None on of the players in Sunday night’s USC-Duke game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Greenville were alive when the Gamecocks and Blue Devils waged war in the original ACC. But for some older fans on both sides in the arena and watching at home, the game will bring back memories of what really made ACC basketball the envy of the country.
Duke dominated the Gamecocks back in those days and has won 56 of 75 meetings with the Gamecocks, the last coming in Hawaii in 2001.
Fast forward to today and the Blue Devils continue as one of college basketball’s elite programs under Mike Krzyzewski who is two wins shy of 1000 victories in Durham. Meantime, the Gamecocks hope they are more than a flash in the pan in this year’s NCAA Tournament and will be a team of national prominence for years to come under Frank Martin.
Duke is the #2 seed for the East Regional and is coming off a 22 point win over Troy. The Gamecocks are the #7 seed and they defeated Marquette Friday night by 20 points for their first tournament win in 44 years.
Saturday, Martin along with players Sindarius Thornwell and Justin McKie met with the media, as did Krzyzewski and two of his players, to preview tomorrow night’s game which is scheduled for an 8:40 tip.
Sindarius Thornwell & Justin McKie