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  1. Gamecock Fanatics would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. steven (33)
  2. B6 | Pitching change for Carolina. Tringali comes in for Morgan. Tennessee with runners on the corners and one out.
  3. Please hope this not here we go again repeat of Friday night.
  4. B6 | Tennessee takes a 2-0 lead on Soularie's single to right.
  5. What: Second round of NCAA tournament Who: No. 4 seed South Carolina (22-9, 13-3 SEC) vs. No. 5 seed Florida State (24-8, 10-6 ACC) When: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24 Where: Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina Watch: ESPN2 or WatchESPN app Listen: 107.5 FM in Columbia At stake: Winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, next Saturday, and will play the winner of No. 1 seed Baylor’s pod. So we meet again: For the third time in the last five years, South Carolina and Florida State are meeting in the postseason — the first two times, a trip to the Final Four was on the line. Now, a Sweet 16 berth hangs on the outcome, but the personnel from those first two meetings, both of which South Carolina won by single digits, is gone. Neither coach is thinking too much about the past. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It’s not that this provides any extra incentive. It’s an opponent that stands in front of your opportunity to go to a Sweet 16,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. That being said, Staley knows that for the fans, it might mean something a little extra to beat Florida State. “The familiar name of Florida State brings a lot of memories back for our fans, so hopefully they can bring their energized selves in here and will us to another victory,” Staley said. What to watch for: The Seminoles struggled to put away pesky No. 12 seed Bucknell on Friday, winning 70-67, but Staley credited the close game to the lengthy break FSU had since its previous game, and she said she expects another “knock-out, drag out” contest between the programs. “As much as you try to simulate games in practices, it is difficult,” Staley said. “Now that they have gotten their feet wet, they will get up to play us as we will get up to play them.” Specifically, South Carolina guard Bianca Jackson and Te’a Cooper cited Florida State’s offensive rebounding as an area of emphasis for the Gamecocks — the Seminoles have an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.6 percent, a top-35 mark in the country. Leading the way, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie averages 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while also taking and making the most 3-pointers of any player on the team. The entire team’s versatility will likely force at least one Gamecock post player out on the perimeter, as they were against Belmont in the first round. Staley and her players also identified junior point guard Nicki Ekhomu as a dangerous option for FSU — she averages roughly 15 points and four assists per game and has the Seminoles’ top 3-point percentage. “She’s a three-way scorer. She can get to the rim, her mid-range is nice and her 3-point shooting is respectable,” Staley said.
  6. M6 | Nothing doing for the Gamecocks in the sixth. Tennessee 1, Carolina 0
  7. Fast moving when hardly any scoring. Time to see some from the Gamecocks
  8. South Carolina vs. Tennessee CLICK FOR LIVE STATS vs.
  9. FeatheredCock

    Old Farks

    LOL Good stuff love it. Want to see more!!
  10. Justin posted a message on Facebook the other day saying that Austin Koon is leaving the South Carolina program to open his own production company. Justin will be able to hire another really great person to refill the opening though.
  11. The spot ‘needs to be more productive’ for South Carolina, and it’s missing a leader March 23, 2019 Usually, a college football team wants its leaders in place at all times to, well, lead. In South Carolina’s case this spring, there might be some benefit to missing a staple at the linebacker position, even if it’s a position the coaches need more from after last year’s performance. Middle linebacker T.J. Brunson won’t see the field in March, the fallout of several surgeries. In some ways, that might not be the worst thing. “With TJ out, me and Sherrod (Greene) have to pick up the slack at the linebacker group,” sophomore linebacker Ernest Jones said. “So we’re making sure we’re fine lining on the small details and stuff.” Greene made 73 tackles as a sophomore last season, but had more than a few spots where he struggled. Jones played sparingly because of a back injury, and burned his redshirt for what ended up being a few snaps in USC’s bowl loss. The Gamecocks run defense struggled all over, especially in preventing opponents from grinding down the field. “There’s a lot of area for improvement,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. “Sherrod Greene can play both the Mike and the Will, but (he is) a guy that needs to be able to learn both in those situations and continue to progress as a player. Damani Staley I thought, another guy that took some strides. “All those guys will have opportunities.” Beyond Greene, Jones and Staley, Eldridge Thompson is limited by injury, Rosendo Louis Jr. is out, leaving early enrollee freshman Derek Boykins and former safety Zay Brown as the only other scholarship players at the position. Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson said youth was a primary driver for some of the struggles last season. “That was the first time Sherrod got a chance to play a bunch,” Robinson said. “(Eldridge Thompson) was hurt, so we didn’t get him out there, and then Damani played a little bit, and that was his first time out there. So we were just inexperienced. So that’s the one thing I would say. Obviously with TJ, he’s been a staple in the program for a long time now, but he was the only guy out there that played a bunch of football.” So there’s a benefit to those young players getting their fill of reps, both last season and in the spring. Brunson got to work alongside Skai Moore, the program’s all-time interception leader and the kind of linebacker who doesn’t come along all that often. Robinson noted the defense missed Moore in 2018. “Skai being the player that he was, I wasn’t here when he was here, but from what I’ve seen Skai was very good in coverage,” Jones said. “I feel like we all have our certain specialties in that type of assets in the game. I feel like, as a group though, we have to come together more.” The coaches have said they see a good bit of potential in the group they have. Beyond Brunson’s steady presence, Jones backs his size with a cerebral approach. Staley has some mobility, as will Thompson when he gets healthy. Boykins looks the part, but has been brought along slowly. But improvement is what spring is for. Without Brunson, Jones and Boykins have been getting a lot of work in the middle, a spot Moore played a good bit in his first few seasons. There’s something that comes with that position in the SEC. “Being vocal,” Jones said. “You have to be vocal. You have to be a leader no matter what you’re doing, you have to take the right steps to be that leader, that guy in the defense that everybody else respects you.”

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