It wasn’t a dream or an illusion. The USC Gamecocks beat the Duke Blue Devils yesterday in the NCAA tournament Sunday night to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the Big Dance.

The Gamecocks had been eliminated in the third round of the SEC tournament a few days earlier, scoring just 53 points in a loss to Alabama. In the second half of Sunday’s game, 7th-seed S.C., led by SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell, scored 65 points to knock off second-seeded Duke. The W is a landmark win for Coach Frank Martin, who is in his fifth season at USC.

The game wrapped up after 11 p.m. last night, so some newspapers didn’t have the win front-and-center for today’s front pages, but a few did.

Here’s how they looked:

Greenville News


Post and Courier


The State


Raleigh News & Observer


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