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Gamecock Hoops Knocks Off Arkansas

SOUTH CAROLINA WINS SECOND SEC TOURNAMENT GAME The University of South Carolina men’s basketball team has reached the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament on the strength of a surprising 71-69 upset of fifth-seeded Arkansas – likely costing the Razorbacks (21-11, 10-8 SEC) their shot at an NCAA tournament bid….

SOUTH CAROLINA WINS SECOND SEC TOURNAMENT GAME

The University of South Carolina men’s basketball team has reached the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament on the strength of a surprising 71-69 upset of fifth-seeded Arkansas – likely costing the Razorbacks (21-11, 10-8 SEC) their shot at an NCAA tournament bid.

The Gamecocks (14-19, 5-13 SEC) will now do battle against Tennessee – another team on the cusp of making the “Big Dance.”

Can South Carolina play the role of spoiler one more time?

After going five years without winning an SEC tournament game, the Gamecocks have now won two in a row. They’ve also won three straight conference games for the first time under head coach Frank Martin – although Martin was suspended for the team’s regular season finale against Mississippi State for cursing at a player.

South Carolina superfrosh Sindarius Thornwell – who was recently named to the conference’s All-Freshman team – led the way for the Gamecocks with 17 points. Forward Laimonas Chatkevicius came off the bench to add 16 points.

Taming fourth-seeded Tennessee won’t be easy. The Volunteers (20-11, 11-7 SEC) pummeled the Gamecocks 72-53 in Knoxville two months ago during their only meeting of the regular season.

Assuming South Carolina can get by the Volunteers, they would likely face No. 1 Florida in the semifinal round.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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5 comments

Thomas March 13, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Great game! Awesome! That’s what Coach Martin is talking about!

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Bible Thumper March 14, 2014 at 12:13 am

Clemson beats GT 69-65 OT. Twenty Wins. Quarter-finalist agaist Duke friday. Congradulations

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bobbymac March 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

Gotta give Coach Frank and the Cocks props….they are playing their best ball of the season at the end which shows how much they have improved and they look physically and mentally tough. Way to go Gamecocks!!!

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Crooner March 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Interesting. Why did they meet only once in the regular season? I thought it was home and home with divisional foes.

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Lester March 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Franchise win!

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