Game: 1997 First Round
Date: 3/14/1997
Teams: Coppin State Eagles vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Things were looking good for the Gamecocks when they drew Coppin State team in the first round of the '97 Tournament. Coppin State was minus its best player and had lost their last three games against major conference teams by an average of 25-points. Things looked so good in fact, that South Carolina was favored by over 30-points. Then, the game started. The Eagles took a 55-54 lead with less than seven-minutes to go and put USC on ice when a shot-clock beating tray gave Coppin a 9-point advantage with less than two minutes to go. South Carolina, who some pegged to win it all, became only the third 2 seed in history to lose to a 15.