Ouch! What had been a magical season for Carolina ended with a thud as the second-seed Gamecocks fell in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament to fifteenth-seed Coppin State 78-65, in Pittsburgh.
Things started out promising for Carolina as they led by as many as seven in the first half. However, the tenacious Eagles fought back to even the score at 34 at the intermission. Again, USC built a seven-point advantage in the second half, but Coppin St. refused to fold. Then, aided by a crowd sensing a big upset, the Eagles went on a huge 35-14 run. Carolina was never able to recover, suffering one its most disappointing defeats in history.
Although this loss was a bitter pill, there was much to be proud of for Carolina on the season. They won their first ever SEC championship, and the 24 wins were the second most ever.
Also, the team was ranked an impressive No. 6 in the final AP poll.