’t get here by talking about anything other than the step in front of them. But my, what a step they took Sunday.

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WATCH: Martin, Dozier on second half spark

John Whittle (247sports.com) – Original Article

South Carolina battled back for a 77-66 victory over USF on Saturday afternoon on the road. The Gamecocks (9-1) were down at halftime, but came out sharp in the second half to take control of the game. Watch the video below of the full press conference with head coach Frank Martin and sophomore PJ Dozier, or check out the notes below.

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