Home » Sport

Oregon Ducks face Duke Blue Devils in women's NCAA tournament second round

21 March, 2017, 10:42 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Joe Robbins  Getty Images

A Gamecocks program known largely - and mocked often by some - for its back-to-back NIT championships in 2005 and 2006 is now heading to the world's most famous arena as part of the NCAA's Sweet 16.

"We just made shots, got the ball inside", Thornwell said.

"We're not satisfied", he said. I'm disappointed that we didn't win tonight.

They seemed to be on track, but after being derailed by the Gamecocks the focus is on next season.

Troy (22-15) was making just the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and hopes this year's piece of March Madness stokes future excitement.

"It was actually the most physical game we've played in all year", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. But behind Thornwell's outside shooting and Silva's dominance underneath, SC rallied to win two NCAA games for the first time in 44 years.

"When you shoot 7 for 35 in the first half and you're down just 7 points, I tell you, it just gives you confidence", Sindarius Thornwell, 22, a SC player said.

After the horrendous first half, SC didn't waste any time staging the comeback.

The highlights from the first three days of this year's tournament: The top overall seed going down in the second round and a player mistakenly fouling in the closing seconds when his team was up, not down.

Those fans have come to appreciate the renaissance of SC basketball.

It was all a stark contrast to a first half in which SC made just two of its last 22 field goal attempts, hoisting 3-pointers at will and going nearly six minutes scoreless at one stretch.

The Gamecocks started the game doing exactly that, with four guards ready to run with it. Arizona State came out trying to match the tempo, and the high intensity resulted in a few turnovers and back and forth play on both ends. Leading the way for the Bears was Johnathan Motley who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal.

Junior guard Grayson Allen led Duke with 20 points, and freshman Jayson Tatum added 15 in what may be his final game in a Duke uniform.

SC went more than six minutes without scoring, while Duke built a 24-14 edge during that time.

"We've done it before".

"Duke, a 2 seed, in effect played a road game in the NCAA Tournament". "The shots just didn't fall today".

"We'll probably stay for half of it and definitely boo the Blue Devils", said UNC Fan Dustin Powell.

The first two rounds of the NCAA tournament were filled with upsets and last-minute heroics, and not all the top seeds survived into the Sweet 16. "But the level of energy we started the game with, I just didn't think we were capable of that". Given Duke's struggles with foul trouble on the interior, look for Thornwell to attack Duke's bigs early and often. Amile Jefferson (10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds) also had a relatively quiet night Friday but could be a major factor against the Gamecocks. "Aren't you glad I didn't do that?"

Down went Duke Sunday, cold cocked by the Gamecocks on NCAA tournament hardwood in SC, the final blows landing an hour before midnight. 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.

Even with all this instability, Duke still won 28 games and compiled an 11-7 record in ACC play before winning the conference tournament last week.

That's how Duke made all those insane second half comebacks last week. Prior to their victory over Marquette on March 17, SC hadn't won a NCAA tournament game since 1973. This time, however, there was far more explosion.

At Flight Beer Garden and Music Hall, more than 100 fans tuned in for the Gamecocks meeting with Duke, some holding their seat more than four hours before tipoff.


  • Vodafone to create biggest operator in India with Idea merger

    The combined revenues of the merged entity will be Rs 81,403 crore, making it the single largest in the country. This valuation excludes Vodafone's 42% stake in Indus Towers and Idea's holding in the tower company of 11.15%.

    Julia, a Muppet With Autism, Joins 'Sesame Street' Cast

    The creative team behind the Sesame Street's newest edition were sensitive to the complex nature of the condition. Sesame Street has often experimented with new fun ways of teaching children since its launch almost 50 years ago.

    Two More Uber Executives Depart Company

    His appointment at Uber was a sign that the young company is mature enough to poach executives from more established firms. He plans to return to his native Kansas and explore a career in politics, he said in a statement provided by the company.
  • No. 1 seed SC  avoids upset against Arizona St

    No. 1 seed SC avoids upset against Arizona St

    Villanova: The Wildcats showed why they're champions by stepping up when it counted, shooting 63 percent in the second half. Pelzman and Jerry Carino analyze Seton Hall's 77-71 loss to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Young American Majority Don't View Trump As Legitimate

    Only 28 percent of whites approve of Vice President Pence however as opposed to 29 percent who approve of President Trump. Large numbers of Millennials report having been politically active during the first 50 days of the Trump administrations.
    Wearing Customs Uniform Will Belittle Hameed Ali's Military Achievements - David Jemibewon

    Wearing Customs Uniform Will Belittle Hameed Ali's Military Achievements - David Jemibewon

    This time, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, in a statement condemned the summoning of Mr Ali by the Senate. "The AGF has advised that no law compels a political appointee to wear any uniform".
  • Modi's Vision at Risk in Uttar Pradesh

    Securing Uttar Pradesh was crucial for Mr Modi, who campaigned tirelessly and nearly singlehandedly carried the vote. Already, the world is facing terrorist organisations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which have threatened the global peace.

    Local Organization Applauds Sesame Street for New Character with Autism

    Her name is Julia , and it is hoped she will help the show's young viewers better understand children on the autism spectrum. I trust them in taking steps to ensure a nuanced portrayal of Julia , and can only see this as a big positive going forward.
    The hidden killer: How does too much salt affect your body?

    The hidden killer: How does too much salt affect your body?

    All of the study information on salt in bread and bread products is now included in the George Institute's FoodSwitch app. It is recommended that adults eat no more than 6g of salt a day - about one teaspoon - and children should eat less.
  • Sesame Street debuts new character with autism

    Julia sometimes takes a while to answer questions, and she tends to repeat what her friends say, because she has autism. In the episode, called "Meet Julia " the character of Alan carefully answers questions about Julia's autism disorder.
    India home to 101 billionaires, Mukesh Ambani tops list

    India home to 101 billionaires, Mukesh Ambani tops list

    Trump hasn't released his tax returns, but during the election campaign he claimed to be worth in excess of $ 10 billion . Much of Trump's slide, the publication said, is linked to a drop in the value of real estate in midtown Manhattan.

    Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 20 at 11:35 AM EDT

    Nunes and Schiff were among a number of lawmakers who said on Sunday's news shows they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration ordered wiretaps on Trump during the campaign.


Get ready for tornado drill
IU's tornado warning alert system is meant to automatically activate when the National Weather Service issues a warning. If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, the drill will be rescheduled for 9:45 a.m.

Mel B Files For Divorce After 10 Years!
Meanwhile, Stephen has his own daughter, Giselle Belafonte , 12, from his relationship with ex-girlfriend Nicole Contreras . The two only dated for five months before tying the knot, People reports .

Neymar lists the four Premier League clubs he'd consider joining
The Barcelona star used Leicester as a prime example and says they must be respected going forward in the Premier League . These are coaches any player would like to play for.

Forbes' Billionaires List: Amazon CEO Bezos Is Biggest Gainer, Cracks Top 3
Second on the list is USA investor Warren Buffett, whose fortune increased by $14.8 billion over a year ago to $75.6 billion. He has a fortune of $86 billion, up from $75 billion previous year , while Warren Buffett ranks No. 2 with $75.6 billion.

Woman, 56, dies after drinking toxic tea from SF Chinatown shop
San Francisco health officials encourage anyone who purchased tea from the Chinatown location to stop consuming it. The health department says Sunwing Wo is fully cooperating with inspectors to trace the source of the toxic tea.