South Carolina Basketball: 10 best Gamecock moments leading up to the 2017 Final Four

The 10 greatest moments on South Carolina basketball's run to the 2016-2017 Final Four

The South Carolina basketball team made it all the way to the Final Four at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The South Carolina basketball team made it all the way to the Final Four at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 8: South Carolina Basketball Dismantles Tennessee to Round Back into Tournament Form

South Carolina basketball fans were starting to think that the 2016-2017 season was going to end just like the previous year: with the Gamecocks sitting at home in March with a bitter taste in their mouths. Three straight SEC losses in February painted a bleak picture of what was to come. However, they righted the ship when the Rick Barnes-led Tennessee Volunteers came to town.

In the season’s third-to-final regular season game, the Gamecocks got their groove back. In an absolute dismantling of the Volunteers, the Gamecocks outscored the Vols by 19 in the second half. The 27-point final margin seemed closer than the game felt, and it rekindled the fanbase’s hope in the postseason.