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South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell says he’s good to go against Gonzaga

One key to beating South Carolina is to zero in on guard Sindarius Thornwell. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Sindarius Thornwell was healthy enough to hold court in front of a scrum of more than 50 reporters on Friday. So how much more of a challenge to his constitution could Gonzaga present?

“I had a litle headache, fever and stuff like that,” South Carolina’s best player said when asked the inevitable question after he missed Thursday’s practice because of illness.

“I am fine now,” he added.

Thornwell, the SEC Player of the Year and USC’s leading scorer, also hinted that there might be some disagreement between he and Gamecocks coach Frank Martin about just how much he should rest before Saturday’s Final Four game against Gonzaga.

“If I were to tell him he can’t practice, he’d probably leave and tell me he’s not playing,” Martin said. “He’s wired to compete. It killed him (to not practice on Thursday).”