No. 7 South Carolina (25-10) vs. No. 4 Florida (27-8)

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

At New York, 12:20 p.m., KCNC-4 Bot­tom line: The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ri­vals have never met in a big­ger bas­ket­ball game than this one at Madi­son Square Gar­den. South Carolina is look­ing for its first Fi­nal Four ap­pear­ance. The Game­cocks have been maybe the big­gest sur­prise of the tour­na­ment, beat­ing No. 2 seed Duke and blow­ing out third-seeded Bay­lor. Florida is try­ing to get to the Fi­nal Four for the sixth time over­all and first since 2014 — and for the first time un­der coach Mike White. Slump busted: Lost in a bit in the drama of Florida’s Sweet 16 vic­tory on a 3 as time ex­pired by Chris Chiozza was the ca­reer-game from KeVaughn Allen. The Ga­tors’ lead­ing scorer had man­aged just 11 points in their first two NCAA games, but he had a ca­reer-best 35 against the Badgers. Thorn in Florida’s side: SEC player of the year Si­dar­ius Thorn­well scored 43 points in two games against the Ga­tors and he has been maybe the best in­di­vid­ual player of the NCAA Tour­na­ment, av­er­ag­ing 25.7 per game.

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