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  1. 10. South Carolina (6-5, 3-5) Previous ranking: 12 This week: 21-17 W over Auburn Next week: vs. Clemson (8-3) It might not always be pretty, but this South Carolina team plays hard for coach Shane Beamer. The Gamecocks had no business beating Auburn on Saturday night, but that’s exactly what they did. The crowd was electric — major credit to the fans for never giving up on this team. Now, the Gamecocks are bowl-eligible, which not many people thought would happen coming into the season. The rebuild under Beamer is ahead of schedule. SEC Power Rankings: Ranking every SEC team after Week 12 (saturdaydownsouth.com)
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  2. Got in another 8 today. After our flooding many of the tracks were like pudding…slow and a lot of work. But no rain!
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  3. As everyone knows, the 'Cocks sit at a respectable 3-1 on the young season. After watching the play so far, with a group of guys that none of us know well (nor know what to expect from them), here are a few things I note: 1.) Our returning players are leading the charge in scoring. It's no big secret that Frank Martin's teams are at their best when they have a core of players who have spent 2+ years in his system. With all of the defections/changes from last year's team, the big question mark for most of us was what would the new guys bring to the table, and how well would they mesh. Well, the good news is that at the 4 games into the season point, the guys that seem to be doing the yeoman's share of the work are Jermaine Cousinard and Wildens Leveque. I reviewed the stats from each game so far, and it was interesting to see that in Game #1 (v. USC-Upstate), Cousinard & Leveque were our top 2 scorers (with 14 pts. each). Game #2 (v. Princeton), Cousinard again was #1 with 17 points, and Leveque was #3 with 12 points (Eric Stevenson was in between them at #2). Game #3 (v. W. Ky), Cousinard was in the lead of scorers with 16 points. (Leveque, unfortunately, was saddled by fouls and was not in the top 3). Game #4 v. UAB saw Leveque in the top 3 scorers, with 13 points. (Cousinard, like Leveque in Game #3, was not a major factor). So thus far, Cousinard has paced the Gamecocks as the top scoring player in 3 of the 4 games. Leveque has been in the top 3 scorers in 3 of the 4 games (including a tie for first w/Cousinard in Game #1). This is a good sign for things to come, as having those two as reliable scorers in double figures each game takes the pressure off some of the new guys, who will eventually come into their own (like Reese and Stevenson, who I believe will become key cogs in the Gamecocks system this year). 2.) Brandon Martin may be a factor this season. This one came as a bit of a surprise to me. Most of the NCAA coaches who have sons who play for them tend to shy away from playing their kids too much, so as to not seem to be playing favorites. Brandon Martin would seem to fit into that same category, as he is LAST in minutes played other than C. Carter of the guys who have played in all 4 games this season (Benson, Minotte, and Mike Greene are the only players who have not played in every game on the season, with the exception of the injured/suspended players). Brandon's minutes on the court, however, have been meaningful. He has shown an aptitude for understanding the defensive side of Coach Martin's schemes, and he has also been a factor in scoring - averaging 2.5PPG, and also grabbing 2.8 rebound/game. His assist/turnover ratio is positive, he's even logged two steals and blocked shot. He might be one of the first guys off of the bench if he keeps playing with the gusto he's shown so far. And he might also be a "spark plug" kind of player in the mold of Keyshawn when Bryant was a Freshman - a guy who is a crowd favorite, and does the little things which get the team back into the game during dry spells of shooting. 3.) Benson and Minotte are the "lost boys" right now. Ja'Von Benson is averaging 4.5 RPG in limited minutes on the court (he's only played in 2 of our 4 games so far, and only logged 12 minutes in those two games). In the USC-Upstate game, Benson looked pretty solid, defensively - creating some good turnovers and hustling to the ball. So why does he seem to be the last option off the bench for our C/PF play? Minotte was a player who seemed to provide some effort for the 'Cocks last season. This year? Same thing as Benson... limited minutes (and games played). His numbers are only slightly ahead of Benson for all categories. It would appear to be a combination of two factors for these two... the proverbial "practice" effort, which Coach Martin harps on every season. You practice well, you play well... and Coach Martin gives you the chance to prove you can play well in games if you practice well. But the more "hidden" factor seems to be scoring. Benson is 1-5 in shooting from the field, and has no trips to the line for FTs. Minotte is 1-1 in shooting, and has no trips to the FT line either. For two guys with significant height and bodies which can be used to "bruise" their way around the basket... those numbers are simply unacceptable. They've both got a large hill to climb to get out of Coach Martin's doghouse and earn minutes on the court. 4.) Starting lineups and mid-game lineups are still up in the air. It would appear that Coach Martin is still tooling with which players mesh well together in games. We've seen the very large lineup with Josh Gray and Wildens Leveque playing simultaneously. We've seen the 4 guard lineup as well. Both groups have been effective for stretches and both groups have looked abysmal at times. I believe it's a good thing that we have so much versatility this season with lineups, and the early games have shown that any of these combinations can win games for us. (Princeton was an aberration, as far as I'm concerned, since we shot SO poorly as a team). 5.) The bigs, overall, need some work. My comments on Benson and Minotte (above) aside, Gray and Woodley are not getting to the FT line either. And THAT is a problem. (They have 4 attempts and 3 attempts respectively). With the lone exception of Wildens Leveque, Coach Martin is absolutely right to be disappointed with the play of his big men. In my estimation, that falls in large part on the Assistant coaches who work with the bigs. We need someone to step up and challenge those guys and make them understand that physical play is a necessity in Coach Martin's system. Just ask the Lithuanians from Martin's first season here. 6.) It remains to be seen how the wins and losses so far will help the Gamecocks come NCAA tourney talk. Of the squads we've faced so far (and will face on Tuesday), none of them have perfect records. USC-Upstate is now 1-3, Princeton and UAB are 3-1, and W. Ky is 1-2. Wofford has only played Clemson, with the other two opponents being Bob Jones and Erskine College, neither of which put up a real fight against the Terriers. Lots of folks like to complain about Coach Martin's non-conference slate, but I think that it is warranted this season, given the volume of new players on the court for the 'Cocks. We shall see how things pan out as the season progresses. That's some of the interesting things I've seen so far. What kind of thoughts can you add for me? Curious to hear from y'all!
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  4. I would agree with your post. The penalties have gotten much better. Watching last night, I noticed that the running backs were once again, running into the backs of the linemen. White started pausing and looking to see what was open, and then cutting to the outsides. Once he started, I notice the others started following suit, and the production got much better. I have been very encouraged over the last few weeks. The team has never quit this year, which is quite different from last year. The defense and special teams are drastically different in effort and execution. The offense has not improved as much, but there has been improvement. My hat is off to Coach Beamer and his staff for what they have accomplished. To take the steaming pile of crap that was the 2-8 Carolina team of last year, and turn them around and become bowl eligible with a game to go is remarkable. Carolina should have won the Missouri and Kentucky games, but the argument could be made that we should have lost some others, so I guess that’s a wash. However, to have to deal with the negativity, bad habits, lack of discipline, and quite frankly, lack of talent and turn this into a non-losing season, is nothing short of miraculous. If Coach Beamer can use this momentum and make positive strides in recruiting, we have much to look forward to.
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  5. How did South Carolina perform vs. Auburn Nov. 20, 2021 Positives and Negatives Game 9: South Carolina vs. Auburn Here’s a look at went wrong and right for the South Carolina football team in its 21-17 win over Auburn in Columbia (ARTICLE)
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  6. going to merge the 2 Mullen threads. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/florida-fires-coach-dan-mullen-in-fourth-season-as-gators-implode-one-year-after-winning-sec-east/
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  7. Kudos to the coaching staff, they have really done what they said, and tightened up our mental mistakes that way - only three last night.
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  8. It's been a huge difference the past few games. Though I still scratch my head at the defensive delay of game.
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  9. Yeah we've certainly been on the receiving end of some straight garbage officiating. And that muff call isn't anywhere near as bad as the ones we've had go against us.
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  10. Meh...I have no sympathy for them. I agree it could have gone either way. We've had our share of calls go against us over the years. Auburn had several wounds that were self inflicted. That decision to go for the first down late in the first half was one of the dumbest coaching decisions I've ever witnessed. Also if the call had not been overturned they still had to go the length of the field in 2:21 and would have had to score a TD since they missed that 25 yard FG earlier.
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  11. It’s been a few years and the season hasn’t been pretty but our Gamecocks are going bowling. These extra practices and time for the coaching staff to work on things will help. Beamer and co can now also use this as a selling point for recruiting.
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  12. Yep...an amazing accomplishment for year 1. Kudos to the staff and team.
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  13. I'm sure picknroll will have something else to bitchnmoan about after tonight.
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  14. I said there had to be a time in the season when what Shane was doing would kick in and the point spread would mean nothing one way or the other. That time is now. Bring on the Taters.
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  15. WOW..... Auburn jumps out with two touchdowns unanswered in the first quarter, and I was thinking, "here we go again.....". But the Gamecocks respond with two touchdowns of their own in the 2nd Qtr., and a third in the 3rd Qtr. - all three off of Jason Brown's passing arm. With the tenuous 21-17 lead deep into the 4th Quarter, the Gamecocks defense held Auburn scoreless in the final stanza, and while the Gamecock's own offense sputtered through the 4th Quarter, on their last possession punt with 2:11 left on the clock, the Kai Kroeger-punted ball miraculously hits a Tiger down the field, and R.J. Roderick pounces on it for the live ball recovery. After the official review confirms the ball was muffed and recovered by South Carolina - and Auburn already spending their timeouts away during the previous Gamecocks possession they just punted away - Brown was able to engage the Victory Formation, and kneel the rest of the time off the clock, and secure the victory for South Carolina! They win 21-17!! And in so doing, the Gamecocks improve to 6-5, 3-5 on the season, and secure bowl eligibility for the first time since the 2018 season. They also defeat the Auburn Tigers for the 2nd season in a row, and establish something unprecedented for the Gamecock football program: an active winning streak over the Auburn Tigers.
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  16. Something is better than nothing.
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  17. GAMECOCKS ADVANCE TO SWEET SIXTEEN WITH 3-0 VICTORY OVER HOFSTRA LOS ANGELES – The South Carolina women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, as the Gamecocks defeated Hofstra 3-0 Friday afternoon (Nov. 19). The win improves Carolina to 13-6-1 on the season. The Gamecocks now face Penn State Sunday, November 21 at noon PT/ 3 p.m. ET. The Nittany Lions advanced past Regional host and #3-Seed Southern California Friday 5-2 on penalty kicks after ending regulation and overtime tied with the Trojans 2-2. "It's always wonderful to win at this stage of the game," head coach Shelley Smith said. "We're thrilled and I'm so happy for this team, especially this senior group. To keep the shutout, I'm really proud of our team. They put the goals in we needed to win the game and finish it off." Samantha Chang had a career day, as she contributed to all three goals, being credited with a goal and two assists. Her four points are a career-high and her two assists are also a career-high. The Gamecock defense held the Hofstra offense scoreless, after they entered the match the 21st ranked offense in the country. The South Carolina offense was also rolling as the three goals were the most allowed by the Hofstra defense, which came into the contest second in the nation in shutouts and third in goals against average. After an early shot on goal in the second minute by Hofstra, the Gamecock defense was able to hold the Pride without a shot on goal through the rest of the first half. South Carolina put home the only goal it would need in the 22nd minute. A free kick by Lauren Chang found its way into the box. Catherine Barry put her head on it and Samantha Chang finished it off from close range. It was Sam Chang's second goal of the season, Lauren Chang's 10th assist, and Barry's third. "I think the goal was really important for us to get ahead early," Chang said of her goal. "It was a textbook play for us. When I saw Cat headed the ball back across, no one was marking me, so I just had an easy tap in." Holding the lead at halftime, Hofstra came out attacking as they attempted nine shots in the first 20 minutes of the second half. The Gamecock defense held strong as goalkeeper Heather Hinz recorded three saves during that stretch. In the 77th minute, Barry looked to score on a breakaway, but Hofstra's Krista Gostinello grabbed her jersey and pulled her down, receiving a yellow card in the process. The foul fueled Barry as she promptly scored her eighth goal of the season, crossing up her defender inside the box off a pass from Sam Chang. The Gamecocks cemented the victory in the 87th minute. Sam Chang played a long ball down the middle of the field and found Ryan Gareis on a breakaway. Gareis out-ran her defender to the ball and beat the Hofstra keeper with a shot just under the crossbar. The goal was Gareis' fourth of the season. Hinz earned her sixth shutout of the season as she finished with a career-high six saves. Sunday's match against Penn State will be the 2nd meeting all-time between the two teams, with both coming in the NCAA Tournament. The first meeting was in 2018, when the #3-Seeded Gamecocks were upset by the Nittany Lions 1-0 in the 2nd Round. The Lions would advance to the Quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champions Florida State 1-0. There should still be a number of players from both teams still on the roster that will remember that match.... https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/11/19/womens-soccer-gamecocks-advance-to-sweet-sixteen-with-3-0-victory.aspx
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  18. I like our chances at Willy B! Carolina 28 Allbarn 20
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  19. I believe we can get the win this weekend if we are up for it and things go our way because of Shane's positive attitude.
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