South Carolina is in the midst of a stunning, awesome postseason run. But the Gamecocks had time to recognize their latest vanquished foe.
After a 70-50 victory Friday against No. 3 seed Baylor in the Sweet 16, No. 7 seed South Carolina’s coaching staff told the players to stop celebrating for a minute. Then, the Gamecocks formed a semicircle and were joined by the Bears as the Madison Square Garden crowded watched.
This is the kind of display of sportsmanship that everyone can appreciate. It wasn’t showy – TBS barely aired it live – and it wasn’t fake. The Gamecocks had to cool down for a second after the biggest win of their lives, but they recognized the moment and what Baylor was going through.
Afterward, the Gamecocks got to celebrating again. As they should.
Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports
Let’s hope this doesn’t become a rote tradition. It’s so much better as a genuine moment.
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