GREENVILLE, S.C. - Consider the 2017 NCAA Tournament party crashed after South Carolina’s upset win on Sunday night.
The Gamecocks took down No. 2 seed Duke in a game that many pundits had all but given the Blue Devils prior the the meeting in Greenville. After all, the South Carolina program had just won its first NCAA tournament game in 44 years and had never visited the Sweet 16. They’d be happy with just one win against Marquette, right? Wrong.
In fact, USA Today was so confident that the Gamecocks would fold on Sunday that its sports account tweeted out a message after No. 1 seed Villanova fell to Wisconsin on Saturday, proclaiming: “Duke’s path to the Final Four looks ridiculously clear with Villanova’s loss.”
Let’s just say the fine folks at South Carolina bookmarked that tweet for future reference.
On Sunday night, in the moments following the Gamecocks’ historic victory, the school’s official Twitter account sent out this zinger to the news publication:
South Carolina will next play Baylor for a chance to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history.