NCAA's political stance gave Duke essentially a road game vs. South Carolina
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You can easily make the argument that Duke would have lost against South Carolina no matter where those teams played that game on Sunday night. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks dropped 65 second-half points on No. 2 Duke to win 88-81 in an East Regional Round of 32 game, giving the tournament its most surprising, bracket-breaking upset so far. Hats off to Frank Martin for getting the Gamecocks to a place they haven’t been to in 44 years. Duke losing is the bigger story, but Martin accomplishing that for that program is the better story. Winning in basketball isn’t common at South Carolina, and now Martin will forever be remembered at that program. Still, the game’s location and the reasons for the tournament being played at said location must be addressed. Almost no one is going to be feeling sorry for Duke losing, but we have to have a realistic discussion here.