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  1. This after the Federal investigation into the corruption in basketball. There will be at least 6 schools notified of level one violations according to ESPN. Hope to see some heads roll. But who knows.
  2. Former Gamecocks center Cudd to play JUCO this season June 10, 2019 Former USC center 7-1 Jason Cudd said Monday he has signed a letter of intent to play this season at Olney Central JC in Illinois. Cudd said his plan is to play this one season with the Blue Knights and go thru the recruiting process again. And that would include being open to a return to USC if Frank Martin decides to recruit him again. Cudd, who is from Socastee, said he is spending this summer working out with friends and trainers in his hometown with a focus on his foot-work and improving his three-point shooting. A knee injury limited Cudd to just five games last season. He did not score any points and he had 3 rebounds for the season. As a freshman in 2018, Cudd played in 23 games and scored 30 points while grabbing 22 rebounds. Olney Central reached the national quarterfinals last season and finished with a 25-6 record. The Blue Knights averaged 98 points per game.
  3. ‘Do what’s right or do what’s selfish?’ Martin, USC could end annual D-II game May 30, 2019, | THE STATE A holiday season tradition under Frank Martin might be coming to an end. Speaking to The State’s Josh Kendall this week at SEC meetings in Destin, Florida, the South Carolina basketball coach said the Gamecocks are exploring the possibility of no longer playing an in-state Division II opponent. The reason seems to be connected to recent postseason shortcomings. USC’s 5-0 run against Coker, Francis Marion, Lander, Limestone and North Greenville the last five years — all played around Christmas time — didn’t count toward Carolina’s NCAA tournament or NIT résumé because those selection committees don’t acknowledge wins over D-II foes. (CLICK TO VIEW)
  4. Martin did it again Wednesday at SEC meetings when asked by The State’s Josh Kendall about the potential impact of incoming USC freshman Jalyn McCreary June 03, 2019 “I don’t want to say he’s a more refined version than Chris Silva,” Martin said, “but he plays with that same kind of aggression, but not as raw as Chris was as a freshman. I’m excited. I think Jalyn’s got a chance to be pretty good.” McCreary, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Georgia who spent last season at Legacy Early College in Greenville, is one of four to sign with Carolina in the 2019 class (not including graduate transfer Micaiah Henry). (CLICK TO READ FULL STORY)
  5. AJ Lawson has ‘NBA starter potential.’ How will long will he stay with the Gamecocks? May 24, 2019 For what it’s worth, A.J. Lawson looked like an NBA player. Literally. As he hit mid-range jumpers and threw down dunks, Lawson did it in a black LeBron James jersey shirt with No. 23 across the back. Wes Brown, who runs a scouting service for Canadian basketball players, captured Lawson in this setting last week. Brown was in an Ontario gym, shooting iPhone video of Lawson, among other top prospects from his native country. (READ MORE)
  6. ‘I had to make the best decision for me.’ Trey Anderson’s peculiar route to USC basketball May 22, 2019 Early in Trey Anderson’s season at Woodstock (Conn.) Academy, the 6-foot-7 guard suffered a minor concussion. No big deal, Anderson thought, he’d rest for a bit and get back out there, gaining the necessary game reps before starting a college career at South Carolina. Except when Anderson came off the injured list, he was being replaced in bulk. Woodstock Centaurs were dropping all around him. (READ MORE)
  7. LaDazhia Williams finds new basketball home with rival Mizzu May 15, 2019 Former South Carolina women’s basketball player LaDazhia Williams is set to transfer to Missouri, she announced on Instagram on Wednesday. Williams will have to sit out the season, per NCAA rules, and will then have two years of eligibility remaining. The rising junior forward was one of four players to announce she was transferring from South Carolina earlier this offseason. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan later changed her mind and returned to the Gamecocks, Bianca Jackson announced she would go to Florida State, and Te’a Cooper has yet to announce her destination. The Gamecocks also added a transfer this week in former Texas guard Destiny Littleton. A rising junior, she will have two years of eligibility with Carolina.
  8. This future USC big man is taking a humble approach to a potential big opportunity May 07, 2019 Wildens Leveque has no feel for how his South Carolina basketball career will end, but the near-future Gamecock has already envisioned how it will begin. “The first practice,” Leveque said, “I’m accepting the fact that I’m going to get my butt kicked by guys who have been working, who have been going through college workouts for years.” (READ MORE)
  9. Dawn Staley, South Carolina pick up former McDonald’s All-American transfer May 06, 2019 South Carolina women’s basketball has once again dipped into the transfer market, as Dawn Staley received a commitment from former Texas guard Destiny Littleton. Staley hinted at the news in a tweet early Sunday, Littleton tweeted a picture of herself in a South Carolina uniform Monday, and Littleton’s high school coach and mentor, Marlon Wells. As a sophomore at Texas, Littleton averaged 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, playing 33 contests while starting 12 and shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3.
  10. Five things to know about Jalyn McCreary, South Carolina’s latest basketball signee May 06, 2019 South Carolina basketball on Friday officially signed the fourth member of its 2019 recruiting class. Jalyn McCreary’s commitment came months after Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Trey Anderson did the same, but that hardly diminishes its importance. McCreary is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward who, according to both 247 Sports and Rivals, ranks as the Gamecocks’ top incoming freshman. Here are five more things to know about McCreary: 1. MCCREARY’S PLAYING STYLE FITS WHAT USC COULD LOOK LIKE NEXT SEASON Frank Martin, who knows Carolina’s personnel better than anyone, has already stated that the 2019-20 Gamecocks will play different than past teams. With Chris Silva’s departure, USC doesn’t present a proven post threat. What it does have is a bunch of long athletes who can run and do damage from the perimeter. Involve McCreary with A.J. Lawson, Keyshawn Bryant and Justin Minaya? He’ll take it. “I’m an athlete myself,” McCreary said. “I like to jump and run the floor. I fit in to players that have athleticism. Yeah, it’ll be a good bond.” B.J. Jackson, McCreary’s coach at Legacy Charter, has a feel for how Martin might blend McCreary and the 6-6 Bryant at the forward spots. “It’ll be good to watch both of them,” Jackson said. “Keyshawn and Jalyn are explosive athletes. Both of them can do a great job of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. So it should fun watching them next year.” 2. SOUTH CAROLINA’S BIGGEST NEED IS MCCREARY’S DEVELOPING SKILL McCreary averaged 18 points and six rebounds this season for Legacy Charter. If that latter number can translate quickly to the college level, the Gamecocks could use it. Silva grabbed 21 percent of USC’s rebounds last season. “He got better as the year went on,” Jackson said of McCreary’s glass skills. “We do a lot of rebounding and boxing out drills and we try to tell him … ‘With your height, length and your jumping ability, you gotta impact your stats more than just scoring. Fill the other parts, rebounding, block shots,’ which he started doing a better job of blocking shots, getting out with deflections where it leads to steals and stuff. “He was more impactful outside of just scoring as the year went on.” 3. MCCREARY WAS GEORGIA-RAISED ... ON FOOTBALL McCreary lived in Statesboro, Georgia, until he was 6. He then moved to Marietta before arriving at Legacy Charter for his final year of high school. While he excels at basketball now, McCreary was first a running back. “Basketball wasn’t really my main sport,” he said. “Football was my main sport. I quit football in seventh grade and then basketball took over. I started really getting into it.” He credits his mother, Kristie Gordon, for continued support. “She’s a big part of my success,” McCreary said of Gordon, an elementary school counselor in Georgia. “I wouldn’t be here, where I am, without her at all. She sacrificed a lot for me to play basketball, traveling to AAU tournaments and stuff. Definitely sacrificed a lot for me to come here and be away from her.” 4. IT’S HIS NEXT STOP, BUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL DOESN’T TOP HIS WHAT-TO-WATCH LIST Off the court, McCreary admits he doesn’t do a whole lot. He’s not into video games. He just “chills” — and consumes professional basketball. “I don’t really watch too much college basketball,” McCreary said. “I’m an NBA guy, so I watch a lot of NBA.” Favorite player? Kevin Durant. Favorite team? Golden State Warriors, but it used to be the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I’m a Kevin Durant fan, so anywhere he goes, I’m gonna be a fan of,” McCreary said. 5. MCCREARY HAS AN EXTENSIVE SHOE COLLECTION McCreary on Thursday rocked some white low-top Gucci kicks while speaking with The State. Legacy Charter school requires a uniform, so the kind of shoe you wear is one of the best ways to show individuality. McCreary has a bunch to choose from. “I’m a sneaker head,” he said. Jackson confirms. “He has too many shoes,” Jackson said. “I told him, ‘Some of your shoes cost more than my car payment, dude.’ But he’s one of them guys, he loves to wear the fancy shoes. Even when we’re out there for practices and stuff, before we get our team shoes, he’s always flamboyant with himself with the shoes and stuff.” Outlandish kicks complete a look that now includes green in McCreary’s hair. “I really like fashion,” McCreary said. “I’ve been into it since ninth grade.”
  11. Felipe Haase will be entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal and intends to transfer from the South Carolina April 25, 2019 Felipe Haase will be entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal and intends to transfer from the South Carolina basketball program, the school confirmed Thursday. Haase will have two years of eligibility left. According to a report from The Big Spur, Haase could end up at Mercer, where his high school coach just accepted an assistant coaching position. The Big Spur was the first to announce Haase’s departure.Haase joins Jason Cudd as the second Gamecock player to transfer. USC also will lose Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell to graduation. A.J. Lawson submitted his name for the NBA Draft but has the option to return to school. The 6-foot-9 Haase appeared in 32 games this season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. He had a season-high 14 points against Missouri. Haase was a three-star recruit out of Miami Christian High School in Florida.
  12. What are AJ Lawson’s NBA Draft chances? National analyst weighs in on USC freshman April 17, 2019 THE STATE On Dec. 5, less than a week after he scored 25 points and led South Carolina to a win, A.J. Lawson received his first bit of NBA Draft buzz. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic released that afternoon an “NBA Draft Big Board” with a ranking of 100 players for June’s two-round event. No. 1 was Duke’s Zion Williamson. No. 9 was Murray State’s Ja Morant. No. 49 was Lawson. (READ MORE)
  13. Frank Martin at the top of their list!
  14. Gamecocks’ leading scorer Te’a Cooper intends to transfer from South Carolina April 10, 2019 Guard Te’a Cooper, the leading scorer for South Carolina women’s basketball this past season, has entered her name in the transfer portal and intends to leave the Gamecocks, a team spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Cooper is the fourth USC player to enter her name in transfer portal in the past two days. Rising senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, rising junior Bianca Jackson and rising junior LaDazhia Williams all entered Tuesday. Cooper played just one season at Carolina after transferring from Tennessee, where she played her freshman year and missed her sophomore season due to injury. USC coach Dawn Staley pushed to get Cooper a waiver from the NCAA to make her immediately eligible to play her junior season in 2017-2018, but the waiver was denied after Tennessee objected, Staley said. In her lone season, Cooper averaged 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 30 appearances and 28 starts for the Gamecocks. After South Carolina lost in the Sweet 16 to Baylor, Cooper was asked if she would return for her redshirt senior season and responded, “Absolutely.” Through a spokesperson, Staley declined to comment Wednesday. Cooper had the option to renounce her remaining eligibility and enter the WNBA draft, held Wednesday night, but did not do so. Now, she will be a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible wherever she goes. The Powder Springs, Georgia, native was a five-star recruit out of high school and has earned SEC All-Freshman and second-team All-SEC honors in her career. South Carolina advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA tournament Sweet 16 this past season but will now have to replace eight members of the 2018-2019 roster due to graduation or transfer. The Gamecocks are adding the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, which includes four five-star recruits, and currently have nine players on scholarship, including seven underclassmen, for the 2019-2020 season.
  15. Season over for USC with Sweet 16 loss March 30, 2019 South Carolina women’s basketball had clear and concrete goals for how it would upset No. 1 overall seed Baylor heading into the Sweet 16: 3-pointers, speed, transition offense and defensive pressure. But when the ball tipped at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, the fourth-seeded Gamecocks got very little of those things early, and the Lady Bears reminded everyone why they’re one of the current tournament favorites, defeating USC 93-68, to end the Gamecocks’ season. When the two teams met on Dec. 2, Baylor (34-1, 18-0 Big 12) raced out to a quick 32-13 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 94-69 win. On Saturday, South Carolina (23-10, 13-3 SEC) once again fell victim to a slow start and never recovered.
  16. What will the Gamecocks look like in a post-Chris Silva era? Different, but fast March 27, 2019 THE STATE Chris Silva is leaving South Carolina top 10 in program history in several categories, including points, rebounds and blocks. Earlier this month he became the first Gamecock in nine years to earn first-team All-SEC recognition in consecutive seasons. He’s the only USC player with an SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and a Final Four ring. As Frank Martin put it Tuesday, the Gamecocks aren’t “replacing Chris by anybody on our team or by anybody coming in.” Just plug in “Sindarius Thornwell” or “Michael Carrera” and you’ve heard Martin use that kind of line before. The decorated players that have come through USC over the last seven years don’t have clones ready behind them. A 6-foot-9, 234-pound highlight machine isn’t walking through the CLA doors next October. So what will the Gamecocks look like without Silva? “We have a lot of guys coming back,” Martin said. “I haven’t stuck my head in a pillowcase yet to try and figure out how next year’s team is going to play but when you return a bunch of players you kind of have a feel for the guys coming back. We probably won’t play solely through the low post next year. We probably need to play a little differently. We probably might evolve defensively because we have so many 6-foot-6 athletic guys.” Martin has always trumpeted a “win at the rim” mentality for his teams. Silva embodied thatwith a physical and relentless attacking of the paint for the majority of his USC career. This past season, however, the system had its tweaks. Silva, showing another reason why he could help an NBA team, made 50 percent of his career-high 46 3-point attempts. The additions of A.J. Lawson, Keyshawn Bryant and Tre Campbell — plus Hassani Gravett moving to his natural two-guard position — pushed the pace to where the Gamecocks, according to KenPom, played at the third-quickest tempo of any SEC team. Their possession length of 15.8 seconds was No. 1 in the SEC. And this all came with only eight scholarship players available for the majority of the last two months of the year. Give Martin the full allotment of 13 scholarship players and watch the Gamecocks wear out their opponents? In 2019-20, that’s a possibility. “For sure, they could definitely do that,” Campbell said earlier this month. “There’s a lot of players next year. They could definitely do something like that. There’s a lot of pieces. There’s a lot of players on that team.” Instead of a proven post threat, the offensive will likely center on a versatile wing in Lawson. The 6-foot-6, 172-pounder played point guard through small forward as a freshman, averaging 13.4 points and a team-best 2.9 assists per game. Bryant, Lawson’s classmate, could add to his 6-6, 190-pound frame and play some power forward in certain lineups. And then there’s the 6-5 Justin Minaya coming back from injury and the 6-4 Jermaine Couisnard and 6-3 Jair Bolden coming off redshirt years. “The length and the athleticism,” Silva said earlier this month, “they’re going to take it to another level. Because what I see is Key and A.J. and the guards being experienced now in the system, they’re going to be like Duane (Notice) and Sin (Thornwell). They’re gonna to know what to do on the perimeter, which is going to make the game easier to play.” The 6-5 Thornwell led the Gamecocks in rebounding as a senior in 2016-17 as USC won 26 games and advanced to the Final Four. Who takes over Silva’s role on the boards is a key question heading into next year. Does that fall on the 6-9 Felipe Haase or the 6-11 Maik Kotsar? Or 6-10 incoming freshman Wildens Leveque? “Felipe isn’t going to grab 16 in a game, I can tell you that right now,” Martin said. “But our best rebounder going into the (2018-19) season was Justin Minaya. He’s going to grab his fair share of rebounds. And when I say best rebounder I’m saying in practice pursuing the ball the best every day was he — not Chris. “He’ll have something to say even though he’s a different player than Chris from a rebounding standpoint.” Minaya, though, won’t be used like Silva. No one on the 2019-20 roster will. Martin said the Gamecocks will begin experimenting in May. “We’ll just be different,” Martin said. “In what way I don’t know. You don’t replace your leading scorer with a first year guy. If you do, then you don’t have a program. You’re building a team and I think we’re past those days here.”
  17. What to expect from Jermaine Couisnard at USC? Let a Duke star fill you in March 25, 2019 THE STATE The mystery player on South Carolina’s 2019-20 roster has the endorsement of Duke’s latest hero. R.J. Barrett had the winning bucket Sunday as the Blue Devils survived UCF at Colonial Life Arena and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. Barrett’s presence in Columbia brought to the surface a storyline surrounding Frank Martin’s next team. What’s to be expected of Jermaine Couisnard? Barrett and Couisnard weren’t teammates at Montverde Academy in central Florida, but they shared the same hallways and often practiced on the same floor. Barrett, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class, was the headliner for Montverde’s undefeated national title team while Couisnard, a South Carolina signee, was starring for the school’s post-graduate squad. When the sides scrimmaged against one another, it wasn’t unusual for the 6-foot-7 Barrett to be matched up with the 6-4 Couisnard. “He can shoot,” Barrett said of Couisnard on Thursday. “Anywhere over half-court is his range. I remember guarding him, and he would pull in my face at half-court. “I think he’ll be good (at South Carolina).” Couisnard has yet to suit up for USC. He sat this winter due to an eligibility issue. Martin has clarified several times that Couisnard will be full-go next season as a redshirt freshman. The combo guard will join a young core of Gamecocks that includes A.J. Lawson, Keyshawn Bryant and Justin Minaya. “He’s really competitive,” said Barrett, who averages over 22 points a game for Duke. “He talks trash, he gets into it. I love that about him. He wants to win so bad. But off the court, all that goes away. He’s the coolest guy. “I was glad I was able to compete with him.” Kevin Boyle Jr., Montverde’s post-grad coach, confirmed to The State last year the epic practice battles between Barrett and Couisnard. “R.J.’s a very tough player to guard with his size and ability to seamlessly transition from attacking the rim to quickly turning his back and making tough post shots,” Boyle Jr. said. “For the most part, I’d say it was definitely close (between Couisnard and Barrett). And that’s where we first started to see his ability to make tougher shots. You say, ‘Hey, now we’re playing against a team that’s No. 1 in the country and you’re not going to have gap to kick to easy stand-still shots. You’re gonna have to make shots over long arms.’” Couisnard was a three-star prospect who chose USC after pursuit from the likes of Louisville, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio State and West Virginia, among others. Before heading to Montverde, he averaged 29.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists during his senior season at East Chicago Central High School in Indiana.
  18. Sweet Sixteen Bound! Gamecocks advance to Greensboro with NCAA win over FSU March 24, 2019 As Dawn Staley likes to call them, it was another “knock-down, drag out” fight between South Carolina women’s basketball and Florida State in the NCAA tournament. But for the third time in the past five years, the Gamecocks came out on top over the Seminoles, winning 72-64 to advance to their sixth consecutive Sweet 16 at Halton Arena on Sunday. Fourth-seeded USC (23-9) had to overcome a rough day on the defensive glass and make several clutch free throws to clinch the back-and-forth victory — Florida State had 23 offensive rebounds and 19 second chance points, but Carolina went 20-for-24 from the free throw line, including 8-for-10 in the fourth quarter. Neither team led by more than nine points all game, and heading into a tense fourth quarter, USC led just 52-51. Senior forward Alexis Jennings, who had seven points through the first three quarters, then put the Gamecocks on her back, scoring six consecutive points. FSU, however, continued to feast on the offensive boards, pulling down 12 offensive rebounds in the second half and converting those into layups to tie the game 60-60. Head coach Dawn Staley called timeout with 2:31 to play. Coming out of the timeout, Cooper drove the lane and found Jennings for a layup inside, and she was fouled. After she converted the three-point play, FSU got a jumper from guard Nicki Ekhomu to make the score 63-62. South Carolina freshman Victaria Saxton was then fouled under the basket just before the shot clock expired, and she made both free throws to restore the three-point advantage. FSU responded by missing three shots on the next possession but collecting the offensive rebound every time, finally grabbing a layup to make it a one-point game again. But with less than 30 seconds to play, junior guard Tyasha Harris came up huge, driving the lane and sinking a layup while being fouled. She added the free thrown to make it 68-64. From there, Florida State had no answer, missing a pair of 3-point attempts and committing fouls while going for the rebound to keep sending the Gamecocks back the line. Harris’s clutch And-1 late mirrored how she opened the game with the hoop and harm, establishing an early USC lead. But as it did for most of the day, Florida State bounced back and took the lead with a 7-0 run, only for South Carolina to claw back within one, 11-10 on a 3-pointer from junior guard Te’a Cooper. FSU shot back ahead with another 7-0 run, but Cooper then exploded for seven consecutive points to make the score 18-17 when the first media timeout was called with 1:18 left in the quarter. Junior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who missed the first half of the first round game due to a coach’s decision, drained a 3 with one second left on the clock to tie the game at 20 after one quarter. Neither team shot particularly well in the second quarter, and the pace of play slowing slightly, with more fouls being called. The teams also continued to trade baskets — the lead changed hands six times in the first half. When Cooper went to the bench early in the second quarter, however, Herbert Harrigan took over the offensive production. She scored 10 points in the quarter, all during a 12-4 run that gave the Gamecocks a 37-30 advantage at the half. She also helped to negate FSU’s rebounding advantage in the quarter, at least somewhat. The Gamecocks stretched their lead to nine points off a layup and free-throw for Jennings in the third quarter, but FSU steadily chipped its way back into the contest, making four of five field goal attempts and putting up a 7-1 run capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie. Herbert Harrigan once again picked USC up, sparking another spurt with a pair of blocks and two free throws. In a frantic sequence to close the quarter, however, senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore missed a corner 3-pointer, allowing FSU to spring a fast break and close the deficit to 52-51. Next: The Gamecocks will play the winner of No. 1 seed Baylor vs. No. 8 seed California in the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday.
  19. Gamecock veterans lead blowout first-round NCAA win over Belmont March 22, 2019 Dawn Staley wanted defensive pressure, veteran leadership and efficient offense. She got a little bit of it all, as No. 4 seed South Carolina cruised through the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Friday, thrashing No. 13 seed Belmont, 74-52, in Halton Arena. Two weeks after being upset in the SEC tournament quarterfinals by Arkansas, USC (22-9) used withering defensive pressure in the second quarter and explosive offense in the third quarter to cruise by the Bruins. All three of the team’s captains — junior guard Tyasha Harris, senior guard Doniyah Cliney and senior forward Alexis Jennings — scored in double figures, as did the team’s leading scorer, junior guard Te’a Cooper. Belmont (26-7) gave Staley’s team a little bit of trouble early, racing out to a 6-2 lead as the Gamecocks vigorously defended the 3-point line and allowed the Bruins to penetrate inside. South Carolina, however, imposed its will with an 8-0 run, powered by four points from Jennings as she simply out-muscled the smaller Belmont squad inside. Cliney added four points as well, but Belmont managed to close the gap to 16-13 at the end of the first quarter with a 3-pointer from senior guard Darby Maggard. Into the second quarter, USC’s defensive pressure, which had been sorely lacking against Arkansas, began to impose itself. On the very first Belmont possession, the Gamecocks forced a shot clock violation. It was the first of seven turnovers the Bruins had in the quarter, including another shot clock violation, compared to just one made field goal, a 3-pointer with 3:23 left before the half. Those three points tied for the fewest South Carolina has ever allowed in a quarter. On offense, however, the Gamecocks couldn’t quite blow the game wide open, turning the ball over five times after not doing so once in the first quarter. The steadiest option remained Jennings, who was simply too big and too strong for the Bruins to handle inside. She finished the half with nine points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Bianca Jackson also chipped in four points to make the lead 29-16. After halftime, the Bruins managed to jump-start their offense a little bit with a 7-2 run. However, the Gamecock offense also began to pick up steam, making six of their first eight field goal attempts, including the team’s first 3-pointers of the day. With 4:36 left in the quarter, Jennings was fouled while making a layup, sparking an 8-0 run that gave the Gamecocks a 21-point lead and effectively broke the game wide open. Carolina scored more points in the third quarter (31) than it did in the first half. Senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore and junior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who have both cycled in and out of the starting lineup all year and played key minutes for Carolina, did not play in the first half. Herbert-Harrigan checked in late in the third quarter as South Carolina’s reserves began to cycle in, while Cuevas-Moore never played. Next: South Carolina will play the winner of No. 5 Florida State-No. 12 Bucknell on Sunday in Charlotte at a time to be determined.
  20. Evaluating the Frank Martin era at South Carolina. What’s possible for his future? March 22, 2019 THE STATE Three hours before South Carolina learned that officially its 2018-19 basketball season was over, Gamecocks coach Frank Martin shared a story on Twitter about incoming freshman Trae Hannibal and added “My man” with a fist emoji. In the days since USC was left out of the NIT, Martin has been relatively quiet — while buzz builds around him. Two prominent college basketball voices threw his name into the mix for the UNLV job. A writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted that Martin was contacted about the Running Rebels opening, “but financial terms don’t appear to make sense for him at this time and talks likely won’t proceed.” It’s all made for fodder among fans across message boards, talk radio and social media. What’s the best way to properly evaluate Martin’s seven seasons as South Carolina’s coach? Is he happy in his current job? Would he leave? Jeff Goodman, lead college basketball analyst for WatchStadium.com, listed Martin among his candidates for the UNLV gig shortly after the Rebels fired Marvin Menzies. Fox Sports’ Doug Gottleib tweeted March 18: “If I’m UNLV, why not see if Frank Martin wants a fresh start? Helluva coach, great with Vegas kind of kids.” (For the record, former USC All-American Sindarius Thonrwell replied to Gottleib, “Cut it out my coach ain’t going no where.”) Martin is 129-106 after seven seasons in Columbia, and all signs point to he’ll be back for an eighth. Martin is third all-time in wins at South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks in 2017 to their first NCAA Tournament win in 44 years — and then to their first Final Four, ever. USC has won 10 or more SEC games six times since joining the league in 1991, half of which have come under Martin, including this past season. (Note: The SEC schedule went from 16 to 18 games in 2012-13) “The feel of the South Carolina program,” Goodman told The State, “would be that it’s a football school, which Frank was able to take them to the Final Four, despite some of their shortcomings in terms of tradition and resources compared to other schools in the league, things of that nature. “I mean, what he did was ridiculous.” But a small portion of the fan base also likes to look at what he hasn’t done. The ‘17 Big Dance came after an NIT appearance the year before. Those are Martin’s lone postseason appearances at Carolina. The Gamecocks are 33-32 since the Final Four run — and the departures of Thornwell (Los Angeles Clippers) and P.J. Dozier (Boston Celtics). “Your margin for error when you’re at South Carolina is slim,” Goodman said. “It’s slim. You don’t get pros every year. You lose a pro, it hurts. It hurts more. “You get to a Final Four and then people think you’re going to be going to the NCAA Tournament every year at South Carolina. That just doesn’t happen. “But he got you a Final Four. If I had told any South Carolina basketball fan, ‘All right, we’ll give ya a Final Four, but you’re not going to go to the tournament for eight years,’ they’d probably sign up. “On one hand, it’s not like he set the world on fire every year. So you can look at it objectively and be like, ‘All right, he had one really good year.’ And then on the flip side, you’re like, well, it’s a really hard job. He did get them to the Final Four.” Martin, the 22nd-highest paid coach in America, is signed to South Carolina through 2023. He’s on pace for 219 wins by then, second only to Naismith Hall of Famer Frank McGuire at USC. But to accomplish such a feat, he’d have to stick around. “I think Frank Martin would leave for the right situation,” Goodman said. “He’s not gonna leave for just anything. I know he loves his boss, I know he loves the area, everything like that. “But again, if there was a better situation that came up, where they was probably more support overall, yeah, I could see him leaving if it was a top 10 or 15 school or something that was more about basketball. I think there’s a chance.” South Carolina ranked fourth in the SEC this season in attendance. The average of 11,472, however, is only the fifth-highest of the Martin era. On March 9, after USC rolled Georgia to clinch fourth place in the SEC in front of an announced crowd of 11,927 at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, Martin was clear on where his program stood — and the perception battles it still fights. “We’ve fought to build a culture here,” Martin said, “and we continue to fight to build it. It’s not there. ... Too many people around here want to speak about our bad days and they don’t want to speak about the totality of the good days. And that’s unfortunate. “But when I talk about apathy, and I’ve talked about that a lot over the last seven years, that’s what I’m talking about. ... I’m extremely proud of where we’re at. I just think that needs to be told and people need to stop talking about South Carolina like we’re still irrelevant like we were seven eight, nine years ago. We’ve earned the right for people to put us in the conversation with the successful programs in this conference.”
  21. How would you rate the 2018/2019 season and why? Don't be shy, speak what you feel eigher way. Coaching grade? Recruiting grade? Which players can take the Gamecocks to postseason play next season? Can they make a run to even get to the Big Dance or NI? Season grade? What do you want to see? What do you expect next season?
  22. THE DAILY CROW | Is next season “tournament or bust” for Gamecocks HC Frank Martin? iTunes Buzzsprout Stitcher Spotify Google Play
  23. It’s official: South Carolina to host in Charlotte, stick close to home for NCAAs March 18, 2019 South Carolina women’s basketball will be a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, hosting the first two rounds in Charlotte, North Carolina, and playing No. 13 seed Belmont in the first round on Friday. The official NCAA bracket was released shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, two hours earlier than scheduled, because the games were inadvertently leaked earlier in the day on an another ESPN broadcast. USC-Belmont is set for 1:45 p.m. Friday on ESPN2. Should they win, the Gamecocks would then face the winner of No. 5 Florida State-No. 12 Bucknell on Sunday. Beyond that, USC (21-9) would play the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in Greensboro, North Carolina. A matchup with No. 1 overall seed Baylor potentially awaits in the Sweet 16. Iowa is the No. 2 seed, and North Carolina State is the No. 3 seed. South Carolina’s first two rounds of the tournament will be played at Halton Arena, on the campus of UNC-Charlotte, while Colonial Life Arena hosts the opening rounds of the men’s tournament. The Gamecocks were granted a waiver by the NCAA to play there in February.
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