By Josh Hyber | Photo by Jenny Dilworth
South Carolina (21-9) has earned a No. 4 seed and its 16th berth in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 13 seed Belmont (26-6) on Friday at 1:45 p.m. on ESPN2. The Gamecocks are in the Greensboro Region and will host the first and second rounds of the tournament at UNC Charlotte's Halton Arena.
It is the team's first matchup against Belmont.
If South Carolina wins, it will advance to play the winner of No. 5 seed Florida State (23-8) and No. 12 seed Bucknell (28-5), a game that will be played on Friday at 4 p.m.
Single-session tickets for the first- and second-round games at Halton Arena will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Abilene Christian
No. 8 California vs. No. 9 North Carolina
No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Bucknell
No. 4 South Carolina vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 11 Princeton
No. 3 NC State vs. No. 14 Maine
No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Drake
No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Mercer
All tickets are general admission and are available for $16 (adult) each day (Friday's ticket includes both games). Youth, senior and student tickets are available for $8 each day. Booklets for the entire weekend are available for $33 and include a general admission ticket for all games at Halton Arena. Booklets and single-session tickets can be purchased through the UNC Charlotte Ticket Office by calling 704-687-4949 or visiting here.
This is the eighth-consecutive season the Gamecocks will participate in the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak in program history. South Carolina reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 2015 before capturing its first NCAA Championship in 2017. The Gamecocks have played in nine Sweet 16s in their 15 previous times in the event, reaching that round in six of their last seven tournament appearances and advancing to the Elite Eight three times in their last four NCAA Tournaments.
South Carolina owns a 28-14 record all-time in the event, including an 11-2 record in games it has hosted (2015-18).
Check back for comments from South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and Gamecock players.