South Carolina to hold Sweet 16 pep rally for men’s and women’s basketball teams
South Carolina basketball gave fans plenty to celebrate this week, and the school plans to do just that.
A Sweet 16 pep rally is planned Tuesday at the Freedom Plaza by Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, according to the university’s athletic department.
Tuesday’s rally begins at 6 p.m. ET, according to a media release.
It will be a joint celebration. Both the men’s and women’s teams won both of their games last weekend. It’s a rare achievement for Gamecocks basketball.
Women’s coach Dawn Staley and a member of her team will speak. So too will men’s coach Frank Martin and one of his Gamecocks players. Also on the speaking schedule is university president Harris Pastides.
Martin’s men are preparing for a Sweet 16 game on Friday in New York City. The Gamecocks are the No. 7 seed in the East Region and will face Baylor, the No. 3 seed.
Friday’s tipoff is expected at 7:29 p.m. ET.
Staley takes the women’s team into a Sweet 16 game on Saturday at Stockton, Calif. The opponent would be determined on Monday. Game time Saturday is 4 p.m. ET.
The men’s team won twice last weekend in Greenville, S.C., including Sunday’s 88-81 victory over Duke. This will be the Gamecocks’ first Sweet 16 game in 44 years.
Before Friday, the men’s team had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973. That skid ended with a 93-73 victory over Marquette.
Women are winning
Staley’s team also won its first two games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The victories were expected. South Carolina is a No. 1 seed in in the NCAA women’s tournament.
On Friday, South Carolina defeated UNC Asheville 90-40.
Then on Sunday, the South Carolina women’s team defeated Arizona State 71-68.
South Carolina’s Sweet 16 opponent will be either No. 4 seed Miami (Fla.) or No. 12 seed Quinnipiac.