Arizona State women's upset bid falls short against SC
Mar 21 2017 by Kelly Saunders
"She's their money player", said Arizona State forward Sophie Brunner, who led her team with 20 points. P.J. Dozier turned a jumper into a three-point play, picking up the fourth foul on Duke star Luke Kennard in the process.
Baylor vs. SC prediction and game preview, as the No. 3 Bears and No. 7 Gamecocks face off in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. She got a technical and SC hit both free throws and got a three-point play to stretch a one-point lead to six.
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Duke was supposed to win the national championship and ultimately anything less than that would be considered a disappointment. It felt like a home game for SC.
The Gamecocks have played terrific defense all year long, but they won't be able to hold Baylor under 80 points in this game. Duke should have been a Final Four team at the very least.
The South Carolina Gamecocks came into the NCAA Tournament losing 5 of their last 7 games however, the game Gamecocks put on a show in front of the home crowd over the weekend with their wins over Marquette and Duke and come into their 1st ever Sweet 16 ranked 32nd in scoring defense, 18th in defensive FG%, and 6th in turnover margin. "Everybody was going insane", SC quarterback Jake Bentley said Monday morning after his team held its ninth practice of the spring. Neither offense was pretty until they came out of the locker room, and the Gamecocks absolutely torched the Blue Devils in the second half. The East Region is a bad draw with the top two seeds, Villanova and Duke, knocked out.
There is plenty to pick apart in the post-mortem.
Allen received an indefinite suspension in December that ultimately lasted one game after he was caught tripping an opponent for the third time in a calendar year, then had every move the rest of the se ason critiqued on social media. Lewis will play a pivotal role in how the Bulldogs go about beating North Carolina. Asked for his thoughts earlier in the week, Krzyzewski bemoaned the bill that he has called "embarrassing". Nothing would be sweeter for Lewis than to not just advance, but to do so against North Carolina. SC is stingy on defense, so Baylor can not be one-dimensional. That was all before the Gamecocks proved all too aggressive for his team to handle. In a result that no one saw coming, the Gamecocks won, 88-81. Middle Tennessee State produced the only victory by a No. 12 seed, and odds makers had made them only a slight favorite in its matchup with fifth-seeded Minnesota. He faced Duke's big men and went over top of them with a pair of slams, which helped the Gamecocks maintain their second half lead.
With Nova and Duke bounced, the field has drastically tightened. Now, neither team is rounding back to NY. Each team increased its title chances by winning and seeing heavyweights Duke and Villanova lose. Four teams are coming to the Garden. However, Baylor took down the Trojans, 82-78. No. 4 Florida will face No. 8 Wisconsin. The Seminoles were seen as a Final Four sleeper pick due to their size and athleticism. USC (29-4) had rallied from down 11 early in the third quarter, gone up by 10 in the fourth before allowing an 11-0 run, and finally escaped the Sun Devils (20-13) with a ticket punched to the regional in Stockton, Calif., to meet Monday's victor between Quinnipiac and Miami.