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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Former NBA player and Gamecock star Renaldo Balkman poses with one of many fans that followed him around at South Carolina's pregame Sweet 16 rally.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

South Carolina alum Myles Hilliard remembers the days when South Carolina basketball wasn't even close to the Sweet 16. Now he's come to NYC from Chicago to see the Gamecocks in the Sweet 16.

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If Florida and South Carolina win tonight in the Sweet 16, Sunday's potential Elite 8 matchup would mark just the third time in NCAA Tournament history that SEC teams will face each other. Both of the previous occasions happened in 1986. Kentucky beat Alabama in the Sweet 16 and LSU beat Kentucky in the Elite 8 that year.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Is this Columbia, South Carolina? Nope, just hundreds of Gamecock fans packed into a crowded bar in NYC getting ready for their team's Sweet 16 game against Baylor tonight.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

The man of the hour at the South Carolina pregame gathering at the Mason Jar in NYC is former NBA player and former Gamecock Renaldo Balkman. He can't go a minute without being mobbed by fans telling him their stories or asking for pictures.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of tonight's Sweet 16 games: North Carolina -7 vs. Butler O/U 155; Baylor -3 vs. South Carolina O/U 135.5; UCLA -1.5 vs. Kentucky O/U 167; Florida -1 vs. Wisconsin O/U 131

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

South Carolina fans are lining the streets of New York City and ready for their Gamecocks to take on Baylor in the Sweet 16 tonight. Nothing was stopping these students, who made last-minute travel plans.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

About three hours before South Carolina and Baylor tip off in the East Regional, the bright lights (and scoreboard) are on inside Madison Square Garden.

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Florida, South Carolina have chance to advance (1:37)

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ESPN's BPI gives Baylor north of a 70 percent chance to beat South Carolina in Friday's Sweet 16 matchup (7:29 p.m. ET). The Gamecocks' tournament run has been propelled by strong second-half play. South Carolina scored a school-record 65 points in the second half against Duke.

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Insiders: Gamecocks must protect the rim

Baylor is a long, athletic bunch. And if Frank Martin's troops let the Bears get rolling in Friday's Sweet 16 matchup, they could be hard to stop.

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The lighter side of Frank Martin (3:27)
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USC vs. Baylor: Get to know the Bears (2:15)
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Players reflect on Sweet 16 spotlight (1:26)
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20hChad Ford

Sindarius Thornwell's draft stock is rising

The SEC Player of the Year is one of the best two-way players in the NCAA tournament. Scouts loved him as a freshman, but he's much better as a senior.

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21hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Duane Notice

You know all about Sindarius Thornwell, but the Gamecocks are completely different when Notice is making open shots. Just ask Duke.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Villanova and Duke were "supposed" to be here at Madison Square Garden. Absent those two teams with big New York fan bases, not exactly packed at the open practices.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Drew on the unlikely regional here in NY, with Baylor, South Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin talked about the parity of the game with transfers and one and dones. He then added, "with the NCAA Tournament, its who plays best in those 40 minutes. It's not best four of seven, the best team doesn't always win."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Ishmail Wainwright said Baylor watched three hours of film on Sindarius Thornwell alone and that the "whole team" will have to defend him.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA's East Regional has (unofficially) begun at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina's Frank Martin opens Thursday's news conferences. "I'm proud of my colleagues (in the SEC)," Martin said of the conference having three remaining teams, including two here with the Gamecocks and Gators. Martin added that it bothered him when critics downplay the SEC's successes.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight: Gamecocks aren't done yet

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, South Carolina has a puncher's chance of knocking off Baylor on Friday night. If the Gamecocks move on, however, they'll be longshots the rest of the way.

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ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

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2dJay Bilas

Bilastrator: Carolina D rising to the occasion

Frank Martin and the Gamecocks showed last weekend how elite they are in the defensive end. But to get through this weekend, they'll have to be good on offense, too.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.1179th
Rebounds Per Game36.3139th
Assists Per Game12.8222nd
Points Allowed65.232nd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-9
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances8