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South Carolina hosts Erskine in an exhibition on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET.

Oct 20 2017 08:42 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

South Carolina hosts Erskine in an exhibition on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET.

GCF Staff Report
October 20, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Game times have been finalized for the upcoming non-conference slate for Gamecock men’s basketball. Carolina will begin the season hosting Erskine at 7 p.m. ET, in an exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena on Oct. 30, before the season officially tips off at Wofford on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Below are game times and broadcast information for South Carolina’s non-conference schedule:

Oct. 30, Erskine (exhibition, 7 p.m. ET/-)
Nov. 10, at Wofford (7 p.m. ET/TBA)
Nov. 13, Western Michigan* (8 p.m. ET/SEC Network)
Nov. 16, vs. Illinois State (Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
Nov. 17, vs. Boise State/UTEP (Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 10:30 a.m., ESPNU/1 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Nov. 19, vs. TBD (Puerto Rico Tip-Off)
Nov. 27, at FIU (7 p.m. ET/CBS Sports Network)
Nov. 30, vs. Temple (Under Armour Reunion, 9 p.m. ET/ESPNU)
Dec. 2, UMass (2 p.m. ET/SEC Network+)
Dec. 6, Wyoming (7 p.m. ET/SEC Network+)
Dec. 9, Coastal Carolina (12 p.m. ET, SEC Network)

Dec. 19, at Clemson (7 p.m. ET/ESPNU)
Dec. 27, Limestone (3 p.m. ET/SEC Network+)
Jan. 27, Texas Tech (Big 12/SEC Challenge, 12 p.m. ET/ESPN2)


Home games in bold

* non-bracketed game Puerto Rico Tip-Off

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Puerto Rico Tip - Off Relocated To Myrtle Beach

Sep 28 2017 04:35 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Puerto Rico Tip - Off Relocated To Myrtle Beach

Tournament relocated due to damage from Hurricane Maria

GCF Staff Report
Sept. 28, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Due to the devastating impact that Hurricane Maria had on the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off has been relocated to Conway, S.C., and the event will now be played on campus at Coastal Carolina. Games, which were originally slated to be played at the Coliseo Municipal Tomas Dones in Fajardo, P.R., will now be played at the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center, Nov. 16-19.

“The aftermath of the hurricane has caused an immense hardship to the island, and our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico during this difficult time,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events. “We are hopeful to be able to return next year to Puerto Rico, where our teams have enjoyed the warm hospitality and rich culture of Puerto Rico for nearly a decade.”

The teams participating in this year’s tournament remain the same with Appalachian State, Boise State, Illinois State, Iowa State, South Carolina, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan. South Carolina will face Illinois State in the event’s opening round on Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The full schedule is listed below.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off website (CLICK LINK ABOVE).

2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Schedule

Thursday, November 16
• Game 1 - Illinois State vs. South Carolina, 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
• Game 2 - Boise State vs. UTEP, 2 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 3 - Iowa State vs. Appalachian State, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 4 - Tulsa vs. Western Michigan, 8 p.m., ESPNEWS

Friday, November 17
• Game 5 - Illinois State/South Carolina loser vs. Boise State/UTEP loser, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 6 - Illinois State/South Carolina winner vs. Boise State/UTEP winner, 1 p.m., ESPN2
• Game 7 - Iowa State/Appalachian State loser vs. Tulsa/Western Michigan loser, 5 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 8 - Iowa State/Appalachian State winner vs. Tulsa/Western Michigan winner 7 p.m., ESPNU

Sunday, November 19
• Game 9 - Game 5 and Game 7 losers, 11:30 p.m., ESPN3
• Game 10 - Game 5 and Game 7 winners, 2 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 11 - Game 6 and Game 8 losers, 5 p.m., ESPNU
• Game 12, Championship - Game 6 and Game 8 winners, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

All 12 games of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be televised on ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3. All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

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Tip time set for Gamecocks and Texas Tech in the BIG 12/SEC Challenge

Sep 06 2017 07:16 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Tip time set for Gamecocks and Texas Tech in the BIG 12/SEC Challenge

Carolina will host the Red Raiders on Jan. 27, 2018.


GCF Staff Report
September 06, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tip times and television designations were released on Wednesday for the upcoming 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge, and it was announced that the South Carolina versus Texas Tech contest in Columbia will be played at Noon ET on ESPN2 on Jan. 27. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college basketball season – will originate from one of the Challenge games.

South Carolina comes off a record-breaking 2016-17 season in which the Gamecocks advanced to their first Final Four, compiling a school-record 26 wins along the way. Texas Tech finished last season, the first under head coach Chris Beard, with an 18-14 record.

January’s upcoming meeting marks the fourth, and first since 1976, between the Gamecocks and Red Raiders, and the second in Columbia. The teams first met on March 10, 1973, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Wichita, Kan., with the Gamecocks posting a 78-70 victory to advance. Carolina hosted Tech the following season, recording an 81-65 victory in early January, before the Red Raiders posted an 83-75 win in Lubbock in early December 1976.

This will be the third year that a bye in the league schedule for participating teams was created to accommodate the single‐day format. The four SEC teams not participating will play each other in conference games the same day. The first two years of the Challenge were played over several days in November and December, but the 2018 event will be consolidated to one single day in January.


The South Carolina 2017-18 season ticket renewal deadline is set for Wed., Sept. 13. Fans interested in buying season tickets for the upcoming campaign can place a deposit by visiting GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or by calling the Gamecock Ticket Office at 1-800-4SC-FANS.
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Continue to visit GamecocksOnline.com for updates on South Carolina's 2017-18 schedule.

2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic (Jan. 27, 2018):

Baylor at Florida, ESPN, 12 p.m. ET
Texas Tech at South Carolina, ESPN2, 12 p.m. ET
Ole Miss at Texas, ESPN2, 2 p.m. ET
Georgia at Kansas State, ESPNU, 2 p.m. ET
Oklahoma at Alabama, ESPN, 2:15 p.m. ET
TCU at Vanderbilt, ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET
Tennessee at Iowa State, ESPNU, 4 p.m. ET
Texas A&M at Kansas, ESPN, 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET
Kentucky at West Virginia, ESPN, 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET
Oklahoma State at Arkansas, ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET


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SEC Releases 2018 Men’s Basketball Conference Opponents

Jun 01 2017 07:27 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

SEC Releases 2018 Men’s Basketball Conference Opponents

Times, dates and television information will be announced at a later date.

GCF Staff Report
June 01, 2017


PLACE A SEASON TICKET DEPOSIT



COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Southeastern Conference announced today each school’s conference opponents for the upcoming 2018 campaign. South Carolina will face its permanent opponents – Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee – along with Auburn and Florida in home-and-home series in 2018.

Carolina’s SEC schedule features home matchups against former SEC East foes Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, along with games against Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. The Gamecocks will hit the road to face Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas A&M next season.

South Carolina comes off a record-breaking 2016-17 season in which the Gamecocks won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1973, en route to advancing to the school’s first Final Four and a school-record 26 wins along the way. The Gamecocks posted double-digit league wins for the second-consecutive season, finishing in a tie for third with a 12-6 record. South Carolina has upped its SEC win total in each of Frank Martin’s five seasons at the helm of the Gamecock program.

Times, dates and television information on the 2018 SEC schedule will be released at a later date.

2018 SEC Opponents
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Auburn
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Georgia
Kentucky
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Away
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Arkansas
Auburn
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Ole Miss
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Tennessee
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University of South Carolina Upgrades Arena With Daktronics LED Video System

May 09 2017 04:12 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball


University of South Carolina Upgrades Arena With Daktronics LED Video System

12-display centerhung configuration featuring 4-millmeter technology coming to Colonial Life Arena

GCF Staff Report
May 9, 2017

Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, announced today that the University of South Carolina has asked the company to design, manufacture and install a 12-display centerhung system and ribbon displays at Colonial Life Arena on campus in Columbia, South Carolina. The new LED system will be installed and impacting the Gamecock fan experience by the end of summer.


“The technology and the video display quality of these new video and ribbon boards will make the in-venue experience at Colonial Life Arena the best in the nation,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “These new boards will make such a tremendous impact on our men’s and women’s basketball programs. It will be great for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”


The new centerhung will feature four convex-curved main displays with tight 4-millimeter line spacing to bring excellent image clarity and contrast to fans throughout the venue. They will measure approximately 12 feet high by 20 feet wide and are capable of variable content zoning allowing each display to show one large image or to show multiple zones. These zones can show any combination of live video, instant replays, statistics and game information, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.


“We’re excited to be working with the University of South Carolina and are thrilled to be a part of the upgraded visual presentation at Colonial Life Arena,” said Corey Williams, Daktronics sales representative. “They’re introducing some big video features including being one of the only venues with 4-millimeter technology in their centerhung system. Some unique features will really stick out to the fans such as the curved main displays and 10-millimeter technology on their fascia displays as well as incorporating a trend in the professional sports arena industry with two underbelly displays to make the experience better for people sitting closer to the court.”


The centerhung also features an upper ring measuring 3 feet high by 95.5 feet in circumference, a lower ring display measuring 3 feet high by 87 feet in circumference and four corner wedges creating usable space between the main displays.


The university is receiving two underbelly displays attached to the bottom of the centerhung and angled toward the courtside seats. Appealing to those sitting closer to the action, these two displays will feature tight 4-millimeter line spacing and measure roughly 4 feet high by 15.5 feet wide.


Around the arena, a large 360-degree ribbon display will be installed along the seating fascia. This provides the opportunity to supplement statistics and graphics shown on the main displays as well as offering an option to highlight sponsors throughout events.


Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with consistent, industry-leading performance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.


About Daktronics

Daktronics helps its customers to impact their audiences throughout the world with large-format LED video displays, message displays, scoreboards, digital billboards, audio systems and control systems in sport, business and transportation applications. Founded in 1968 as a USA-based manufacturing company, Daktronics has grown into the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation with offices around the globe. Discover more at www.daktronics.com.


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Martin Holds Postseason Press Conference With Video, Notes & Quotes

Apr 26 2017 06:44 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Martin Holds Postseason Press Conference With Videos, Notes & Quotes

Gamecocks posted a school record 26 wins in 2016-17

GCF Staff Report
April 26, 2017

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Frank Martin Post-Season Press Conference - 4/25/17




COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin held his postseason press conference to wrap-up the 2016-17 season on Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena. Below are some notables on the season.

GAMECOCKS ADVANCE TO FIRST FINAL FOUR

Fueled by a 20-point win in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament over Marquette, Carolina’s first Tournament win since 1973, Frank Martin’s Gamecocks would go on to defeat three of the East Region’s top four seeds - No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 Florida - to advance to the Final Four for the first time. Led by Sindarius Thornwell’s 23.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in Tournament play, the Gamecocks out-scored their opponents by 13.5 points per game in four wins before falling to Gonzaga 77-73 in Phoenix.

RECORD SETTING 26

With its win over SEC foe Florida in the Elite Eight, South Carolina posted its 26th win of the season, which set a new Gamecock record for wins in a campaign, besting the previous mark of 25, which was set twice, during the 1969-70 and 2015-16 seasons.

GAMECOCKS IN THE RANKINGS

South Carolina was ranked in the AP Poll for nine weeks and in the Coaches Poll for 10 weeks during the 2016-17 regular season, before finishing sixth in the final Coaches Poll following the historic Final Four run. The Gamecocks jumped into the national rankings on Nov. 28 after posting wins over two ranked opponents the previous week in No. 25/24 Michigan and No. 18/16 Syracuse. The Gamecocks checked in at No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll. Carolina rose as high as 16th in the AP Poll (Dec. 12), which was the highest rank for Carolina since the Gamecocks were ranked 14th in the final poll of the 1997-98 campaign. The Gamecocks’ high mark in the Coaches Poll during the regular season was at No. 15 (Dec. 12).

BY THE NUMBERS

3,350 - During their careers in the Garnet and Black, senior guards Sindarius Thornwell (1,941) and Duane Notice (1,409) combined for 3,350 points.
100 - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell tallied double-figure points in 100 of his 132 career games played, including in all 31 games in 2016-17.
30.3% - South Carolina finished the season ranked ninth nationally in 3-point field goal percent defense, as opponents hit just 30.3 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Gamecocks held 18 opponents below 30 percent from 3-point range on the season.
138 - Senior guard Duane Notice finished his time in the Garnet and Black as South Carolina’s all-time leader in games played at 138.
15+ - South Carolina forced at least 15 turnovers in 17 of 18 SEC games on the season. League opponents averaged 18.4 turnovers per game.
11 - South Carolina concluded the season with 11 wins over top-100 RPI teams.
13.9 - Sophomore guard PJ Dozier more than doubled his points per game total from his rookie campaign, averaging 13.9 points per outing as a sophomore, compared to 6.7 per game as a freshman.
2.1 - Senior guard Justin McKie had a career year in 2016-17, which included the game-winning free throws in the home win over Georgia. The Columbia native had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1, and committed just 22 turnovers in 626 minutes played this season, an average of just 0.6 per game.


MARKING THE RECORD BOOK

South Carolina’s historic 2016-17 season marked the Gamecock record book in several team and individual categories. Below are a few of those marks:
219 - Duane Notice ranks second all-time with 219 career 3-point field goals
27 - Carolina’s 27 made free throws vs. Duke marked a new NCAA Tournament record for the Gamecocks
71.4% - The Gamecocks hit 71.4% (20-28) in the second half in the win over Duke, a new Carolina record for shooting percentage in a single half in NCAA Tournament play
611 - South Carolina’s 611 made free throws in 2016-17 rank second all-time to the 635 made at the line during the 1970-71 season
215 - Sindarius Thornwell’s 215 made free throws on the year rank in a tie for second all-time in a single season with fellow Gamecock great, John Roche (1971)
632 - South Carolina forced its opponents into 632 turnovers this season, which rank second all-time behind the 678 turnovers by Gamecock opponents during the 2001-02 season.


THANK YOU FANS!!!

South Carolina set attendance records in both total attendance and average attendance in 2016-17. A total of 241,123 fans attended Carolina games on the season, an average of 13,396 fans. Nationally, the Gamecocks ranked 15th in total attendance, which was third in the SEC, and 21st in average attendance, which was fourth in the SEC.


From USC Sports Information

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Gamecocks Loses Final Four Matchup in Thrilling 77-73 Decision With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Apr 02 2017 02:01 AM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecocks Loses Final Four Matchup in Thrilling 77-73 Decision With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

The Gamecocks overcame a 14-point second half deficit but could not complete the comeback


GCF Staff Report
April 01, 2017


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POST-GAME: Dozier, Thornwell, Silva, Notice, Coach Martin on Gonzaga



P.J. Dozier not in a rush to decide possible jump to NBA



Darius Rucker: This has been amazing run



USC AD Ray Tanner: This week is the high water mark for our athletic program



GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: PJ Dozier (17)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (13)
Assists: Duane Notice (3)
Steals: PJ Dozier, Maik Kotsar (2)
Blocks: Chris Silva (3)
Minutes: Sindarius Thornwell (37)

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - A season that few South Carolina Gamecocks fans will ever forget came to an end Saturday evening in the desert, as the men’s basketball team lost a thrilling 77-73 matchup with Gonzaga (37-1) in the NCAA National Semifinals. The men battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium, but could not hold off the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs.

With the loss, South Carolina ends the 2016-17 season with a program-record 26 wins and an overall record of 26-11. PJ Dozier led the team in scoring with 17 points. Chris Silva battled Gonzaga’s immense frontcourt and finished with 13 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three blocks.

The Gamecocks were the pursuer for most of the first half, as the Bulldogs were efficient on offense, especially on the interior. A 3-pointer from Dozier gave South Carolina a 10-8 lead five minutes in, but Gonzaga responded with a 12-4 run over the next three minutes to take a two-possession lead with 12 minutes to go. South Carolina leaned on a balanced offense early to keep pace, with six different players scoring for the team in the opening 10 minutes.

South Carolina matched five-point scoring bursts from Gonzaga to hang close at 26-all and 31-all, thanks in large part to the efforts of Justin McKie and Silva. McKie provided vital scoring for the team off the bench, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in a span of two minutes, with the second tying the score at 31 with 5:13 to play. The senior had a team-high eight points in the period. Silva had a pair of highlight-reel blocks to go with seven points and four rebounds in the half.

A 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the half for the Bulldogs sent them into the break with their biggest lead of the game to that point, 45-36. Gonzaga was red-hot offensively, shooting over 57 percent from the field in the opening frame, led by 12 points for Nigel Williams-Goss. The Bulldogs were especially deadly from deep down the stretch, hitting all three 3-point attempts in the final six minutes to fuel the late run. South Carolina shot just 37 percent as a team, but had five different players contribute at least five points.

Williams-Goss would be the heart of the Gonzaga offense early and often in the second half, scoring 11 of the team’s first 20 points out of the break and driving the lead up to 65-51 with 11 minutes to go.

As it had been all tournament long, though, no lead was safe from the South Carolina Gamecocks. After an and-1 conversion from Williams-Goss for the largest lead of the game, 65-51, Carolina used the next four minutes to ignite the Garnet and Black faithful. Silva started the flurry with an and-1 of his own, and the Gamecocks hit six straight field goals to tie it up at 65 with 7:42 left to play.

The run topped out at 16-0 after a pair of Rakym Felder free throws made it 67-65 Gamecocks, giving the team its first lead since the 15:27 mark of the first half. Gonzaga snapped a four-minute scoring drought with back-to-back baskets to take back the lead, but it was a brand-new game with five minutes to play and the world watching.

The Bulldogs moved away from the perimeter late in the game, turning inside to 7-foot-1-inch senior Przemek Karnowski to grab back momentum. The big man converted on back-to-back possessions to push Gonzaga ahead at the final media timeout, 72-67 with 3:54 on the clock.

The two teams fought tooth and nail for every possession in the final four minutes, but both sides went cold offensively. A jump shot from Dozier and a split trip at the free throw line for Silva was Carolina’s only points over a two minute span. The Gamecock defense put them in position, however, to tie the game up with the ball and a three-point deficit with 15 seconds left and the score 75-72 in Gonzaga’s favor.

The Bulldogs opted to foul Sindarius Thornwell away from the basket, putting him on the line for two shots with 3.5 seconds left. After hitting the first, he hit the second off the back of the iron and Gonzaga snagged it and was fouled with 2.2 still on the clock with a 75-73 advantage. A pair of made free throws on the other end sealed the win for the Bulldogs.

KEY STAT

Even though Gonzaga held the advantage in field goal percentage (48 percent to 38), South Carolina’s offense turned the ball over just five times in the game, while forcing Gonzaga to turn it over 12 time. From that, the Gamecocks enjoyed a 15-0 advantage in points off turnovers and 12-0 edge in fast break points.

NOTABLE
  • South Carolina finished 2016-17 with 26 wins, which is a single-season program record.
  • Carolina only had five turnovers against Gonzaga, which marks a new single-game low for the program in NCAA Tournament play.
  • Sindarius Thornwell leaves the Gamecocks as the all-time leader in games started at 132. He ranks in the top-five in program history in points (3rd - 1,941), steals (4th - 199), free throws made (3rd - 570) and 3-point field goals made (4th - 187).
  • Senior Duane Notice departs Carolina No. 1 in school history in games played (138) and second on the all-time made 3s list with 219 career triples. He is one of just three players in school history with over 200 career made 3s.
  • Sophomore Chris Silva tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. All five have come this season.
TWEET OF THE GAME




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Gamecock Gameday: South Carolina Set To Face Gonzaga In Final Four

Mar 30 2017 06:31 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecock Gameday: South Carolina Set To Face Gonzaga In Final Four

Tip time is set for 6:09 p.m. ET on CBS Saturday evening


GCF Staff Report
March 30, 2017


7-seed South Carolina vs. 1-seed Gonzaga


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GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sat., April 1, 2017
Tipoff: 6:09 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Ariz.
Arena: University of Phoenix Stadium (76,000)
Broadcast: CBS
Radio: 107.5 (in Columbia)/Listen!


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- South Carolina's historic March run continues on Saturday evening, as the Gamecocks (26-10) square off with No. 1 seed Gonzaga (36-1) in the 2017 Final Four. Both schools will be making their first National Semifinal appearances. Carolina got to the desert after downing No. 4 seed Florida (27-9) in the Elite Eight at Madison Square Garden last Sunday.

The Gamecocks outscored the Gators by 14 in the second half, holding them to 30 percent shooting and 0-for-14 from 3 in the game's final 20 minutes. Senior Sindarius Thornwell had a game-high 26 points and was one of four players in double figures for Carolina. The Lancaster, S.C., native, was named the NCAA East Regional's Most Outstanding Player. He was also on the East Regional All-Tournament team along with sophomore PJ Dozier. The Gamecocks have knocked off three top-20 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

GAMECOCK QUICK HITS

- South Carolina is in its 109th season of varsity basketball in 2016-17.
- On the sidelines, Frank Martin is joined by associate head coach Matt Figger, assistant coaches Perry Clark and Bruce Shingler, and director of operations Andy Assaley.
- South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is now 10-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games following Sunday's win over Florida. Martin's first six wins in the postseason event came while he was the head coach at Kansas State. Martin also led his 2009-10 K-State squad to an Elite Eight appearance, while each season that Martin's team have advanced to the NCAA Tournament it has won at least one game.
- With the win over Florida on Sunday, South Carolina set a new school record for wins with 26 this season. The Gamecocks have had 25 wins three times, 1969-70, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- With the Gamecocks selection to the NCAA Tournament this season it marks the first time that South Carolina has had back-to-back postseason bids (NIT in 2016) since Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and then the NIT in 2005 and 2006.
- South Carolina is 5-2 in neutral site contests this season, as the Gamecocks upset then-No. 18/16 Syracuse at the Barclays Center on Nov. 26, before suffering a three-point loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, a loss on March 10 to Alabama in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals in Nashville, and the NCAA Tourney wins over Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida.
- Over the course of the last two seasons, Carolina is 9-3 in neutral site games.
- Senior Guard Sindarius Thornwell has pulled in several awards this postseason for his outstanding season on the court. He was named the SEC Player of the Year, as well as garnering All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team accolades from the league coaches. He was named a unanimous selection to the AP All-SEC First Team and he earned USBWA All-District III (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland) honors and he was named a Basketball Times Third Team All-American.


GAMECOCKS UPSET DUKE TO ADVANCE TO SWEET 16

Seventh-seeded South Carolina scored 65 second-half points in an upset win over the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils last Sunday to advance to its first Sweet 16 (current Tournament format) with an 88-81 victory. Carolina was led by five players in double figures, with senior guard Sindarius Thornwell once again leading the way with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Chris Silva tallied a career high 17 points, and notched his fourth double-double of the season also grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. It was South Carolina's first win over its old ACC foe since Dec. 12, 1970.

SCOUTING GONZAGA
- Gonzaga is coached by Mark Few, now in his 18th season leading the Bulldogs. He has a career record of 502-112 at GU.
- Though the team rose to fame through Cinderella runs in the tournament, the Bulldogs are more than battle-tested when it comes to postseason play. The program has made the NCAA tournament every year since 1999, and has made at least the Sweet 16 round for three straight seasons. This, however, is the first time that Gonzaga has made the Final Four.
- Now riding a seven-game win streak, Gonzaga enters the matchup with South Carolina at 36-1 overall. Since the 2010-11 season, no other program in the country has a better record than Gonzaga (205-39, .840).
- The team's 36 wins this season are a new program record. Gonzaga is one of just four teams in the country to shoot better than 50 percent from the field so far this season.
- On the other side of the court, the GU defense ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to just 36.5 percent through 37 games.
- Gonzaga is led by a veteran group of players, with four seeing time in over 100 career games. Przemek Karnowski leads the team with 149 career games played, 115 starts.
- Behind the best scoring margin in the country (+22.3), Gonzaga has four players averaging double-figure points per game. Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss leads the team with 16.7 points per game, followed by Karnowski at 12.2.
- Williams-Goss is the West Coast Conference player of the year; in total there were three Gonzaga players who made the conference's postseason first team.

Journey through the Tourney
Defeated 16-seed South Dakota State in Round 1, 91-73
Defeated 8-seed Northwestern in Round 2, 79-73
Defeated 4-seed West Virginia in the Sweet 16, 61-58
Defeated 11-seed Xavier in the Elite 8, 83-59


BY THE NUMBERS

1.3 - Sophomore forward Chris Silva is averaging 1.3 blocks per game this season, which is a team high.
1.7 - PJ Dozier's 1.7 steals per game is second on the team and ranks sixth in the SEC. Dozier has eight games this season with at least three steals, and collected a season high four steals vs. FIU and again vs. Alabama.
2.2 - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 2.2 steals per game this season, which leads the SEC and ranks 14th nationally.
2.4 - Thornwell's 2.4 steals per game led the SEC in conference games this season. It marked the most steals per game in conference play by a Gamecock since Devan Downey averaged 2.5 per SEC game during the 2010 season. Additionally, it was the most seals per game in the SEC during league games since LSU's Anthony Hickey averaged 2.8 during the 2013 league season.
2.982 - The Gamecocks excelled in the classroom during the fall semester, as the team posted a cumulative GPA of 2.982.
+4.0 - South Carolina leads the SEC and is sixth nationally with a turnover margin of +4.0.
5+ - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell dished a team high five assists in Carolina's 88-81 win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament second round, marking the 28th game of his career with five or more helpers.
6 - South Carolina committed just six turnovers in the win vs. A&M on Jan. 7, trying for the fewest in the Frank Martin era.
13 - South Carolina's 13 steals vs. FIU on Dec. 4 marked a season high in the category, surpassing the previous high of 12 vs. Syracuse.
20+ - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell's 19 20-point games this season mark the most 20-point games in a campaign since Devan Downey also had 19 20-point efforts during the 2009-10 season.
23 - South Carolina dished a season high 23 assists in the Jan. 24 win over Auburn. It is the third-most ever during the Frank Martin era.
25 - The 25 turnovers by Texas A&M were an opponent high this season. It was the most turnovers in a game by a Carolina opponent since SE Louisiana committed 26 turnovers on Dec. 21, 2011.
34 - South Carolina scored a season high 34 points off of 22 LSU turnovers in the win at the Maravich Center on Feb. 1.
50.6% - South Carolina collects an assist on 50.6 percent of its made baskets this season (455/898). Carolina dished 17 assists in the NCAA First Round matchup vs. Marquette, led by four each from senior guard Justin McKie and sophomore guard PJ Dozier.
51 - South Carolina has out-scored its opponent in points in the paint in 51 of the last 68 games dating back to last season. The Gamecocks are 42-9 in those games, including an 18-6 mark this season when scoring more points in the paint than its opponent.


UP NEXT

The advancing team from Sunday's first Final Four matchup faces the winner of No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Oregon in the National Championship game on Monday night. Tipoff for the title game is set for 9 p.m. ET with Jim Nantz (pxp), Grant Hill (color), Bill Rafferty (color) and Tracy Wolfson on the call for CBS


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Next Stop Phoenix For Gamecocks After Elite Eight Win Over Florida With Videos, Gallery Box Score & More

Mar 27 2017 12:31 AM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Next Stop Phoenix For Gamecocks After Elite Eight Win Over Florida With Videos, Gallery Box Score & More

Sindarius Thornwell scored 25 points to lead South Carolina to its first Final Four.


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March 26, 2017


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GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: Sindarius Thornwell (26)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (9)
Assists: Duane Notice (3)
Steals: Sindarius Thornwell (2)
Blocks: PJ Dozier, Rakym Felder (1)
Minutes: Duane Notice (38)


UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Date	Opponent	Time/Result (TV)
4/1	No. 1 seed Gonzaga (West Regional Champion)	6:09 p.m. ET (CBS)
NEW YORK CITY -- South Carolina’s special March run continued on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden as the Gamecocks (26-10) punched their ticket to the 2017 Final Four with a 77-70 win over Florida (27-9). The victory broke the single-season program record for wins, as senior Sindarius Thornwell carried the team with a game-high 26 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

Carolina jumped out to a 6-4 lead thanks to four early points from freshman Maik Kotsar. A 3-pointer by Kasey Hill ended a nearly three minute scoring draught for the Gators and gave them a 7-6 lead at the first media timeout with 15:53 on the clock.

The Gamecocks retook the lead 11-9 after starting 4-for-5 (80 percent) from the field. They remained in front, 15-14, at the under 12 media timeout with 11:41 to go. Carolina scored eight of its first 15 points off seven Florida turnovers. Hot shooting was the story on both sides, as each team started 6-for-10. There were eight lead changes in the game’s first 8:19.

South Carolina opened up its biggest lead of the game 18-14 with 11:24 to go in the first half and led 20-18 at the under eight media timeout with 7:30 remaining. Chris Chiozza knocked down the Gators' fourth-straight 3 to give them a four-point edge, 30-29 at the final media timeout with 3:01 left to play in the first 20 minutes.

Florida closed the half strong and took its biggest lead of the game, 38-30, after a 6-0 run with 48 seconds left. An and-1 by sophomore PJ Dozier on the other end pulled Carolina within five, 38-33 with 43 seconds remaining. Two free throws by Kevarrius Hayes put the Gators ahead 40-33 at the half.

Thornwell was spectacular in the first half for the Gamecocks, as he scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-8 (75 percent) shooting. Dozier had a solid first 20 minutes as well, scoring nine points. Justin Leon led the way for the Gators with 13 points as he knocked down 3-of-5 from behind the arc. As a team, Florida shot 14-for-25 (56 percent) and 7-for-12 (58 percent) from behind the arc. They held a 17-11 edge on the glass at the half as well.

The Gamecocks surged within three, 46-43, at the first media timeout of the second half with 15:32 on the clock thanks to a 13-6 run. Kotsar had two buckets as Carolina started 4-for-6 (67 percent) out of the locker room. Two Chris Silva free throws got the Gamecocks within one, 46-45, with 14:53 to play. The foul on Silva put Carolina in the bonus the rest of the way.

With 11:28 to go, the Gamecocks regained the lead, 49-48, on a Kotsar tipin. It was Carolina’s first lead since the 5:24 mark in half one. The Gamecocks stormed ahead holding Florida scoreless for 3:25 and to 3-of-14 shooting to start the second half. Florida retook the lead, 53-51, on an and-1 by Leon with 9:56 on the clock. The basket snapped an 0-for-10 draught for the Gators.

The Garden erupted as Thornwell put Carolina back in the lead 59-57 with a tough layup, forcing head coach Mike White to take a timeout with 5:27 left to play. The teams exchanged hoops and were tied 63-63 at the final media timeout with three minutes left to play. The Gamecocks’ second half defense was stellar, holding Florida to 8-for-27 (30 percent) and 0-for-12 from 3 to that point.

Thornwell found Kotsar for a transition jumper at the free throw line as Carolina used a 6-0 run to go up four, 67-63, with 1:55 remaining in the game. A KeVaughn Allen free throw pulled the Gators within two, 70-68, with 53 seconds left. Florida got within four twice in the final minute, but two huge steals by Thornwell and Dozier late helped seal the historic victory for the Gamecocks.

Dozier (17), Silva (13) and Kotsar (12) joined Thornwell in double figures. Silva was just shy of a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds including four on the offensive end.

KEY STATS

After trailing by seven at halftime, South Carolina outscored Florida 44-30 in the second half. The Gamecocks shot 52 percent (12-of-23) in the second half and held the Gators to 31 percent (11-for-35) in the final 20 minutes, including 0-for-14 from downtown.

NOTABLE
  • Carolina will be making its first ever Final Four appearance next weekend.
  • With the win this afternoon, Frank Martin is now 10-4 in March Madness.
  • Four or more Gamecocks have scored in double figures in all four of the team’s NCAA Tournament games.
  • Kotsar’s 12 points were his most since scoring 10 in a road win at Mississippi State back on Feb. 11.
  • After being outrebounded by six in the first half, Carolina turned the table and outrebounded Florida by nine (23-14) in the second half to finish plus-three in rebounding margin, 34-31.
  • With his first basket, Thornwell passed former Carolina standout Devan Downey (1,901 points) for fourth on the all-time scoring list.
UP NEXT

The Gamecocks now face No. 1 seed Gonzaga (36-1) in the national semifinals on April 1 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Bulldogs won the NCAA West Regional with an 83-59 victory over Xavier in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday night. Jim Nantz (pxp), Grant Hill (color), Bill Rafferty (color) and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call for CBS. Tip time is set for 6:09 p.m. ET.

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Gamecock Gameday: Carolina And Florida Meet In Elite Eight Sunday

Mar 25 2017 06:38 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecock Gameday: Carolina And Florida Meet In Elite Eight Sunday

Tip time set for 2:20 ET vs. the Gators on CBS

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March 25, 2017

7-seed South Carolina vs. 4-seed Florida



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GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sun., March 26, 2017
Tipoff: 2:20 p.m. ET
Location: New York City
Arena: Madison Square Garden (20,789)
Broadcast: CBS
Radio: 107.5 (in Columbia)/Listen!


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Led by four in double figures, including a game high 24 points from senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina posted a 70-50 victory over third-seeded Baylor on Friday night in Sweet 16 play to advance to Sunday’s Elite Eight matchup versus No. 4 seed Florida. South Carolina held Baylor to just 30.4% (17-56) from the field, while the Gamecocks connected on 23-of-50 (46.0%) attempts, including eight 3-point field goals in the win. The Gamecocks have now won three-straight and are 4-2 in neutral site contests this season.


GAMECOCK QUICK HITS

- South Carolina is in its 109th season of varsity basketball in 2016-17.
- On the sidelines, Frank Martin is joined by associate head coach Matt Figger, assistant coaches Perry Clark and Bruce Shingler, and director of operations Andy Assaley.
- South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is now 9-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games following Friday’s victory over Baylor. Martin’s first six wins in the postseason event came while he was the head coach at Kansas State. Martin also led his 2009-10 K-State squad to an Elite Eight appearance, while each season that Martin’s team have advanced to the NCAA Tournament it has won at least one game.
- With a win over Florida on Sunday, South Carolina will set a new school record for wins with 26 this season. The Gamecocks have had 25 wins three times, 1969-70, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- With the Gamecocks selection to the NCAA Tournament this season it marks the first time that South Carolina has had back-to-back postseason bids (NIT in 2016) since Carolina advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and then the NIT in 2005 and 2006.
- South Carolina is 4-2 in neutral site contests this season, as the Gamecocks upset then-No. 18/16 Syracuse at the Barclays Center on Nov. 26, before suffering a three-point loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, a loss on March 10 to Alabama in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals in Nashville, and the NCAA Tourney wins over Marquette, Duke and Baylor.
- South Carolina faced Seton Hall earlier this season at Madison Square Garden, with the Pirates winning the contest, 67-64, on Dec. 12.
- Rookie guard Rakym Felder’s hometown is Brooklyn, he played high schools hoops at Lincoln High, where he averaged 16.0 points and six assists per game as a senior.
- Did you know? Frank Martin’s sister and her family live in Brooklyn and own several restaurants in the area.
- Since Frank Martin has taken over as head coach at Carolina, the Gamecocks are 4-1 in games played in New York City with wins over Manhattan, Iowa State and Syracuse at the Barclays Center, the loss to Seton Hall in December at Madison Square Garden and Friday’s victory over Baylor.
- Over the course of the last two seasons, Carolina is 8-3 in neutral site games.
- Senior Guard Sindarius Thornwell has pulled in several awards this postseason for his outstanding season on the court. He was named the SEC Player of the Year, as well as garnering All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team accolades from the league coaches. He was named a unanimous selection to the AP All-SEC First Team and he earned USBWA All-District III (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland) honors and he was named a Basketball Times Third Team All-American.


GAMECOCKS UPSET DUKE TO ADVANCE TO SWEET 16

Seventh-seeded South Carolina scored 65 second-half points in an upset win over the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils last Sunday to advance to its first Sweet 16 (current Tournament format) with an 88-81 victory. Carolina was led by five players in double figures, with senior guard Sindarius Thornwell once again leading the way with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Chris Silva tallied a career high 17 points, and notched his fourth double-double of the season also grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. It was South Carolina’s first win over its old ACC foe since Dec. 12, 1970.

SCOUTING FLORIDA

Entering Sweet 16 action:
- Conference rival Florida earned the four seed after winning 24 games in the regular season.
- Florida and South Carolina split the regular season series, with each team winning on its home court.
- The Gators are coached by Mike White, who is in his second season with the program.
- Sophomore KeVaughn Allen leads the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. Canyon Barry (11.8) and Devin Robinson (11.4) also average double-digit points per game.
- The team had to adjust after losing top rebounder John Egbunu (6.6 per game) in February. The junior went out with an injury against Auburn on Feb. 14.
- In the national rankings, Florida is 13th in scoring margin (+12.2) and 23rd in turnover margin (+3.1).

Journey through the Tourney
Defeated 13-seed East Tennessee State in Round 1, 80-65
Defeated 5-seed Virginia in Round 2, 65-39
Defeated 8-seed Wisconsin in Sweet 16, 84-83 in overtime

SERIES INFO: Florida leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 44-24 ... the teams split the season series in 2017 SEC action, with each squad winning on its home court ... the Gators won the most recent meeting, an 81-66 decision in Gainesville on Feb. 21 ... Over the course of the last 10 games of the series, UF holds an 8-2 advantage ... Frank Martin is 2-6 all-time versus Florida.
EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. FLORIDA:
Jan. 18 - 57-53 South Carolina win in Columbia
Behind 20 points from senior guard Sindarius Thornwell and an 11-point second half from sophomore forward Chris Silva, Carolina overcame hitting just 29.4 percent from the field to post a four-point victory over No. 19/21 Florida on Jan. 18 at Colonial Life Arena. The 57-53 win over the Gators was the second straight for South Carolina over its former SEC East rival. The Gamecock defense was stifling, holding Florida to 35.2% from the field, and 0-17 from 3-point range, breaking a streak of 850 straight games that UF had hit a 3. Thornwell would score 15 of his 20 in the second half.

Feb. 21 - 81-66 Florida win in Gainesville
Despite a 23-point, 10 rebound performance from senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina suffered its third-straight loss in an 81-66 decision at No. 13/12 Florida on Feb. 21 in Gainesville. Fellow senior guard Duane Notice was also in double-figures with 16 on the night. After not connecting for a 3-pointer in the first matchup between the two schools, Florida hit nine 3s and out-rebounded Carolina in the 15-point win.


BY THE NUMBERS

1.3 - Sophomore forward Chris Silva is averaging 1.3 blocks per game this season, which is a team high.
1.7 - PJ Dozier’s 1.7 steals per game is second on the team and ranks sixth in the SEC. Dozier has eight games this season with at least three steals, and collected a season high four steals vs. FIU and again vs. Alabama.
2.2 - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 2.2 steals per game this season, which leads the SEC and ranks 14th nationally.
2.4 - Thornwell’s 2.4 steals per game led the SEC in conference games this season. It marked the most steals per game in conference play by a Gamecock since Devan Downey averaged 2.5 per SEC game during the 2010 season. Additionally, it was the most seals per game in the SEC during league games since LSU’s Anthony Hickey averaged 2.8 during the 2013 league season.
2.982 - The Gamecocks excelled in the classroom during the fall semester, as the team posted a cumulative GPA of 2.982.
+4.0 - South Carolina leads the SEC and is sixth nationally with a turnover margin of +4.0.
5+ - Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell dished a team high five assists in Carolina’s 88-81 win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament second round, marking the 28th game of his career with five or more helpers.
6 - South Carolina committed just six turnovers in the win vs. A&M on Jan. 7, trying for the fewest in the Frank Martin era.
8-8 - Sophomore forward Chris Silva was a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the win over Auburn on Jan. 24.
13 - South Carolina’s 13 steals vs. FIU on Dec. 4 marked a season high in the category, surpassing the previous high of 12 vs. Syracuse.
13 - Senior guard Justin McKie scored a career high 13 points in the win over Auburn on Jan. 24. He hit 5-of-7 from the floor, including a career best 3-of-4 from range.


UP NEXT

The winner of Sunday’s Elite Eight contest will advance to the NCAA Final Four in Phoenix next weekend, and will face the winner of the No. 1 seed Gonzaga versus No. 11 seed Xavier contest out of the West Region on April 1.


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