His Friday update had the Gamecocks holding steady as a No. 5 seed in the West Region, granted one at Buffalo instead of nearby Greenville. He put USC against the winner of a Indiana-Tennessee play-in game.
The winner of West Virginia and Monmouth, who the Gamecocks edged in overtime, was slated as a second-round opponent.
The current top 16 seeds will be revealed Saturday on a show on CBS.
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The Gamecocks are 19-5, 9-2 in the SEC, and looking for their first trip to the dance since 2004. This year’s NCAA Selection Show is March 12.
▪ CBS’s Jerry Palm kept the Gamecocks as a No. 6 seed in the South Region, facing the winner of a play-in game between Syracuse and Michigan State in Milwaukee. Creighton and Bucknell would play for the right to face the winner of South Carolina’s game.
▪ USA Today put South Carolina as a No. 7 seed in Orlando in the Midwest Region, matched up against Virginia Tech, currently 16-7 in the ACC. The winner of Florida State-Florida Gulf Coast would await in the second round.
▪ FoxSports’s Stewart Mandel slotted USC as a No. 7 seed against TCU in Greenville in the South Region, with with the winner of North Carolina and Arkansas State in Round 2.