After his team fell short to No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Final Four 77-73 on Saturday night, Martin was brought to tears when reflecting on an incredible 2016-17 season that ended in an unlikely Final Four appearance as a 7-seed.
The matchup between Wooden Award finalist Nigel Williams-Goss and SEC player of the year Sindarius Thornwell is the one to watch. The Bulldogs will start three transfers - Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), Johnathan Williams (Missouri) and Jordan Mathews (California) - against SC on Saturday.
The problem was, down 3 with 12 seconds left, Thornwell and the Gamecocks never got a 3-pointer off in 9 seconds before Gonzaga was able to foul. He was making things happen for his teammates by moving the ball, creating for others and playing really solid defense.
"If we were one of those smaller mid-major schools, this is where you start kind of worrying if you can handle size".
"The journey we've been on has been unreal", said Williams-Goss after the game. It kind of disappeared on us there the last month of the season.
Samuelson was hurt when she was making a move toward the basket, and stepped on the foot of SC guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore. The Bulldogs defeated No. 11 Xavier in the Elite 8.
Before that run, SC struggled to keep up in the rebounding department as five minutes into the second half, it trailed 26-18 in rebounds and had just five offensive rebounds. The game can be streamed online free with a cable subscription via NCAA March Madness Live.
The Bulldogs held off a furious rally as SC used a 16-0 run to overcome a 14-point deficit.
"The journey we've been on has just been unreal". It put the Gamecocks up 67-65 and Gonzaga on their heels.
Two Final Four rookies meet Saturday when the Gamecocks and Gonzaga throw down at University of Phoenix Stadium.
On the postseason, Gonzaga is averaging 72.25 points per game.
The senior guard's younger sister, Katie Lou, played for UConn in the second semifinal game Friday night in the home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Zach Collins, the Zags' first-round draft prospect who comes off the bench, had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 massive blocked shots. Collins also had six blocks.
It wasn't the kind of game that Thornwell and Gamecocks fans had come to expect from their star player, especially in the NCAA Tournament.
With their semifinal win, the Bulldogs have now secured a spot in Monday's NCAA men's national championship game. The tournament win over Florida gave the team 26 wins this season, which topped the record tied past year at 25, the mark set by McGuire's team in 1969-70.