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Gamecocks Travel To Texas A&M Tuesday Night

Gamecocks Travel To Texas A&M Tuesday Night

Men's Basketball | 3/4/2019 2:03:00 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-15, 9-7 SEC) travels to face Texas A&M (13-15, 6-10 SEC) on Tuesday night in its final road contest of the regular season.  Tip time is set for 7 p.m. ET in College Station with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network broadcast.

STARTING FIVE
> South Carolina travels to Texas A&M in its final road contest of the regular season on Tuesday.  It's a quick turnaround for the Gamecocks who were on the road at Missouri on Saturday afternoon.  Carolina looks to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday.
> For the second straight game the Gamecocks will be without rookie guard A.J. Lawson at A&M.  He suffered a severe low left ankle sprain during the second half of last Tuesday's contest versus Alabama. Lawson is listed as out indefinitely, and will miss at least Tuesday's game at Texas A&M.  The SEC Freshman of the Year candidate is averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and a team high 3.0 assists per game with 18 double-figure scoring games this season. In league games, he is scoring 14.0 points, and dishing out 2.6 assists per outing.
> Senior guard Hassani Gravett stepped into the starting lineup for the first time in SEC play on Saturday at Mizzou, scoring a team high 20 points, behind matching his career high with eight made field goals.  After struggling from beyond the arc in the previous two outings (1-11 combined), Gravett connected on three of his seven attempts from range.  The SEC Sixth Man of the Year candidate is averaging 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in league play, and has hit 43.5 percent (37-85) of his 3-point attempts.
> In the first meeting with Texas A&M this season, Carolina found itself down by double-digits early in the second half, but the Gamecocks matched the program record with 16 made 3s in the contest, and rallied for the 84-77 win.  Lawson hit six of those 3s, while Gravett added four, Campbell had three, Haase two and Silva connected from range as well.  For the game, Carolina was 16-of-31 from 3-point range, 51.6 percent.
> South Carolina has been riddled by injuries this season, having had five players miss significant time.  Sophomore starter Justin Minaya has missed 24 games due to a knee injury, rookie guard T.J. Moss - who started the previous three games before suffering an ankle and foot injury - has missed 22 games due to injury, junior forward Maik Kotsar missed two crucial non-conference games - Virginia and Clemson - due to a concussion, and reserves Jason Cudd (14 games) and Alanzo Frink (7 games) have also missed games on the injuried list.  

POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND
> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend.  It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15.  Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points.  He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship.  His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game.  He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns.  Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood.  

THROUGH 29 GAMES...
> The Gamecocks are 14-15 overall this season, with a 10-6 mark at home, a 3-8 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups.
> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson (48-133), senior guard Hassani Gravett (58-142) and graduate student guard Tre Campbell (44-115) have combined to hit 150 of Carolina's 214 3-pointers this season, connecting on 38.4 percent of their attempts.
> Five different Gamecocks have registered at least 30 assists on the season, led by Lawson's 83 (3.0 per game).
> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 18 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets, including hitting three at Missouri last Saturday.
> The Gamecocks are 7-2 when having 15 or more assists.
> Carolina is 11-7 when making six or more 3-point baskets.
> Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 60 blocks, which already surpasses his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17).
> The Gamecocks are 11-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 7-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play.
> Carolina is 9-3 this season when leading at the half.

FRANK MARTIN
> 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 104-102 (.504) all-time in league play.

QUICK HITS
> 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 31-43 (.418) 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
> Carolina is 14-15 overall this season, including a 3-8 mark in away games.  The Gamecocks look to snap a four-game SEC road losing streak (last road win at Georgia on Feb. 2).
> Due to injuries, Carolina will have just nine players available on Tuesday at Texas A&M.
> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant has put together a solid freshman season resume thus far.  The Winter Haven, Fla., native has 11 double-figure scoring games, including 15 points at Mizzou on Saturday.  He's also been solid on the glass (3.8 rebounds per game), and is averaging 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals per outing.
> Senior forward Chris Silva has led or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, in rebounding 13, blocks 21 and he has a team high 20 double-figure scoring games this season.  Over his last five games, he is averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
> According to KenPom.com's Efficiency and Tempo data, South Carolina has played at the fastest offensive pace in the SEC this season, with an average possession length of 15.6 seconds (18th in the nation).  That is faster than the noted up-tempo offenses of Arkansas and Auburn. It is the fastest pace that a Frank Martin-coached team has ever played at South Carolina.
> In the most recent NCAA rankings, Carolina's DI strength of schedule is 20, and the Gamecocks have a combined seven Quadrant 1 and 2 wins this season.
> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson is fourth among freshmen in the SEC in scoring (overall games) at 13.9 points per game this season.
> Silva's 2.07 blocked shots per game (overall games), rank third in the SEC and 32nd nationally.  In SEC play, he is blocking 2.25 shots per game.
> Entering SEC play, Carolina ranked 300th nationally (NCAA stats games through Jan. 2) in 3-point field goal percent, averaging just 30.8 percent from beyond the arc.  In the most recent NCAA stats (games through March 3), Carolina is 110th nationally at 35.8 percent.
> 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 AGGIES
> Texas A&M is 13-15 overall this season, and holds a 6-10 mark in SEC games.  
> A&M is 9-7 in home games this season and 3-5 in SEC home games with wins over Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt.
> The Aggies have won three of their last four games, including a 64-57 home win over Vanderbilt this past Saturday.
> Junior guard Wendell Mitchell paces the team with 13.4 points per game and in league play that number rises to 15.2 points per game. 
> Sophomore guard/forward Savion Flagg adds 12.8 points per game, and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per outing.
> As a team, the Aggies are averaging 43.7 percent from the field, but just 30.4 percent from 3-point range.
> A&M's perimeter defense is strong this season, holding opponents to just 32.1 percent, which ranks second in the SEC and 68th nationally.

COMING UP NEXT
> South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena for the regular-season finale and Senior Day on Saturday for a 1 p.m. ET matchup against Georgia.  Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast.


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