Gamecocks Host Arkansas On Legends Weekend
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (11-11, 6-3 SEC) is set to host Arkansas (14-3, 5-4 SEC) on Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. It is Carolina's annual Legends Weekend, and all Gamecock Legends will be honored at halftime of the matchup, along with a special recognition for longtime equipment manager Mac Credille, who retired in January. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network.
> Saturday's contest vs. Arkansas marks the annual Legends Weekend matchup for South Carolina. Former Gamecock men's basketball players, coaches, managers and support staff are invited back to participate in weekend activities, which includes a Friday night reception, a Tip-Off Club meeting, attending practice and more. All Legends in attendace will be honored at halftime.
> Also at halftime, South Carolina will hold a special recognition for longtime equipment manager Mac Credille, who retired from the University after over four decades of service in January. Mac started his career working in the P.E. department in 1973, before moving to football and then basketball in 1993.
> South Carolina suffered a road loss at No. 5/5 Kentucky on Tuesday night, falling to the Wildcats 76-48. Senior forward Chris Silva was in foul trouble for the majority of the contest, playing just 15 minutes. The Gamecocks started out hot from the field, thanks to a 3-of-3 start from 3-point range from graduate student guard Tre Campbell. However, UK held an 11-point advantage at halftime and the Gamecocks were unable to overcome the deficit.
> Campbell has been on fire from beyond the arc over the course of the last three games, as he has hit 9-of-13 (69.2%) during the stretch. He has hit a trio of 3s vs. Tennessee, at Georgia and at Kentucky. On the year, he is averaging 6.4 points per game.
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.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.
THROUGH 22 GAMES...
> The Gamecocks are 11-11 overall this season, which includes a 7-5 record at home, a 3-5 mark on the road and a 1-1 mark in neutral-site matchups
> Senior forward Chris Silva paces Carolina in points (13.6), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (2.0) per game
> Carolina is 5-3 this season in the next game following a loss
> The Gamecocks hold a +1.1 turnover margin
> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has hit a team high 39 3-pointers, A.J. Lawson has 32 and Tre Campbell has 30
> Silva paces the Gamecocks with 54 offensive rebounds, 2.5 per game
> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high nine times
> Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the half
> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.
> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).
> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.
> Martin led team's are 101-98 (.507) all-time in league play.
> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.
> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.
> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.
> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.
> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).
> Martin is 31-42 (.424) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.
> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
> The Gamecocks look to avoid back-to-back losses on Saturday vs. Arkansas, after suffering a loss at No. 5/5 Kentucky on Tuesday.
> Silva paces the Gamecocks in scoring in league play with 15.0 points per game, but the senior was held to just four points in 15 minutes at UK due to early foul trouble.
> In SEC action, Carolina is averaging 44.5 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range.
> Over the course of the last five games, Silva has scored a team best 19.6 points per outing, followed by Lawson with 11.8. As a team, Carolina is averaging 70.8 points per game, but opponents 79.8.
> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson paces Carolina with 1.2 steals per game this season.
> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.
> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
> Arkansas is one of the hotter teams in the SEC of late, currently riding a four-game SEC win streak, which includes home wins over Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt, and a road win at LSU.
> Head coach Mike Anderson is in his eighth season at Arkansas.
> Standout forward Daniel Gafford paces the Hogs in points (16.9), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.0) per game (overall games). In SEC play, he also paces the squad with 16.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per outing.
> In the team's most recent win over Vanderbilt, Gafford scored 28, along with nine rebounds to lead the team in both categories.
> Isaiah Joe (14.2) and Mason Jones (13.7) also average double figures for Arkansas. Joe leads the team from 3-point range, with 79 on the year, behind a 44.4 percent average from beyond the arc. His percentage ranks second in the SEC and his makes per game from 3 (3.6) lead the league.
> Arkansas is third in the SEC with 8.1 steals per outing, as four average at least 1.0 steal per contest.
> Jalen Harris is fifth in the league with 5.8 assists per game. In the win over Vandy, he had three helpers.
COMING UP NEXT
Carolina is back on the road next Wednesday, set for its second meeting with top-ranked Tennessee in a 15-day span. UT won the first meeting between the two schools in Columbia. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network in Knoxville.