The NCAA men’s tournament opened Thursday with a bang. It wasn’t an upset seed-wise, but the fact that Northwestern, making its first ever appearance in the tournament, won was uplifting to all basketball fans. Now, maybe USC can follow suit Friday night against Marquette.
The Gamecocks, of course, have won a tournament game, but the last one was 44 years ago. So, while Northwestern naturally is everyone’s Cinderella, perhaps the Gamecocks can tug at a few heartstrings as well with a win over the Golden Eagles.
Thursday the Gamecocks made their appearance in front of the media at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Frank Martin along with Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and PJ Dozier expressed confidence they have prepared well for their first round game, and if they do what they can do well, they will become the new darlings of at least Gamecock fans everywhere.
Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice, PJ Dozier