After an 11-year hiatus, South Carolina seems poised to return to the NCAA Tournament under fourth-year head coach Frank Martin. The 24-7 Gamecocks began the season 15-0 and climbed as high as No. 19 in the AP poll. With one more win, the program will have hit the 25-win mark in a season for the first time since 1969-70.
South Carolina's post-season begins on Friday. The third-seeded Gamecocks have a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. They'll face the winner of Georgia and Mississippi State, and if they win that game will likely face Kentucky in the semifinals. Heading into conference tournament play, let's see what seed the Gamecocks are looking at in the NCAA Tournament.
South Carolina is currently an 8 or 10-seed in the experts' brackets.
ESPN’s Bracketology: 8-seed in the South against Cincinnati in Raleigh
CBS Sports:10-seed in the East against Notre Dame in Brooklyn
USA Today: 8-seed in the East against Cincinnati in Brooklyn
Likely Seed: There's some variation in the experts' predictions on South Carolina, but the Gamecocks seem likely to end up in a 8-9 match-up as either seed.
Ceiling: If the Gamecocks get hot and win the SEC Tournament, they could get bumped up to perhaps a 6 or 7-seed.
Who else could South Carolina wind up playing? Mid-majors like Monmouth and Wichita State and power conference squads such as Texas Tech and Seton Hall are all possibilities. Gamecock fans – who do you not want to see in the first round? Are there any teams that scare you?