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No. 7 South Carolina completed one of the bigger upsets of the 2017 NCAA tournament with an 88-81 victory over No. 2 Duke on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina.
Before Friday the Gamecocks hadn’t won an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game since 1973, and now they are headed to the Sweet 16.
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports provided his thoughts on the Blue Devils’ fate:
In a year in which Duke was always impossible to predict, this ending is fitting: A loss to a team nobody believed could beat them.
The Gamecocks had five players in double figures, led by Sindarius Thornwell and his 24 points, six rebounds and five assists.
ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman gave his thoughts on the SEC Player of the Year:
Chris Silva also had a big night with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
It was a borderline road game for Duke, as Nicole Auerbach of USA Today explained:
North Carolina and South Carolina fans have come together to hate Duke. It’s really quite a sight to behold (and hear, very loudly).
The crowd advantage was clear in the second half after this big dunk by Silva:
As the game progressed, South Carolina was making both easy and difficult shots:
The team made 71.4 percent of its attempts in the second half to pull away late.
The Blue Devils also struggled with the…