Frank Martin writes impassioned letter ahead of Sweet 16 appearance
00:34, Mar 25, 2017
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They have been calling it their "farewell tour", a long goodbye throughout their fourth and final season of basketball at SC. Any NBA team would love to pick him up, and he's still got the potential to grow as a ball player.
Sunday night, Martin's formula for winning basketball came together and produced arguably the biggest victory in school history over one of the college basketball's bluebloods, and it all happened in front of a stunned national TV audience. "Like after shootaround, we're leaving an arena, we get on Snapchat now and be like: Farewell Tour, we out". SC won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1973. SC was even worse late in the season, losing six of nine games headed into the tournament. "They were just focused", Martin said.
Shortly thereafter, USC students were taking celebratory dives into the pool in front of the Thomas Cooper Library on campus, waking up school president Harris Pastides. You feel it in the locker room. Over the next 24 hours, the media relations department was inundated with hundreds of requests.
South Carolina's probable starters: G P.J. Dozier 6-6 So. They presented him with a cake. The Bears' bench averaged 20.2 points per game during the season, but that's been boosted to 33.5 points in their two NCAA Tournament wins. Not only had 13 years passed since SC last made the NCAA tournament, but it had also been 44 years since the school last won a game in the event, when Frank McGuire coached a team led by future Hall of Fame forward Alex English to the Sweet 16. Can you take a $120,000 job and make it a $1.2 million job? "I would say, 'Wow, '" Martin said Thursday. But the Gamecocks were unafraid and unrelenting, forcing 18 Blue Devils turnovers to fuel not only their offense but their egos.
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Forward Nina Davis and guard Alexis Prince led the Lady Bears with 16 points apiece in the win over Cal. Baylor got balanced scoring in that game as eight players scored six or more points. "What I'm ecstatic about is we've had to overcome the perception that it wasn't very good, and we've got teams that have gone out and played good basketball". "For our family, for our state". "We're not really anxious about the location where we're playing at. I'm happy he's getting the recognition he deserves".
Third-seeded Baylor had seen similar defenses, especially in the case of West Virginia, which is coached by one of Martin's mentors, Bob Huggins. For Thornwell, McKie, and Notice, the game represents something like a narrative arc.
The Gamecocks are home to SEC Player of the Year, 6'5 senior guard SindariusThornwell. "On the contrary, we showed up the next day, and the days they didn't know if they wanted to work, my staff and I provided that life; and the days that my staff and I probably laid in bed and stared at the ceiling and said, 'We'll never figure this out, ' we showed up the next day and we had a bunch of eager young guys that were like, 'Please". "We're in it - why not win it?" But all that's in the past right now. Why, because we lost at Florida?
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