NEW YORK – Frank Martin’s teams have always defended well. It is a priority and ingrained in his coaching genes. This SEC season, the Gamecocks led the conference with a 93 defensive efficiency. The offensive end saw a pedestrian 100 efficiency, 11th-best in the 14-team conference. In the NCAA Tournament to date, it has been the offense coming alive.
A 93-73 first round win saw Martin’s team ring up a superlative 129 offensive efficiency. Marquette showed a 101 on their end. The number was above average on the defensive end for South Carolina, but not a serious point of contention given their work on offense. In that 88-81 victory over Duke that punched their ticket to New York, the Gamecocks rang up another impressive number on the offensive end, a 119 efficiency. Once again they allowed an above-average 109 to the Blue Devils. That win saw the credit go to the defense.
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