Gamecocks embrace role as underdog
Martin: Team in first Final Four because it didn’t heed doubters.
Gonzaga is in its first Final Four but the Zags had knocked on the door a few times. South Carolina, meanwhile, enters its first Final Four having never before been close to this deep of a run.
The Gamecocks reached their first national semifinals the same season they reached their first Sweet 16, coming in as the seventh seed from the East Region.
South Carolina guard Duane Notice said his team’s run is no surprise to him.
“Everybody’s always picking against us,” Notice said Sunday after South Carolina beat fourthseeded Florida 77-70 at Madison Square Garden. “We’re focused as a team, we’re focused on the next game ahead every time. The way we play defense, you can put any school — big or small — against us.”
The Gamecocks were a slight favorite against Marquette in the opening NCAA round but were a decided underdog against
South Carolina’s Frank Martin previously coached at Kansas State.