#2 seed Florida State and #1 seed South Carolina match-up in the Elite Eight with a chance to make the Final Four on the line. Both teams have looked strong at times in the tournament as well as vulnerable. This should be a very physical, hard fought contest. The game is set for 12 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN.
Here's a quick preview of each team:
South Carolina (33-2, 15-1 SEC)
First Round- Defeated #16 Savannah State 81-48
Second Round- Defeated #8 Syracuse 97-68
Sweet 16- Defeated #4 UNC 67-65
The #1 seed Gamecocks have been fantastic season and were even ranked #1 in the country for much of the season before falling at UCONN 87-62 in February. South Carolina has three players averaging double figures in scoring led by SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell (14.3 PPG). A'ja Wilson (13.0 PPG) and Alaina Coates (11.0 PPG) pitch in to make the Gamecocks well balanced offensively. They squeaked by UNC in the Sweet 16 and the Tar Heels showed exposed some weaknesses. However, South Carolina is deep, talented, plays great defense, and has the players to match Florida State even when the Noles are at their best. The Gamecocks are the favorite in this one and for good reason, it's a team that has a real chance at winning the national title.
Florida State (32-4, 14-2 ACC)
First Round- Defeated #15 Alabama State 91-49
Second Round- Defeated #7 FGCU 65-47
Sweet 16- Defeated #3 Arizona State 66-65
The Seminoles have had a remarkable season of their own, winning a record 32 games and reaching the Elite 8 for just the second time in school history. The Noles are led in scoring by Adut Bulgak (12.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG), but also get heavy contributions from four other ladies averaging in double figures. Shakayla Thomas and Leticia Romero have shown throughout the tournament they can take over ball games, and both will be counted upon to play well if FSU is to knock of the Gamecocks. Florida State played poorly against Arizona State on Friday, turning the ball over far too many times and not rebounding as well as they have this season. The fact they still won is a testament to their ability to fight and scrap out a win. However, South Carolina is a different animal and the Noles will need to play very well to win against a team that matches up well with them. If Florida State limits the turnovers, can get in transition, and rebounds well; they have an excellent chance at reaching the school's first ever Final Four.
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