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    *** The "#SpursUp" Thread***

    SPURS UP!! USC’s big junior day gathering on Saturday has resulted in one new commitment for the 2020 class. WR Da’Qon Stewart 6'2" 194lbs of Huntersville, NC said he committed to Will Muschamp Saturday afternoon while on campus with his parents. (LINK)
  2. Atlanta DB raves about South Carolina official visit, has new commitment date in mind January 20, 2019 One of the last remaining recruiting targets for South Carolina’s 2019 class is cornerback Dequanteous Watts of Atlanta. Over the weekend he made his official visit with his aunt and left with the Gamecocks in a good place with him. But there’s more recruiting ahead for him. “The players and the coaches showed me how much they loved me and how much they want me to come there and possibly start as a true freshman,” Watts said. “They showed me the depth chart and showed me two of their seniors are leaving at DB so there’s a possibility I could be playing early.” Watts got a chance to see the new football operations building and feels that will be a bonus for the program moving forward. “The new building is going to bring a lot of recruits in,” he said. “They paid 50 million dollars into it. It’s real nice and brings a lot of attention to the table.” Watts got a chance to meet with Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp before departing and heard the major pitch about why he should choose to play for him. “He said he’s on me hard and he’s going to let me explore my other visits but he told me don’t worry about them at the end of the day, come to South Carolina and come change the game,” Watts said. “I feel great (about them). Yeah, they are on top because they are the first OV I took, but I’ve got two more I’ll take so I won’t know until the end of all of them.” Watts will visit Oregon next weekend and is looking at Louisville or Maryland for the last visit. He had planned to announce Jan. 28, but now he will wait until around Feb. 3 or 4. Signing day is Feb. 6. Watts said Muschamp will be in Atlanta on Wednesday with Bryan McClendon for an in-home visit. He’s also expecting coaches from Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia to visit next week.
  3. USC 2020 baseball commitment OF Brandon Fields of Orlando on his status with the Gamecocks January 20, 2019 USC 2020 baseball commitment OF Brandon Fields of Orlando on his status with the Gamecocks: “Yes, everything (as of right now) is still solid with SC and I plan to play both baseball and football.” Fields said he’s been in touch with new RB coach Thomas Brown. He’s not sure when he’ll visit again.
  4. Sunday's Gamecock Recruiting Recap January 20, 2019 Among prospects who confirmed unofficial visits to USC on Twitter Saturday were 2020 OL Ray Curry of Memphis and 2020 LB Jonathan Chaney of Saraland, AL. 2020 OL Javion Cohen of Phenix City, AL was offered by USC. West Virginia and Coastal Carolina also are recent offers. USC offered 2020 OL Vershon Lee (6-3 290) of Woodbridge, VA. Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Tennessee are some other offers. He was at USC Saturday. USC offered 2021 ATH Phillip O’Brien Jr. of Deerfield Beach, FL. USC QB coach Dan Werner checked in on 2022 QB Ty Simpson of Martin, TN. USC recruiter Mike Peterson was at Hammond School Friday night scouting 2020 DE Jordan Burch in his basketball game. Burch and his 2020 teammate DL Alex Huntley visited USC Saturday. Huntley was recently offered by LSU.
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  6. An early look at 2019 Gamecock Football Schedule plus where the program stands as of 2018 and beyond under Coach Muschamp December 30, 2018, Gamecockfanatics Corner by Henry Fusco An early look at South Carolina’s tough 2019 football schedule The Gamecocks’ 2018 season is now in the books With a disappointing 28-0 loss vs Virginia in the Belk Bowl, (shut out for the first time in bowl history)has been ten years since the Gamecocks the last shutout. Gamecocks finish the season 7-6. Now let's look ahead to 2019, a season in which South Carolina will play Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson, all of whom could be ranked in the top five at the time of the game. It would mark the toughest season on paper since South Carolina played No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 Ole Miss in the 2009 season. Here’s a look at each game of next year’s regular season: North Carolina, Aug. 31, Charlotte, N.C. The Tar Heels will be coming off a 2-9 season but should be energized by the re-hiring of head coach Mack Brown, at least for one game. The Gamecocks are 3-1 all-time in Bank of America Stadium with only loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. Gamecocks will be playing their second straight game in the home of the Carolina Panthers coming off the disappointing loss in Dec. 29 Belk Bowl. Early Prediction Win Charleston Southern, Sept. 7, Columbia The Buccaneers finished 5-6 this season. This is a paycheck game for them and a win for South Carolina. Early Prediction Win Alabama, Sept. 14, Columbia South Carolina is the last SEC East team to beat the Crimson Tide. That victory came on Oct. 9, 2010 in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama was the defending national champion and on a 19-game winning streak entering that game. The Tide is expected to be the defending national champion and on a 19-game winning streak coming into this game. Early Prediction Loss Missouri, Sept. 21, Columbia, Mo. The Tigers probably will start Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback. Bryant threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 Clemson win over South Carolina in 2017. That will make what has become one of the Gamecocks’ weirdest rivalries interesting for another year. Early Prediction Loss Kentucky, Sept. 28, Columbia Five. That’s how many consecutive games the Wildcats have now won over the Gamecocks. South Carolina has beaten Tennessee and Florida three times each in that same time span. It’s an unfamiliar world in which the Gamecocks are above the Volunteers and Gators in the SEC East but being dominated by Kentucky. The good news is tailback Benny Snell will be gone (and the Wildcats just lost a commitment from a four-star running back). Early Prediction Win Georgia, Oct. 12, Athens, Ga. This rivalry seems like it’s going to be very little fun for South Carolina or anybody else in the SEC East for a while. The Bulldogs are on a 13-game winning streak against the rest of the division and figure to be stronger in 2019 than they were in 2018. Early Prediction Loss Florida, Oct. 19, Columbia The Gators probably will have found a quarterback that Dan Mullen likes by this point, and it probably will be Emory Jones. Mullen has proven dangerous when he has the right quarterback in place, but the Gamecocks have won three of their last four against Florida in Williams-Brice Stadium. Early Prediction Loss Tennessee, Oct. 26, Knoxville, Tenn. The Gamecocks have beaten the Volunteers three straight times for just the second time in school history. Another win would establish a record winning streak against Tennessee and keep South Carolina a step ahead in the competition to challenge Georgia in the division. Early Prediction Loss Vanderbilt, Nov. 2, Columbia The Gamecocks are on a 10-game winning streak in this series. The Commodores are expected to again be the Commodores in what will be the latest-in-the-season meeting ever between these teams. Early Prediction Win Appalachian State, Nov. 9, Columbia It’s possible, if only slightly so, that this will mark a reunion with former USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. Elliott is now the head coach at Georgia State and his alma mater is looking for a new head coach. There’s no evidence that Elliott wants the job or would get it if he did, but his name will be mentioned. Early Prediction Win Texas A&M, Nov. 16, College Station, Texas The Aggies are 5-0 all-time against South Carolina, and this game won’t be any easier. Quarterback Kellen Mond, a junior next year, will be in his second straight season with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, and Kyle Field is an intimidating environment. Early Prediction Loss Clemson, Nov. 30, Columbia South Carolina is making progress against its in-state rival, but the hard facts are that the Tigers have won five in a row, the most recent by 21 points in a game during which the Gamecocks offense could not have played much better. Will Muschamp eventually will have to turn this rivalry around, but it probably will not come in this game. Early Prediction Loss What to expect This slate probably makes a 9-3 season the best case scenario for South Carolina, which would have to turn around its fortunes against both Texas A&M and Kentucky and beat Florida and Tennessee again just to make that happen. At this time I can not see that scenario working out. Worst case 5-7 most plausible 7-5. Would need wins on the road against Mizzu, Texas A&M or Tennesse would be the best cases for this to play out. Florida will be a home game vs Florida. But you will be looking at another top 10 teams to face off again. SEC EAST EARLY PREDICTION My outlook will be a Georgia and Florida runs for the east title. With a much improved Tennesse team and Mizzu battling for 3rd and 4th place, While South Carolina, Kentucky & Vanderbilt jocking to stay out of the cellar. 1 Florida 2 Georgia 3 Tennessee 4 Mizzu 5 South Carolina 6 Kentucky 7 Vanderbilt My outlook for 2019 wins & loses 2019 Schedule UNC- W Charleston Southern- W Alabama -L Mizz- L Kentucky-W UGA- L Florida -L Tenn- L Vandy- W App St- W Texas A&M-L Clemson-L 5-7 could happen easily, optimistically with improvements along the lines OL and DL plus Linebacker and a much-needed running game to help out with QB play will make the difference from a 5-7 to a possible 9 win campaign. Good chance this year Gamecocks beat Kentucky because of all the losses on offense and defense should be enough to break that losing streak. But the others for the most part no. Only other the Gamecocks can break another losing streak would be Texas A&M. But we will all have a better feel when spring practice arrives and get to see where the Gamecocks improved on. This is really just a very early glimpse for 2019 season. Will Muschamp's first 3 years were better than Steve Spurrier's, but can he keep it going? Will Muschamp is comfortably in his second stint piloting a program that Steve Spurrier once led to some of the best seasons in program history. On the surface, it might seem that Muschamp is struggling to keep up with Spurrier’s accomplishments, both in recruiting and on-the-field results, overall and against the likes of rivals like Clemson. Spurrier’s South Carolina tenure is perhaps most known for the three consecutive 11-2 seasons, the 2010 SEC East title and a 5-0 stretch of double-digit wins against Dabo Swinney and Clemson. Not to mention four consecutive bowl victories. But all of that success started well into Spurrier’s stay in Columbia. So, how to Muschamp compare to Spurrier’s first three years coaching the Gamecocks? For starters, Muschamp recently received a contract extension, and his top assistants received raises. With the Belk Bowl against Virginia on tap in Charlotte on Dec. 29, Muschamp is 22-16 and is the first Gamecocks coach to make a bowl game in each of his first three seasons. You remember Spurrier with a slew of program-defining stars, like in-state recruits Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, D.J. Swearinger, Marcus Lattimore, A.J. Cann, DeVonte Holloman and Bruce Ellington. Or even out-of-state recruits-turned stars like Melvin Ingram, Connor Shaw, Ace Sanders, Mike Davis and Pharoh Cooper. But for Spurrier, the groundwork was laid by the likes of Jared Cook, Kenny McKinley and Ryan Succop, who were some of the notable recruits in Spurrier’s first class in 2005. That first team under Spurrier made a name for itself with a 5-game winning streak midway through the season, all in conference play, punctuated with a win against No. 12 Florida, coached by Urban Meyer. Similarly, but not quite to the same level, Muschamp’s first season featured wins over Tennessee and Missouri with new QB Jake Bentley. Bentley was part of a first recruiting class with other notable prospects like WR Bryan Edwards and RB Rico Dowdle, DE D.J. Wonnum and LB Javon Kinlaw. Each has made big plays already in their still blossoming careers. Muschamp delivered a better second season than Spurrier in 2006, though the Head Ball Coach beat Clemson, the Gamecocks finished 8-5, with three SEC wins, and a win over Houston in the Liberty Bowl. Muschamp in 2017 finished 9-4 and 5-3 in the SEC, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. But aside from the ongoing issues with Kentucky, South Carolina again lost to Georgia and Clemson, a hill that will likely define Muschamp’s tenure in Columbia. The topsy-turvy Spurrier tenure included QB Blake Mitchell being suspended after he was arrested for punching a bouncer in a Five Points bar, but he became one out of three quarterbacks in Gamecocks history to beat Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson in his career. Spurrier also brought in the others: Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. Bentley still has plenty of work cut out for him in those areas. In Spurrier’s third season, there was a glimpse of a troubled ending. The Gamecocks started 6-1 but lost five straight down the stretch and missed a bowl game. Muschamp, meanwhile, landed a 5-star defensive end and a quarterback for the future as the crown jewels of a solid recruiting class. The Gamecocks drew national attention with their performance at Clemson, though it didn’t deliver a victory, it showed optimism for the coming years. Here is a breakdown of how Spurrier and Muschamp compare in their first three seasons: Results Spurrier: 21-16 (1-1 in bowls) Muschamp: 22-16 (1-1 with Belk Bowl pending) Recruiting rankings (247Sports Composite) Spurrier: 18th overall, 6th in SEC (2005), 33rd overall, 9th in SEC (2006), 7th overall, 4th in SEC (2007). Muschamp: 25th overall, 10th in SEC (2016), 21st overall, 8th in SEC (2017), 18th overall, 7th in SEC (2018). Future The one difference Muschamp must contend with is the consistent recent dominance of Clemson being in the top 5 nationally, something Spurrier never had to contend with, partially to his credit. Muschamp has yet to come within striking distance of beating Georgia, while Spurrier beat Mark Richt in his third season, in Athens, no less. There have only been four times since Spurrier took over that South Carolina beat Clemson and Georgia in the same season. Even before Spurrier’s retirement season when he registered 2 wins, he averaged 7.2 wins in his non-11-2 seasons. Interestingly, Muschamp is averaging 7.3 wins per season, with the Belk Bowl pending. Sure, Muschamp could pull off the rare double dip of beating Clemson and Georgia in the same season, likely on the strength of big games from Zacch Pickens and Ryan Hilinski. But the more likely scenario is a string of seasons with win totals in the 7 to 10-win range. Spurrier set the highest bar any coach in program history has. Muschamp cleared it through 3 years, but the challenge is about to rise.
  7. 67 South Carolina 9-8 (4-1) 89 LSU 14-3 (4-0) Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 28 39 67 LSU 48 41 89 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/19/2019 | By: BRYAN LAZARE (Associated Press) | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information South Carolina Drops Road Contest at LSU, 89-67 Tigers snap five-game winning streak by the Gamecocks BOX SCORE Next Game: Auburn 1/22/2019 | 6:30 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Emmitt Williams and Naz Reid each scored 15 points as LSU extended its winning streak to seven games by defeating South Carolina 89-67 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday night. The Tigers (14-3, 4-0), who led for nearly the entire game, have won their first four SEC games for the first time in 13 seasons. LSU's 2006 Final Four team won its first seven conference games. Williams, whose 15 points matched his season-high, also grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds. Williams and Reid were two of six LSU players who scored at least ten points. Kavell Bigby-Williams, Ja'vonte Smart and Tremont Waters each had 12 points. Marlon Taylor had 10 points. A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks (9-8, 4-1) with 18 points and Keyshawn Bryant scored 10. South Carolina, which had its five-game win streak snapped, was outscored 32-6 at the foul line. Two good stretches enabled LSU to build a 48-28 halftime lead. A basket by Williams with 12:03 before halftime capped a 10-2 run and put LSU ahead 21-13. Williams scored seven points as LSU went on a 15-4 run over the final six-plus minutes of the first half. A layup by Skylar Mays with 51 seconds left gave the Tigers a 48-28 lead at the break. KEY STAT> LSU doubled-up the Gamecocks in the rebounding column with a 49-29 edge on the glass.> The Tigers couldn't miss at the free throw line, going 32-for-35 in the game (91 percent).NOTABLES> Freshman point guard A.J. Lawson followed up his 24-point game at Vanderbilt earlier in the week with a team-high 18 points. > The Toronto, Ontario, native matched a career-high playing 38 minutes. > Fellow freshman Keyshawn Bryant was the only other Gamecock in double-figures, as he finished with 10 points (5-for-10 FG).> Tonight's loss snapped a five-game winning streak by Carolina dating back to a 97-46 win over North Greenville (12/31).UP NEXTCarolina returns home to take on No. 14 Auburn (13-4, 2-2 SEC) Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. South Carolina Athletics is offering free admission to all home men's and women's basketball games for federal government employees and their immediate family members for the duration of the federal government shutdown. Click here for more information.
  8. South Carolina gets commitment from 2020 North Carolina wide receiverJanuary 19, 2019 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking USC’s big junior day gathering on Saturday has resulted in one new commitment for the 2020 class. WR Da’Qon Stewart 6'2" 194lbs of Huntersville, NC said he committed to Will Muschamp Saturday afternoon while on campus with his parents. Da’Qon Stewart out of North Mecklenburg in Huntersville, N.C., made his choice after a visit to USC and one of Will Muschamp’s junior day events. He is a 6-foot-2, 194-pound receiver/quarterback. Stewart also plays basketball. I’m happy, I’m happy to get it out of the way. This is the play I wanted to be,” Stewart said Saturday afternoon. “I love everything about it. It’s a family. I’m going to play outside receiver and the told me it’s got a chance to be one of the best classes they’ve had, my class. We got one of the best quarterbacks coming in next year and we’ve got the best quarterback in my class coming in for 2020. It’s going to be a good, strong style of offense.” “Greatest day of my life,” Stewart posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank coach Muschamp and the coaching staff for the opportunity to further my education and football career that is something I always wanted to do since a kid. With that being said, I am excited to announce I am committing to the University of South Carolina.” Stewart also had an offer from Akron, UMass and interest from North Carolina. USC offered him Dec. 13. He is the fourth commit for the Gamecocks for Class of 2020. “I’m happy, I’m happy to get it out of the way,” he said. “This is the place I wanted to be. ... I love everything about it. It’s a family. I’m going to play outside receiver and they told me it’s got a chance to be one of the best classes they’ve had, my class. We’ve got one of the best quarterbacks coming in next year and we’ve got the best quarterback in my class coming in for 2020. It’s going to be a good, strong style of offense.” Rivals ranks Stewart as the 28th-best prospect in North Carolina for his class. “This does it for me,” he said. “I feel like my heart is here. I love everything about this place. So, I feel like I’m just going to shut it (recruiting) down.” Last season Stewart had 75 catches for more than 900 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
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  10. FeatheredCock

    What's the latest on DL coach

    From what I have gathered John Scott, Jr. will be the Gamecocks new DL coach. So so hire. Not the big names that were tossed around. Razorbacks went 2-10 this past season. Hope the hire works out. Has only 1 4 star player he got a commit from. Just have to see folks. As they say, time will tell all.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scott_Jr.
  11. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. LSU Tigers Gamecocks At LSU Saturday In Matchup On The Bayou Men's Basketball | 1/18/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - (RV/-) South Carolina (9-7, 4-0 SEC) travels to face (RV/RV) LSU (13-3, 3-0 SEC) on Saturday with top honors in the SEC on the line. The Gamecocks, Tigers and No. 3/3 Tennessee remain the only unbeaten teams in SEC action thus far. Tip time for the matchup at the Maravich Center is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.STARTING FIVE> It's a battle on the bayou on Saturday, as undefeated in league play South Carolina travels to face LSU, also unbeaten through their first three SEC matchups. South Carolina is 4-0 in the SEC for just the third time since joining the league after the 74-71 come-from-behind win at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Carolina was also perfect through the first four conference contests in 1997 (SEC champs) and in 2017 (advanced to first Final Four).> Senior guard Hassani Gravett was clutch in the final minutes of Wednesday's win at Vandy. He scored 17 points in the game - all in the second half - including nine of Carolina's final 11 points over the final 1:38 of the ballgame. Gravett sank two free throws to seal the win with just two seconds on the clock.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks in scoring for the sixth time this season with his fourth 20-point outing of the season at Vanderbilt. The rookie scored a game high 24 points, one point shy of matching his season high, while also collecting a pair of steals. His second free throw of a pair with 23 seconds remaining would be the game-winning point. He leads the Gamecocks in scoring this season (overall games) with 13.3 points per outing.> Over the final five minutes of Wednesday's game at Vandy, Carolina hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts (95.3%), led by Gravett, Lawson and sophomore forward Felipe Haase each hitting all four of their attempts during the stretch. In league play at the line, Carolina's ranks third at 77.7 percent (87-112), and Gravett is fifth (92.0%), and Haase is ninth (90.0%).> What's clicking during this five-game win streak? Carolina's offense. The Gamecocks are averaging 82.8 points per game during the stretch, with four averaging double-figures. Gravett (14.8), Lawson (13.8), Silva (13.2) and rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant (12.4) are all averaging double-figures, and as a team, the Gamecocks are hitting 45.1 percent (134-297) from the field. To compare, through the first 11 games of the season, Carolina was 4-7, scoring 72.0 points per game and hitting just 41.4 percent overall. THROUGH 16 GAMES...> The Gamecocks rank sixth in the SEC (overall games) in free throw percent (73.1%), which ranks 85th nationally.> In blocked shots (overall games), Carolina is ninth with 5.1. That mark ranks 22nd nationally - which shows the SEC is one of the top shot-blocking leagues in the country.> Silva is fifth in the league and 32nd in the nation with 2.19 blocks per game. In league games, he is averaging 3.0 per contest.> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant leads the Gamecocks with 16 dunks on the year.> Carolina is forcing 16.4 turnovers per game (31st nationally), and in league play, that number is slightly higher at 16.5 opponent takeaways per game.> In home games, the Gamecocks score an average of 76.2 points per game, in six games away from home, Carolina averages 74.0 points per game.> The Gamecocks are averaging 23.9 free throw attempts per outing. To compare, last season through 16 games, Carolina was taking an average of 24.1 per game, in in 2016-17, through 16 games, 19.2 attempts per outing.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 99-95 (.510) 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 30-40 (.428) 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 are 9-7 overall, 4-0 in the SEC, and ride a five-game win streak into Saturday's game at LSU.> Should the Gamecocks win in Baton Rouge on Saturday, it would mark Carolina's third-straight SEC road win, which hasn't happened since 2017.> Silva snapped a streak of eight-straight games in double figures when he scored a season low two points at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. During his streak of eight-straight in double digits, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.> Gravett paces Carolina in league play with 17.0 points per game. He has hit double figures in all four games, with a league season best 22 points in the road win at Florida.> In Carolina's two SEC road wins, Gravett is averaging 19.5 points per game, and he's hit 54.5 percent of his shot attempts (12-22), including 7-of-12 from 3-point range (58.3 percent).> Carolina's rookie starters - A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant - are averaging a combined 22.5 points per game in SEC matchups.> Junior forward Maik Kotsar paces Carolina in league games with 6.8 rebounds per outing. > In three career games vs. LSU, Silva averages 9.0 points per outing. He tallied 16 points with eight rebounds in the 2017 win in Baton Rouge.> 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 TIGERS> LSU is 13-3 overall this season, including a 9-0 mark in games played at the Maravich Center. The Tigers are 3-0 through their first few games of league play, with a home win over Alabama, and road wins at Arkansas and Ole Miss.> Head coach Will Wade is in his second season at LSU.> Standout point guard Tremont Waters leads the Tigers in points (13.6), assists (6.2) and steals (3.0) per game. > Skylar Marys (13.3), Naz Reid (12.9) and Ja'vonte Smart (10.3) are also in double figures for the Tiger offense.> In overall games, LSU is third in the SEC in scoring offense (82.1 ppg), sixth in scoring margin (+10.5), third in field goal percent (49.1), fifth in 3-point field goal percent (35.9), and second in steals (9.7).> In home games, LSU is averaging 84.8 points per game.COMING UP NEXTCarolina returns to Colonial Life Arena next week to face No. 14/12 Auburn on Tuesday. The contest will be broadcast on the SEC Network with a 6:30 p.m. ET tip time. Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) will have the call.
  12. Gamecocks At LSU Saturday In Matchup On The Bayou Men's Basketball | 1/18/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - (RV/-) South Carolina (9-7, 4-0 SEC) travels to face (RV/RV) LSU (13-3, 3-0 SEC) on Saturday with top honors in the SEC on the line. The Gamecocks, Tigers and No. 3/3 Tennessee remain the only unbeaten teams in SEC action thus far. Tip time for the matchup at the Maravich Center is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.STARTING FIVE> It's a battle on the bayou on Saturday, as undefeated in league play South Carolina travels to face LSU, also unbeaten through their first three SEC matchups. South Carolina is 4-0 in the SEC for just the third time since joining the league after the 74-71 come-from-behind win at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Carolina was also perfect through the first four conference contests in 1997 (SEC champs) and in 2017 (advanced to first Final Four).> Senior guard Hassani Gravett was clutch in the final minutes of Wednesday's win at Vandy. He scored 17 points in the game - all in the second half - including nine of Carolina's final 11 points over the final 1:38 of the ballgame. Gravett sank two free throws to seal the win with just two seconds on the clock.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks in scoring for the sixth time this season with his fourth 20-point outing of the season at Vanderbilt. The rookie scored a game high 24 points, one point shy of matching his season high, while also collecting a pair of steals. His second free throw of a pair with 23 seconds remaining would be the game-winning point. He leads the Gamecocks in scoring this season (overall games) with 13.3 points per outing.> Over the final five minutes of Wednesday's game at Vandy, Carolina hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts (95.3%), led by Gravett, Lawson and sophomore forward Felipe Haase each hitting all four of their attempts during the stretch. In league play at the line, Carolina's ranks third at 77.7 percent (87-112), and Gravett is fifth (92.0%), and Haase is ninth (90.0%).> What's clicking during this five-game win streak? Carolina's offense. The Gamecocks are averaging 82.8 points per game during the stretch, with four averaging double-figures. Gravett (14.8), Lawson (13.8), Silva (13.2) and rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant (12.4) are all averaging double-figures, and as a team, the Gamecocks are hitting 45.1 percent (134-297) from the field. To compare, through the first 11 games of the season, Carolina was 4-7, scoring 72.0 points per game and hitting just 41.4 percent overall. THROUGH 16 GAMES...> The Gamecocks rank sixth in the SEC (overall games) in free throw percent (73.1%), which ranks 85th nationally.> In blocked shots (overall games), Carolina is ninth with 5.1. That mark ranks 22nd nationally - which shows the SEC is one of the top shot-blocking leagues in the country.> Silva is fifth in the league and 32nd in the nation with 2.19 blocks per game. In league games, he is averaging 3.0 per contest.> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant leads the Gamecocks with 16 dunks on the year.> Carolina is forcing 16.4 turnovers per game (31st nationally), and in league play, that number is slightly higher at 16.5 opponent takeaways per game.> In home games, the Gamecocks score an average of 76.2 points per game, in six games away from home, Carolina averages 74.0 points per game.> The Gamecocks are averaging 23.9 free throw attempts per outing. To compare, last season through 16 games, Carolina was taking an average of 24.1 per game, in in 2016-17, through 16 games, 19.2 attempts per outing.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 99-95 (.510) 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 30-40 (.428) 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 are 9-7 overall, 4-0 in the SEC, and ride a five-game win streak into Saturday's game at LSU.> Should the Gamecocks win in Baton Rouge on Saturday, it would mark Carolina's third-straight SEC road win, which hasn't happened since 2017.> Silva snapped a streak of eight-straight games in double figures when he scored a season low two points at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. During his streak of eight-straight in double digits, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.> Gravett paces Carolina in league play with 17.0 points per game. He has hit double figures in all four games, with a league season best 22 points in the road win at Florida.> In Carolina's two SEC road wins, Gravett is averaging 19.5 points per game, and he's hit 54.5 percent of his shot attempts (12-22), including 7-of-12 from 3-point range (58.3 percent).> Carolina's rookie starters - A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant - are averaging a combined 22.5 points per game in SEC matchups.> Junior forward Maik Kotsar paces Carolina in league games with 6.8 rebounds per outing. > In three career games vs. LSU, Silva averages 9.0 points per outing. He tallied 16 points with eight rebounds in the 2017 win in Baton Rouge.> 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 TIGERS> LSU is 13-3 overall this season, including a 9-0 mark in games played at the Maravich Center. The Tigers are 3-0 through their first few games of league play, with a home win over Alabama, and road wins at Arkansas and Ole Miss.> Head coach Will Wade is in his second season at LSU.> Standout point guard Tremont Waters leads the Tigers in points (13.6), assists (6.2) and steals (3.0) per game. > Skylar Marys (13.3), Naz Reid (12.9) and Ja'vonte Smart (10.3) are also in double figures for the Tiger offense.> In overall games, LSU is third in the SEC in scoring offense (82.1 ppg), sixth in scoring margin (+10.5), third in field goal percent (49.1), fifth in 3-point field goal percent (35.9), and second in steals (9.7).> In home games, LSU is averaging 84.8 points per game.COMING UP NEXTCarolina returns to Colonial Life Arena next week to face No. 14/12 Auburn on Tuesday. The contest will be broadcast on the SEC Network with a 6:30 p.m. ET tip time. Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) will have the call.
  13. Multiple four-stars, including Florida decommit, to be at South Carolina this weekend January 18, 2019 Two key South Carolina football recruiting targets tweeted they’ve landed. Another, once a Florida Gators commit, tweeted he’d be in Columbia on Saturday. The Gamecocks are set for a big weekend with official visitors and juniors coming to campus. Four-star defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells and three-star defensive back Dequan Watts tweeted they’d arrived in town for official visits. North Carolina defensive end Kedrick Bingley-Jonesannounced he’d arrive a day later. Sorrells and Watts are both 2019 targets and could fill some of the three or four spots remaining in USC’s class. Watts is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound defensive back out of Atlanta, ranked the No. 899 player in his class in the 247 Sports composite rankings. As a senior he had 49 tackles, six interceptions and nine pass breakups. He got a visit from Bryan McClendon this week and is also looking at Oregon and Louisville. The Gamecocks only signed a pair of defensive backs in the early signing period and will likely look to add at least two more. Sorrells is the No. 163 player in the class, the 12th-best defensive tackle and 22nd best player in Florida. He had 36 tackles as a senior, eight for loss and a pair of sacks, and he made the Under Armour All-American Game. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp has said he wouldn’t say no to a good defensive lineman, and Sorrells would fit the bill. Bingley-Jones is a 2020 player, and he’s ranked No. 202 in his class. One of the 10 best players in North Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 266-pound Providence Day School star had 60 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and two sacks as a sophomore and at least 49 tackles and five sacks in the seven games his team has posted on MaxPreps. He was a Florida commit from the end of July until Jan. 15 and has offers from Florida State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia.
  14. Another Gamecock has entered NCAA transfer portal January 18, 2019 In November, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said that Nick Harvey hoped to play one more season of college football. It won’t be for the Gamecocks. The safety, who arrived in Columbia just last year as a graduate transfer from Texas A&M, has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, the school confirmed Friday evening. The news was first reported by Matt Zenitz of AL.com. The portal allows college coaches to see which players have an interest in leaving their current schools. South Carolina did not immediately confirm Harvey’s departure. Harvey, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound Lancaster, Texas, native, played in four games for the Gamecocks last year. He transferred to USC in the offseason and was expected to earn a regular spot at safety in the preseason but had his season cut short by a concussion. He finished with six tackles. Harvey started 12 games for the Aggies in 2016 and redshirted at Texas A&M during the 2017 season. He played last year as a senior, but USC had hoped the NCAA would allow him an additional year due to the seriousness of his 2018 injury. Veteran safety Javon Charleston also plans to transfer from USC. Freshmen R.J. Roderick and Israel Mukuamu started at defensive back spots for South Carolina in the bowl game. The Gamecocks also expect to welcome Jamyest Williams back from injury in 2019.
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