If only it was as easy to put it off as one bad day
South Carolina couldn’t buy a layup and couldn’t hold onto the ball. The Gamecocks threw away a 16-0 SEC season because of them and lost to a team they’re better than.
If this was Jan. 1, no problem. Sunday was March 1, though, meaning there are 19 days until the start of the NCAA tournament, when one bad day ends the season.
It was a bad time to have a bad day. Memories of last year were brought up – by the coaches and players, not the media – because USC was keeping in mind how it didn’t play its best when it had to last year. “We remember how it felt,” they said.
Sunday was another helping.
I don’t think it was a map for opponents to beat USC. It was more USC beat itself by not making chip shots and treating the ball as if it was covered in Matthew Mitchell’s hair gel. So it’s simple to say that if the Gamecocks fix those, no problem, see you in Tampa.
They still have to do that, though, thinking how they didn’t answer the bell last year or in their last regular-season game. That’s a lot ringing between the ears when the next chance to have a good day arises.
Can’t afford another bad one.