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Gamecocks Open Season Friday At WoffordGamecocks open season play
Tip time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Terriers
November 09, 2017
GCF Staff Report
GAME INFO Date: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 Tipoff: 7 p.m. Location: Spartanburg, S.C. Arena: Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium (3,300) Tickets: Sold Out
South Carolina at Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina begins its 110th season of varsity basketball on Friday when it travels to face Wofford in the newly constructed Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium (3,300) on campus in Spartanburg. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Terriers, and the contest will be available on ESPN3.
- South Carolina is starting the season on the road for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign when Carolina tipped the season at Western Carolina, also a member of the Southern Conference.
- The Gamecocks are 80-29 all-time in season openers and have not lost a season lidlifter since suffering a 73-67 loss to Tennessee Tech to open the 2000-01 campaign. South Carolina posted an 85-76 victory over Louisiana Tech in last season’s opener.
- South Carolina returns just 27% of its scoring from last season’s historical Final Four squad.
- Beginning with Friday’s matchup at Wofford, the Gamecocks will play five games over the course of a 10-day span.
- Junior forward Chris Silva is South Carolina’s top returner in several statistical categories, including points (10.2), rebounds (6.1), blocks (1.4) and field goal percentage (52.4%).
- South Carolina head coach Frank Martin enters his sixth season leading the Gamecocks and 11th season overall as a head coach in 2017-18. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins a season ago. In his 10 seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times, including a combined 51 wins for the Gamecocks the past two seasons. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.
- South Carolina returns seven letterwinners and two starters from last season’s Final Four squad, including junior forward Chris Silva (10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg). The Gamecocks welcome seven newcomers, including graduate transfers Frank Booker (FAU) and Wesley Myers (Maine), while Carolina also has five freshman joining the squad this season in David Beatty, Jason Cudd, Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia, Felipe Haase and Justin Minaya. Carolina went 1-1 in two exhibitions this preseason, posting an 85-44 win over Erskine, before suffering an 86-67 loss to visiting Virginia Tech in the Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief exhibition on Nov. 5. Silva’s 15-point, 9-rebound effort led the way vs. the Flying Fleet, while Hassani Gravett’s 15 points were a team high against the Hokies. The Gamecocks collected a combined 16 steals and forced 33 turnovers in exhibition action.
- The Terriers are led by head coach Mike Young in his 16th season leading Wofford ... The Terriers were 16-17 overall last season and return three starters from that squad ... Junior guard Fletcher Magee is the top returning scorer after posting 18.6 points per game last season ... Junior forward Cameron Jackson also returns, leading the team with 5.7 rebounds per contest last season ... Magee and Jackson were both tabbed to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team, while the Terriers were picked to finish sixth in the league ... Wofford is opening a brand new arena on Friday evening, the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.
- Did you know? Gamecock players combine to speak nine different languages, below is a breakdown:
Silva: English, French, Portuguese
Kotsar: English, Estonian
Gueye: English, Wolof, French
Booker: English, Icelandic
Haase: English, Spanish
- South Carolina will host Western Michigan on Monday, Nov. 13, in the home opener for the Gamecocks. Tip time for the matchup, which is a non-bracketed game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach, is set for 8 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Prior to the contest, South Carolina will unveil its Final Four banner prior to tip-off. Fans should be in their seats by 7:45 p.m. for the ceremony.