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  1. Senior Duo leads South Carolina Past LSU 83-74 In OT With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Senior Duo leads South Carolina Past LSU 83-74 In OT With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Booker (25) and Myers (23) combine for 48 points in Senior Night win

    GCF Staff Report
    March 01, 2018


    South Carolina vs. LSU


    Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo GalleryPosted Image / ​@GamecockMBB / Final Box/ Final Stats



    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Frank Booker (25)
    Rebounds: Wesley Myers (7)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett, Wesley Myers (4)
    Steals: Wesley Myers (3)
    Blocks: Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett (2)
    Minutes: Hassani Gravett (38)
    
    Posted ImageHIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. LSU — 2/28/18



    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Martin on LSU — 2/28/18



    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Booker, Wesley Myers, Hassani Gravett on LSU — 2/28/18




    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Frank Booker scored 25 points and Wesley Myers added 23 to lead South Carolina to an 83-74 overtime win over LSU on Wednesday night.

    Hassani Gravett scored all six of his points in the extra period, including a 3-pointer to open the period as the Gamecocks (16-14, 7-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the first nine points of overtime.

    The Tigers (16-13, 7-10) had two shots blocked, two turnovers and missed two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup in their opening seven possessions of overtime.

    South Carolina led 62-47 with 8:08 to go. But LSU finished regulation on a 25-10 run and Tremont Waters' 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left over 6-foot-10 Maik Kotsar sent the game to overtime tied at 72.

    The Gamecocks had their own 15-1 run in the middle of the second half.

    Waters had 19 points and Brandon Rachal added seven points and 13 rebounds for LSU.

    Chris Silva scored eight points before fouling out with 19.3 seconds left in regulation.

    While 10 teams are either projected in the NCAA Tournament or on the bubble in the SEC, these two teams likely need to win the SEC Tournament for an NCAA bid. Right now they are trying to avoid the opening day of the conference tournament and needing to win five games in five days for a title. A win Saturday will likely be enough for either team.

    BIG PICTURE

    LSU: The Tigers are going to have a winning season with first-year coach Will Wade after being picked to finish last in the SEC before the season started and going 10-21 in 2016-17. But it could have been even better. This isn't the first one LSU has let get away. LSU has now been down double-digits three times in the second half, come back, but not won.

    South Carolina: Booker and Myers were graduate students brought in to help with a massive drain of talent from South Carolina's Final Four team last year. They were honored on Senior Day and combined for their best game of the season. The win also lets the Gamecocks creep closer to the winning season needed for a possible NIT bid.

    KEY STAT

    The Gamecocks shot 61 percent (17-for-28) in the second half and overtime Wednesday night, knocking down eight 3s the final 25 minutes of the game.

    NOTABLE
    • Head coach Frank Martin's record moves to 13-7 in overtime in his career as a head coach. The Gamecocks played back-to-back overtime games tonight for the first time since the 2005-06 season (vs. Georgia 1/14/06 & at Vanderbilt (1/18/06).
    • After allowing 13 offensive rebounds the first 20 minutes, Carolina allowed just one offensive board combined in the second half and overtime.
    • Graduate transfer guards Frank Booker (25) and Wesley Myers (23) combined for 48 of the team's 83 points (57.8 percent) in their Senior Night farewell at Colonial Life Arena.
    • Booker matched career-highs in points (25) and made 3s (6). He was 8-for-10 from the floor, and 6-for-7 from behind the arc.
    • Myers recorded season-highs in points (23) and rebounds (7). His 11 makes on 14 attempts at the charity stripe are a new career high.
    • Booker, Myers and redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett each played 38 minutes.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina ends the regular season on the road this Saturday, traveling to face No. 14/15 Auburn in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.


    From USC Sports Information

  2. Gamecocks host LSU on senior night Wednesday

    Gamecocks host LSU on senior night Wednesday

    Tip time set for 6:30 p.m. ET vs. the Tigers

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 27, 2018


    South Carolina vs. LSU


    Game Notes / ​Watch / ​Live Stats / ​Clear Bag Policy / ​Promotions / ​Twitter / ​Instagram / ​Facebook / ​Ticket Information

    GAME INFO
    Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
    Tipoff: 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: SEC Network
    Play-By-Play: Roy Philpott
    Analyst: Brooke Weisbrod
    Series: Carolina leads 17-15
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina hosts LSU on Wednesday in its final regular season home contest of the 2017-18 campaign. Carolina will celebrate two senior managers two student-athletes and a student assistant coach for Senior Night, with festivities beginning at 6:10 p.m. on the court.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina begins the final week of regular season play with a Wednesday home contest vs. LSU, marking the first meeting between the two schools this season. Carolina currently sits in 12th place in the league standings with a 6-10 record in conference contests.
    • Junior guard Hassani Gravett erupted for a career high 19 points, hitting a personal best eight shots, but the Gamecocks were out-scored 10-6 in overtime and suffered a 72-68 loss at Mississippi State. Gravett also dished three assists, marking his 17th game with three or more assists this season.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva posted his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game high 12 rebounds at Mississippi State. The 12 boards were just one shy of matching his career high, which he set with 13 in last season’s Final Four contest vs. Gonzaga.
    • After struggling from the field mid-way through the season, the Gamecocks have hit 40 percent or better in four of the last six contests, including connecting on 44.1 percent from the field (26-59) at Mississippi State.
    • After being out-rebounded in each of their four previous contests, South Carolina held a +10 advantage on the boards at MSU, pulling down 40, compared to just 30 by the Bulldogs. Silva, sophomore forward Maik Kotsar (7) and rookie forwards Justin Minaya (6) and Felipe Haase (6) combined for 31 of Carolina’s 40 on the glass.
    SENIOR NIGHT
    • South Carolina will honor five on Senior Night on Wednesday in senior managers Steven LaPlante and Jason Schick, senior student-athletes Frank Booker and Wesley Myers, and student assistant coach TeMarcus Blanton. Senior Night festivities will begin at 6:10 p.m.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 15-14 overall this season and 6-10 in SEC contests.
    • Carolina will play Wednesday’s final home game of the regular season vs. LSU, before traveling to No. 14/15 Auburn for the regular-season finale on Saturday.
    • Four Gamecocks tallied double figures in the narrow OT loss at Mississippi State, including junior guard Hassani Gravett’s career high 19.
    • In SEC games this season, junior forward Chris Silva’s 15.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game pace Carolina. Graduate student guard Frank Booker is also in double figures at 12.0 points per game against SEC competition.
    • Silva ranks 30th nationally and third in the SEC with 3.17 offensive rebounds per game. He led the Gamecocks in the category with five at Mississippi State.
    • In home games this season, Carolina holds a +3.9 scoring margin over opponents and a +2.5 rebound margin.
    • Silva’s 15.2 points per home game lead the team.
    • Seven different Gamecocks average 6.1 points or more.
    SCOUTING THE TIGERS
    • LSU is 16-12 and 7-9 in SEC contests under first-year head coach Will Wade.
    • Rookie guard Tremont Waters paces three in double figures with 15.6 points per game. He also leads the team in SEC games with 14.4 points per outing.
    • Waters is second in the SEC and 27th nationally with 5.8 assists per game in overall games this season. In league games, he is averaging 5.4 per contest.
    • LSU is 3-6 in road games this season and 2-6 in SEC road games with wins at Texas A&M and Arkansas.
    • The Tigers haven’t won a road SEC contest since the Arkansas win on Jan. 10.
    • LSU averages 74.0 percent from the free throw line this season, which is fourth in the SEC.
    • Waters leads the SEC and is 23rd nationally with 2.1 steals per game this season.
    MORE ABOUT THE SENIORS
    • Below is a closer look at each of our Senior Night honorees:
    • Manager, Steven LaPlante: a native of Richmond, Va., LaPlante is in his third season serving as a manager for the Gamecocks.
    • Manager, Jason Schick: a native of Atlanta, Ga., Schick is in his second second serving as a manager for the Gamecocks.
    • Graduate student guard, Wesley Myers: Myers is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He has tallied 10 double-figure scoring games this season, including a season high 22 points in leading the Gamecocks to an upset win at No. 20 Florida in late January. Myers hit a career high five 3-pointer in that win over the Gators, and he hit the mark again in Carolina’s home win over Georgia, en route to a 15-point performance.
    • Graduate student guard, Frank Booker: Booker hails from Augusta, Ga., and was born in Iceland. Leading the Gamecocks from beyond the arc this season, Booker is ninth in the SEC with 2.2 3-pointers made per game, and is just three away from cracking the Carolina top-10 for a single season in made 3s. His six makes from beyond the arc in the SEC opener at Ole Miss marked a career high, and his 25 points scored on eight made baskets in the home contest vs. Mississippi State set his career high for points. Booker has 13 games this season with three or more made 3s and 17 double-figure scoring games.
    • Student assistant coach TeMarcus Blanton: A native of Locust Grove, Ga., just outside of Atlanta, Blanton suffered a serious hip injury during preseason of his freshman campaign (2014-15), that required surgery and months of rehabilitation to return to the court for the 2015-16 season. Blanton would go on to see action in 29 career games, including 21 last season as Carolina marched to the Final Four. He announced in May 2017 that he wouldn’t take the court for the Gamecocks moving forward, but remained with the team, serving as a student assistant coach this season.
    THE SERIES
    • Carolina leads the all-time series, 17-15.
    • In Columbia, LSU leads 8-7.
    • The Gamecocks have won two-straight over the Tigers, but LSU won the previous three before that.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina ends the regular season on the road this Saturday, traveling to face No. 14/15 Auburn in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.
    From USC Sports Information

  3. Gamecocks Come up Short In Overtime At Mississippi State

    Gamecocks Come up Short In Overtime At Mississippi State

    Hassani Gravett scored a career-high 19 points

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 24, 2018

    South Carolina at Mississippi State


    Photo Gallery / ​@GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats / Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo Gallery Posted Image


    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Hassani Gravett (19)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (12)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (3)
    Steals: Justin Minaya (2)
    Blocks: Chris Silva (3)
    Minutes: Hassani Gravett (41)
    


    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Lamar Peters had 19 points, including five in overtime, to lead Mississippi State past South Carolina 72-68 on Saturday.

    Tyson Carter and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 13 points apiece for Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7 SEC). Nick Weatherspoon also had 10 points for the Bulldogs before fouling out in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon hit two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in overtime to clinch the win for Mississippi State.

    Hassani Gravett had 19 points to lead South Carolina (15-14, 6-10) and added three assists and a steal. Gravett's 3-pointer at the end of the second half sent the game into overtime. Chris Silva had 11 points and 12 boards despite battling foul trouble. Maik Kotsaw and Felipe Haase also had 11 points for South Carolina.

    The visiting Gamecocks jumped on Mississippi State early and held an 11-2 advantage in the game's opening six minutes. South Carolina stretched the lead to 13 points with 6:07 remaining in the first half.

    Mississippi State responded with an 11-2 run to close the deficit to 26-22. Gravett, however, sank back-to-back 3 pointers for the Gamecocks to push the lead back to 32-22. Mississippi State's Tyson Carter responded with a 3 pointer to end the first half and South Carolina held a 32-25 lead at the break.

    The Bulldogs shot just 33.3 percent in the first half while South Carolina shot 46.2 percent from the field. The Bulldogs were just 2 of 10 beyond the arc and had eight turnovers in the first half. The Gamecocks were 11-0 this year when leading at halftime.

    BIG PICTURE

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks have now lost four straight games on the road and finish their road schedule next week.

    Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have now won seven of their nine games to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The 21 wins mark the most by the Bulldogs since winning 21 in the 2011-12 season.

    KEY STAT

    The Gamecocks had a season-high 21 turnovers (13 in the second half and overtime), leading to 22 points for the Bulldogs.

    NOTABLE
    • Today was South Carolina's first overtime game of the 2017-18 season and its first since a 90-86 four overtime loss to Alabama at home last February.
    • Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett tallied new career highs for points (19), made field goals (8) and minutes (41). He sent the game to overtime with his third 3-pointer of the game as time expired in the second half.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva posted his seventh (12th career) double-double of the season after scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, one shy of tying a single-game career high.
    • Freshman forward Felipe Haase followed up a strong 12-point outing vs. Georgia with 11 points in 26 minutes off the bench Saturday. He also had six rebounds.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday for Senior Night vs. LSU. The meeting will be the first between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call for the 6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network broadcast.

    From USC Sports Information

  4. Gamecocks On The Road At Mississippi State Saturday

    Gamecocks On The Road At Mississippi State Saturday

    Tip time set for 3:30 p.m. ET vs. the Bulldogs

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 23, 2018


    South Carolina at Mississippi State



    Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information

    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
    Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Starkville, Miss.
    Arena: Humphrey Coliseum (10,575)
    Broadcast: SEC Network
    Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald
    Analyst: Sean Harrington
    Series: Mississippi State leads 20-14
    

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina travels to face Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville in the second meeting between the two schools this SEC season. MSU captured an 81-76 win in the first meeting in Columbia on Jan. 31.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina rides a two-game win streak into Saturday's matchup at Mississippi State. Four scored in double figures in the Gamecocks' most recent win, a 66-57 decision to Georgia. Junior forward Chris Silva and graduate student guard Wesley Myers led the way for Carolina with 15 points each. Myers matched a career high with five made 3s in the contest, including three in the second half.
    • A season high 13 3s, and a season low five turnovers were the difference in the matchup vs. UGA on Wednesday. Myers (5) and fellow graduate guard Frank Booker (4) combined for nine of Carolina's 13 3s. The five giveaways matched for an all-time low for the Gamecocks under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, matching last season's Final Four squad, who also had a season low five turnovers vs. Gonzaga on the big stage.
    • If the regular season ended today, the Gamecocks would hold the No. 11 seed in the SEC Tournament and would be slated to face 14th-seeded Vanderbilt. Auburn paces the SEC with a 12-3 overall record, followed by Tennessee at 10-5, and there are currently six teams tied with matching 8-7 records.
    • In the first meeting this season vs. Mississippi State, Booker erupted for a career high 25 points, hitting eight shots overall, including five 3s. MSU led by as many as nine midway through the second half, but the Gamecocks battled back to make it a one-possession game in the final minutes.
    • Over the course of the last five games, Booker paces the Gamecocks with 14.6 points per game, and Silva adds 11.8 per outing. During the stretch, the duo are a combined 51-of-61 (83.6%) at the free throw line.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • Carolina is 15-13 overall this season and 6-9 in SEC contests after posting back-to-back wins at home over then-No. 10 Auburn and Georgia.
    • Carolina is currently in a tie for 10th place in the SEC standings and would own the No. 11 seed in the league tournament if it started today.
    • South Carolina has four Quadrant 1 wins and two Quadrant 2 wins this season. The Gamecocks are undefeated in Q4 and Q5 contests.
    • Carolina is 2-5 in SEC road games this season, with wins at Georgia and Florida.
    • Silva's 15.3 points per game lead Carolina in league contests this season. Booker adds 12.8 per outing and Myers provides 9.4.
    • Silva is averaging 13.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in SEC road contests. He is also a combined 50-of-62 (80.6%) at the line in road league games.
    • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar pulled down a season high nine rebounds in the win vs. Georgia on Wednesday, including a career high, seven on the offensive glass. Kotsar averages 4.5 rebounds per game in league action this season.
    • 10 different Gamecocks average at least 10.4 minutes per game, and six average 20+ minutes per game.
    • In the SEC statistics (overall games), Carolina is fifth in scoring defense (67.8 ppg), seventh in rebound margin (+3.0) and fifth in turnovers margin (+1.9).
    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
    • Mississippi State is 20-8 on the year and 8-7 in SEC contests. The Bulldogs have won two straight, a home win vs. Ole Miss and a 93-81 decision at Texas A&M on Tuesday.
    • Ben Howland is in his third season at MSU.
    • The Weatherspoon brothers pace MSU with Quindarry averaging 14.8 per game, and younger brother, Nick adding 11.2 per outing.
    • In SEC games, The duo averages 15.3, and 11.6, respectively, to lead the team.
    • Mississippi State is 17-1 at home this season and 6-1 in SEC home games, with its lone loss coming in a 76-68 decision vs. Auburn on Jan. 13.
    • Sophomore guard Lamar Peters ranks fifth in the SEC (overall games) with 4.2 assists per game. He is also fifth in strictly SEC games with 4.5 per outing.
    • In the SEC stats (overall games), Mississippi State is third in scoring defense (67.1 ppg), second in scoring margin (+8.3), sixth in rebound margin (+3.6), fourth in blocked shots (5.3) and in steals (6.6).
    THE SERIES
    • MSU leads the all-time series vs. South Carolina, 20-14.
    • The Bulldogs own a 10-4 advantage in games played in Starkville.
    • Carolina won last season's meeting at Humphrey Coliseum, 77-73, behind 28 points from then-senior Sindarius Thornwell.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday for Senior Night vs. LSU. The meeting will be the first between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call for the 6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network broadcast.

    From USC Sports Information

  5. South Carolina Rains 3S In 66-57 Win Over Georgia With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    South Carolina Rains 3S In 66-57 Win Over Georgia With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Gamecocks made season-high 13 3s at CLA Wednesday night

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 22, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Georgia


    Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo Gallery Posted Image / ​@GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Wesley Myers (15), Chris Silva (15)
    Rebounds: Maik Kotsar (9)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (5)
    Steals: Justin Minaya (3)
    Blocks: Frank Booker (2)
    Minutes: Hassani Gravett (35)
    


    Posted ImageHIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. Georgia — 2/21/18




    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Martin on Georgia — 2/21/18




    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Felipe Haase, Wesley Myers on Georgia — 2/21/18




    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Wesley Myers scored 15 points and made five of South Carolina's 13 3-pointers as the Gamecocks beat Georgia 66-57 on Wednesday night.

    South Carolina (15-13, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) led by 15 at halftime. The Gamecocks shot just 8-of-33 in the second half, but five of their made shots were 3s.

    Georgia (5-12, 6-9) turned the ball over 17 times to just five turnovers for South Carolina.

    The Bulldogs also went cold and sloppy in key stretches. They cut South Carolina's lead to seven less than five minutes into the second half, but committed three offensive fouls an turned the ball over twice. They would hit just three of their next 14 shots to trail 58-50.

    South Carolina made 13 3-pointers and just eight two-point baskets.

    The Gamecocks shot 31 percent (21 of 68) from the field. They beat Georgia 64-57 on Jan. 13 shooting just 27 percent.

    Chris Silva also scored 15 points for South Carolina despite playing just 19 minutes with foul trouble.

    William Jackson II led Georgia with 14 points. Yante Maten added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    BIG PICTURE

    Georgia: Two wins in a row had the Bulldogs looking like they could crawl back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. But a bad loss and a season sweep now by South Carolina has Georgia a lot closer to playing on the opening day of the SEC tournament than in the NCAAs. The Bulldogs are now tied for 10th in the SEC with South Carolina and Texas A&M.

    South Carolina: It's a longshot, but the Gamecocks might be able to sneak back in the NCAA Tournament a year after making it to the Final Four last season. South Carolina finishes the season at Mississippi State, at home with LSU and at Auburn. Win two of those and make a run in the SEC tournament could pull South Carolina into the NCAAs.

    KEY STAT

    For the second consecutive game, South Carolina's bench was outstanding, scoring 41 points. The Gamecocks had a season-high 43 points in the win over No. 10 Auburn last Saturday.

    NOTABLE
    • Today's victory marks a season sweep of the Bulldogs for the second-consecutive season. The last time that happened was the 2015 SEC season.
    • The Gamecocks knocked down a season-high 13 3s on 31 attempts (42 percent). It's just the fourth time Carolina has made double-digit 3s this season in a game. Three of those have come in league play (vs. Georgia, at Florida, vs. Tennessee).
    • Carolina dished out 12 assists and had a season-low five turnovers. Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett played 35 minutes (season-high), led the team with five assists and had ZERO turnovers.
    • Graduate transfer guard Wesley Myers scored 15 points, marking his second-straight game in double figures. It's his most points since scoring a season-high 22 in the win at No. 20 Florida. He matched his career-high with five 3s (also at Florida).
    • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar pulled down nine big rebounds, marking a season-high. He guarded SEC leading-scorer Yante Maten most of the game, holding him to 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
    UP NEXT

    Carolina will play two of its final three games on the road, beginning with a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup at Mississippi State on Saturday. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network. MSU posted an 81-76 win in Columbia in the first meeting between the two schools this season on Jan. 31.


    From USC Sports Information

  6. Gamecocks Host Georgia Wednesday Night

    Gamecocks Host Georgia Wednesday Night

    Tip time set for 6:30 p.m. ET vs. the Bulldogs

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 20, 2018

    South Carolina vs. Georgia


    Game Notes /Watch / Live Stats / Clear Bag Policy / Promotions / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information

    GAME INFO
    Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
    Tipoff: 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: SEC Network
    Play-By-Play: Tom Hart
    Analyst: Jon Sundvold
    Series: Georgia leads 58-53
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina begins its final stretch of the regular season on Wednesday, hosting Georgia at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is the second between the two former SEC East rivals, as the Gamecocks posted a 64-57 win in the first matchup in Athens on Jan. 13.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina is set to host Georgia on Wednesday in the second meeting between the two schools this season. Carolina posted a 64-57 win in Athens on Jan. 13 behind 17 points from graduate student guard Frank Booker.
    • The Gamecocks snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday with an 84-75 upset win over No. 10 Auburn in Columbia. Booker led all scorers with 19 points, while Silva tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The win was Carolina’s first over a top 10 opponent at home since defeating top-ranked Kentucky on Jan. 26, 2010.
    • Over the course of the last three games, Booker is averaging 18.3 points per game. He is also 18-of-22 from the free throw line during the stretch, including a career high 10-of-11 performance at the line in last week’s road contest at No. 18 Tennessee.
    • Graduate student guard Wes Myers poured in 13 points off the bench in the win over Auburn. He connected on three shot attempts, and also was 6-of-8 from the free throw line. It was his first double-digit performance since posting a season high 22 in the win at Florida on Jan. 24.
    • Rookie forward Jason Cudd tallied a season high six points in just five minutes of action vs. Auburn. He hit a pair of short-range baseline jumpers, and connected on both of his free throw attempts in the game. Over the course of the last three games, he is averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.3 minutes of action.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • Carolina is 14-13 on the season and 5-9 in SEC contests entering Wednesday’s matchup vs. Georgia.
    • The Gamecocks are 78 in the Feb. 20 NCAA RPI.
    • Carolina is 8-5 in home games this season, averaging 71.5 points per game in those contests.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva (14.2) and graduate student guard Frank Booker (11.9) average double-figure points for the Gamecocks. Five other Carolina players average at least 5.7 points per game.
    • Booker has led the Gamecocks in scoring in each of the last three games, scoring 55 points during the stretch. He tallied 19 points vs. both Tennessee and Auburn last week.
    • South Carolina’s bench scored a season-high 43 points in the win vs. Auburn. Booker (19) and Myers (13) combined for 32 of those points. The team’s previous season-high for bench points was 32 (at Georgia and at Texas A&M).
    • South Carolina ranks 10th nationally with 673 free throw attempts on the year. That mark also leads the SEC.
    • In the SEC statistics (overall games), Carolina is fifth in scoring defense (68.2 ppg), sixth in rebound margin (+3.4), sixth in turnover margin (+1.6) and second with 12.5 offensive rebounds per game.
    • Individually in the SEC statistics (overall games), Silva is tied for 15th with 14.2 points per game and he is fourth with 7.7 rebounds per outing. Booker is 10th in 3-point field goal percent (38.9%), and he is seventh with 61 3s on the year.
    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
    • Georgia is 15-11 on the year and 6-8 in SEC play after posting two wins last week, at Florida and vs. Tennessee.
    • The Bulldogs are led by head coach Mark Fox in his ninth season in Athens.
    • Senior forward Yante Maten paces the team and the SEC in scoring at 19.5 points per game. Maten is third in the league with 8.6 rebounds per contest as well. He is the only Bulldog averaging double-figure points.
    • Maten is the only player in the SEC’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percent and free throw percent.
    • In UGA’s most recent win vs. Tennessee, Maten’s 19 points were a team high, and Derek Ogbeide added 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
    • In the SEC stats (overall games), Georgia is third in scoring defense (67.0 ppg), first in field goal percent defense (39.9%), second with a rebound margin of +5.3, and sixth with 11.9 offensive rebounds per game (league high 3.6 per game from Maten).
    • Individually in the SEC stats (overall games), Maten paces the SEC in scoring and he is seventh in field goal percent (47.3%).
    THE SERIES
    • Georgia leads the all-time series with South Carolina 58-53.
    • The Gamecocks have won three-straight in the series, but before that, UGA had won four straight.
    • Carolina owns a 32-19 advantage in games played in Columbia.
    • The last five games in the series have been decided by an average of 3.6 points.
    UP NEXT
    • Carolina will play two of its final three games on the road, beginning with a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup at Mississippi State on Saturday. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network. MSU posted an 81-76 win in Columbia in the first meeting between the two schools this season on Jan. 31.
    3-POINT CHALLENGE
    • There is still time to donate! Frank Martin and the Gamecock men’s basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit....-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org

    From USC Sports Information

  7. Gamecocks Throttle NO. 10 Auburn, 84-75 With Videos, Gallery Stats & More

    Gamecocks Throttle NO. 10 Auburn, 84-75 With Videos, Gallery Stats & More

    Booker scores 19, Silva records sixth double-double of the season

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 17, 2018


    South Carolina vs. No. 10/11 Auburn


    Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo Gallery Posted Image / @GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats


    Posted Image HIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. Auburn — 2/17/18



    Posted Image POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Auburn — 2/17/18



    Posted Image POSTGAME: Chris Silva, Frank Booker on Auburn — 2/17/18

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Frank Booker (19)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (11)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett, Frank Booker (3)
    Steals: Chris Silva (3)
    Blocks: Chris Silva (2)
    Minutes: Frank Booker (32)
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) No. 10 Auburn's path toward closing out a stellar season in the Southeastern Conference just got tougher.

    The Tigers found out shortly after their stunning, 84-75 loss to South Carolina on Saturday that starter Anfernee McLemore was lost for the season after a horrific injury late in the first half.

    ''Now, we're down to eight guys,'' Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.

    The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 SEC) were already one of the smallest teams in the country - ''We're 305th in size,'' Pearl said - and will go the rest of the year minus their top low-post presence in the 6-foot-7 McLemore, who fractured his tibia and dislocated his left ankle.

    Pearl said McLemore will travel back with the team and most likely have surgery Sunday. McLemore will need up to six months to recover.

    ''It's just sad,'' Auburn forward Desean Murray said.

    Pearl said he told his team they can't worry about factors out of their control, such as McLemore's injury. Everyone left on their schedule will be gunning for the first-place Tigers, and it's up to his players, Pearl said, to find a way to succeed.

    ''We've got to clear our heads,'' Murray said, ''and bring another level of focus to practice.''

    Auburn had lost its focus early in this one as South Carolina used a 21-1 first-half run to move in front by 26 points.

    Frank Booker scored 19 points for South Carolina, which ended its six-game losing streak.

    Auburn blocked out McLemore's injury in the second half and cut its big deficit down to 64-59 with just under seven minutes left.

    But South Carolina scored the next seven points to restore the double-digit lead, and Auburn could get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

    South Carolina beat a top-10 program for the third straight season and defeated its first top-10 team at home since taking out No. 1 Kentucky in January 2010.

    Chris Silva had 14 points and 11 rebounds for South Carolina, his sixth double-double of the season.

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin said his team has worked hard this season but struggled to close out tight games.

    ''We've got to embrace this moment,'' he said.

    Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 16 points, just four of those coming in the second half. Brown, the Tigers' leading scorer this season, was held to 10 points (six fewer than his average) on 3-of-16 shooting.

    Auburn has been the surprise of the SEC season so far. Things may get harder with McLemore out.

    McLemore came down hard late in the first half while on defense. He immediately began shouting and medical personnel quickly surrounded him underneath the basket. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and South Carolina coach Frank Martin came out to check on the 6-foot-7 sophomore, who was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and taken off the court on a stretcher before being transported to a hospital for X-rays, which confirmed the severity of the injury.

    Before leaving, McLemore sat up and waved at the cheering crowd.

    KEY STAT

    South Carolina's bench scored a season-high 43 points. Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker (19) and Wesley Myers (13) combined for 32 of those points. The team's previous season-high for bench points was 32 (at Georgia and at Texas A&M).

    NOTABLE
    • Today's win marks Carolina's first victory over a top-10 opponent at Colonial Life Arena since defeating top-ranked Kentucky, 68-62, on Jan. 26, 2010. Devan Downey had 30 points and Brandis Raley-Ross scored 17 to lead the Gamecocks to victory.
    • Carolina's 84 points today are a season-high and are its most since scoring 80 in consecutive home contests against Wyoming (Dec. 6) and Coastal Carolina (Dec. 9).
    • Booker has scored 55 points in his last three games (18.3 ppg) off the bench for the Gamecocks. He played 32 minutes today, his third-straight game playing 30 plus minutes in a reserve role. He went 4-for-4 at the free throw line the final 23 seconds to put the game on ice.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva had 14 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes, good for his sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career. Silva matched a career-high with three steals.
    • The Gamecocks have now defeated Auburn three consecutive times. It's the longest winning streak in the series for Carolina since winning three-straight from 2008-10.
    • It was Legends Weekend for the South Carolina men's basketball program as past players throughout the years were honored at halftime of today's game. The ceremony was highlighted by Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice, Justin McKie and P.J. Dozier all receiving their NCAA East Regional Championship rings.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina concludes its brief homestand with a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup vs. Georgia at Colonial Life Arena next Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast.


    From USC Sports Information

    Analysis, observations from the Auburn game

    The South Carolina basketball team snapped its 6-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena with an 84-75 win over No. 10 Auburn.

    With the win, the Gamecocks are 14-13 (5-9 SEC). The Tigers dropped to 23-4 (11-3 SEC).
    • There’s still a lot of fight left in Frank Martin’s group. Guys were hitting the deck for loose balls and playing like they want to play in a postseason tournament, even though the NCAA probably won’t be calling in March.
    • During the 21-1 first half run, it almost seemed ridiculous to think this was the same team that hadn’t won since Jan. 24. South Carolina led by 26 at one point and took a 21-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
    • The Gamecocks built their lead in a number of different areas, but it started on the defensive end of the floor. Honestly, where else would it happen?
    • It clearly helped that Auburn made several bad passes that became turnovers and led to easy buckets, something the Gamecocks have certainly struggled with this season.
    • For a good portion of the half, freshman center Jason Cudd had as many made field goals as Auburn, which sort of sums up how things were going early on. But Cudd did look good in the first half when Auburn’s lack of size inside was pretty glaring.
    • South Carolina won the rebounding battle in the first half, 21-14. Boy did that change after the break.
    • Auburn came roaring out of the gates in the second half and it was clear South Carolina had a tough time handling and matching their intensity. Whatever Bruce Pearl said to his group at halftime worked, but it was probably something related to Anfernee McLemore, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in the first half.
    • The Tigers gave their vocal visiting crowd plenty to cheer about in the second half, as the lead, which was as high as 26 points, shrunk over the final 20 minutes. South Carolina provided the blue-print: Defense and rebounding.
    • Fortunately, for the Gamecocks, they snagged several offensive rebounds of their own over the final few minutes, to help keep their lead at more than one possession.

  8. Gamecocks Host N0. 10 Auburn On Legends Weekend Saturday

    Gamecocks Host N0. 10 Auburn On Legends Weekend Saturday

    Tip time set for 3:30 p.m. ET vs. the Tigers

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 16, 2018

    South Carolina vs. Auburn


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    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
    Tipoff: 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: SEC Network
    Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald
    Analyst: Sean Harrington
    Series: Auburn leads 23-17
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina is set to host No. 10/11 Auburn on Saturday in its Legends Weekend matchup. The meeting is the first between the two schools this season.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina begins its final multi-game homestand of the season on Saturday when it hosts SEC leader, Auburn. The Gamecocks will play three of their final five games of the regular season at Colonial Life Arena.
    • Down 14 with 10 minutes to play, and down nine with 3:43 to play, South Carolina battled back from a double-digit deficit at No. 18/17 Tennessee on Tuesday night, to have a chance to tie in the final seconds of regulation. In the final 3:43, Carolina out-scored UT 8-2 and forced three turnovers in the stretch. Graduate student guard Frank Booker connected on a pair of lay-ups, junior forward Chris Silva made a pair of free throws and graduate student guard Wes Myers also hit a lay-up, but freshman forward Justin Minaya’s 3-point attempt to tie at the buzzer fell just short.
    • Over the course of the last five games, Booker’s 14.2 points per game during the stretch are a team high, and he has paced the Gamecocks in scoring three times. He’s hit 45.8 percent from the field and is 17-of-20 at the free throw line in those contests.
    • South Carolina is 7-5 in home games this season and 2-4 in league home matchups. Carolina is averaging 70.5 points per game at Colonial Life Arena this season, and hold a +3.9 rebound margin over opponents.
    • Silva now ranks in a tie for ninth all-time alongside Renaldo Balkman (2003-06) with 112 career blocks. His 33 this season pace the Gamecocks.
    LEGENDS WEEKEND
    • South Carolina is hosting its annual Legends Weekend in Columbia this Friday and Saturday. Legends will enjoy a reception on Friday evening, before a Tip-Off Club meeting and shoot around on Saturday pre-game. The group will be honored at halftime, before a special East Region Championship ring ceremony will be held for PJ Dozier, Justin McKie, Duane Notice and Sindarius Thornwell, who will all be in attendance, at mid-court.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 13-13 on the year and 4-9 in SEC play. The Gamecocks aim to snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday vs. Auburn.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva leads the Gamecocks with 14.2 points per game in overall games this season, and his 15.4 per game in SEC play are also a team high.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker also averages double-figures at 11.6 points per outing, and 12.2 per game in SEC contests.
    • Seven different Gamecocks average 19.4 minutes per game or more.
    • Silva’s 168 made free throws this season rank sixth nationally and are an SEC high.
    • Booker is 11 made 3s away from cracking the Gamecock single-season record book in the category.
    • As a team, Carolina’s 636 free throw attempts on the season are 17th nationally and second in the SEC (Kentucky, 643).
    • In the SEC statistics, Carolina is fifth in scoring defense (68.0 ppg), sixth in rebound margin (+3.7) and sixth in turnover margin (+1.6).
    SCOUTING THE TIGERS
    • Auburn is 23-3 on the year and is ranked No. 10 in the AP poll this week. In league games, Auburn is 11-2.
    • The Tigers are led by head coach Bruce Pearl in his fourth season.
    • Auburn is 7-1 in road games this season and 5-1 in SEC road games.
    • Four average double-figure points for the Tigers, led by Bryce Brown’s 16.6 per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Mustapha Heron (16.1), Jared Harper (13.5) and Desean Murray (10.9), who began his career at Presbyterian, average double figures as well.
    • In Auburn’s last contest, a 76-66 home win vs. Kentucky, the Tigers hit just 36.7 percent from the field, but tallied eight 3s, and a 24-of-28 mark at the free throw line in the win. Brown and Harper led the team with 18 points each and Harper had seven assists.
    • In the SEC stats, Auburn is first in scoring offense (85.1 ppg), first in scoring margin (+12.9), first in free throw percent (78.1%) and first in steals with 7.5 per game.
    • Individually in the SEC stats, Brown, Heron and Harper all rank among the top 20 in scoring. Harper’s 6.0 assists per game are a league best, and Brown’s 3.4 made 3s per game are also a conference high.
    THE SERIES
    • Auburn leads the all-time series, 23-17.
    • In Columbia, Auburn leads 11-6.
    • The Gamecocks have won two straight and three of the last four meetings, including a 98-69 victory over the Tigers last season in Columbia.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina concludes its brief homestand with a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup vs. Georgia at Colonial Life Arena next Wednesday, Feb. 21. Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast.
    From USC Sports Information

  9. Carolina's Comeback At NO. 18 Tennessee Falls Just Shy

    Carolina's Comeback At NO. 18 Tennessee Falls Just Shy

    Frank Booker scored a team-high 19 points off the bench


    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 14, 2018


    South Carolina at No. 18/17 Tennessee


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    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Frank Booker (19)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva, Justin Minaya (7)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (4)
    Steals: Justin Minaya (2)
    Blocks: Chris Silva, Jason Cudd (1)
    Minutes: Justin Minaya (34)
    

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds Tuesday as No. 18 Tennessee edged South Carolina 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.

    Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 10 of its last 12. The Volunteers got back on track three nights after losing 78-50 at Alabama for their most lopsided defeat of the season.

    South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) continued its slide as the Gamecocks have spent the last three weeks falling out of NCAA Tournament contention one season after their first Final Four appearance.

    The Gamecocks made this one interesting, though.

    After trailing 68-59 with 2 1/2 minutes left, South Carolina scored eight straight points and got to within one on Frank Booker's driving basket with 36 seconds remaining.

    Tennessee answered on its next possession as Williams made a move around Chris Silva and scored with 11 seconds left.

    After calling a timeout with 8.6 seconds remaining, South Carolina worked toward a potential game-tying 3-pointer. But Justin Minaya's attempt from beyond the arc fell short of the front rim as the buzzer sounded.

    Booker scored 19 points to lead South Carolina, while Silva and Hassani Gravett added 12 points each. Jordan Bowden scored 14 and Admiral Schofield added 13 for Tennessee.

    The game was physical from the start, as the two teams combined for more fouls (25) than baskets (21) in the first half. South Carolina's Maik Kotsar and Felipe Haase already had picked up three fouls each by halftime.

    South Carolina tied the game 40-all on an Evan Hinson jumper with 18:29 left, but Tennessee answered with six straight points. After South Carolina got back to within 48-45, Tennessee went on a 10-0 run. Lamonte' Tuner capped that spurt with a 3-pointer that extended Tennessee's lead to 58-45 with 11:05 remaining.

    But the Gamecocks refused to go away and managed to stay in the game all the way up to the final shot.

    KEY STAT

    Despite being outscored 8-2 down the stretch by Carolina, Tennessee shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field in the second half and led by as many as 14 with 10 minutes to play in the game.

    NOTABLE
    • Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker had another big game off the bench, scoring 19 points in 32 minutes. He went 10-for-11 at the free throw line, marking career highs in both makes and attempts.
    • Carolina went 17-for-21 at the free throw line (81 percent) in the game. Booker and junior forward Chris Silva (6-for-6) combined to go 16-for-17 (94 percent) on foul shots.
    • Sophomore big man Khadim Gueye (13) and freshman Jason Cudd (14) combined to play 27 minutes off the bench Tuesday night in Knoxville. Gueye's 13 minutes of action are a season-high.
    • The Vols held a narrow 32-29 edge on the glass, marking just the third time in SEC play the Gamecocks have been out-rebounded by their opponent.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina returns to Columbia for two-straight contests beginning on Saturday when SEC leading Auburn visits Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the 10th-ranked Tigers is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. It's 2018 Legends Weekend for Gamecock men's basketball and former Carolina standouts Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and PJ Dozier will be in attendance to receive their 2017 NCAA East Regional Champion rings in a special halftime ceremony.
    From USC Sports Information

  10. Gamecock Travel To Face Tennessee On Tuesday

    Gamecock Travel To Face Tennessee On Tuesday

    Tip time set for 9 p.m. ET vs. the Vols

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 12, 2018


    South Carolina at Tennessee


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    GAME INFO
    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
    Tipoff: 9 p.m. ET
    Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
    Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
    Broadcast: ESPNU
    Play-By-Play: Rich Hollenberg
    Analyst: Debbie Antonelli
    Series: Tennessee leads 43-27
    

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina travels to Knoxville on Tuesday to face No. 18/17 Tennessee. The meeting marks the second between the two schools this season. UT won the first meeting, 70-63, on Jan. 20 in Columbia. Carolina looks for its second-straight win at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina’s matchup at Tennessee on Tuesday marks its third road contest out of its last four games played. Carolina began the stretch at Texas A&M (Feb. 3), before it traveled to Arkansas (Feb. 6) and hosted Florida (Feb. 10).
    • The Gamecocks are looking for their first win in the month of February, after suffering five-straight losses dating back to a 70-63 decision vs. then-No. 14 Texas Tech on Jan. 27.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker led the Gamecocks with 17 points off the bench on Saturday in the loss to Florida. Booker now has 17 games with multiple 3-point baskets this season His 11.3 points per game are second on the team thus far.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva matched his career high with five blocked shots in the last outing vs. Florida. He is now 10th all-time in Carolina history with 111 career blocks, and just one block away from matching Renaldo Balkman for ninth place (112).
    • South Carolina is 4-5 in away games this season and 2-4 in SEC road games. Those victories have come at Wofford, FIU, Georgia and at then-No. 20/22 Florida.
    LEGENDS WEEKEND
    • South Carolina will hold its annual Legends Weekend in Columbia this upcoming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Former Gamecocks will be on hand for the Legends Reception on Friday evening, before being recognized during Saturday’s matchup vs. Auburn. Continue to visit GamecocksOnline.com for details on the weekend’s events.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 13-12 on the year and 4-8 in SEC contests.
    • South Carolina is 4-5 in true road games entering Tuesday’s matchup at Tennessee, and Carolina is 6-7 overall in games played away from home.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva paces the Gamecocks with 14.3 points per game. Graduate student guard Frank Booker is the only other Gamecock in double figures at 11.3 points per outing.
    • Seven different Carolina players average at least 5.8 points per game.
    • In SEC contests, Silva’s 15.7 points per game are a team high.
    • The Gamecocks are scoring 66.2 points per game in away games this season and hold a +4.7 rebound margin over opponents.
    • South Carolina is fifth in the SEC in scoring defense this season (67.9 ppg), sixth in rebound margin (+4.0) and sixth in turnover margin (+1.5).
    SCOUTING THE VOLUNTEERS
    • Tennessee is 18-6 overall this season and 8-4 in SEC games.
    • UT is 6-1 over its last seven games, including the 70-63 victory over the Gamecocks on Jan. 20.
    • Three average double-figure points for the Vols, led by sophomore forward Grant Williams’ 15.9 per game. Admiral Schofield (12.3) and Lamonte Turner (10.7) are also in double figures.
    • Turner led UT in the previous matchup vs. Carolina with 25 points, including a 10-of-10 mark at the free throw line.
    • Tennessee is 10-2 in homes games this season and 5-1 in SEC home games, with its lone home loss in league action coming against Auburn on Jan. 2.
    • Tennessee is tied for second in the SEC in scoring defense (67.2 ppg), is second in free throw percent (75.6%), which is 42nd nationally, third in 3-point field goal percent (38.6%) and second with 16.5 assists per game.
    THE SERIES
    • Tennessee leads the all-time series vs. South Carolina, 43-27.
    • The Gamecocks have won three of the last five meetings between the two schools.
    • UT holds a 25-9 upperhand in games played in Knoxville.
    • Carolina has won two of the last three meetings at Thompson-Boling Arena.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina returns to Columbia for two-straight beginning on Saturday when SEC leading Auburn visits Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the 10th-ranked Tigers is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
    From USC Sports Information

  11. Gamecocks Fall To Gator At Home With Videos, Gallery And More

    Gamecocks Fall To Gator At Home With Videos, Gallery And More

    Frank Booker scored a team-high 17 points off the bench in the loss

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 10, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Florida



    Photo Gallery / @GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats



    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Martin on Florida — 2/10/18




    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Chris Silva, Frank Booker on Florida — 2/10/18

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Frank Booker (17)
    Rebounds: Maik Kotsar, Chris Silva (5)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett, Justin Minaya (2)
    Steals: Four players tied (1)
    Blocks: Chris Silva (5)
    Minutes: Maik Kotsar (34)
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Florida continued to solidify its postseason prospects with a 65-41 win over South Carolina on Saturday.

    The Gators (17-8, 8-4 SEC) never fell off the NCAA Tournament bubble but losing three of four games before beating LSU earlier in the week dropped them from the Top 25 and lessened their chances of winning the SEC regular-season championship. After the slump-breaking win over the Tigers, Florida crushed the Gamecocks (13-12, 4-8) at Colonial Life Arena by dominating the paint.

    Florida's defense blocked eight shots in the first half and contained center Chris Silva, the anchor of the Gamecocks' offense. When South Carolina made a brief run to get back in the game, the Gators sank six of their final seven shots for a 21-point lead at halftime.

    Florida never let South Carolina get within 15 points in the second half. The Gamecocks lost their fifth straight game.

    The Gamecocks beat Florida on Jan. 24 by hitting 11 3-pointers and getting 22 points from point guard Wes Myers. On Saturday, Myers was on the bench as Hassani Gravett started. South Carolina made two 3-pointers and Myers was scoreless.

    Silva found his way through Florida's defense for 10 points and Frank Booker scored 17, the Gamecocks' only offensive highlights.

    BIG PICTURE

    Florida: Guard Egor Koulechov said earlier in the week that the Gators wanted to be ''less pretty, more gritty'' in its execution. Their defense lived up to it Saturday, shutting off the passing lanes and having a hand in every interior South Carolina possession. The Gators entered Saturday only two games back in the SEC standings and play first-place Auburn and second-place Tennessee over the final six games.

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks haven't won since beating Florida on Jan. 24. While South Carolina hasn't had any ''bad'' losses, a team that was flirting with a postseason berth is approaching a .500 record with scarce time to get better. Frank Martin has never lost more than six straight since he took over at South Carolina. The Gamecocks have dropped five in a row.

    KEY STAT

    Florida was dominate on the glass, out-rebounding Carolina 46-24.

    NOTABLE
    • Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker led the team with 17 points in 31 minutes off the bench.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva tied a career-high with five blocks. He had five blocks earlier this season in the team's road win at FIU (Dec. 4, 2017).
    • Sophomore Maik Kotsar played a season-high 34 minutes.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina travels to No. 15/14 Tennessee on Tuesday for its second matchup this season vs. the Vols. UT posted a 70-63 victory over the Gamecocks on Jan. 20 in Columbia. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU and will tip at 9 p.m. ET.


    From USC Sports Information

  12. Gamecocks Host Gators Saturday Afternoon

    Gamecocks Host Gators Saturday Afternoon

    Tip time set for Noon vs. Florida

    GCF Staff
    Feb. 09, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Florida


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    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
    Tipoff: 12 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: CBS
    Play-By-Play: Carter Blackburn
    Analyst: Jim Spanarkel
    Series: Florida leads 44-26
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina welcomes Florida to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, marking the second matchup between the two schools this SEC season. Carolina posted a 77-72 win in Gainesville in the first meeting on Jan. 24.

    STARTING FIVE

    > South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday after playing its last two contests on the road. The Gamecocks aim to snap a four-game losing streak, which is the longest of the season.
    > In Carolina’s most recent outing, three scored in double figures, led by junior guard Hassani Gravett’s 12, but the Gamecocks suffered an 81-65 loss at Arkansas on Tuesday. Junior guard Kory Holden, who missed 11 games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, matched his season high with 11 points off the bench vs. the Razorbacks.
    > Saturday’s matchup is the second between the Gamecocks and Gators this season. Carolina posted a 77-72 victory over Florida on Jan. 24 in Gainesville, which marked the first Gamecock road win over a ranked opponent since the 2016 league campaign.
    > In that victory at Florida, Carolina matched a season high with 11 made 3-point baskets, paced by a career high five 3s from graduate student guard Wes Myers. Myers tallied a season high 22 points, making eight shots overall, in the win at the O’Connell Center. He also matched a career high with four steals.
    > Junior forward Chris Silva was strong in the earlier matchup against the Gators this season. He scored 18 points (11 in the second half) and pulled down a team high 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. He was also 8-of-9 at the free throw line in the contest.

    AUTISM AWARENESS - COACHES POWERING FORWARD

    > This year, coaches from around the country will be raising money for autism through Coaches Powering Forward for Autism benefiting Autism Speaks. Coaches will be wearing the blue puzzle piece pin on their suit jackets during games this weekend. This is part of college basketball’s autism awareness weekend, an effort started by Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry and USF assistant men’s basketball coach Tom Herrion. It has since gone national with support from the NABC and Autism Speaks.

    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS

    > South Carolina is 13-11 on the season and 4-7 in SEC contests. The Gamecocks look to snap a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season.
    > The Gamecocks are 7-4 in home games in 2017-18, most recently suffering an 81-76 loss to Mississippi State on Jan. 31.
    > Two average double-figure points for Carolina, led by junior forward Chris Silva’s 14.5 points per outing. Graduate student guard Frank Booker is the other player averaging double figures at 11.0 per game.
    > In SEC games, Silva’s 16.2 points per game are a team high, followed by Booker’s 11.2 and fellow graduate student guard Wesley Myers’ 10.1 points per outing.
    > With his six made free throws at Arkansas, Silva is now tied for 10th all-time in Carolina history for a single season with 160 made free throws thus far in 2017-18.
    > Junior guard Hassani Gravett led Carolina with 12 points in the matchup at Arkansas. He and rookie forward Justin Minaya also paced the team with four assists each.
    > Gravett is averaging 5.0 assists per game over the course of the last three contests.
    > The Gamecocks are 9-0 when leading at the half this season.
    > Carolina is averaging 73.2 points per game in home contests this season, holding opponents to 67.7 points per game.
    > Junior guard Kory Holden scored 11 points off the bench in just 15 minutes at Arkansas. He missed 11 games earlier this season (Dec. 27-Jan. 31), and returned to the court in nine minutes of action at Texas A&M last Saturday. Including his two seasons at Delaware, Holden has 45 career double-figure scoring games.
    > As a team, Carolina dished 17 assists on 21 made baskets at Arkansas. The 17 helpers marked the most in SEC play for Carolina and the most since dishing 16 in the league opener at Ole Miss on Dec. 31.

    SCOUTING THE GATORS

    > Florida is 16-8 on the year and 7-4 in SEC games.
    > The Gators are led by head coach Mike White in his third season.
    > UF is 2-3 in its last five games, with wins vs. Baylor (Big 12/SEC Challenge) and LSU, and losses to the Gamecocks, on the road at Georgia and home vs. Alabama.
    > Four average double-figures for UF, led by junior guard Jalen Hudson’s 15.8 per game. Egor Koulechov (14.2), Chris Chiozza (11.9) and KeVaughn Allen (11.3) also average double-figures on the year.
    > Koulechov’s 91.2 percent at the foul line leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally. Allen’s 90.9 percent from the line is also among SEC leaders and is 11th nationally.
    > Florida averages just 10.1 turnovers per contest, which is an SEC high. In the earlier matchup vs. UF, Carolina forced the Gators into 12 giveaways.
    > Florida is 3-2 in road games this season, with all of those coming in SEC action. The Gators have road victories at Texas A&M, Missouri and at Kentucky.

    THE SERIES

    > Florida leads the all-time series 44-26.
    > In Columbia, UF leads 21-15.
    > The Gamecocks have won two straight and four of the last five.
    > Carolina has won two straight at home, dating back to a 73-69 OT win over the Gators on Feb. 20, 2016.

    BY THE NUMBERS

    1.1 - Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar’s 1.1 steals per game this season are a team high.
    2 - Junior forward Chris Silva is just two blocks away from cracking the Gamecock career top-10 in the category. He has 106 for his career.
    3.6 - Junior guard Hassani Gravett paces Carolina with 3.6 assists per game this season. He has 13 games this season with at least three assists, and six with five or more, most recently dishing seven assists vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 31.
    +6.3 - Carolina holds a +6.3 rebound margin over its opponent in home games this season.
    8-5 - South Carolina is 8-5 vs. ranked opponents dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
    8+ - South Carolina has posted at least eight made 3-pointers in 12 games this season, most recently posting 11 vs. No. 20 Florida on Jan. 24.

    UP NEXT

    > South Carolina travels to No. 15/14 Tennessee on Tuesday for its second matchup this season vs. the Vols. UT posted a 70-63 victory over the Gamecocks on Jan. 20 in Columbia. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU and will tip at 9 p.m. ET.



    From USC Sports Information

  13. Arkansas Drops Gamecocks, 81-65 With Gallery, Video & Box Score

    Arkansas Drops Gamecocks, 81-65 With Gallery, Video & Box Score

    Kory Holden scored a season-high 11 points in 15 minutes off the bench for the Gamecocks

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 07, 2018




    South Carolina vs. Arkansas


    Photo Gallery / @GamecockMBB / Final Box



    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Justin Minaya, Frank Martin on Arkansas — 2/6/18

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Hassani Gravett (12)
    Rebounds: Hassani Gravett (7)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett, Justin Minaya (4)
    Steals: Maik Kotsar (2)
    Blocks: Justin Minaya, Chris Silva (1)
    Minutes: Justin Minaya (36)
    
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford combined to score 49 points to help Arkansas end a two-game losing streak with an 81-65 win over South Carolina on Tuesday night.

    Macon led the way with 25 points for the Razorbacks (16-8, 5-6 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game having lost six of their last 10 games after opening the season 11-2. The senior has now scored 20 or more points in six straight games.

    Barford added 24 points, and freshman Daniel Gafford added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Arkansas. The Razorbacks scored 26 points off 18 turnovers by the Gamecocks (13-11, 4-7), and they held last year's Final Four squad to 41.2-percent (21 of 51) shooting from the field.

    Hassani Gravett scored 12 points to lead South Carolina, which has lost four straight games for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Justin Minaya and Kory Holden added 11 points apiece.

    BIG PICTURE

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks led by as many as five points in the early going on Tuesday, but they had no answer defensively for either Macon or Barford. The two Arkansas seniors combined to shoot 12 of 28 from the field, including 8-of-16 3-pointers, and Macon was 12 of 13 on free throws to help the Razorbacks earn the much-needed victory after losses to Texas A&M and LSU last week.

    Arkansas: The Razorbacks entered Tuesday tied for 288th in the country in scoring defense, allowing an average of 77 points per game. Bolstered by a lineup change that featured 6-foot-8 freshman Gabe Osabuohien seeing extended action for the first time since non-conference play, Arkansas put together one of its best defensive performances in SEC play.

    NOTABLE
    • Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett scored 12 points in his first start since Limestone (Dec. 27).
    • Redshirt junior guard Kory Holden, who was playing just his second game since missing 11 games with a hamstring injury, matched a season-high with 11 points off the bench in just 15 minutes of work.
    • Freshman Justin Minaya had 11 points, his fourth double figure outing in his last five games.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Florida in a Noon matchup on CBS. The Gamecocks posted a 77-72 victory over the Gators in the first matchup between the two schools this season on Jan. 24 in Gainesville. Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Jim Spanarkel (analyst), who had the call for Carolina's Elite Eight win over the Gators, will handle broadcast duties on Saturday.



    From USC Sports Information

  14. Gamecocks Face Arkansas On The Road Tuesday

    Gamecocks Face Arkansas On The Road Tuesday
    Tip time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Razorback

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 05, 2018

    South Carolina at Arkansas


    Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information

    GAME INFO
    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
    Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
    Arena: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
    Broadcast: ESPN2
    Play-By-Play: Jason Benetti
    Analyst: Dalen Cuff
    Series: Arkansas leads 18-13
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina concludes a two-game conference road swing on Tuesday when it travels to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas leads the all-time series between the two schools, 18-13.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina looks to snap its longest losing streak of the season on Tuesday when it travels to face Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. The Gamecocks have lost three straight for the first time in 2017-18 campaign.
    • Rookie forward Justin Minaya missed last Wednesday's matchup vs. Mississippi State due to a right ankle sprain suffered the previous Monday at practice. He returned to the court at Texas A&M, scoring 16 points in 32 minutes off the bench to pace the Gamecocks. He is averaging 7.7 points per game in SEC contests this season.
    • The Gamecocks are 4-4 in road games this season and 6-6 total in games played away from home. In road games, Carolina is averaging 66.0 points per game and the Gamecocks hold a +4.8 rebound margin over their opponents.
    • In the last contest between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena, Carolina posted its first win in Fayetteville in eight years behind a 22-point, 11-rebound performance by then-junior guard Sindarius Thornwell to lead Carolina to the 76-61 victory.
    • Over the course of the last five games, junior forward Chris Silva's 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds are both team highs. Minaya adds 12.3 points per outing and junior guard Hassani Gravett is averaging 3.4 assists per game during the stretch.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 13-10 on the season and 4-6 in SEC contests.
    • The Gamecocks are currently in a tie for eighth place in the league standings with Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M at 4-6 in league games.
    • Tuesday's matchup at Arkansas marks two-straight on the road for the Gamecocks beginning with last Saturday's matchup in College Station vs. the Aggies. Carolina returned to Columbia on Saturday evening, before traveling to Fayetteville on Monday for Tuesday's contest vs. the Razorbacks. The two trips combined will be 2,920.54 air miles flown.
    • Carolina is in search of its first win since the 77-72 upset win at No. 20 Florida on Jan. 24.
    • Two average double-figures for Carolina entering Tuesday's game at Arkansas. Silva's 14.7 points per game are a team high, while Booker adds 11.3 per outing.
    • Carolina holds a +5.1 rebound margin over its opponents this season, which ranks tied for fourth in the SEC with Kentucky.
    • Nine different Gamecocks scored in Saturday's matchup at Texas A&M, led by Minaya's 16 points off the bench.
    • Over the course of the last two games, Gravett has dished 11 assists against just three turnovers.
    • Junior guard Kory Holden returned to the court at Texas A&M after missing the previous 11 games due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Dec. 19 game at Clemson. Holden dished two assists and collected three rebounds in nine minutes vs. the Aggies.
    • Rookie forward Jason Cudd saw 14 minutes of action vs. A&M, scoring three points and collecting three rebounds.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker connected on two 3-point baskets vs. the Aggies, marking his 16th game this season with multiple 3-pointers.
    SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
    • Arkansas is 15-8 on the year and 4-6 in SEC contests under seventh-year head coach Mike Anderson.
    • The Razorbacks are 11-1 in home games this season and 3-1 in SEC home games.
    • Arkansas suffered two losses on the road last week, first an 80-66 decision at A&M and most recently a 94-86 loss at LSU on Saturday.
    • Senior guard Jaylen Barford paces three in double-figures for the Razorbacks with 18.6 points per game. He also is one of three on the team with at least 69 assists on the season.
    • Senior guard Daryl Macon (17.0) and rookie forward Daniel Gafford (11.0) also average double figures.
    • Macon's 4.0 assists on the season are a team high and rank seventh in the SEC.
    • Gafford's 1.8 blocks per game are a team high and are eighth in the SEC.
    • As a team in the SEC stats, Arkansas is second in scoring offense (83.2 ppg), first field in field goal percentage (48.7%) and fifth in assists with 15.1 per game.
    • Individually in the stats, Barford is third in scoring (18.6 ppg), Macon is fifth (17.0 ppg), and Barford's 44.8% from 3-point range is an SEC high.
    SERIES INFORMATION
    • Arkansas holds an 18-13 upperhand in the all-time series with the Gamecocks.
    • The Razorbacks have won three out of the last five meetings, including an 83-76 win last season in Columbia.
    • Carolina is just 4-10 in games played at Bud Walton Arena, but won their last matchup in Fayetteville, 76-61, on March 5, 2016.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Florida in a Noon matchup on CBS. The Gamecocks posted a 77-72 victory over the Gators in the first matchup between the two schools this season on Jan. 24 in Gainesville. Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Jim Spanarkel (analyst), who had the call for Carolina's Elite Eight win over the Gators, will handle broadcast duties on Saturday
    COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE
    • Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit....-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org
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  15. Gamecocks can’t survive woeful start, fall at Texas A&M

    Gamecocks can’t survive woeful start, fall at Texas A&M

    Justin Minaya scored a team-high 16 points for the Gamecock

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 03, 2018

    Posted ImageFrank Martin


    South Carolina vs Texas A&M


    @GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Justin Minaya (16)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (8)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (4)
    Steals: Four players tied (1)
    Blocks: Chris Silva (2)
    Minutes: Justin Minaya (32)
    
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Junior guard Admon Gilder scored 15 points and Texas A&M dominated South Carolina from the start, winning 83-60 on Saturday in Reed Arena.

    The Aggies (15-8, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 49-27 at half, in shooting 63 percent (17 of 27) from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Gamecocks (13-10, 4-6) shot 21.1 percent (8 of 38) in the same span, as A&M blasted to the 22-point lead. A&M finished 29 of 55 from the field, good for 53 percent.

    Justin Minaya scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Gamecocks.

    A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams collected five blocks, to go with 11 points, and the Aggies' 11 total blocks were one shy of the team record of 12 set in 2013 against Mississippi State. A&M dominated South Carolina in points in the paint (40 to 18) and on the fast break (17-4).

    BIG PICTURE

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks looked a long way from their Final Four appearance of last season in the blowout loss. South Carolina entered the game at .500 on the road in SEC contests, but wasn't in this one from the start. The Gamecocks are trying to make the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98.

    Texas A&M: The Aggies looked like the team that had risen to No. 5 nationally leading into SEC play, before they lost their first five league games because of injuries and suspensions. Performances like the one on Saturday, despite A&M still owning a losing record in SEC action, are why analysts like ESPN's Joe Lunardi project A&M in the NCAA Tournament as a 10th seed as of this week.

    KEY STAT

    The Aggies shot 53 percent from the floor and outscored the Gamecocks 40-18 in the paint Saturday afternoon.

    NOTABLE
    • Carolina gave up a season-high 83 points. Texas A&M is just the second team to score 80 or more versus the Gamecocks this season (Mississippi State, 81).
    • Freshman wing Justin Minaya played 32 minutes after missing his first career game on Wednesday night versus Mississippi State with an ankle injury. He led Carolina with 16 points today and also pulled down seven rebounds, one shy of a career high.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva was the only other Gamecock in double figures with 12. He led the team with eight rebounds and two blocks.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina continues SEC action on the road when it travels to face Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Razorbacks, with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Dalen Cuff (analyst) on the call for ESPN2.

    From USC Sports Information

  16. Gamecocks Begin Road Swing At Texas A&M Saturday With Videos

    Gamecocks Begin Road Swing At Texas A&M Saturday With Video
    Tip time set for 2 p.m. ET vs. the Aggies

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 02, 2018

    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
    Tipoff: 2 p.m. ET
    Location: College Station, Texas
    Arena: Reed Arena (12,989)
    Broadcast: ESPN2
    Play-By-Play: Doug Sherman
    Analyst: Sean Farnham
    Series: Series is tied 3-3
    

    South Carolina at Texas A&M


    Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information



    Posted ImageDavid Beatty, Maik Kotsar Media Availability — 2/2/18



    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina opens a two-game road swing on Saturday at Texas A&M versus the Aggies. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at three games each.

    STARTING FIVE
    • The Gamecocks open up the second half of SEC action by playing three of their next four games on the road, beginning Saturday at Texas A&M. Carolina is 4-3 in road contests this season and 2-2 in SEC matchups on the road.
    • South Carolina looks for its third-straight road win on Saturday. Carolina began the stretch with a 64-57 win at Georgia on Jan. 13, followed by a 77-72 upset win over No. 20 Florida on Jan. 24 in Gainesville.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker scored a career high 25 points vs. Mississippi State on Wednesday, connecting on five 3-point baskets and eight buckets overall. He has now connected on at least three 3-pointers in 11 games this season and paces Carolina from beyond the arc with a team high 52 makes.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva was 10-of-13 at the foul line on Wednesday vs. the Bulldogs, marking his 12th game this season with 10 or more attempts at the stripe. Silva is third nationally with 199 free throw attempts on the year (9.04 per game).
    • Junior guard Hassani Gravett dished an SEC season high seven assists against just one turnover in the matchup vs. Mississippi State onWednesday. He paces Carolina with 3.6 assists per game, and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0 is eighth in the SEC.
    GAMECOCKS AND AGGIES PARTNER FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

    The Texas A&M men’s basketball program will partner with Autism Speaks and local Bryan-College Station autism advocacy organizations during Saturday’s contest against South Carolina to spread awareness and support for families in their local community and across the country dealing with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The cause of ASD awareness is one that is close to the Aggie basketball family, as sports performance coach Darby Rich’s oldest son was diagnosed with ASD at a young age. Fans will notice on Saturday Aggie and Gamecock players wearing Autism Speaks shooting shirts during pregame warm-ups and on the bench as well as coaches and staff wearing special lapel pins.

    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 13-9 on the season and 4-5 in SEC play after suffering an 81-76 home loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday.
    • The Gamecocks will play two-straight on the road beginning with Saturday’s matchup in College Station vs. the Aggies. Carolina will return to Columbia on Saturday evening, before traveling to Fayetteville on Monday for Tuesday’s contest vs. the Razorbacks. The two trips combined will be 2,920.54 air miles flown.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva continues to pace the Gamecocks offensively through league play. His 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in conference action are team highs.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker has hit eight of his last 17 attempts from 3-point range (47.0%) over the course of the last two games. He scored a career high 25 vs. MSU on Wednesday, hitting five 3s in the matchup.
    • Rookie guard David Beatty matched a season high with six rebounds against Mississippi State. He also scored six points and collected a steal.
    • In seven road games this season (overall games), Silva’s 15.6 points per game are a team high, while Booker adds 11.0 per outing.
    • In road games this season, Carolina’s four wins have come by an average of 12.5 points per game.
    SCOUTING THE AGGIES
    • Texas A&M is 14-8 on the year and 3-6 in SEC contests.
    • The Aggies most recently posted a 80-66 home win over Arkansas on Tuesday night behind 15 points and 13 rebounds from junior center Tyler Davis.
    • 11 of Davis’ 13 boards vs. the Razorbacks were on the offensive glass.
    • Texas A&M is 10-2 in home games this season and 3-2 in conference road games.
    • Davis leads the way with 14.5 points per game, and Robert Williams’ 9.6 rebounds per game are a team high.
    • D.J. Hogg (12.1), Admon Gilder (11.5) and Williams (10.4) are also in double figures for the season.
    • Graduate student guard Duane Wilson paces the Aggies with 3.9 assists per game this season. Wilson faced the Gamecocks last season while at Marquette in the NCAA Tournament first round in Greeville, S.C. He tallied four points and three rebounds in the contest.
    • A&M leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with a +8.0 rebound margin on the year and Williams paces the league with his 9.6 rebounds per game.
    • The Aggies are also one of the top shot-blocking teams in the SEC with 6.0 per game (3rd), which is ninth nationally.
    • A&M is led by head coach Billy Kennedy in his seventh season.
    THE SERIES
    • The all-time series between the Gamecocks and Aggies is tied at 3-3.
    • Texas A&M holds a 2-1 advantage in games played in College Station.
    • The Gamecocks have won two-straight in the series.
    • Carolina posted an 81-78 upset win over the eighth-ranked Aggies the last time the two teams met in Reed Arena on Feb. 6, 2016, behind a 25-point, 9-assist, 3-steal performance from then-junior guard Sindarius Thornwell.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina continues SEC action on the road when it travels to face Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Razorbacks, with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Dalen Cuff (analyst) on the call for ESPN2.
    From USC Sports Information

  17. Gamecocks Defeated, 81-76, By Mississippi State With Videos, Gallery And More

    Gamecocks Defeated, 81-76, By Mississippi State With Videos, Gallery And More

    Frank Booker made five 3s and scored a career-high 25 points

    GCF Staff Report
    Feb. 01, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Mississippi State



    Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo Gallery Posted Image / @GamecockMBB / Final Box/ Final Stats

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Frank Booker (25)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (6)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (7)
    Steals: Wesley Myers (2)
    Blocks: Hassani Gravett, Maik Kotsar (1)
    Minutes: Frank Booker (34)

    Posted ImageMen's Basketball - Frank Martin Postgame



    Posted ImageMen's Basketball - Frank Booker and Chris Silva Postgame





    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while younger brother Nick Weatherspoon had 17 points to lead Mississippi State to an 81-76 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night.

    The Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won an SEC road game - and consecutive league games - for the first time all season. Mississippi State also ended a four-game losing streak at South Carolina (13-9, 4-5), which dated back to 2012.

    The Weatherspoons were a big reason why.

    Nick led the way in the opening half with 13 points, including a driving layup right before time expired to send the Bulldogs into the break ahead 37-36. Quinndary took over after that, scoring seven points in an 18-8 run midway through the period as Mississippi State built a 57-48 lead.

    The Gamecocks rallied back and cut the lead to a point several times, the last one on Hassani Gravett's driving layup with 4:50 to go. But Quinndary Weathspoon answered with a 3-pointer and the Gamecocks could not get closer than three points the rest of the way.

    Wesley Myers had a chance to tie the game in the final minute with South Carolina trailing 77-74, but his 3-pointer was off the mark with 27 seconds left. Aric Holman followed with a thunder dunk for the Bulldogs about 10 seconds later to end the drama.

    It's the 13th time in 22 games that a Weatherspoon has led the scoring for Mississippi State.

    Frank Booker had a career high 25 points to lead the Gamecocks, who have lost three of their past four games and all of them at home. Booker's previous high was 22 against Middle Tennessee in January 2017 when he played for Florida Atlantic.

    Freshman Abdul Ado had a career best 16 points and nine rebounds for Mississippi State before fouling out with 2:20 left.

    BIG PICTURE

    Mississippi State: The Bulldogs didn't get to the foul line much, but made their chances count. Mississippi State shot 12 fewer free throws than South Carolina, but made 14 of their 15 tries. It's a solid formula to close out tight games.

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks appeared a bit sluggish in the first game against a non-ranked opponent in two-and-half weeks. Starting point guard Wesley Myers, a big reason South Carolina beat Top 25 teams Kentucky and Florida, had four turnovers and zero assists the first 20 minutes. He finished with five turnovers and one assist.

    KEY STAT

    The Bulldogs shot 57 percent (16-for-28) in the second half and 52 percent (30-for-58) for the game. MSU was also 14-for-15 (93 percent) at the free throw line.

    NOTABLE
    • Tonight marks South Carolina's first loss of the season when scoring 70-plus points. The Gamecocks were previously 12-0 when scoring 70 or more.
    • The Gamecocks gave up 80 or more points for the first time in the 2017-18 campaign Wednesday night.
    • Frank Booker dropped a career-high 25 points, thanks to five 3s. The graduate transfer guard, who has spent time at Oklahoma and FIU, was 8-for-12 from the field. His eight field goals were also a new career high.
    • Junior big man Chris Silva finished with 18 points. He was 10-for-13 at the free throw line, marking his fourth game of the season with double-digit makes at the foul line. Silva has made eight or more free throws 11 times this season.
    • Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett dished out seven assists, his most since he had seven in the team's road win at FIU (Nov. 27). The Villa Rica, Ga., native, had just one turnover in 24 minutes.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina will play two-straight road matchups in SEC action beginning on Saturday when the Gamecocks travel to face Texas A&M at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Carolina continues the road swing on Tuesday at Arkansas for a 7 p.m. ET contest against the Razorbacks.

    From USC Sports Information

  18. Gamecocks Host Bulldogs In SEC Action Wednesday Night

    Gamecocks Host Bulldogs In SEC Action Wednesday Night

    Tip time set for 8:30 p.m. ET vs. MSU

    GCF Staff Report
    January 30, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Mississippi State


    Game Notes / Watch / Live Stats / Clear Bag Policy / Promotions / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information



    GAME INFO
    Date: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    Tipoff: 8:30 p.m.

    Location: Columbia, S.C.

    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)

    Broadcast: SEC Network

    Play-By-Play: Mike Morgan

    Analyst: Pat Bradley

    Series: MSU leads 19-14

    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS


    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina resumes SEC play on Wednesday when Mississippi State travels to Columbia for a mid-week matchup. The Gamecocks have won two-straight in the series versus the Bulldogs.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina resumes SEC play when it hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday night. The Gamecocks will play three of their next five SEC matchups on the road, before finishing the league season with three of their last five at Colonial Life Arena.
    • The Gamecocks concluded a stretch of four-straight games versus ranked opponents with a narrow 70-63 loss to No. 14/14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday. During the stretch, the Gamecocks went 2-2, with wins over No. 18 Kentucky and at No. 20 Florida, and the other loss at home vs. No. 21 Tennessee. Junior forward Chris Silva led the Gamecocks during the stretch with 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
    • Another who played well during the past four-game stretch vs. ranked opponents was sophomore forward Maik Kotsar. He averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during the set, while also matching for a team high with 2.8 assists per game, and collecting a team best 1.8 steals per outing.
    • South Carolina is 6-1 after a loss this season, having only one stretch of two-straight losses.
    • Wednesday’s game will be a battle of the top two teams in the SEC in terms of scoring defense, as Mississippi State paces the league in the category, holding opponents to just 65.2 points per game, while the Gamecocks are a close second, as opponents average just 66.0 points per outing.
    HEADLINES
    • South Carolina is in its 110th season of varsity basketball in 2017-18.
    • South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1973 campaign when it tallied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
    • The Gamecocks finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 26-11 overall record. The 26 wins were a program record.
    • Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina’s Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Kansas’ Bill Self.
    • Over the course of the last three seasons (2015-16-present), the Gamecocks are 26-19 (.578) combined in games played away from home (away/neutral).
    • South Carolina compiled 51 wins over the course of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
    • Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Frank Martin has led his team to at least 20 wins in seven of 10 seasons.
    • South Carolina played six of its first seven games away from home to begin the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 5-2 record during the stretch.
    • Martin is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Perry Clark (fifth season), Chuck Martin (first season) and Bruce Shingler (second season), and director of basketball operations Andy Assaley in his sixth season.
    • Clark brings 19 years of head coaching experience to the bench, as he served the combined years as head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin served as head coach at Marist for five campaigns.
    • Martin is 92-88 (.511) all-time in league play. In his 10 seasons leading a squad through a full slate of league games, his team has posted double-digit conference wins six times.
    • South Carolina has improved its conference record in each of Frank Martin’s five seasons leading the squad through the SEC slate. In his first SEC campaign (2013), Martin led his squad to four wins, followed by five win sin 2014, six in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 12 last season.
    • South Carolina is in its 26th basketball season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are 171-263 (.392) all-time in SEC games.
    • South Carolina has 21 games missed to injury this season: Hassani Gravett (3/right ankle sprain); Kory Holden (10/hamstring injury); David Beatty (1/elbow injury); Tommy Corchiani (7 games/left knee injury).
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina enters Wednesday’s matchup vs. Mississippi State with a 13-8 overall record and a 4-4 mark in SEC games.
    • The Gamecocks look to snap a two-game home losing streak on Wednesday, suffering losses vs. No. 21 Tennessee and No. 14 Texas Tech in its last two home contests.
    • In league games this season, junior forward Chris Silva’s 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game are both team highs. Those marks are fifth and tied for fourth, respectively, in the league statistics.
    • The Gamecocks enter the week currently tied with Arkansas and Ole Miss for sixth in the SEC standings.
    • Carolina is 7-3 this season in home games, scoring 72.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 66.4 points per game.
    • South Carolina ranks third in the SEC with 12.6 offensive rebounds per game this season, and the Gamecocks average 11.2 second-chance points per contest.
    • 10 different Gamecocks currently average 10+ minutes per game. Maik Kotsar’s 27.4 minutes per contest are a team high.
    • Silva has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high 11 times this season.
    • South Carolina is 11-5 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
    • The Gamecocks are 3-1 when playing on a Wednesday this season.
    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
    • Mississippi State is 15-6 this season and 3-5 in SEC contests after most recently posting a 74-62 home win over Missouri on Saturday.
    • The Bulldogs are led by head coach Ben Howland in his third season.
    • MSU is 0-5 on the road this season, and 0-4 in SEC road games.
    • Three average double-digits for the Bulldogs, led by junior guard Quindary Weatherspoon’s 15.0 points per game. Aric Holman (11.7) and Nick Weatherspoon (10.4) are also in double figures.
    • In the SEC stats, Mississippi State ranks first in scoring defense (65.2), fifth in field goal percent (46.1%), third in field goal percent defense (40.0%) and fourth in blocked shots (5.6).
    • Mississippi State opened the season on an eight-game win streak and won 13 of its first 14 games, before a three-game losing streak in early-mid January.
    • In MSU’s win vs. Missouri last Saturday, Q. Weatherspoon led the way with 20 points and Lamar Peters had a game high nine assists, which matched for the most by an individual in league games this season.
    • On the year, MSU is 12-0 when shooting 45 percent or better from the floor.
    THE SERIES
    • MSU leads the all-time series vs. South Carolina, 19-14.
    • In games played in Columbia, the Gamecocks hold a slight 8-7 upperhand.
    • The Gamecocks have won two straight in the series and five of the last six.
    • The Gamecocks have won four-straight at home vs. the Bulldogs.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina will play two-straight road matchups in SEC action beginning on Saturday when the Gamecocks travel to face Texas A&M at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Carolina continues the road swing on Tuesday at Arkansas for a 7 p.m. ET contest against the Razorbacks.
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  19. Carolina Fall short in loss to Texas Tech 70-63 with videos, Gallery, stats & more

    Carolina Fall short in loss to Texas Tech 70-63 with videos, Gallery, stats & more

    Red Raiders finished the game on a 13-2 run

    GCF Staff Report
    January 28, 2018




    South Carolina vs. No. 14/14 Texas Tech


    USATSI Gallery Posted Image / Photo GalleryPosted Image / @GamecockMBB / Final Box / Final Stats

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Chris Silva (16)
    Rebounds: Maik Kotsar (7)
    Assists: Wesley Myers (4)
    Steals: Maik Kotsar, Chris Silva (2)
    Blocks: (0)
    Minutes: Wesley Myers (30)
    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Martin on Texas Tech — 1/27/18


    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Justin Minaya, Chris Silva on Texas Tech — 1/27/18




    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Keenan Evans scored 31 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:12 left to lift No. 14 Texas Tech to a 70-63 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

    The Gamecocks (13-8) were looking to rally past their third ranked opponent in four games and were up 58-53 on Felipe Haase's 3 with 6:21 to go. That's when Evans scored eight of the Red Raiders' next nine points, including the 3 from the left arc, for a 62-61 lead.

    Evans followed that with a 3-point play with 46 seconds left to secure the win in the teams' first meeting since December 1976.

    Texas Tech (17-4) outscored South Carolina 17-5 over the final six minutes.

    Evans, a 6-foot-2 senior, had four 3-pointers and made all 13 of his foul shots to lead the Red Raiders. Zhaire Smith had 11 points, the only other Texas Tech player in double figures.

    The Gamecocks appeared to be on the verge of rallying against another Top 25 opponent. They came from 14 points down to top then 18th-ranked Kentucky 76-68 on Jan. 16, then were 11 points down at No. 20 Florida before their 77-72 win Wednesday night.

    This time, though, South Carolina's rally came up short, as it missed six of its final seven field-goal tries.

    Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 16 points before fouling out in the final minute.

    BIG PICTURE

    Texas Tech: The Red Raiders went into a massive shooting funk with about five minutes left in the opening half. They went 6 for 20 during a 20-minute stretch that saw them squander an eight-point lead and trail 58-53 with 6:20 left. Texas Tech came in sixth in Big 12 Conference shooting at 47.1 percent a game.

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks have had a knack for coming out on top in ugly games. But aggressive play cost South Carolina in this one. Frank Booker was called for an intentional foul with the Gamecocks holding a lead, and two starters, forward Silva and point guard Wesley Myers, fouled out. Texas Tech made 23 of its 28 foul shots.

    KEY STAT

    The No. 14 Red Raiders came into today’s game second to last in the Big 12 in team free throw percentage. Today they went 23-for-28 (82 percent) and improved to 14-0 when making more foul shots than their opponent.

    NOTABLE
    • Chris Silva finished with a team-high 16 points in 29 minutes of work. The junior big man has now scored 10 or more points in 16 games during the 2017-18 season.
    • The freshmen duo of Justin Minaya (11) and Felipe Haase (11) combined for 22 points. Today marked Haase’s first career SEC game in double figures. He played just 11 minutes, but was 4-for-5 from the field.
    • Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker knocked down a trio of 3s, marking his 10th game this season with three or makes from behind the arc.
    • The Gamecocks continue to excel on the offensive glass, as they finished with 14 offensive rebounds this afternoon. Carolina has 10 or more offensive boards in 19 of the team’s 21 games this season.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina resumes SEC play when Mississippi State travels to Columbia for a matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Tip time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network broadcast.


    From USC Sports Information

  20. Gamecocks Host NO.14 Texas Tech In Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday

    Gamecocks Host NO.14 Texas Tech In Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday

    Tip time set for Noon vs. the Red Raiders

    GCF Staff Report
    January 26, 2018



    South Carolina vs Texas Tech



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    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
    Tipoff: 12 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: ESPN2
    Play-By-Play: Beth Mowins
    Analyst: Jimmy Dykes
    Series: Carolina leads 2-1
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is set to play its fourth ranked opponent in as many games on Saturday when it hosts No. 14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Colonial Life Arena.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina is set to play its fourth ranked opponent in as many games on Saturday when No. 14/14 Texas Tech travels to Columbia for the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The meeting will be the fourth all-time between the two schools and the first in Columbia since Jan. 2, 1973.
    • Grad student guard Wes Myers erupted for a season high 22 points, and a career high five 3s, as the Gamecocks got their first win in Gainesville since 2011 on Wednesday, upsetting the 20th-ranked Gators, 77-72. Carolina has now won two straight and four of the last five in the series with Florida. Following the victory at the O’Connell Center, Carolina is 8-4 in its last 12 games vs. ranked competition dating back to last season.
    • Mr. double-double. Junior forward Chris Silva scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win vs. Florida for his fifth double-double of the season and the 10th of his career.
    • After not facing a ranked opponent through the first 17 games of the season, the Gamecocks have will have faced four in a 12-day span when No. 14/14 Texas Tech visits Colonial Life Arena on Saturday. Carolina has a home win over No. 18/16 Kentucky, a narrow loss to No. 21/21 Tennessee and the Wednesday road win at No. 20/22 Florida during the stretch.
    • Myers has been stellar during leage action, providing 12.3 points and 2.1 assists per game. He’s hit 44.3 percent of his attempts from the floor, and 12-of-24 attempts (50.0%) from 3-point range against conference foes.
    COACHES VS. CANCER - SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEK
    • It’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week! Suits and Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer. While coaching games this week, Frank Martin and his staff will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of fighting cancer.
    HEADLINES
    • South Carolina is in its 110th season of varsity basketball in 2017-18.
    • South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1973 campaign when it tallied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
    • The Gamecocks finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 26-11 overall record. The 26 wins were a program record.
    • Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina’s Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Kansas’ Bill Self.
    • Over the course of the last three seasons (2015-16-present), the Gamecocks are 26-19 (.578) combined in games played away from home (away/neutral).
    • South Carolina compiled 51 wins over the course of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
    • Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Frank Martin has led his team to at least 20 wins in seven of 10 seasons.
    • South Carolina played six of its first seven games away from home to begin the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 5-2 record during the stretch.
    • Martin is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Perry Clark (fifth season), Chuck Martin (first season) and Bruce Shingler (second season), and director of basketball operations Andy Assaley in his sixth season.
    • Clark brings 19 years of head coaching experience to the bench, as he served the combined years as head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin served as head coach at Marist for five campaigns.
    • Martin is 92-88 (.511) all-time in league play. In his 10 seasons leading a squad through a full slate of league games, his team has posted double-digit conference wins six times.
    • South Carolina has improved its conference record in each of Frank Martin’s five seasons leading the squad through the SEC slate. In his first SEC campaign (2013), Martin led his squad to four wins, followed by five win sin 2014, six in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 12 last season.
    • South Carolina is in its 26th basketball season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are 171-263 (.392) all-time in SEC games.
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 13-7 on the year and 4-4 in SEC contests. The Gamecocks have won three of their last four games, and four of their last six.
    • Two average double-figure points in overall games this season, paced by junior forward Chris Silva’s 14.7 per game and grad student guard Frank Booker’s 11.1 per outing.
    • Booker has 12 double-figure scoring games on the season and he has 13 games with multiple 3-point baskets.
    • Booker’s 44 made 3s on the year are a team high, and rank 10th in the SEC.
    • Silva collected his fifth double-double of the season on Wednesday at Florida, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Silva’s 3.0 offensive boards per game is third in the SEC and 44th nationally.
    • The Gamecocks forced Florida into 12 turnovers on Wednesday, scoring 19 points off of those giveaways. On the year, Carolina is averaging 17.1 points off of turnovers per game.
    • Grad student guard Wes Myers dished four assists and he matched his career high with four steals at Florida. Over the course of the last five games, he is averaging 13.6 points per game.
    • In the SEC stats (overall games), Carolina is second in scoring defense (65.8 ppg), fourth in rebound margin (+5.5) and third in offensive rebounds (12.5).
    • Individually, Silva is 15th in the league with 14.7 points per game and his 8.0 rebounds per game rank fourth. Hassani Gravett is eighth with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.9.
    • In home games this season, the Gamecocks average 74.0 points per game and hold a +8.0 scoring margin over opponents.
    SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
    • Texas Tech is 16-4 on the year and 5-3 in Big 12 contests thus far. The Red Raiders are ranked 14th in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week.
    • TTU is led by head coach Chris Beard in his second season. Did you know, Beard was the head coach of the South Carolina Warriors ABA team in 2011-12.
    • Texas Tech is just 1-3 in true road games this season. The lone win came at No. 10 Kansas on Jan. 2.
    • Three average double-figure points for the Red Raiders in overall games, led by Keenan Evans’ 17.1 per game. Evans scored a team high 26, adding five assists and three steals in TTU’s most recent win, a 75-70 victory vs. Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
    • Jarrett Culver (10.9) and Zhaire Smith (10.1) also average double figures.
    • Texas Tech is among the best nationally in opponent scoring average, holding opponents to just 62.0 points per game this season, a mark that leads the Big 12 and is seventh nationally.
    • The Red Raiders are also among the best at forcing turnovers, as opponents are averaging 16.8 per game, which is second in the Big 12 and 14th in the nation.
    • Other marquee wins for the Red Raiders this season include an 85-49 victory over No. 20 Northwestern on Nov. 19, an OT win over No. 22 Nevada on Dec. 5, and home wins over No. 18 Baylor and No. 2 West Virginia in Big 12 action.
    THE SERIES
    • South Carolina owns a 2-1 upperhand in the all-time series vs. Texas Tech.
    • Saturday’s matchup will be the first between the two schools since the 1976-77 season.
    • Carolina’s neutral-site win over the Red Raiders came in the NCAA Tournament in 1973, as the Gamecocks posted a 78-70 win in the First Round in Wichita, Kan., paced by 21 points from Kevin Joyce.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina resumes SEC play when Mississippi State travels to Columbia for a matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Tip time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network broadcast.
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  21. Gamecocks Upset NO. 20 Florida 77-72 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Gamecocks Upset NO. 20 Florida 77-72 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points (5-for-7 from 3)

    January 25, 2018





    South Carolina at No. 20/22 Florida


    Photo Gallery Posted Image / Photo Gallery Posted Image/ @GamecockMBB / Final Box/ Final Stats



    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Wesley Myers (22)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (12)
    Assists: Maik Kotsar, Wesley Myers (4)
    Steals: Wesley Myers (4)
    Blocks: Four tied (1)
    Minutes: Wesley Myers (34)


    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Frank Martin on Florida — 1/24/18





    Posted ImagePOSTGAME: Wesley Myers, Chris Silva on Florida — 1/24/18




    Posted ImageHIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball at Florida — 1/24/18




    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added a double-double and South Carolina upset No. 20 Florida 77-72 on Wednesday night.

    Silva finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks, who won the Elite Eight rematch from last year's NCAA Tournament.

    South Carolina knocked off the Gators in that one thanks to 42 points in the paint. Coach Frank Martin's team won this one from the 3-point line.

    The Gamecocks (13-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) hit 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc, matching their most 3s all season. Myers was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, taking advantage of the league's worst team at defending the 3.

    The Gators (14-6, 6-2) led by 11 in the first half and were up 48-39 early in the second. But they had no answer for Myers outside and Silva down low.

    Frank Booker sealed the victory by hitting four free throws in the final 40 seconds.

    Florida won eight of its previous nine games to return to the rankings for the first time in more than a month.

    Egor Koulechov and Jalen Hudson led Florida with 16 points apiece. KeVaughn Allen added 15 for the Gators, who shot 6 of 23 from 3-point range.

    Florida had a great chance to tie the game with two minutes to play, but teammates turned the ball over while fighting for a rebound. Silva sank a jumper a few seconds later to make it 73-68.

    BIG PICTURE

    South Carolina: The Gamecocks picked up an NCAA Tournament-boosting victory on the road against a ranked team. It was the team's first road victory against a ranked team since upsetting then-No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016. This one came eight days after upsetting Kentucky in Columbia, but might do more for Martin's team come tourney time.

    Florida: Gators center John Egbunu took part in pregame warmups for the first time this season, a positive step in his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Egbunu missed the final 10 games last year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He began non-contact practice last week and could be a huge help in the post for the Gators when he returns.

    KEY STAT

    The Gamecocks matched a season-high with 11 3s, shooting a season-best 52.4 percent from behind the arc Wednesday night in Gainesville. Florida came into the game the top 3-point shooting team in the SEC, but it was held to just 26.1 shooting (6-for-23) from 3.

    NOTABLE
    • South Carolina picks up its first ranked road win since in 81-78 victory at No. 8/8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016.
    • Under head coach Frank Martin the past two seasons, the Gamecocks are 8-4 vs. top-25 teams dating back to a 61-46 win vs. No. 25/24 Michigan at Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 23, 2016.
    • South Carolina was 18-for-22 (81.8 percent) at the free throw line against the Gators, marking the fifth-highest free throw percentage in six seasons under Martin.
    • Graduate transfer guard Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He knocked down a career-high five 3s. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native, played a season-high 34 minutes and led the team in assists (4) and steals (4).
    • Junior big man Chris Silva scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the 2017-18 season. He bounced back from a tough night at the foul line against Tennessee, going 8-for-9 in tonight’s game at the charity stripe. Silva has now made eight or more free throws 10 times this season.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host No. 14/14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tip time is set for Noon ET on ESPN2 vs. the Red Raiders. The meeting will be the fourth all-time between the two schools and the first since the 1976-77 season. Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will have the call for ESPN2.

    From USC Sports Information

  22. Gamecocks And Gators Meet Wednesday In Gainsville

    Gamecocks And Gators Meet Wednesday In Gainsville

    Tip time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. Florida

    GCF Staff Report
    January 23, 2018


    South Carolina at Florida


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    GAME INFO
    Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
    Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
    Location: Gainesville, Fla.
    Arena: Exactech Arena (10,151)
    Broadcast: SEC Network
    Play-By-Play: Mike Morgan
    Analyst: Pat Bradley
    Series: Florida leads 44-25
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will face its third-straight ranked opponent on Wednesday when it travels to Gainesville to face No. 20/22 Florida. The meeting is the first between the two schools since the two SEC squads met in last season's NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in New York City.

    STARTING FIVE
    • Like last week, the Gamecocks will face two ranked opponents this coming week, traveling to face No. 20/22 Florida in Gainesville in SEC action, before returning to Columbia to host No. 14/14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.
    • South Carolina battled back from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half vs. No. 21/21 Tennessee last Saturday to tie the game at 59 with 5:31 to play, but the Gamecocks were never able to grab the lead, and UT closed the game on an 11-4 run to clinch the road victory.
    • Rookie forward Justin Minaya had his best game of the SEC campaign in the matchup vs. Tennessee, scoring 16 points and hitting a season best four 3-point baskets. Minaya’s performance was his first double-figure scoring game of league action, and his seventh of the season. He also pulled down five rebounds and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line vs. the Vols.
    • Wednesday’s matchup between the Gamecocks and Gators is the first of two between the former SEC East foes this league campaign, and it is a rematch of last season’s NCAA East Regional Elite Eight matchup, which the Gamecocks won 77-70, punching the program’s first ticket to the Final Four.
    • The Gamecocks are 3-3 in road games this season and 1-2 in conference road contests. That road win in league action came on Jan. 13 - Carolina’s last road game - at Georgia, as the Gamecocks posted a 64-57 win over the Bulldogs in Athens behind a 17-point performance from grad student guard Frank Booker.
    SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEK
    • It’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week! Suits and Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer. While coaching games this week, Frank Martin and his staff will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of fighting cancer.
    HEADLINES
    • South Carolina is in its 110th season of varsity basketball in 2017-18.
    • South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1973 campaign when it tallied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
    • The Gamecocks finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 26-11 overall record. The 26 wins were a program record.
    • Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina’s Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Kansas’ Bill Self.
    • Over the course of the last three seasons (2015-16-present), the Gamecocks are 25-19 (.568) combined in games played away from home (away/neutral).
    • South Carolina compiled 51 wins over the course of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
    • Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Frank Martin has led his team to at least 20 wins in seven of 10 seasons.
    • South Carolina played six of its first seven games away from home to begin the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 5-2 record during the stretch.
    • Martin is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Perry Clark (fifth season), Chuck Martin (first season) and Bruce Shingler (second season), and director of basketball operations Andy Assaley in his sixth season.
    • Clark brings 19 years of head coaching experience to the bench, as he served the combined years as head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin served as head coach at Marist for five campaigns.
    • Martin is 91-88 (.506) all-time in league play. In his 10 seasons leading a squad through a full slate of league games, his team has posted double-digit conference wins six times.
    • South Carolina has improved its conference record in each of Frank Martin’s five seasons leading the squad through the SEC slate. In his first SEC campaign (2013), Martin led his squad to four wins, followed by five win sin 2014, six in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 12 last season.
    • South Carolina is in its 26th basketball season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are 170-263 (.392) all-time in SEC games.
    • South Carolina has 18 games missed to injury this season: Hassani Gravett (3/right ankle sprain); Kory Holden (8/hamstring injury); David Beatty (1/elbow injury); Tommy Corchiani (6 games/left knee injury).
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina is 12-7 on the year and 3-4 in SEC play after last Saturday’s 70-63 loss to No. 21 Tennessee in Columbia.
    • The Gamecocks have two players averaging double-figure points in overall games this season in Chris Silva (14.5) and Frank Booker (11.3). Silva (17.4), Booker (11.6) and Wesley Myers (10.9) are all averaging double-figures in league action as well.
    • In league action, Carolina is holding opponents to just 69.1 points per game, however, the Gamecocks are averaging just 67.6 points per game.
    • Nationally, Carolina ranks 35th (second in the SEC) with 12.68 offensive rebounds per game. Chris Silva paces Carolina in the category with 2.95 offensive boards per outing, which is 53rd nationally and third in the SEC.
    • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar dished five assists vs. Tennessee on Saturday. It marked the most in the category for him in any SEC game during his career.
    • Chris Silva is averaging a career best with 27.3 minutes per game in league games this season. He played 35 minutes in both the Georgia and Kentucky games.
    SCOUTING THE GATORS
    • Florida is 14-5 on the season and 6-1 in SEC games, and the Gators have jumped back in the national rankings this week at No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches poll.
    • The Gators currently lead the SEC with their 6-1 record.
    • UF is led by head coach Mike White in his third season.
    • Florida most recently posted a 66-64 win at Rupp Arena last Saturday.
    • Four average double-figure points for the Gators, led by Jalen Hudson’s 16.5 per game. Egor Koulechov (14.4), Chris Chiozza (12.3) and KeVaughn Allen (11.3) all average double figures as well.
    • UF is 8-2 in home games this season, with wins over Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Arkansas in league action at home.
    • The Gators rank among national leaders in several statistical categories, but one that stands out is Florida is fourth nationally in fewest turnovers with just 188 on the year. UF is eighth in the nation in turnover margin (4.8) and Chris Chiozza is 14th nationally with an assist to turnover ratio of 3.29, which leads the SEC.
    • The Gators are also exceptional at the foul line, as three rank among the nation’s top 25 in free throw percent. Koulechov is third at 94.3 percent, Allen is 12th at 91.2 percent, and Chiozza is 24th at 89.5 percent.
    ELITE EIGHT REMATCH
    • Wednesday’s contest is the first meeting between South Carolina and Florida since the two SEC foes matched up in the Elite Eight last March at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina would go on to post a 77-70 win over the Gators to advance to the first Final Four in school history. The game was a back-and-forth battle. The Gamecocks took an early lead, but Florida stormed back to hold a 40-33 upperhand at halftime. South Carolina responded after the break with a 13-6 run, and the Gamecocks re-took the lead, 49-48, with 11:28 to play. Another late run by the Gamecocks, and two huge steals from Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier would secure the Carolina win. A key stat from the matchup, the Gamecock defense held UF to 0-of-14 from 3-point range in the second half.
    THE SERIES
    • Florida holds a 44-25 upperhand in the all-time series with South Carolina.
    • The Gators also lead the series in Gainesville, 21-7.
    • The Gamecocks have won three of the last four meetings, including two of last season’s three matchups.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host No. 14/14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tip time is set for Noon ET on ESPN2 vs. the Red Raiders. The meeting will be the fourth all-time between the two schools and the first since the 1976-77 season. Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will have the call for ESPN2.
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  23. Gamecocks Drop One To NO. 21 Tennessee With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Gamecocks Drop One To NO. 21 Tennessee With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Minaya and Myers each scored 16 points to lead the Gamecocks

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    January 21, 2018

    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Justin Minaya, Wesley Myers (16)
    Rebounds: Three players tied (5)
    Assists: Maik Kotsar (5)
    Steals: Maik Kotsar (2)
    Blocks: Frank Booker (1)
    Minutes: Justin Minaya (35)
    

    South Carolina vs. No. 21/21 Tennessee


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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Lamonte Turner matched his career high with 25 points, and No. 21 Tennessee pounded the ball inside to get past South Carolina 70-63 on Saturday night.

    With the scored tied at 59, Turner made a short jumper and found Admiral Schofield in the corner for a 3-pointer on a fast break, and Tennessee (13-5, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) led the rest of the way.

    Turner also made all 10 of his free throws, including four in the final 36 seconds as the Volunteers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Gamecocks (12-7, 3-4).

    Tennessee outscored South Carolina 32-16 in the paint, getting both of the Gamecocks' main big men in foul trouble.

    Chris Silva, who averaged a second-best 19.3 points in SEC games this season, scored just six on 1-of-5 shooting, playing 25 minutes because of foul trouble. The Gamecocks' other starting big man, Maik Kotsar, fouled out with eight points.

    Grant Williams scored 14 points for Tennessee.

    Justin Minaya and Wesley Myers each scored 16 points to lead the Gamecocks, who made 10 of 23 3-pointers as the inside game faded away.

    Tennessee never trailed after the opening two minutes, but also never stretched its lead beyond double digits. South Carolina had a chance to cut the lead to one or tie in the final minute but missed a 3-pointer, a short jumper, a layup and a tip-in on one possession.

    BIG PICTURE

    Tennessee: The Volunteers made 5 of 11 3-pointers, important shots to open up the inside after South Carolina had held its last two opponents to a combined 4 for 23 from behind the arc. Tennessee had four offensive rebounds all game but scored on each of them.

    South Carolina: The loss stings, but after starting 1-3 in the SEC, the Gamecocks are back in the NCAA Tournament discussion after wins in the past week at Georgia and at home against No. 18 Kentucky. But free throws killed South Carolina's chances. Silva missed two free throws that would have tied it with 2:30 left and the Gamecocks made just 17 of 27 attempts. South Carolina is now 1-7 when it scores fewer than 70 points and 11-0 when it gets more than 70.

    KEY STAT

    Tennessee shot 58 percent from the field and went 19-for-24 (79 percent) at the foul line. The Vols had a 32-16 edge in points in the paint.

    NOTABLE
    • Guard Justin Minaya tallied 16 points, a season-high in SEC play. The freshman knocked down a career-high four 3s in tonight's game and also played a career-high 37 minutes.
    • Graduate transfer guard Wesley Myers also scored 16, one point shy of matching a season-high for points. He went 3-for-5 from deep Saturday night.
    • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar dished out five assists, his most since he had a career-high six in the team's season-opening win at Wofford.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina travels to face SEC leader Florida next Wednesday in Gainesville. The 7 p.m. matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call. Following the matchup against the Gators, Carolina returns home to host No. 8/8 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 27. Tip is set for Noon vs. the Red Raiders.

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  24. Gamecocks Host N/R 21/21 Tennessee Saturday Evening

    Gamecocks Host N/R 21/21 Tennessee Saturday Evening

    Tip time set for 6 p.m. ET vs. Tennessee

    GCF Staff Report
    January 19, 2018


    South Carolina vs. Tennessee


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    GAME INFO
    Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
    Tipoff: 6 p.m.
    Location: Columbia, S.C.
    Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
    Broadcast: ESPN2
    Play-By-Play: Beth Mowins
    Analyst: Jimmy Dykes
    Series: Tennessee leads 42-27
    Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina hosts No. 21/21 Tennessee on Saturday, aiming for its second win this week over a ranked opponent. The Gamecocks have won three straight in the series with the Vols.

    STARTING FIVE
    • South Carolina rides a two-game win streak into Saturday's matchup against No. 21/21 Tennessee, the Gamecocks' second SEC contest this week versus a ranked opponent.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva has been a dominant force through the first six games of league action. His 27 points and eight rebounds were team highs vs. Kentucky, and he paces the Gamecocks and is second in the SEC at 19.3 points per league game. A key number to keep an eye on with Silva, his 27.7 minutes per SEC game are tied for a team high (Myers).
    • Trailing by 11 with 12 minutes to play against Kentucky, Carolina out-scored the Wildcats 33-14, led by Silva's 13, and connected on 14-of-18 attempts at the foul line to clinch the comback win. It was Carolina's biggest comback win of the season to date.
    • Sophomore big Maik Kotsar was key in the win against the Wildcats, especially at the charity stripe. Kotsar connected on 6-of-9 attempts, 5-of-7 in the second half alone. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds in the win. In league games, Kotsar has been stellar from the line, connecting on 13-of-19 attempts, 68.4%, after connecting on just 32.0% (8-of-25) in non-conferecne games.
    • South Carolina held Kentucky to just 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the matchup on Tuesday. Combined with the win at Georgia last Saturday, Carolina held the Bulldogs and Wildcats to just 4-of-23 - 17.3% - from beyond the arc.
    GAMECOCK FOOTBALL TO BE FEATURED AT HALFTIME
    • Gamecock football will be featured at halftime of Carolina's matchup vs. Tennessee. Head coach Will Muschamp and several players will be on the court as the squad is recognized for a nine-win season, just the seventh in school history, and a New Year's Day Outback Bowl win over Michigan.
    HEADLINES
    • South Carolina is in its 110th season of varsity basketball in 2017-18.
    • South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1973 campaign when it tallied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
    • The Gamecocks finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 26-11 overall record. The 26 wins were a program record.
    • Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kansas' Bill Self.
    • Over the course of the last three seasons (2015-16-present), the Gamecocks are 25-19 (.568) combined in games played away from home (away/neutral).
    • South Carolina compiled 51 wins over the course of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
    • Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Frank Martin has led his team to at least 20 wins in seven of 10 seasons.
    • South Carolina played six of its first seven games away from home to begin the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 5-2 record during the stretch.
    • Martin is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Perry Clark (fifth season), Chuck Martin (first season) and Bruce Shingler (second season), and director of basketball operations Andy Assaley in his sixth season.
    • Clark brings 19 years of head coaching experience to the bench, as he served the combined years as head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin served as head coach at Marist for five campaigns.
    • Martin is 91-87 (.511) all-time in league play. In his 10 seasons leading a squad through a full slate of league games, his team has posted double-digit conference wins six times.
    • South Carolina has improved its conference record in each of Frank Martin's five seasons leading the squad through the SEC slate. In his first SEC campaign (2013), Martin led his squad to four wins, followed by five win sin 2014, six in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 12 last season.
    • South Carolina is in its 26th basketball season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are 170-262 (.392) all-time in SEC games.
    • South Carolina has 16 games missed to injury this season: Hassani Gravett (3/right ankle sprain); Kory Holden (7/hamstring injury); David Beatty (1/elbow injury); Tommy Corchiani (5 games/left knee injury).
    SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
    • South Carolina enters Saturday's matchup against Tennessee with a 12-6 overall record, and a 3-3 mark in SEC games after two-straight league victories - at Georgia and vs. No. 18/16 Kentucky.
    • The Gamecocks are 7-1 at home this season following the upset win over the Wildcats on Tuesday.
    • The Gamecocks are in the midst of a stretch of four out of five games at home, which began Tuesday vs. UK.
    • Junior forward Chris Silva continues to pace Carolina with 14.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. In league play, those numbers are 19.3 and 7.8, respectively.
    • In home games this season, the Gamecocks hold a +9.9 scoring margin over their opponents.
    • Graduate student guard Frank Booker also averages double-figure points this season (overall games) at 11.3 per contest. Over the course of the last two games, Booker is averaging 17.5 points per game.
    • Paced by Silva's team and league leading 157 free throw attempts this season, Carolina ranks 17th in the country with 459 (25.5 attempts per game) team attempts at the line this season.
    • The Gamecocks rank third in the SEC and 33rd nationally in scoring defense, as opponents are averaging just 65.3 points per game on the Carolina defense.
    SCOUTING THE VOLS
    • Tennessee enters weekend action ranked 21st in both the AP and Coaches Polls. The Vols are 12-5 on the season and 3-3 in SEC action after most recently suffering a loss on the road at Missouri on Wednesday.
    • Tennessee is led by head coach Rick Barnes in his third season.
    • Three average double-figure points for the Vols, led by sophomore forward Grant Williams' 16.6 per game. Admiral Schofield (13.2) and Jordan Bowden (10.4) also are averaging double figures.
    • In league games, Williams is scoring 18.8 per game, and Schofield's 7.3 rebounds are a team high.
    • UT's SEC wins this season are against Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
    • Tennessee is 3-2 in road games this season, averaging 79.2 points per game in those contests.
    • UT ranks among national leaders and is third in the SEC in free throw percentage (76.0%), which is 30th nationally. Tennessee's 12.59 offensive rebounds per game are second in the SEC and 36th nationally as well.
    SERIES INFORMATION
    • Tennessee leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 42-27.
    • The series dates back to a 39-24 Carolina home win on Jan. 15, 1927.
    • South Carolina leads the series in Columbia, 16-15.
    • The Gamecocks have won three straight in the series, but Tennessee has won six of the last 10.
    UP NEXT
    • South Carolina travels to face SEC leader Florida next Wednesday in Gainesville. The 7 p.m. matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call. Following the matchup against the Gators, Carolina returns home to host No. 8/8 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 27. Tip is set for Noon vs. the Red Raiders.
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  25. Gamecocks Shock NO. 18 Kentucky With 76-68 Comeback Win With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Gamecocks Shock NO. 18 Kentucky With 76-68 Comeback Win With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

    Chris Silva matched career-highs with 27 points in 35 minutes


    GCF Staff Report
    January 17, 2018



    South Carolina vs. No. 18/16 Kentucky



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    GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
    Points: Chris Silva (27)
    Rebounds: Chris Silva (8)
    Assists: Hassani Gravett (5)
    Steals: Frank Booker, Maik Kotsar (3)
    Blocks: Chris Silva (1)
    Minutes: Chris Silva (35)
    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari thought his freshmen looked like freshmen for the first time all season. South Carolina's Chris Silva continued to look like a major force in the Southeastern Conference who led the Gamecocks' dramatic second-half comeback against the Wildcats.

    Silva tied his career high he set earlier this month with 27 points as South Carolina (12-6, 3-3 SEC) rallied from 14 points down in the second half to top No. 18 Kentucky 76-68 on Tuesday night.

    Silva ''was the difference,'' Calipari said. ''He manhandled everyone we put on him.''

    It didn't look like it would have an impact midway through the second half when Kevin Knox's short jumper with 12:28 to go put the Wildcats ahead 54-40. But that's when South Carolina, fueled by the powerful, 6-foot-9 Silva, got going and outscored Kentucky (14-4, 4-2) 36-14 the rest of the way to pull off the upset.

    Silva had 12 points in that stretch to lift the Gamecocks.

    As well as Silva played, Kentucky's vaunted group of freshmen began trying to make the splashy, dramatic play instead of the smart one, Calipari said. As South Carolina gradually cut into the margin, the Wildcats shrunk from the challenge.

    ''All of a sudden, you've got a bunch of young guys that don't know how to grind it,'' Calipari said.

    That was evident when Wesley Myers' driving layup tied the game at 65-all and he followed that with a second straight layup for the Gamecocks' first lead of the second half, this one ruled good when Kentucky's Nick Richards was called for goaltending.

    Maik Kotsar made four straight foul shots to give South Carolina a 71-67 lead and Kentucky could not respond.

    ''We weren't listening to nothing the coaches were saying,'' Knox acknowledged.

    The Gamecocks broke a four-game losing streak to Kentucky, which managed just three points over the final 6 minutes.

    South Carolina coach Frank Martin talked with Silva at halftime, urging him to go straight up and over Kentucky's defenders instead of putting up shots away from the basket. ''He told me to go strong and finish,'' Silva said.

    All the Gamecocks seemed to follow Silva's lead.

    ''Our guys took ownership,'' Martin said as the Gamecocks won for third time in four games after opening SEC play 0-2.

    Frank Booker added 18 points for South Carolina.

    Knox led Kentucky with 21 points. No other Wildcat had more than 10 points.

    BIG PICTURE

    Kentucky: The Wildcats had little consistency with their shooting touch. But their relentless style helped them claw back from an early 19-12 deficit to lead 37-34. The active Kentucky lineup pushed the pace and made the Gamecocks pay for putting them on the free throw line, going 17 of 22 in the first 20 minutes. Things changed down the stretch as Kentucky's freshman-heavy team struggled to keep up with the Gamecocks. The Wildcats were just 6 of 14 from the free throw line after the break.

    South Carolina: When the Gamecocks miss shots, they're in trouble. After starting the game 7 of 9 from the field, South Carolina missed 18 of its final 21 shots of the opening half. That helped turn a seven-point lead into a 37-34 deficit at the break. Shooting woes have plagued the team much of the season. In fact, the Gamecocks shot just 27 percent from the field last time out and somehow pulled out a 64-57 victory at Georgia on Saturday. The Gamecocks shot just 37.1 percent in this win.

    KEY STAT

    Clinging to a three-point lead with 2:47 to play, the Gamecocks finished the game 9-for-10 at the free throw line. Carolina made 25 foul shots, one shy of its season-high 26 makes in last Saturday's road win at Georgia (Jan. 13).

    NOTABLE
    • South Carolina improves to 11-0 during the 2017-18 season when scoring 70-plus points.
    • The Gamecock defense held Kentucky to zero field goals the final 6:13 of the game.
    • Carolina held Kentucky to a season-low nine percent (1-for-11) shooting from the 3-point line. In the past two games, the Gamecocks have held their opponents to 17 percent (4-for-23) from behind the arc.
    • Junior big man Chris Silva matched a career-high with 27 points. He also tied a career-high with 35 minutes (third time this season).
    • Graduate transfer Frank Booker had another great game off the bench, scoring 18 points (nine in each half). His six free throws were a season-high.
    • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar was fantastic on both ends of the floor, finishing with 12 points (season-high in SEC play), six rebounds and three steals. The Tallin, Estonia, native, had a career-high six makes on nine attempts at the free throw line.
    UP NEXT

    South Carolina continues its homestand on Saturday when No. 21/21 Tennessee travels to Columbia. Tip time vs. the Vols is set for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) on the call.


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