USC tries to keep its historic season rolling, plays Baylor in Sweet 16

By Dan Gilliam

The No. 7 seed University of South Carolina Gamecocks play No. 3 seed Baylor Bears in a Sweet 16 match up Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City at 7:29 p.m. The game will be televised on the TBS channel.

This is a historic moment for the Gamecocks coached by Frank Martin. USC is in the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and have a chance to continue this journey with a win over Baylor.

Sindarius Thornwell, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, led South Carolina to an 88-81 victory over Duke in a second-round game in Greenville last Sunday, scoring a game-high 24 points. The 65 points scored by the Gamecocks in the second half over the Blue Devils was a feat never before accomplished over a Mike Krzyewski-coached Duke team.

Thornwell leads four Gamecocks in double figure scoring with Thornwell’s 21.4 points, PJ Dozier with 13.8, Duane Notice with 10.3 and Chris Silva at 10 points per game.

Baylor is led by Johnathan Motley averaging 17.3 points per game and Manu Lacomte averaging 12.3 points. They are the only two scoring in double figures.

Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew and Baylor are coming off an 82-78 win over Southern California, 82-78, in the second round.

South Carolina is 24-10 while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and Baylor is 27-7 on 47.6 percent shooting from the field.

The last time these two teams met was 2014, which resulted in a 69-65 Baylor victory.

The USC-Baylor winner plays the winner of Wisconsin and Florida for the East Region championship on Sunday.  South Carolina split its two-game series with Florida this season, both winning at home.