The college basketball season is winding down and March and its madness will be here before you know it. Conference tournaments will begin this week in some leagues and two weeks from today the NCAA Tournament field will be announced. There’s a good chance we will have at least one team from the Palmetto State in the field, but there’s still a lot that can happen down the stretch. Let’s catch up on what went down this weekend.
USC throttles Tennessee
Losers of three straight games, USC was in dire need of a win Saturday and they didn’t leave anything to chance in a 82-55 win over Tennessee. The win stops the bleeding and further solidifies the Gamecocks NCAA Tournament resume. PJ Dozier led the Gamecocks with 19 points; Duane Notice hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and Sindarius Thornwell also scored 15. USC is 21-8 and 11-5 in the SEC. They will play Mississippi State Wednesday and close out the season at Ole Miss.
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Clemson takes another gut punch
Another ACC game, another gut wrenching loss for Clemson. It’s been that kind of season. The Tigers gave Florida State all they wanted before losing another nail biter, 76-74 at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers are 1-9 in ACC games decided by six points or less. Jaron Blossomgame scored a game high 24 points in the loss. The Tigers are 14-14 and 4-12 in the ACC. They have a home game with NC State Wednesday night.
Winthrop clinches Big South
Winthrop beat PC 93-56 and clinched a share of the Big South title and the top seed in the conference tournament. That means the Eagles will be hosting the tournament quarterfinals, semi-finals and championship game in Rock Hill. They are 23-6 this season and finished 15-3 in the Big South.
Charleston wins its fourth straight
The College of Charleston knocked off Drexel 80-67 Saturday to clinch a #2 seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament. That seed also comes with a bye in the tournament that will be played in the North Charleston Coliseum. The Cougars are 23-8 and 14-4 in the CAA.
Furman tops Wofford
Furman snapped out of a two game funk with 78-69 win over Wofford. The Paladins 21-10 and 14-4 in the Southern Conference. The Terriers are 15-16 and 10-8 in the SoCon.
Coastal nipped by UL Lafayette
Coastal Carolina came up a bucket short against UL Lafayette in a 79-77 loss in Conway. The Chanticleers are 14-15 and 9-7 in the Sun Belt.
Charleston Southern takes care of Longwood
Charleston Southern grabbed another Big South win with a 86-78 win at Longwood Saturday. The Bucs finished the regular season with an 11-18 record, 7-11 in conference play.
Citadel ends losing streak
The Citadel snapped an 11 game losing streak with a 102-96 win over Samford. The Bulldogs are 10-20 heading into the SoCon Tournament.