After two wins against ranked teams in three games, it seemed likely this was coming.
Now one expert is projection South Carolina basketball to return to the field of 64.
CBS’s Jerry Palm included USC in his Friday morning update, slotting Frank Martin’s team as an 11 seed. He put them in the Midwest Regional, facing Michigan.
And he has the winner of that game meeting No. 3 seed Clemson. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi does not have USC in his first eight out.
South Carolina is trying to go to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time since 1997-98. Last year, they snapped a 12-year streak of missing the Big Dance.
USC has only two non-Top-50 losses. Though Illinois State has fallen to No. 113. The Gamecocks face seven teams currently 37 or better, four Top-20, in the final 11 games.