Blast from the past: remembering the year South Carolina last went to the NCAA tournament

So the men’s basketball team found yet another way to win against Ole Miss, coming back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to win by three in overtime.

This brings their win total to 17, which is as many wins as the team had all of last season. With that many wins through the middle of January, the tournament talk has started for this team.

The Gamecocks are projected to be a tournament team by Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, and as the season goes on, their resume will continue to build.

If the Fighting Frank Martins do get selected to participate in the Big Dance, it will be their first trip to the tournament since 2004.

The 11-year drought is the second longest streak behind Auburn, who has not been to a tournament since 2003.

Now, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see what it was like in 2004 the last time the Gamecocks went dancing.

Dave Odom was SEC Coach of the Year and Renaldo Balkman was named to the SEC All Freshman team.

Colonial Life Arena was called the Colonial Center.

PJ Dozier, a current freshman, would have been 8 years old.

Frank Martin was still two years away from his first head-coaching gig.

Gas was $1.78.

Usher’s “Confessions” was the No. 1 album of the year.

Facebook was just for college students. (Also, MySpace was still a thing.)

Shrek 2 and Spiderman 2 topped box offices around the country.

The top-five TV shows of the year were: American Idol, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Survivor: Palau and Survivor Vanuatu.

Reggie Bush was a national champion and didn’t have a Heisman Trophy to give away.

The Capital City Bombers were in their final season in Columbia.

So there you have it. A trip back to 2004, the last time the garnet and black went to the NCAA Tournament.

Now, the Gamecocks are motoring toward rewriting history. And if the team continues to win, they could be finally packing their bags to go dance.