South Carolina is moving on to the Elite 8 after a dominant performance against Baylor. The Gamecocks certainly put more than enough points on the board to win on Friday night, but it was their incredible defense that was the real story.
Time and time again, just when Baylor felt like they had found an opening against the Gamecocks’ defense, some South Carolina player would be over in an instant to close the gap. In the end, Frank Martin’s squad was able to ride that defense to yet another win the in the tournament. Twitter — as was the case for anyone watching the game — was quick to take notice of the Gamecocks’ incredible defensive performance:
It is truly amazing to watch South Carolina play defense. Five players working as one — smart, tough, precise.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 24, 2017
An opponent is extremely frustrated by the South Carolina defense. I have seen this one before …
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 25, 2017
South Carolina doesn't play the prettiest brand of basketball, but maaaaan, that defense is something to behold in person.
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) March 25, 2017
South Carolina's run may be charming but this team is flat-out nasty. https://t.co/CjXPDkVFop
— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 25, 2017
If only South Carolina's football team played defense like the basketball team. ?
— Casey Jones (@___caseyjones) March 25, 2017
— Matt Dowell (@TheMattDowell) March 25, 2017
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 25, 2017
The way South Carolina's defense is playing tonight, Virginia would have had negative 7 points.
— Ian Guerin (@iguerin) March 25, 2017