The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 to advance to their first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament’s modern era. Yes, that is a thing that actually happened on Sunday night. The Gamecocks will play the Baylor Bears on Friday night at Madison Square Garden on CBS - with the legendary Verne Lundquist on the call. It’s actually South Carolina’s second trip this season to the world’s most famous arena, but this time around, much, more more will be on the line.
Of course, there was plenty of reaction on Twitter after the game. From current student-athletes to coaches, from three-time NBA champion Udonis Haslem (who played under Frank Martin in high school) to an hardcore troll job by the university’s account aimed toward USA Today, there were many tweets to choose from. Here’s just a smattering of what we saw just minutes after the win took place at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
Gamecocks strolling into the Sweet 16 like... pic.twitter.com/2II9iUyxMR— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 20, 2017
This is what a sweet sixteen locker room looks like. I'm drenched in Champagne...er...Ginger Ale! On to NYC! pic.twitter.com/LQC9V74gYN— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) March 20, 2017
OMGGGGGG I have no words to explain how I feel right now @GamecockMBB congrats— Michael Carrera (@24MCarrera) March 20, 2017
This is what it's all about! pic.twitter.com/4vuGUv4Jbr— Summie Carlay (@CarlaySummie) March 20, 2017
SOUTH CAROLINA BEAT DUKE AND IS GOING TO THE SWEET SIXTEEN WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/J4AI2ei0Lf— katie dzwierzynski (@kdzwierzynski) March 20, 2017
Sitting on my bed crying and I don't know what to do this is just so amazing— Kaci Barfield (@KaciBarfield) March 20, 2017
Congratulations to My high school coach and my mentor Frank Martin. Yes I'm a gator but this man means the world to me. Congrats Gamecocks. pic.twitter.com/aGFWCl4FqG— Udonis Haslem (@ThisIsUD) March 20, 2017
Kentucky making it to the sweet 16 def made my day but Duke loosing to South Carolina was just the cherry on top #marchmadness— STEPHH (@stefyy_torres) March 20, 2017
Holy cow .... South Carolina YES! This Kentucky fan is thrilled about your big— Marcia Malone Bell (@trueblueirish2) March 20, 2017
win over Duke. Welcome to the Sweet 16 #SEC
Me: "South Carolina is gonna beat duke and be in the sweet 16"— Matthew Poston (@matthew_p723) March 20, 2017
Everybody else: pic.twitter.com/YO3pReFj25
South Carolina Sweet 16! To think where this program was before Frank Martin, and where they are today, is truly amazing.— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) March 20, 2017