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Duke upset by South Carolina: RECAP, score and stats, NCAA Tournament
on March 19, 2017 at 8:56 AM, updated March 19, 2017 at 11:28 PM
The Duke Blue Devils (28-8) met the South Carolina Gamecocks (23-10) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19, 2017 (3/19/17) in the East Region at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
The winner advances to the Sweet 16.
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Here's the AP bulletin on the game:
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament's expanded bracket.
The Gamecocks (24-10) trailed by 10 points early in the second half after one of its coldest shooting stretches of the season to start. But behind Thornwell's outside shooting and Silva's dominance underneath, South Carolina rallied to win two NCAA games for the first time in 44 years.
The Gamecocks rushed to their fans when things were over, celebrating one of the biggest wins in program history.
Next up is the East Regional at Madison Square Garden where the Gamecocks will face third-seeded Baylor, an 82-78 winner over Southern Cal earlier Sunday.
Duke (28-9) was attempting to reach the round of 16 for the sixth time in eight seasons. The Blue Devils, though, could not surmount South Carolina's stifling defense. Leading scorer Luke Kennard had his second straight subpar shooting game, finishing 1 of 6 for 11 points before fouling out.
Here's what you need to know:
Where: Greenville, S.C.
Time: 8:40 p.m. Eastern
Line: Duke -7.5
BOTTOM LINE: Count on tight defense from both teams. South Carolina plays a disruptive designed to take opponents out of their comfort zones. The Gamecocks are 27th nationally in points allowed this year. Duke is 21st in the country in scoring margin.
THAT'S SWEET: Duke is looking for its record 24th trip to the round of 16 under coach Mike Krzyzewski. He's won a record 91 tournament games.
WHERE'S LUKE? Blue Devils leading scorer Luke Kennard was held to eight points in Duke's 87-65 win over Troy, the first time in 19 games he was not in double figures.
LOOKS FAMILIAR: South Carolina coach Frank Martin said he learned his defensive principles from his fascination with then high school star Tommy Amaker, who played his college ball at Duke. When Martin's high school team lost to Amaker's W.T. Woodson High in a holiday tournament, the Gamecocks coach pledged to follow Amaker's career. That led to Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Between my high school coach and watching Duke defend is how I've kind of developed my philosophies," Martin said.
DID YOU KNOW? South Carolina last won two NCAA games in the same tournament in 1973. Duke accomplished that last year.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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