The No. 7 seed South Carolina Gamecocks (22-10) take on the No. 10 seed Marquette Golden Eagles (19-12) in the first round of the East Region. The game will be played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville on Friday. Tip is at 9:50 p.m. E.T.
Preview: The Gamecocks finished third in the SEC led by conference Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell (21.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8 apg).
This is their first NCAA appearance in 13 years and they even have special shoes for the occasion.
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) March 12, 2017
Marquette was one of seven Big East schools to make the Big Dance. Five players score in double-digits for the Golden Eagles, led by freshman guard Markus Howard (13.2 ppg).
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 9:50 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson
Opening Betting Line: South Carolina – 1.5, via OddsShark
This is South Carolina’s eighth NCAA Tournament appearance and the first one in 13 years. Back in 2004, they were a 10-seed and lost to No. 7 seed Memphis
Marquette has been to 31 previous tournaments, the last one coming in 2013 when they advanced to the Elite Eight.
Prediction: In a tight game like this one, we will go with the team that has the best player. That is South Carolina.
Led by Thornwell, the Gamecocks move on.