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  1. #4/3 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS #22/23 GEORGIA BULLDOGS #4/3 SOUTH CAROLINA (10-1, 5-0 SEC) VS. #22/23 GEORGIA (12-1, 4-1 SEC) 6:30 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network | LISTEN: 1320 AM/107.5 FM (in progress) iHeart 107.5 The Game Online Stream | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME Georgia leads the all-time series 33-19, but the Gamecocks are 15-6 against the Lady Bulldogs in the Dawn Staley era (2008-09 to present), including a current 12-game win streak. Tonight is the 14th meeting between Georgia and South Carolina in which both teams are nationally ranked. The better-ranked team is 11-2 in the previous 13 outings; the Gamecocks are 5-1 when ranked better than the Lady Bulldogs. South Carolina is looking for its 22nd straight SEC regular-season victory tonight. Its longest SEC win streak is 24 games – Jan. 3, 2016 through Jan. 26, 2017. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/1/20/womens-basketball-border-rival-georgia-visits-colonial-life-arena-thursday.aspx
  2. 7’ 1” USC prospect John Butler tweeted he’ll announce his commitment this Wednesday. His top six choices are USC, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He’s ranked as #2 in the state for his class.
  3. #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS AT #10/8 KENTUCKY WILDCATS #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA (7-1, 2-0 SEC) AT #10/8 KENTUCKY (9-2, 2-1 SEC) 5 P.M. | LEXINGTON, KY. | MEMORIAL COLISEUM South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPN | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME The Wildcats lead the overall series 34-33, but the Gamecocks have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including a series sweep in 2019-20. South Carolina is looking to open the SEC season 3-0 for the third time in as many seasons and the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Gamecocks are looking for their 19th straight SEC regular-season victory tonight. Their longest SEC win streak is 24 games – Jan. 3, 2016, through Jan. 26, 2017. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/1/9/womens-basketball-gamecocks-in-top-10-road-test-sunday.aspx
  4. The South Carolina Women's Basketball program submitted a statement today that there were positive Covid-19 test results yesterday in anticipation for tonight's UGA game. As a result, the #5/4-ranked Gamecocks (7-1, 2-0) have suspended all team activities "until further notice", and have postponed tonight's game: No word on how long the team's schedule will be paused. The Gamecocks had gotten to this point almost miraculously without major interruptions within their program, although they had a number of games canceled/postponed due to concerns involving other teams they were scheduled to play. With the Covid-19 virus spread raging at its highest rates ever and seemingly unstoppable, I guess it was only a matter of time before the team itself would be directly touched by it. Hopefully we'll get more information soon, and the pause will only last a week at the most, or 2 weeks at the worst. But we had an awful lot of conference games scheduled for that time - we had two more games to play this week, and it's Thursday already.....
  5. Gamecocks Back In Action Hosting Florida A&M Saturday 1/1/2021 | Men's Basketball FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (1-2) hosts Florida A&M (1-5) on Saturday in the home opener for the Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. ET and the matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will be over the airwaves on the Gamecock Radio Network. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Colonial Life Arena (approx. 3,500) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald Analyst: Dane Bradshaw Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 381 | Internet: 971 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com Florida A&M Series: First meeting In Columbia: First meeting Series Trend: First meeting Last Meeting: First meeting
  6. Men's Hoops To Pause Team Activities Men's Basketball | 12/22/2020 Story Links COLUMBIA, S.C. - After South Carolina men's basketball received today's (Dec. 21) COVID-19 test results, Wednesday's scheduled contest vs. South Carolina State has been canceled. The Gamecocks have paused all team activities until further test results are received. The Gamecock basketball program continues to follow local, campus, NCAA and Southeastern Conference health and safety protocols. The status of contests scheduled within the upcoming two-week period will be determined soon, and updates will be released when available.
  7. #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS TEMPLE OWLS #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA (4-1) VS. TEMPLE (0-2) 7 p.m. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network | LISTEN: 1320 AM/107.5 FM in progress / SiriusXM Ch. 374 | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME Both teams will be wearing special face coverings for tonight's game as a show of support for Khadija Bowens, who played for Dawn Staley at Temple, as she battles ovarian cancer. For more on Khadija's journey, visit OwlSports.com to find the Nov. 10 story on her. Tonight marks the fifth time Staley has squared off against the program at which she began her coaching career. She and the Gamecocks have won each of the previous four meetings. This is the Gamecocks' last game before the holiday break; and Temple is the opponent in that game for the third time in the last four seasons. South Carolina has lost its final game before the break just once in the Staley era (85-93 vs. #9 North Carolina, 12/20/09). https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/12/16/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-back-in-action-thursday.aspx
  8. No. 10 Houston vs. South Carolina When Dec. 5th, 6:00 pm The Houston Cougars will be going for their fourth consecutive win when they face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday night. The Cougars are coming off a 64-53 win over Texas Tech as three-point underdogs. The Gamecocks are coming off a 69-58 win over Tulsa in a game they were favored to win by 2.5 points. The Cougars continue to excel at rebounding and defensively, program tenets under Sampson. Houston held its first three opponents to 36.7 percent shooting while forcing 17.7 turnovers per game, numbers that would cause most coaches to boast. The Gamecocks, like many programs across the nation, stumbled out of the blocks without the benefit of exhibition games. South Carolina dropped its opener 78-62 to Liberty after shooting 39 percent while allowing 56.3 percent shooting on the defensive end. Houston and South Carolina have split the six meetings between them. Gamecocks Going For Second Consecutive Win The Gamecocks bounced back from their season-opening loss with an 11-point win over Tulsa in their last game. They will be going for the upset and their second win in a row when they face the Cougars on Saturday. South Carolina hasn’t looked good offensively through two games, with the team averaging 65.5 points per game. They played better in their last game, finishing with 69 points, but they will need a better performance on Saturday. Jermaine Couisnard led the way for the Gamecocks in their last game with 20 points and four assists. AJ Lawson finished with 17 points and three rebounds, while Justin Minaya added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Gamecocks, who had three players score in double figures. The Gamecocks have played well defensively, giving up 68 points per game. They gave up 58 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to pick up the win. Cougars Trying To Avoid Upset The Cougars picked up their third consecutive win of the season with an upset over 14th-ranked Texas Tech, which transported them to #10 in this week’s polls. They will be trying to prevent the Gamecocks from doing the same thing to them as they try to pick up their fourth win in a row. Houston has played well offensively, averaging 73.7 points per game. The team was held to 64 points by the Red Raiders and will try to bounce back with a better performance on Saturday. Marcus Sasser led the way for the Cougars with 17 points and three rebounds. Quentin Grimes finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Tramon Mark added 11 points and two rebounds. Houston has done a great job defensively, holding opponents to 52 points per game. The team gave up 53 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Gamecocks. Houston wins this game comfortably. The Gamecocks haven’t played well offensively so far, averaging 65.5 points per game through their first two games. Their offensive struggles will continue in this game because Houston is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, holding opponents to 52 points per game. Even though the Gamecocks have played well defensively, holding their two opponents to 68 points per game. They haven’t faced a team as good as the Cougars offensively and will have a hard time slowing them down. Prediction: Houston Cougars
  9. #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS vs #21/20 GONZAGA BULLDOGS #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (2-0) VS. #21/20 GONZAGA (0-0) NOV. 29, 3 P.M. (ET) | SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | SANFORD PENTAGON South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: FloHoops.com | LISTEN: 1320 AM - Sunday Game | Live Stats TODAY'S GAME The #1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks plays their final game in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, SD as they take on 20th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs today at 3:00 PM. The Gamecocks survived another tightly contested game for the second straight season against South Dakota, winning 81-71 in the opening game of the tournament. This will be the final tournament game for USC, as the 4th expected contestant Oklahoma had to drop out of the draw due to Covid-19 complications, leaving just 3 teams. As a result, Gonzaga - who was scheduled to play the Sooners yesterday, got a Saturday bye. This game was scheduled to be played tomorrow on Monday, and USC was slated to face Oklahoma today, but with their disappointment this game was moved up to today. Tomorrow, the Gamecocks will head back home to Columbia while Gonzaga will close out their tournament with their final game against South Dakota.
  10. Gamecocks men's basketball has schedule change due to COVID-19 11/25/2020 At the start of the 2020-2021 college basketball season, we have already seen plenty of scheduling adjustments as teams battle COVID-19 issues. Another team was added to that list, as South Carolina announced it will not be able to play the exhibition game against Coker that was scheduled to happen Wednesday night. Luckily for the Gamecocks, the issue was not within their own roster. Because of Coker’s inability to return COVID-19 tests in time, South Carolina basketball will take the floor for the first time this season on Saturday against Liberty in Kansas City. It’s a frustrating situation for Gamecock fans that were looking forward to seeing their team in action on Wednesday, but it could certainly be worse as other teams around the country battle more serious COVID-19 issues.
  11. #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0) VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (0-0) NOON | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network+ | LISTEN: 107.5 FM | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME South Carolina is tipping off its 47th season of women's basketball today and its 13th under the tutelage of head coach Dawn Staley. The Gamecocks are 19-2 in season openers under Staley, including wins in the last nine. South Carolina is 6-1 in home season openers in the Staley era. South Carolina holds a 16-9 edge over College of Charleston in the all-time series, including wins in the last nine meetings. This is the fourth meeting between the Gamecocks and Cougars in the Staley era with the most recent a 69-43 South Carolina victory on Dec. 5, 2017. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/11/24/womens-basketball-basketball-is-back-at-colonial-life-arena-wednesday.aspx
  12. In a very unexpected move today, Notre Dame's Hall of Fame women's basketball head coach Muffet McGraw announced her retirement from coaching. Assistant Coach Niele Ivey is expected to replace McGraw as head coach. McGraw was one of the "Golden Era" head coaches of women's collegiate basketball, along with Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, Leon Barmore, Vivian Stringer, and Geno Auriemma. McGraw led the Fighting Irish to two NCAA National Championships in 2001 and 2018, five runner-up finishes, and two other Final Four appearances. She had a career 936-292 record as head coach, stopping just shy of becoming only the 7th coach all time in women's collegiate basketball, to record 1,000 career wins. This past season, Notre Dame experienced an unusual season of struggle, finishing only 13-18 and assured of missing the NCAAT for the first time since the 1994-95 season - a run of 24 seasons - after reaching the championship game against Baylor the season before. A perfect storm of multiple graduations of top players from the season before, as well as a couple of transfers and a couple of injuries left the roster very thin and inexperienced. McGraw's frustrations and emotions got the best of her during post-game pressers, which told how stressful the season was on her. But the Irish was expected to rebound next season, with several talented players returning from last season, as well as a strong incoming 2020 class that featured four 5*-rated prospects. But McGraw decided to hang it up....
  13. In the last 48hrs -coach just tweeted about 2 Class of 21 WBB commitments. Obviously she cant see who they are and nobody seems to know who these blessings are... Any fact based iseas?
  14. Could Jordan Bruner be coming back to South Carolina? https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article241354901.html
  15. What's your line-up? This is what I'm thinking is what I ideally will want to happen... PG 1. Destanni Henderson 2. Eniya Russell -or- Zia Cooke SG 1. Zia Cooke 2. Destiny Littleton SF 1. Brea Beal 2. Lele Grissett PF 1. Laeticia Amihere 2. Lele Grissett -or- Victaria Saxton C 1. Aliya Boston 2. Victaria Saxton I think the biggest battle is going to be at the 4. I think ideally we would like for Amihere to step up because she is an athletic specimen and can shoot away from the basket. At times she looked great but at other times she looked lost and out-of-sync with the rest of the players on the court. I'm not convinced she will start come gameday. I could see Lele becoming the surprise starter of the season if she works on her offense in the off-season. Ideally we would like Saxton at the 5 but I expect her to spend a lot of time at the 4 spot in addition to her duties backing up Boston. Overall we have potential stars at all five positions but there are some questions about the backups -- specifically PG. We need Destanni to step up and seamlessly replace Ty while her backups get comfortable. I think our "peak" will rely on her production. I think this team is possibly elite 8 worthy as they currently stand. It will be their progress in the off-season that will determine if they go any further.
  16. So...let's say the NCAA tournament is cancelled. How would a champion be awarded? I have a feeling they would default to the #1 team in the polls. Thoughts?
  17. #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (27-1) AT. FLORIDA (15-12) 6 P.M. | GAINESVILLE, FLA. | EXACTECH ARENA (10,151) ABOUT THIS GAME The Gamecocks are looking for their 12th-straight win over Florida, which would even the series as the Gators hold a 20-19 advantage entering the game. A win tonight would stretch the Gamecocks' win streak to 22, which would tie to the 2015-16 team for the longest in program history. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan needs one block to become just the third Gamecock all-time to record 200 career blocks. Tyasha Harris is seven assists away from joining the SEC's all-time top 10 in career assists. GAMECOCK NOTABLES South Carolina's offense has been explosive, ranking eighth in the country at 81.9 points per game, and versatile with eight Gamecocks leading or tying for the team lead in scoring at least once this season. While the foundation is built on points in the paint, where South Carolina out-scores opponents 41.4 to 24.6 points per game, the Gamecocks can win from outside shooting as well as they are 17-0 when hitting at least five 3s in a game and 10-1 when scoring fewer than five. The Gamecock defense has been reliably stalwart throughout the season. Just seven games have seen an opponent score 60 or more points, and only two teams have scored more points than their season average entering the game. Averaging a double-double vs. the SEC and ranked teams, Aliyah Boston is having one of the best freshman seasons in program history as she is ahead of the pace marked by the program's last two SEC Freshman of the Year winners – Alaina Coates (2014) and A'ja Wilson (2015). Boston's six double-doubles in SEC games and 11 on the season are both program freshman records. Her 12.9 points per game are just below Wilson's 13.1. Her rebounding average (9.1), blocks per game (2.8) and field goal percentage (.616) are all better than Coates and Wilson in their freshman seasons. Junior guard LeLe Grissett has used her experience to be a spark off the bench in the waning weeks of the regular season. Over the last four games, she has poured in 9.8 points on 77.3 percent shooting (17-of-22) and seven of her 12 rebounds came on the offensive end. Senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan has been locked in on rebounding in February, averaging 6.8 rebounds per game this month, including four games against ranked opponents, after closing January with a 5.3 rebound average. BY THE NUMBERS 4 Zia Cooke's four 20-point games against SEC opponents are more than any other Gamecock freshman all-time. 10 South Carolina has 10 wins against nationally ranked opponents this season, more than any other team in the country. +11.8 The Gamecocks have out-scored their opponents in the first quarter by an average of 11.8 points this season (12.6 points in SEC games). 12 South Carolina's guards have matched or out-scored its forwards in the paint 12 times this season. 23.6 In her 20th season as a head coach, Dawn Staley averages 23.6 wins per season. That average rises to 25.0 in her 12 seasons at South Carolina. 31.8 South Carolina's bench has accounted for 31.8 percent of its total offense vs. SEC teams – 26.6 points per game. Four Gamecocks average at least 5.0 off the bench.
  18. https://www.si.com/college/2020/02/13/south-carolina-basketball-ncaa-lamont-evans https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article240282871.html Not sure why this took so long for the NCAA to make their response. South Carolina was one of the first programs targeted by the FBI during their 2017 investigation, and cooperated fully with their investigators turning over all documentation they had. Thus, South Carolina was one of the first programs targeted by the FBI to be cleared by the FBI of any legal wrongdoing, and removed from their purview of investigations. But this is not the FBI, it is the NCAA, and they will be looking for scapegoats and examples for their lackluster responses against other elite revenue-generating MBB programs in the past that have actually cheated, such as UNC, Arizona, Louisville, and Kansas. We'll see how this plays out, I guess........
  19. FEBRUARY 11, 2020 by MICHAEL MCKEE THEBIGSPUR.COM An In-Depth Look At The Gamecocks NCAA Tournament Chances With Just Eight Conference Games Remaining In what seems to be a February tradition for South Carolina men’s basketball, the Gamecocks find themselves fighting tooth and nail for a NCAA Tournament berth. As of today, Carolina’s NET Ranking is 76. In order to be a true bubble team, that ranking needs to be at 55 or better, which seems like a pretty long way to go for the Gamecocks, given their two Quad 4 losses to Boston and Stetson. The Gamecocks have a 3-5 record against Quad 1 teams, with wins over Kentucky, at Arkansas, and at Virginia. The Quad 1 losses that the Gamecocks have suffered were the games against Houston, Northern Iowa, Florida, at Tennessee, and at Auburn. In Quad 2, the Gamecocks’ lone win is at Clemson, with losses to Wichita State and at Ole Miss. Currently, the Gamecocks have a perfect 5-0 record against Quad 3 teams. As this regular season draws to a close with eight games remaining, each game for Carolina is of the utmost importance if they are going to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the remaining contests, Carolina has an opportunity for three Quad 1 wins (at Mississippi State, vs. LSU, and at Alabama) and two Quad 2 wins (at Georgia and vs. Mississippi State), with the remaining contests being Quad 3 games, except for the regular-season ending game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, which is the Gamecocks’ lone opportunity for a Quad 4 win remaining this season. After analyzing Carolina’s remaining schedule, the Gamecocks need to finish the rest of the regular season at a minimum of 6-2 with no more Quad 3 or 4 losses to become a bubble team. Finishing the regular season with a 20-11 (12-6 SEC) record would give Carolina a reasonable chance at the 4-seed in the SEC Tournament, securing a double-bye in Nashville. With 20 regular-season wins and a good showing (at least two wins) in the SEC Tournament, the Gamecocks’ ranking would move into the neighborhood of the top-50, which has seemingly been the magic number for Power Five teams since the NCAA moved to the NET rankings instead of the RPI. The next two weeks of games are huge for Carolina’s tournament chances, and anything worse than a record of 3-1 would put the nail in the coffin for their chances of an at-large bid. Beginning with Wednesday’s game against Georgia in Athens, every game remaining on the schedule has to be viewed as a must-win. Given the Gamecocks’ recent form, they can surely compete with every other team in the SEC, so a tournament berth is not impossible, although the losses to Boston and Stetson have left the margin for error razor thin for Frank Martin’s squad. Long story short, the Gamecocks have to keep winning and let the doubters and experts speak for themselv
  20. Gamecocks Women remain a solid #1 in the new AP poll Monday. Gamecocks received 26 of 30 1st place votes. Bylor, Oregon, Connecticut and Louisville follow.
  21. WBB GAMEDAY THREAD: 1/2 South Carolina vs Tennessee 02/02 at 1 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA WBB GAMEDAY THREAD: 1/2 South Carolina 22/22 Tennessee Story Links SOUTH CAROLINA GAME NOTES (PDF) WATCH: ESPN2 LISTEN: 107.5 THE GAME LIVE STATS MEDIA AVAILABILITY #1/2 SOUTH CAROLINA (20-1, 8-0 SEC) VS #22/22 TENNESSEE (17-4, 7-1 SEC) 1 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000) South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPN2 | LISTEN: 107.5 FM The Game | Live Stats ABOUT THIS GAME While the Lady Vols hold a commanding lead in the all-time series (48-7), the Gamecocks are 5-3 against Tennessee in the last five seasons and 6-11 in the Staley era. South Carolina has won its last two games against the Lady Vols, including last season's 82-67 win in Knoxville. Today's game features the top two shot blocking teams in the country with the Gamecocks leading Tennessee 8.2-7.4 per game. In the individual battle, Tennessee's Tamari Key edges out Carolina's Aliyah Boston 2.9-2.7 per game to rank 11th and 17th in the nation, respectively. The first 350 fans will receive a puzzle of this season's team poster. PARKING/FAN INFORMATION Parking is available for $10 per vehicle in the Discovery Garage and the City Garage (located near Pendleton, Park and Lincoln Streets). (See parking map here (PDF)) FREE parking is available in the Pendleton Street Garage (corner of Pickens and Pendleton). The shuttle from that location, which departs and returns to Pickens Street, begins two hours before tipoff and runs until one hour after the game ends. (See campus and shuttle map here (PDF)) GAMECOCK NOTABLES South Carolina locked up its ninth-straight 20-win season with Thursday's victory at Ole Miss. It is the Gamecocks' quickest march to 20 wins since the 2015-16 team opened the season 22-0. South Carolina has dominated the rebounding game this season, ranked third in the nation in rebounding average (47.4) and in rebounding margin (+13.3). Their effort on the offensive glass – first in the nation in offensive rebounding rate (.452) – with the Gamecocks averaging 17.0 second-chance points on the season, including 18.2 in SEC games. After a tough outing against #9/9 Mississippi State, the Gamecock bench has thrived in the last two outings, averaging 41.0 points per game on 57.6 percent shooting. Three of the eight double-digit scorers in those games came off the bench. Sophomore Destanni Henderson led the charge with her 11.5 points per game as much as her 4.5 assists per outing in that stretch. Senior point guard Tyasha Harris, who is on every national player of the year watch list, is the only Gamecock to score in double figures in every SEC game this season (13.0 ppg) while handing out 5.5 assists per SEC game. Over the last five games, she led the team with 13.4 points and 5.4 assists per game. During that stretch, she shot 47.2 percent from the field, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range. Freshman Aliyah Boston is one of four league players averaging a double-double in SEC action this season, joining a senior and two juniors in the standing. She is the only one of the four also ranked in blocks per league game. Thursday's leading scorer, Laeticia Amihere (16 pts) will miss today's game as she works toward making the Canadian National Team for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgium, which runs Feb. 6-9. BY THE NUMBERS 4 South Carolinas four wins over RPI top-25 teams leads the country, as does its seven wins vs. top-50 RPI teams. 10.4 The Gamecocks have allowed just 10.4 points per first quarter in SEC games this season, including five games of single-digit first quarters. 28.2 Between her scoring and points scored off her assists, Tyasha Harris has her hands on 28.2 percent (23.7 ppg) of the Gamecocks' scoring. 29.5 South Carolina's list of offensive weapons goes beyond the starting lineup as the bench averages 29.5 points per SEC game – 33.2 percent of the offense. 44.5 Carolina averages 44.5 points in the paint in SEC games – 21.0 by the guards and 23.5 by the forwards. 60.3 Aliyah Boston has immediately scored (field goal or free throw) on 60.3 percent of her offensive rebounds in SEC games.
  22. WATCH MBB: Coach Frank Martin & selected players meet with the media January 27, 2020 Practically everyone connected to the basketball world, from coach to player to reporter, has been offering thoughts on the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in that helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles Sunday. USC coach Frank Martin held his weekly press session Monday morning and, of course, was asked for his comments on that, plus what to look forward to as his team heads to Arkansas Wednesday night.
  23. Because of seeing the success of one of our early season opponents, UNI, I started doing a little more digging into the NET rankings of our opponents throughout the season. I'm now of the mind that Coach Frank Martin has been right all along in saying that OTHER than the head-scratcher (or in his words "absolute stinker") of a game vs. Stetson, we've really been playing at a high level all year long. We simply didn't realize the types of opponents we were facing at the time. For a bit more detail, here are the current NET Rankings (and records) of teams we have played in the 2019-20 season, with a "W" or "L" following the team name to identify whether we won the matchup or not: 1.) North Alabama (W) – NET 268 (6-11) 2.) Wyoming (W) – NET 297 (4-16) 3.) Cleveland State (W) – NET 304 (6-13) 4.) Boston University (L) – NET 177 (9-9) 5.) Gardner-Webb (W) – NET 268 (4-11) 6.) Wichita State (L) – NET 30 (16-3) 7.) UNI (L) – NET 35 (14-2) 8.) George Washington (W) – NET 198 (8-10) 9.) UMass (W) – NET 174 (7-11) 10.) Houston (L) – NET 36 (14-4) 11.) Clemson (W) – NET 76 (10-8) 12.) Virginia (W) – NET 66 (12-6) 13.) Stetson (L) – NET 310 (7-11) 14.) FLA (L) – NET 39 (12-6) 15.) TN (L) – NET 57 (12-6) 16.) KY (W) – NET 23 (14-4) 17.) TA&M (W) – NET 133 (9-8) Auburn (?) – currently NET 20 (12-2) headed into tonight's game. Of our losses, Stetson and Boston U are considered the “bad” losses. Note that currently Boston is ranked roughly where George Washington and UMass are (both W’s for us), and more or less mid-ranged rankings in the NET. In other words, I don’t see the Boston University loss hurting us a great deal. Stetson, on the other hand is a TERRIBLE loss, no matter how you look at it. They’re 310 in the NET (out of 353) But here’s the GOOD news… UNI, who seemed a bit of a head-scratcher earlier in the season is sitting at #35, and holds a 14-2 record. They’ve also gotten a few other quality wins and ALMOST knocked off W. Va., with a questionable call keeping them away from that win near the end of the game. Wichita State also has a quality record, and sits at #30 in the NET rankings this week. Of our 7 losses, 4 are against teams ranked between 39 and 30 in the NET (Wichita State, UNI, Houston, and Florida). We have one loss against a top 60 NET ranked team (TN). That means that we have lost to 5 of 7 teams that are currently HIGHLY ranked in the NET, and who all have records of at least 12 wins and no more than 6 losses. Honestly, the more I look at things, as long as we take care of business in the SEC and get to 12 conference wins, and those wins include Auburn, ‘Bama, and Tennessee, I anticipate that our record and our wins against quality opponents warrant that we get into the NCAAs. I'm interested to hear everyone's thoughts on this information, and get some feedback about my thoughts on the remainder of the season/NCAA opportunity for us.
  24. Frank Martin responds to fan frustration Jan. 13, 2020 It’s been a long few weeks for South Carolina basketball. The Gamecocks, after beating Virginia, have lost their last three games, including the first two to start conference play, and are still looking for some answers with 17 regular season games left. As they prepare to host No. 10 Kentucky Wednesday, there’s mounting frustration from the fan base that Frank Martin isn’t worried about. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL

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