The University of South Carolina won’t be back in the NCAA Tournament this season. That much became official Sunday when the 68-team field was revealed.
A year after making the Final Four, USC finished 17-16 and missed the NIT, too. But, don’t fear, there are still several Palmetto State connections to the Big Dance.
The State has compiled and listed them below:
No. 13 seed College of Charleston plays fourth-seeded Auburn at 7:27 p.m. Friday
College of Charleston
▪ Freshman guard Brevin Galloway is from Anderson and attended Seneca High School.
▪ Senior guard John Eck is from Hilton Head and attended Hilton Head Prep.
▪ Junior forward Jarrell Brantley is from Columbia and attended Ridge View High School before transferring to Montrose Christian (Maryland) and Notre Dame Prep (Massachusetts).
▪ Junior guard Trent Robinson is from Columbia and attended Ridge View.
▪ Head coach Earl Grant attended North Charleston High School.
▪ Junior guard Malik Dunbar is from North Augusta and attended Spring Valley High School.
No. 5 seed Clemson plays 12th-seeded New Mexico State at 9:57 p.m. Friday
▪ Freshman guard Clyde Trapp is from Eastover and attended Lower Richland High School.
▪ Junior guard Lyles Davis is from Charleston and attended James Island Charter High School.
▪ Freshman guard A.J. Oliver is from Clemson and attended Daniel High School.
No. 16 seed Radford plays top-seeded Villanova at 6:50 p.m. Thursday
▪ Junior guard John Caldwell is from Spartanburg and attended Oakbrook Prep.
No. 3 seed Texas Tech plays 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 7:27 p.m. Thursday
▪ Head coach Chris Beard coached the South Carolina Wolves of the ABA in 2011-12.
No. 9 seed Alabama plays eighth-seeded Virginia Tech at 9:20 p.m. Thursday
▪ Junior guard Tevin Mack is from Columbia and attended Dreher High School. He’s sitting out this season after transferring from Texas.
No. 12 seed Murray State plays fifth-seeded West Virginia at 4 p.m. Friday
▪ Freshman guard Ja Morant is from Dalzell and attended Crestwood High School.
No. 16 seed NC Central is in a play-in game against Texas Southern at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday
▪ Junior guard Alex Mills is from Laurens and attended Legacy Charter.
No. 2 seed North Carolina plays 15th-seeded Lipscomb at 2:45 p.m. Friday
▪ Sophomore guard Seventh Woods is from Columbia and attended Hammond.
No. 13 seed Buffalo plays fourth-seeded Arizona at 9:40 p.m. Thursday
▪ Freshman guard James Reese is from Eastover and attended A.C. Flora High School.
No. 2 seed Cincinnati plays 15th-seeded Georgia State at 2 p.m. Friday
▪ Freshman forward Mamoudou Diarra attended the 22 Feet Academy in Greenville.
No. 10 seed Texas plays seventh-seeded Nevada at 4:30 p.m. Friday
▪ Assistant coach Darrin Horn was the head coach at South Carolina from 2008-12.
No. 9 seed Kansas State plays eighth-seeded Creighton at 6:50 p.m. Friday
▪ Freshman guard Cartier Diarra is from Florence and attended West Florence High School.
No. 16 seed UMBC plays top-seeded Virginia at 9:20 p.m. Friday
▪ Head coach Ryan Odom is the son of former South Carolina coach Dave Odom.