The South Carolina Gamecocks dodged what might have been a big hit to their NCAA tournament hopes by taking down Arkansas on the road on Saturday to close out the season. It gave them a boost in the latest bracketology projections, released today.
ESPN: Joe Lunardi has the Gamecocks as an eight seed in the Midwest region, taking on Saint Mary's - projected by Lunardi out of the WCC. That's a jump from a ten seed just yesterday. The Gamecocks would be paired with one-seed Kansas and sixteen-seed Austin Peay or Hampton.
SB Nation: Chris Dobbertean has the Gamecocks as an eight seed as well, matching up with nine-seed Saint Joseph's in the South region. They would be paired with one-seed Virginia and the NEC's Wagner.
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm had the Gamecocks as a 10 seed taking on Notre Dame in the East region, paired with (2) West Virginia and (15) UNC Asheville. That was late last night, though, so I'm not sure if he's planning to update it later.
USA Today: Shelby Mast has it as an eight seed vs. Cincinnati in the East region. The pairing would be Villanova/Texas Southern or Lehigh.
Overall, it appears that even with a loss on Friday, the Gamecocks should be in the NCAA Tournament. However, ideally, they'd like to lose to Georgia over Mississippi State (of course, they wouldn't like to lose, period). A quarterfinal win should equal a done deal. A semifinal win against potentially Kentucky might get them in 5/6 seed territory.