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She scored eight points in that game, but since then she's grown into the 2017 ACC Player of the Year. Scouting reports really aren't necessary.

This version of the Gators, seeded fourth in the East Region under the direction of 40-year-old, second-year head coach Mike White, will play for a spot in the Final Four Sunday afternoon against seventh-seed compatriot SC (2:20 p.m., CBS). These two split the season series, with the home team winning and covering in both meetings. But it starts with Thornwell, who not only has been their most stylish player but also their unselfish leader, who stayed on campus for four years of grinding seasons. "They didn't call any in the second half, and that's pretty much how it went down the stretch". They take a lot of charges and kind of swarm the ball when you drive. We fought and they did, too.

SC was on point defensively, and more keyed in from the start than Baylor. "But I want to say it's going to be two in there". "They are very physical, and that was something that helped bring us to the win is that we became physical and we became even more competitive". "There's no way I'm supposed to feel like this", he told Mark Rodger, the team's athletic trainer. "We texted, actually, a little bit back and forth, just small talk". He wore garnet for SC in the first semifinal, then changed to blue and orange for Florida in the nightcap.

So far, the South Regional semifinal between a pair of the nation's best scoring teams is just muddling along.

South Carolina Gamecocks fans were riding high after they upset Duke to make it to the NCAA's Sweet 16.

Seventh-seeded SC (26-10) used its trademark swarming defense and some solid free-throw shooting to beat the fellow Southeastern Conference Gators (27-9) in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden.

"I think I heard from everyone I ever met", Chiozza said of the messages he received Friday night. Things may not go your way, but you never know what you'll be capable of, you just keep going.

While Joel Berry and Justin Jackson catch all of the attention, Maye has been a steadying influence and answered the bell every time he's been asked. Baylor was held to just 30.4 percent shooting for the game and, in the biggest surprise of the night, got out-rebounded by the Gamecocks. "They have guys flying all over".

Thornwell's 26 points and the Gamecocks' swarming zone defense meant a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday and a berth in the Final Four.

"Their defense is similar to ours", he said.

South Carolina's players aren't happy to be here, they're hungry. They're so long and they're fast and. The reference is to a tug of war, and it was born during the regular season, when they were just an ordinary, struggling team on their way to those 10 losses. "They don't back down". It doesn't affect recruiting much for us, it doesn't - these guys, their approach to East Tennessee State, Virginia, Wisconsin, now SC... that approach has nothing to do with what people say about our league.

"It's not just a football school anymore... or a football conference", Hill said. There will be four teams left in the field when the Cocks get to Arizona. "We don't get out of the way". And yes, the SEC has been making sure people in the Big Apple know the league is in town with ads in case anyone is missing the action on the court.

SC controlled the entire game against Baylor, rolling to a 70-50 victory to reach its first Elite 8 in school history.

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