The day is here for South Carolina basketball: The Gamecocks are back in the NCAA Tournament, set to tip off Friday night against Marquette.
It has been a long road for the Gamecocks, who have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and are hunting their first win since 1973.
But they are here now with the chance to get the win and are excited to get on the court.
What time is the South Carolina vs. Marquette game?
Time: Approximately 9:50 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 17
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
What TV channel is showing the South Carolina-Marquette game?
TBS will air the game. You can listen on 107.5 FM in Columbia.
Who is calling the game for TBS?
Brian Anderson is on play-by-play, with Chris Webber as the analyst and Lewis Johnson as the sideline reporter.
What they are saying
Coach Frank Martin on the message to his team: “I’ve been kind of preaching to them all week about this. You go through decisions and benchings and disciplines and hugs and tears and all kinds of emotions that the season brings to you. So, it hardens you. It makes you understand how important it is that you play 40 minutes. Go out there and do it. Go out there and forget all the good and bad that’s happened up to this point, trust in who you are. Do your job with an unbelievable commitment to it, and play as close to the — this tournament you could play for 39 minutes and 52 seconds and get beat for those 8 seconds you didn’t play well.”
Guard Duane Notice on playing in Greenville: “We kind of do have that sense, that home field. We have a lot of supporters and fans around the region and in the area. So, we want to come out there and play as well as we can because all year we’ve had a great home crowd.”
Guard Sindarius Thornwell on wanting to reach the NCAA Tournament: “That was really our focus point coming into the season, preseason, everything. Our slogan this year was ‘unfinished business’ because we felt us not making the tournament last year, our business here wasn’t finished. So, we had that slogan all year. And that was really the goal.”