SC's O-for-NCAA tournament

By Pete Iacobelli

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Clemson forward Milton Jennings (24) works against Virginia Tech guard Robert Brown (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament, Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Atlanta.

Chuck Burton, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There will be no madness this March in South Carolina.

For the first time since 1995, none of the 12 Division I schools eligible for the men's NCAA tournament will hear their names called Sunday.

Clemson and South Carolina were the state's last hopes, but each fell in their conference tournament openers — the Tigers to Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Gamecocks to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference.

Just two years ago, the state was filled with NCAA tournament teams as Clemson, Winthrop and Wofford made the Big Dance. This year, though, Terriers coach Mike Young says he'll likely find something else to do when the brackets are announced Sunday evening.

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