NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 2 Duke vs. No

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On top of that, Duane Notice has to be more efficient from the floor.

"I don't know if I thrive on it", Allen said afterward when asked if the booing inspires him. "I don't know what was different in this game, but I'm still playing with emotion". As a team, SC is scoring 72.1 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions were back in the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.

Allen did both to keep second-seeded Duke's postseason ideal in an 87-65 victory over Troy in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night to start the East Region. For decades, USC and Duke have existed on opposite sides of the college basketball spectrum. McGuire also did well at St. John's before he turned North Carolina into North Carolina by recruiting NY players. "It was a 20-point game, but it was a hard 20-point game because they played so hard". "We're all going to be focused on each other". So we're still going in with confidence, no pressure.

"One thing about March is everybody believes they can win", Krzyzewski said.

There's history between the two programs, but none of it recent.

While Duke will have to navigate a stingy SC defense and keep SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell under wraps, the Gamecocks find themselves matched up with one of the best offenses in the country playing its best basketball of the season.

They are, and the Blue Devils were cognizant of it.

Duke, on the other hand, made its 41st tournament appearance after routing No. 15 Troy, 87-65, Friday.

"Way before our time", Thornwell said. Jayson Tatum was a man amongst boys against Troy in the first round, pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with 18 points. "It will be because they played better defense than we played offense, you know".

- SC head coach Frank Martin is 7-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, with the first six wins coming while he was the head coach at Kansas State. "And in the end, it's either going to be good enough or not". Coach Mike Krzyzewski has stayed with the same starting five since then. It's a dusty, old piece of trivia among fans with a well-earned inferiority complex - the Gamecocks' first-round victory against Marquette was their first NCAA tournament win in 44 years - but it's nevertheless a deep-seated reason SC fans will be ready for Sunday's contest.

Martin said the Gamecocks worked for a moment like the one they experienced in their NCAA opener.

The wild card may be the atmosphere in the arena, which was vocal in its partisan support of home-state SC on Friday night.

It was Brown who made the game's first basket, a 3-pointer from the right corner a minute after the tip. "When I played, we were sold out every game, and the crowds were incredible".

"They got a big standing ovation from their crowd". And they're going to be well supported.

"It was a good start to the tournament, and (I'm) excited to get back here on Sunday", said Brent Coiner, a Duke fan. OR enters the NCAA Tournament with a 20-13 overall record and was awarded an at-large bid to the dance. "I don't think you can step up, I think you have to evolve".

James Naismith, basketball's inventor, attended the game that night in Evanston, Ill. We played in tough environments all year, really.

"We let the shooters get too many shots off", she said. If we lose, it won't be because we couldn't - because they had more people here than we did.

- With the Gamecocks selection to the NCAA Tournament this season it marks the first time that SC has had back-to-back postseason bids (NIT in 2016) since Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and then the NIT in 2005 and 2006.

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