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Gamecocks going to Final Four for first time in school history

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Gamecocks celebrate victory over Florida in the Elite Eight (Source: Associated Press) Gamecocks celebrate victory over Florida in the Elite Eight (Source: Associated Press)
USC men's basketball celebrates stunning win over Baylor (Source: Associated Press) USC men's basketball celebrates stunning win over Baylor (Source: Associated Press)
South Carolina women's basketball celebrates blowout of Quinnipiac (Soruce: Associated Press) South Carolina women's basketball celebrates blowout of Quinnipiac (Soruce: Associated Press)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The University of South Carolina punched two tickets to the NCAA Elite Eight with victories for the men and women's basketball teams.

The No. 7-seed men's team, an underdog going into the second and third round of the tournament, stunned with upset wins over No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Baylor.

After their victorious blowout, beating the Bulldogs 70-50 in the Sweet 16, South Carolina guard Duane Notice said, "We just thrive off of adversity."

PHOTOS: Gamecocks crush Baylor with 70-50 upset win

It is the first time in franchise history they are going to the Elite Eight and the first time in 44 years the team has won a tournament game.

The Gamecocks took on Florida Gators at Madison Square Garden at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday. South Carolina stepped onto the court strong but the Gators took the lead in the last minutes of the first half.

At halftime, Florida was up 40-33.

When they returned for the second half, the Gamecocks were serious about another upset and pushed to overtake Florida. The teams battled it out in a nailbiting conclusion to the Elite Eight matchup.

South Carolina outlasted Florida with a 77-70 victory.

Sindarius Thornwell gave a standout performance during the game, scoring  more than 25 of the team's points.

PHOTOS: Gamecocks vs. Gators in the NCAA Elite Eight

On Monday, the South Carolina women's team will make their appearance in the Elite Eight. The top-seeded team claimed a 100-58 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the Sweet 16.

The team will take on Florida State at 9 p.m. on Monday in Stockton, California.

It is the second time in three years South Carolina's women's basketball has advanced to the Elite Eight.

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides also lent a little humor through his Twitter account amidst all the excitement: 

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