Despite starting the season 15-0, the South Carolina Gamecocks were excluded from the 2016 NCAA Tournament field of 68.
The Gamecocks (24-8, 11-7 SEC) were one of the most pleasant surprises in college basketball through the first two months of the regular season. South Carolina started the season with 15 straight wins and was ranked as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll through January.
South Carolina, however, was merely average after that. The Gamecocks went 9-8 the rest of the way and were upset by UGA in the SEC tournament quarterfinals.
Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, their late-season slump was too much to overcome.
Check out the entire 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket here.