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  1. Looking good that this season is going to the toilet. May as well flush the 2018/2019 season down. Wyoming was 2-6 coming in. You've now lost to Augusta State, Stony Brook, Providence, Wofford, Wyoming. You are going to lose to Michigan and UVA and likely Clemson. North Greenville will be your only win over the next 4. Then you start 0-2 in the SEC. I'll listen. 11 wins.
  2. Gravett, Lawson Lead Gamecocks to Win Over Coastal With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More Duo combined to score 48 points, each dropping a career high COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's A.J. Lawson and Hassani Gravett each notched a career-high in points as the Gamecocks held on to beat Coastal Carolina 85-79 on Friday night. (MORE/VIDEOS)
  3. Impact of Justin Minaya’s injury and other things we learned from USC loss to Wofford November 28, 2018 THE STATE Here are four things we learned from South Carolina’s 81-61 loss to Wofford on Monday: 1. Long-term effects of Justin Minaya’s injury could be damning After one of the more impressive wins of his career, Wofford coach Mike Young opened his post-game press conference with a nod to who was missing for the Gamecocks. “Those things hurt, fellas,” Young said. “You have a kid like Minaya go down. I hope like crazy the Gamecocks can get him back quickly. He’s very good, he’s a glue guy. He guards.” Minaya’s value goes beyond a stat sheet. The 6-foot-5 sophomore emerged as Frank Martin’s most trusted perimeter defender last season. This year, Martin said, he’s emerged as the leader of USC’s team. “He’s the guy that has the most discipline, the most toughness, the most enthusiasm and is the most excited about coming in here every day and getting better,” Martin said. “He’s becoming the leader of this team. And when you lose that spirit from the game ...” Martin continued by mentioning what Minaya’s absence did to the Carolina rotation. Senior guard Hassani Gravett started in Minaya’s place, meaning a couple freshmen — Keyshawn Bryant and T.J. Moss — were the first two guards off the bench. That’s not what Martin wants, but he might have no choice going forward. (Though Moss started for senior Tre Campbell in Monday’s second half.) And how long is forward? South Carolina announced Tuesday that Minaya will undergo surgery on his right knee later this week. He remains out “indefinitely,” but will begin rehab soon and should return during the SEC season. Since the beginning of last season, the Gamecocks are now 0-2 without Minaya. Teams are averaging 81 points and shooting 49.5 percent in his absence. “Justin’s going to have to keep figuring out a way to keep leading those young kids,” Martin said. “So as we go through growth, we get better and better so we can be prepared for conference play.” 2. Chris Silva’s inconsistency is defining USC’s season It’s pretty simple for the Gamecocks in 2018-19: When Chris Silva commits three or fewer fouls, Carolina is 3-0. When Silva is whistled for four or more, Carolina is 0-3. On a night when depth was a concern and staying on the floor was paramount, Silva managed 21 minutes. He scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, had four turnovers and four fouls. The senior forward was a preseason first-team All-SEC pick. Through six games, he’s averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. The other four players to make the SEC’s preseason first-team were Daniel Gafford (Arkansas), Reid Travis (Kentucky), Grant Williams (Tennessee) and Tremont Waters (LSU). Following are their numbers so far: Gafford: 19.2 points per game, 8.0 rebounds Travis: 13.7, 6.2 Williams: 21.6, 8.4 Waters: 11.3, 6.3 assists per game Martin said Monday that Silva and Maik Kotsar, Silva’s veteran frontcourt mate, have forgotten how to run parts of the offense. “Our big guys do not score the ball in the paint,” Martin said. “Call plays for them and they don’t even know what plays they’re supposed to run. That’s not on them. That’s on me. It’s my job to make sure guys do what they’re supposed to do. “Where it gets a little frustrating for me is when you call plays that have been called the same thing and the same action for three or four years, you would think the guys who have the most starts in our program would understand what those plays are by now.” 3. Keyshawn Bryant up, A.J. Lawson down When A.J. Lawson was on the floor Monday, the Gamecocks were outscored by 26 points. When Keyshawn Bryant was on the floor, the Gamecocks outscored Wofford by 12. Lawson, after earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors, was a marked man against the Terriers. Carolina’s leading scorer was held scoreless. “I really like Lawson,” said Wofford coach Mike Young. “I really like him. We just wanted to keep somebody in front of him and play without fouling and keep it congested as best we can.” A good bit of Lawson’s best plays this season have come in the open floor. The Terriers wanted to limit USC’s transition opportunities. Mission accomplished as the Gamecocks managed just six fast break points. Bryant, Lawson’s classmate, felt like the only Gamecock to find success in transition. Twice, the electric 6-6, 190-pounder grabbed a defensive rebound and scored on the other end without passing. Bryant was limited to 17 minutes because of headache concerns. He wore protective glasses. 4. Wofford is legitimate Did we learn this? Or was it just confirmed Monday? The Terriers play in the Southern Conference, but seemingly spend the majority of their non-conference slate against major competition. They beat Georgia Tech and North Carolina last season en route to a 21-13 record. This year, they’ve hosted UNC (lost by 11), gone to Oklahoma (lost by 11), had a trip to Stanford canceled, beat the Gamecocks by 20 and have upcoming dates with Kansas and Mississippi State. “They’re real good,” Martin said. “They’re an NCAA (Tournament)-caliber team. If you play in the NCAA Tournament, those are the teams you play.”
  4. South Carolina starter out ‘indefinitely’ with knee injury November 26, 2018 South Carolina basketball has returned from Thanksgiving break to bad news. USC announced Monday, prior to tip-off with Wofford, that sophomore guard/forward Justin Minaya is out “indefinitely” with a right knee injury. It was suffered in a recent practice. Minaya has started 35 of the 37 games he’s been available for since arriving last year from New Jersey. The Gamecocks lost their only game without him last season — an 81-76 result to Mississippi State. Minaya, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, is Frank Martin’s most trusted perimeter defender.
  5. USC is on brink of getting a freshman back. What that means for Martin’s Gamecocks November 20, 2018 If all goes to plan, Alanzo Frink will be in uniform Monday when South Carolina comes back from Thanksgiving break to host Wofford at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks are hopeful the freshman forward passes an upcoming strength test on his injured knee and is practicing Friday. That was the Tuesday word from USC coach Frank Martin. So what’s it all mean? Frink is a listed 6-foot-6, 265-pounder from New Jersey who has yet to make his college debut. Carolina is 3-2 without him, including last weekend’s split with Providence and George Washington at the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut. “What does he bring?” Martin said of Frink, repeating a reporter’s question. “He brings one strong you-know-what ... contact doesn’t faze him.” Frink’s reputation as a space-eater, confirmed by Martin highlighting his backside, is important to Martin because he believes it can help the Gamecocks improve around the rim. USC lost the points in the paint battle against Providence as Chris Silva, Carolina’s All-SEC forward and a lane regular, sat the majority of the game with foul trouble. “(Frink’s) going to score in the paint,” Martin said. “He had moments in practice before he hurt himself when he basically manhandled Chris physically. And Chris is a strong dude.” Silva and Frink are products of the same Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey. Silva on Tuesday backed Martin’s claim about Frink’s preseason aggression. “He’s competitive,” Silva said. “He’s not afraid of contact. Right away when he stepped on the court, he was competitive with me, try to bump me a little bit. “He knows how to use his body and when he gets that ball down low, he’s not afraid of contact. He always goes strong.” Frink averaged 13 points and eight rebounds as a senior in high school. After a spring commitment to USC, he spent the early summer representing the Dominican Republic at the FIBA under-18 Americas championships in Canada. His performance then gave way to ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla labeling Frink as a “steal” for the Gamecocks. “He blew me away,” Fraschilla told The State. “He was the strongest player in the tournament, physically. He’s a handful. “Very impressive. Strength, feel for the game, showed some maneuverability out on the perimeter. Obviously a little undersized at 6-6, 6-7, but I think it’s one of those kids you look at and go, ‘Damn, South Carolina might have gotten a steal here.’” Frink picked the Gamecocks over strong pursuit from Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. After Silva and Maik Kotsar, Martin has turned mostly to Felipe Haase for frontcourt depth through five games. Frink provides a different kind of option. “He’s real physical,” said senior guard Hassani Gravett. “He’s not afraid of contact. So he’s willing to get in the paint and fight with other bigs. For some reason, the ball just always finds him off the glass. So I know he’ll come in and contribute to getting rebounds.”
  6. Carolina Routs George Washington at Hall of Fame Tip-Off, 90-55 With Video, Stats & More Silva records double-double, Lawson scores 19 with nine rebounds and five assists VIDEO POSTGAME: Frank Martin, Chris Silva, Maik Kotsar on George Washington — 11/18/18 Chris Silva scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 90-55 rout of George Washington in the consolation game of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off tournament. (MORE)
  7. Gamecocks lose 11-point first half lead, fall to Providence in Connecticut November 17, 2018 Foul trouble and offensive lulls proved too much for South Carolina to overcome on Saturday. Providence rallied from an 11-point first half deficit to beat the Gamecocks, 76-67 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. USC (2-2) will now face George Washington (0-4) on Sunday in the consolation game of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Friars (3-1) get No. 18 Michigan in the championship. PC went on a 22-8 run in the second half to begin to pull away from USC. The Gamecocks shot under 40 percent over the final 20 minutes as key veterans sat because of foul issues. All-SEC forward Chris Silva continued a slow start to his senior season. He scored six points in just 13 minutes. He picked up his fourth foul with 12:28 left in the second half. His first field goal came with under four minutes left and with Carolina down nine. Five Gamecocks had at least four fouls, including starters A.J. Lawson, Justin Minaya and Maik Kotsar. It all ruined an encouraging beginning to the game. South Carolina led 35-24 with 25 seconds left in the first half when Keyshawn Bryant capped a 19-1 run. with a couple free throws. The Gamecocks, effective in a 2-3 zone, held the Friars, a team coming off five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, without a field goal for a 7:07 stretch of the first half. Hassani Gravett led Carolina with 14 points, but only four came after halftime. Providence got 20 points from freshman guard David Duke. The Friars shot 52 percent in the second half. Next game Who: South Carolina vs. George Washington When: 1:30 p.m. Where: Mohegan Sun Arena TV: ESPN 2
  8. He scores, passes and rebounds, but here’s why Frank Martin really enjoys AJ Lawson November 14, 2018 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} At halftime of South Carolina’s win over Norfolk State on Tuesday, A.J. Lawson was 2 of 7 from the floor and Frank Martin knew exactly was what plaguing his freshman’s shooting touch. At halftime of South Carolina’s win over Norfolk State on Tuesday, A.J. Lawson was 2 of 7 from the floor and Frank Martin knew exactly was what plaguing his freshman’s shooting touch. “He’s got a bad habit where he’ll stick his right elbow out when he shoots,” said USC’s coach. “And any time he sticks his right elbow out, all you got to do is look at the ball. You see the rotation, it changes.” There was side-spin to Lawson’s early jumpers, causing the following intermission exchange between coach and player. Martin: “A.J., get your elbow under the ball and get your left hand out of the shot.” Lawson: (Nods) Lawson scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half as the Gamecocks rolled to an 81-64 victory. “He went out in the second half and the ball went in for him,” Martin said. Lawson, the gem of Carolina’s ‘18 recruiting class, has lived up to the hype through three games. The Canadian and former four-star prospect leads the Gamecocks (2-1) in points (16.7 per game) and assists (5.0). His 23 points against Stony Brook were the most by a USC rookie since Sindarius Thornwell in 2014. His eight assists against Norfolk State topped a 2016 USC rookie performance by P.J. Dozier. His six rebounds Tuesday led the team. “He’s got a confidence about him when he’s on the go,” Martin said of the 6-foot-6, 172-pounder. “He sees passes because of his size. “I think I told you guys I should have been playing him at the point more since the first day (of practice). We’ve been playing him a lot at the point because he’s got imagination as to what’s there.”
  9. Reviews are in for USC rookie Keyshawn Bryant: ‘He has a chance to be a great player’ November 08, 2018 Chris Silva spoke in the preseason about his daily at-the-rim meetings with Keyshawn Bryant. “He always tries to posterize me for some reason,” South Carolina’s most established dunker once said about the next-in-line. So after Bryant wowed a Colonial Life Arena crowd of 10,145 in a Gamecock 65-52 win over USC Upstate, Silva wasn’t completely shocked. All that athleticism and aggressiveness had flashed in practice for weeks. Bryant scored 21 points from two dunks, two layups, four short jumpers and five three throws. What did surprise Silva was Bryant did this in his college debut. “A little bit half and half because he’s a freshman and had never played a game in college basketball,” Silva said. “To see him feel comfortable on the court, half and half, like I said. A little surprising, a little not.” For comparison’s sake, Silva, an All-SEC forward and one of 50 players on the Wooden Award watch list, had 12 points and nine boards in his first college game. Sindarius Thornwell had 14 and four in his. P.J. Dozier had seven and three assists in his. Bryant’s 21 points were the most by a Carolina rookie in his first game in the seven-year Frank Martin era. The previous Gamecock freshman to reach 20 points in any game was Rakym Felder on Dec. 27, 2016, against Lander. Not a bad for a 6-foot-6 wing who might have been misjudged as just an athlete playing basketball. “He’s got a knack to score,” Martin said. “Some guys can jump and dunk, but they’ve got no feel how to score.” Alex English scored 1,972 times in a Gamecock uniform. The Naismith Hall of Famer was on the SEC Network call of Tuesday’s game and raved about Bryant in a post-game segment. “I’m excited for this young man,” English said. “He’s very athletic, got a lot of skill, knows how to get to the rim and finish. He did a great job of that tonight.” HIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. USC Upstate
  10. Men's Basketball 11/5/2018 VIDEO: Men's Basketball News Conferences Gamecocks Open Regular Season Tuesday Hosting USC Upstate at 7 p.m. Frank Martin News Conference
  11. ‘Going to be hard for me.’ Frank Martin juggles role of Dad and Coach in USC opener November 05, 2018 THE STATE When the schedule allowed, Frank Martin would be there. He’d sit in South Carolina high school gyms from Columbia to Sumter to Spartanburg and take a break from his day job. “He was just Dad,” recalled Philip Deter. Martin is USC’s basketball coach, but also a father to three children. The oldest is Brandon, a 6-foot-5 forward who played for Deter at Cardinal Newman. From 2015-17, Deter would occasionally peek across the floor and into the bleachers to find the most high-profile of Cardinal supporters. “He always had the same look as he’s watching the games,” Deter said. “It doesn’t really matter what it is, whether he’s maybe recruiting or watching Brandon play.” Martin made headlines last season when he followed a tweet about an embarrassing scene in youth sports with a passionate message on the topic during a news conference. All that ranting and raving you might see from him while leading the Gamecocks? It never follows him when he watches his kids play. “I don’t say boo,” Martin revealed. Aside from grinning for a selfie with a fan, Martin remains mostly reserved while taking in a loved one’s game. That’s how Deter tells it when describing what it was like to coach the son of one of college basketball’s biggest characters. Except there’s always chance for change, an opportunity for Dad to break out in the best way possible. It happened to Martin on Dec. 9, 2016. After Brandon hit a buzzer-beating layup to give the Cardinals an overtime win over AC Flora, the Newman floor was covered in jubilant students. The chaos didn’t allow Deter to spot Martin, but he heard from enough parents afterward to paint an accurate picture of Martin’s reaction. “He was just smiling from ear to ear,” Deter said. “He did a great job of being Dad.” The next time Martin watches his son play comes 7 p.m. Tuesday when South Carolina hosts USC Upstate in the 2018-19 opener. Brandon Martin is a freshman for the Spartans. “I’ve tried as hard as I can to omit that from my thoughts,” Martin said Monday, “because that’s going to be hard for me. Proud, but hard.” The blending of Dad and Coach is not easy. This type of matchup is rare. The NBA has had George Karl (Denver Nuggets coach from 2005-13) against Coby Karl (Los Angeles Lakers guard in 2007-08) and Mike Dunleavy Sr. (Los Angeles Clippers coach from 2003-10) against Mike Dunleavy Jr. (Golden State Warriors guard from 2002-07; Indiana Pacers guard from 2007-11). The most recent college example came last November when Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange got down 3-0 to Cornell thanks to a corner jumper from Jimmy Boeheim. (Syracuse still won the game by 32) “You want them to do well, but you know you’re really trying to coach your team,” Boeheim said during ACC media day last month. “He made the first shot of the game against me and I was really mad. But then looking back on it, I was kind of glad he made it. “But you want your son to play well. But you’re more focused on what your team’s doing in those situations.” Over his 374 games as a college head coach, Martin has had to go against some of his closest friends in life. Old pals Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss 2006-18) and Anthony Grant (Alabama 2009-15) used to be conference rivals. Those clashes were tough, but the spirit of competition got him through. How will he handle Tuesday? Dave Dickerson has a feel. The first-year USC Upstate coach has known Martin for over two decades. He nearly joined his Carolina staff in 2016. “Frank is a very emotional person, very loyal person,” Dickerson said. “But the one thing that drives him is his family. And he’s very, very protective of his family. And being in a situation now where he’s got to compete and coach against his son and get his players to prepare to go out and take away things that his son does well is going to be very, very difficult. “But he’s a professional. And regardless of what he says or doesn’t say — before the game might be a little tense and after the game might be a little tense — once he gets on that sideline he’s going to be coaching his program to try and be the best team on the floor for 40 minutes.” Dickerson, hired in late March at a program coming off a seven-win season, needed players. He soon sent Stacey Palmore, his assistant, on a recruiting trip to the Northeast. When Palmore discovered the roster at St. Thomas More, a prep school in Connecticut, he phoned back to Dickerson. “Hey,” Palmore said, “do you know Frank’s son plays up here?” A scouting report followed and Dickerson was intrigued to hear more about a tough-minded forward who went to high school less than two hours from Upstate’s campus. He called Frank Martin. “And he was thrilled,” Dickerson said. “He was thrilled just like I would be if a coach was calling about my son. But, true to form, Frank did not sell me on his son. He was very political about what kind of player he is and what kind of player he could be. But he thought that he could be a glue guy and someone that could come in and help you build a program.” When Brandon Martin — passing on, among other opportunities, a walk-on spot with the Gamecocks — signed with Upstate in June, this game was in place. “We scheduled the game and three, four days later (Dickerson) calls me about Brandon,” Martin said. “I’m not even thinking about them being on the schedule. I was ecstatic about the whole thing, and then I kind of sat back and ‘Ugh, we play each other.’ “This has been weighing on me for a while, and it’s finally here. So it’s time to play it.” Brandon Martin wasn’t available to comment for this story, but speaking to The State in February 2017, he acknowledged the advice he receives from his father. “He tells me to go out and play my hardest and tells me you can’t teach effort,” Brandon Martin said. “He tells me no matter how bad I play to give 100 percent, be a good leader and motivate my teammates to do better.”
  12. How close was Dave Dickerson to joining friend Frank Martin and South Carolina staff? November 01, 2018 Dave Dickerson, following the path of many Division I coaches, was a visitor to Frank Martin’s gym at Miami Senior High School in the late 1990s. Dickerson was an assistant at Maryland and Martin was leading one of the nation’s best prep programs. The Florida state champion Stingarees featured Steve Blake, a highly sought-after point guard. The Terrapins wanted Blake, so Dickerson came south to sit in on Martin’s practices. “I don’t think Frank’s changed much,” Dickerson told The State last month. “I think it was evident that he had, really, a love affair with the game of basketball. And I think that he was very engaging with his players and his players were very engaging with him. “There was a lot of trust on the court. And a lot of built-in really good relationships because of the way they played and the way they practiced.” Blake eventually signed with Maryland on his way to an NCAA title and 13-year NBA career. Dickerson eventually became a college head coach, first with Tulane (2005-10) and, since March 30, USC Upstate. Martin, on the college sidelines since 2000, is entering his seventh season in charge of South Carolina. When the Gamecocks and Spartans meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena, it’ll be an extension of a two-decades-old relationship. Dickerson and Martin didn’t just remain in touch following the Blake recruitment, they two made a deal with each other. “I always told him that when I first got my head coaching job,” Dickerson said, “he would be one of the first people that I would call. And vice-versa. He always told me that if he had an opening on his staff, then he could consider me.” When Dickerson took over Tulane, Martin was working for Andy Kennedy at Cincinnati. The Bearcats, previously under Bob Huggins, were coming off 14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. “He had a better job there then I could offer him,” Dickerson said. In April 2016, due to Lamont Evans’ departure for Oklahoma State, a spot opened on Martin’s USC staff. Martin interviewed Dickerson, then with Thad Matta at Ohio State, for the position. “I was honored to be considered on his staff at the time,” Dickerson said, “but I had a great job at Ohio State. So we went through the interview process. But my family and I decided to stay at Ohio State.” Martin, instead, hired Bruce Shingler. Dickerson, an Olar native, still found a way back to his home state. On Tuesday, he makes his USC Upstate debut with a roster that includes freshman forward Brandon Martin, Frank’s son. The Spartans went 7-25 last year.
  13. ‘We’re just banged up.’ Frank Martin updates South Carolina’s injury situation October 30, 2018 A week away from South Carolina’s season opener, the basketball Gamecocks are “banged up.” USC coach Frank Martin, speaking Tuesday afternoon on 107.5 The Game’s “Game Time,” referenced injuries to newcomers Tre Campbell, T.J. Moss and Alanzo Frink. “Two of them are ankles, one a knee,” Martin said. “They’ve missed so many repetitions, that’s frustrating because you want guys to get repetitions.” Campbell is a graduate transfer from Georgetown who started and scored 13 points in Carolina’s exhibition game last Friday, but exited the 77-72 loss to Augusta after tweaking his ankle. The Gamecocks spent the rest of the weekend practicing and then scrimmaging against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. “He didn’t practice Saturday, did not partake in the scrimmage on Sunday,” Martin said. “(Monday), he did what we call dummy offense where there’s no competitive deal. (Tuesday) he did some stuff competitively in the half-court.” Moss, a freshman PG from Memphis, didn’t participate in the scrimmage portion of “Gamecock Tip-Off” because of a sprained ankle. He played 17 minutes in the Augusta game. Frink, a freshman forward from New Jersey, had a “knee procedure” earlier this month and isn’t expected to play in next Tuesday’s opener against USC Upstate. “I like our team,” Martin said. “We’re in a good place. We’re hurt right now. We’re just banged up. We can’t get consistency in practice. So many first-year guys, they need reps.”
  14. Does losing to a Division II team foreshadow a rough season? Some history suggests no October 29, 2018 When it happened to Miami in 2013, the Hurricanes went on to become ACC champions. When it happened to Syracuse in 2009, the Orange went on to become Big East champions. When it happened to Ohio State in 2007, the Buckeyes went on to become NIT champions. History proves a season doesn’t end when a Division I basketball team loses an exhibition game to a Division II program. Augusta University, of the Peach Belt Conference, beat South Carolina, 77-72, last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. As USC coach Frank Martin noted afterward, the Gamecocks had their All-SEC forward, Chris Silva, on the bench for the game’s final 10 minutes. They took a cautious route with starting point guard Tre Campbell after he tweaked his ankle early in the second half. (Campell, who scored 13 points, didn’t play the final 17:41.) And, well, Martin never took a timeout and rarely busted out a dry erase board for play design. “I’m kind of happy that I kind of let it happen, for lack of better words,” Martin said. “Because we weren’t very good at practice this week. And we got so many new guys on the team, I’m still trying to figure some stuff out. So I just kind of let this happen. ... This was real good for us.” Asked later for a response to USC supporters who might have taken the result differently, Martin said, “If any Gamecock fan is going to sit there and worry about what happened, they need to understand basketball then.” Does losing to a Division II team in the preseason foreshadow a poor regular season? Here are some examples to suggest no: Nov. 3, 2007: No. 8 Michigan State loses to Grand Valley State, 85-82, in double overtime. How’d the Spartans fare? 27-9 overall, 12-6 Big Ten, NCAA Tournament second round Nov. 6, 2007: Ohio State loses to Findlay, 70-68. How’d the Buckeyes fare? 24-13, 10-8 Big Ten, NIT champions Nov. 4, 2009: No. 25 Syracuse loses to LeMoyne, 82-79. How’d the Orange fare? 30-5, 15-3 Big East, Big East champions, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
  15. 1- best players were Gravett, Campbell and Minaya 2- Lawson will be a real real good one but must get better with free throws. 3- inside group was awful. Kotsar has not improved in the least and should have. Still missing a lot of up close shots. Haase is better than he played but was very sloppy in all aspects, bad fouls, etc. Silva just to many fouls still. I do think refs were a little to tight on calls for a scrimmage. 4- poor shot selection all night. We had size inside but still took close to 30 three point shots. 5- Minaya very active with a double double. Going after rebounds that Kotsar Silva and Haase should have had. 6- if last night is an indication of season then we will be better with guards and small forward play by a lot this year. If front court plays like this then nothing will matter at all. I was very very disappointed in their play overall. They had to be most frustrating part. It was just a scrimmage, I know that but to see some players treat it as such rather than a chance to see how they could function fully as a team was disappointing. As they say, you play like you practice. If this is a glorified practice then this will be a long season that will be hard fir frank to survive. I hope they come out when games count and play harder and smarter.
  16. South Carolina basketball vs. Augusta: 10 things to watch for in Firday’s exhibition October 25, 2018 Who: Augusta University at South Carolina (exhibition game) When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Colonial Life Arena Admission: Free TV: None Radio: Game broadcast will not air on any radio affiliates, but can be accessed for free via the South Carolina Gameday app and TuneIn app. 10 things to watch Starting lineup Coach Frank Martin has been consistent this preseason in praising the leadership on display from his returning players. He likes the core formed by Chris Silva and company and how they’ve quickly brought along the eight newcomers. That said, it’s likely safe to assume he’ll roll out the following five to begin the 2018-19 season: PG Tre Campbell, SG Hassani Gravett, SF Justin Minaya, PF Silva, C Maik Kotsar. Gravett, Minaya, Silva and Kotsar have combined to start 197 games in a USC uniform. Campbell, a senior graduate transfer, started 21 games over three years at Georgetown. Martin’s on record this month of saying this current group of rookies makes up the most talented freshman class he’s had at South Carolina, but the seventh-year coach might value experience more than anything else. He seems comfortable at least beginning this season on the old side. Tre Campbell’s impact Campbell suffered an ankle injury earlier this month, but Martin said during SEC media day last week that the 6-foot, 183-pounder was back on the court. After successful one-year stints from Frank Booker and Wes Myers, Martin feels encouraged about another grad transfer leaving USC on a high note. Campbell, who played in a structured Princeton-style offense under then-Hoyas coach John Thompson III, is eager to look like a top 100 recruit again. An exhibition game isn’t a great indicator, but how Campbell runs this offense for the first time against an opponent is certainly something to watch. Point guard play was an issue all last season. South Carolina’s shooters Part of the build-up to USC’s opening exhibition game in 2017-18 was Martin labeling that team the best shooting bunch of his career. And then the Gamecocks went out and missed 26 of their 35 3-point attempts in a win over Erskine. “That’s why I usually keep my mouth shut,” Martin said afterward. “I go out and say we’re a good shooting team, and we go 1-for-156 in the second half.” Things got a little better when the regular season began, but not much. Despite Booker knocking down 85 3s – good for third-most in program history – the Gamecocks finished ninth in the SEC in 3-point FG percentage (33.9) and last in the league in overall field goal percentage (39.8). Booker is gone, so who takes the perimeter lead? Freshmen at the point With the nature of the game, the opponent and Campbell’s injury, a couple freshmen are bound to get point guard reps. Martin hinted at this last week when he spoke to USC’s options as its most crucial position. Both T.J. Moss and A.J. Lawson will get their chances to run the offense. Moss is more of a classic at the spot, someone who averaged over 6 assists per game as a high school senior and excels more in the half-court. Lawson, a 6-foot-6, 172-pounder who’s drawn a P.J. Dozier comparison, likes to push the pace and might fit more when the Gamecocks face pressing defenses. Augusta forced an average of 12.2 turnovers per game last season. A free-flowing Hassani Gravett Gravett became South Carolina’s most used PG last season, but his natural position is at the two-guard. Martin’s said he’s used Gravett more off the ball this preseason as other point options have emerged. The goal here is to get Gravett to maximize his athletic ability without feeling the burden that comes with being a point guard. “He’s playing fast, he’s playing aggressive,” Martin said last week. “That’s when you know a player is engaged mentally, is the aggression that they play with.” In a transition-heavy South Carolina Pro-Am in July, Gravett averaged 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and four assists per game. Keyshawn Bryant’s hops Shortly after Bryant committed to South Carolina in June, Tyrone Woodside, Bryant’s high school coach, told The State that USC was getting a player with a “Jordan-esque” quality. The 6-6, 190-pounder can get up. “He’s quick as a cat, a quick leaper, and runs like the wind,” Woodside said. “He could probably be on the track team running the 100 or the 200 (meters), he’s that fast. “But you’ll see things where you’re really wowed by the things he does. That’s the kind of style that he has.” Now at USC, Bryant’s abilities have been confirmed by everyone from Martin to Justin Minaya to Silva. Maik Kotsar’s improvement Kotsar upped his scoring by three points from his freshman to sophomore year. He again started 33 games and averaged close to five rebounds. But even he admits 2017-18 was a frustrating season. He made 45 percent of his 2-point shots and 57 percent of his free throws. Martin thinks the 6-foot-11 Kotsar has NBA potential. He’s needed an improved work ethic to try to reach it. “I’m seeing a different personality from him every day,” Martin said. “You can actually joke with him. In the past, he was wound up so tight because he was so worried about the balls not going in. Well, he’s at peace with it now because he’s working at it and the ball’s going in.” Chris Silva’s 3-point shooting Silva tested the NBA waters last spring and came back to USC with some noted areas to improve, including a 3-point shot. The powerful 6-foot-9 forward is 5 of 13 for his career from beyond the arc. The potential is there, but will he pull the trigger more? Martin’s preached to Silva this offseason that not every one of his shot attempts has to be a “fist-fight” around the rim. Developing a consistent jumper can help that cause. Felipe Haase’s low-post game Something to watch that’s opposite of Silva stepping outside is Haase going to the post more. The sophomore’s a big body who learned last year he needed to toughen up to handle consistent SEC competition. He played too much “outside-in.” Expectations for this season? “I feel more comfortable hitting people on the block and stuff. Overall, I think I can be more inside-out.” Augusta’s competition The Jaguars compete at the Division II level. They went 16-13 last season. Friday marks Augusta’s second straight year facing a high-profile Palmetto State opponent in the preseason. The Jaguars led Clemson by 11 in the first half last October before falling, 80-56.
  17. Gamecocks picked to finish 11th in SEC; Silva makes All-Conference First Team (AUDIO) OCTOBER 17, 2018 Gamecocks HC Frank Martin addresses the media at SEC Media Days (Southeastern Conference) The Southeastern Conference media does not expect a significant jump-off for the South Carolina Gamecocks, projecting them for an 11th place finish out of 14 teams in the SEC. The media picked the Gamecocks to finish in the exact position they ended last year, 11th place, after going 17-16 overall and 7-11 in the SEC. Kentucky was picked to finish as the 2018-19 SEC Champion, with last year’s champion, Auburn, selected third. Media-projected SEC order of finish Kentucky Tennessee Auburn Mississippi State Florida LSU Alabama Vanderbilt Missouri Arkansas South Carolina Texas A&M Georgia Ole Miss South Carolina senior forward Chris Silva, last-season’s SEC co-defensive player of the year, was a first team selection to the preseason All-SEC first team. Joining Silva were, Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s Reid Travis, LSU’s Tremont Waters and preseason player of the year, Grant Williams of Tennessee. South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin expounded on his Monday comments about the state of college basketball and talked more about his team for the upcoming year in his SEC Media Day address Wednesday: South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin
  18. After rough year, Frank Martin in a ‘better place’ with USC in this part of the game Oct. 09, 2018 THE STATE A.J. Lawson had a powerful one-hander. Hassani Gravett rocked the rim after a glass-kissing dish from Tre Campbell. And Chris Silva stayed true to form with a strong finish to an alley-oop. The above describes some notable dunks from South Carolina’s “Gamecock Tip-Off” event held last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. The below describes the night’s best layup. Frank Martin, playing a Family Feud-style game against Dawn Staley, correctly answered a question at midcourt, grabbed the basketball and dribbled cautiously – “That’s the most running I’ve done in a long time,” he said – to one end of the floor. Before his shot attempt, he glanced over to the USC bench and noticed a line of smiles. “I figured Chris was over there saying something,” Martin said. “And I saw Hassani’s face and I said, ‘Let me imitate him.’” In a move Martin reports is something he’s seen every day throughout Gravett’s career, the seventh-year Carolina coach put his left hand on the back of his head while banking home the layup with his right. Laughter ensued. The University of South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin makes a goofy layup during a tip-off event at the Colonial Life Arena. 10/5/18 “I’m just happy it went in,” Martin said, “or I never would have heard the end of it.” By a certain measure, this 2018-19 team is one of the most experienced Martin’s had since coming to Columbia from Kansas State in March 2012. Gravett is one of five returning Carolina players – joining Silva, Maik Kotsar, Justin Minaya and Evan Hinson – to start at least 50 percent of last season’s games. The Gamecocks last had those numbers entering 2014-15 when Sindarius Thornwell, Demetrius Henry, Mindaugas Kacinas, Duane Notice and Michael Carrera were all back after a combined 132 starts the previous year. Such familiarity not only allows Martin to perform perfect imitations of players like Gravett, it has him pleased with something he felt the Gamecocks struggled with all last winter. “I was never really happy with our leadership last year,” Martin said. “It doesn’t mean that they were bad, I just wasn’t happy with how it was being handled. “And these two guys (Gravett and Silva) here, Maik, Justin, Felipe (Haase), that nucleus of guys that played a lot of minutes for us last year, they’re in a much better place right now. As players, as people. I’m more comfortable with who they are. For people to lead, they got to be comfortable with who they are first. And so they’re doing a better job.” Silva, as both he and Martin admitted on several occasions, tried to take on a captain’s role last season, but it didn’t produce the results either wanted. The Gamecocks, a year after making the Final Four, finished 17-16 and missed on the postseason altogether. Off their 12 losses in SEC play, seven came by seven points or fewer. “Last year, I was accepting a new role,” said Silva, a senior and reigning SEC co-defensive player of the year. “So my leadership role, my experience was a little bit low. I didn’t really know what to do. I was feeling confused or overwhelmed. I was just trying to go to (Martin) and trying to learn as much as possible. … I was teaching guys while trying to be on top myself. “Everybody, the returners are in a much better place. So I know I’m not the only one trying to lead the team. We’re having fun at practice, practicing hard, trying to help the young guys. We’re just following the leadership of Coach.” This year’s vets are being blended with seven new faces, including five freshmen and Campbell, a graduate transfer. Less than a month before the season opener, Martin is satisfied with the progress. “We’re way ahead of where I thought we’d be,” Martin said. “We’re way ahead, not even close. The returning guys have been great.”
  19. Frank Martin, Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett News Conference (Gamecock Tipoff) — 10/5/18
  20. Start time, details released for South Carolina basketball ‘Tipoff’ event Sept. 26, 2018 South Carolina’s version of “Midnight Madness” will begin before 6 p.m. The USC men’s and women’s basketball programs on Tuesday announced additional details for “Gamecock Tipoff,” set for Oct. 5 at Colonial Life Arena. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., there’s an autograph session set for 5:45 and on-court action will start at 7 p.m. According to USC, the on-court action will include “student-athlete introductions, a junior dunk contest, a performance by the Carolina Girls Dance Team, and a 3-point shooting contest. Highlighting the festivities will be a ‘Family Feud’ matchup between members of the men’s and women’s teams. Additionally, one lucky fan will have the chance to hit a half-court shot for $10,000, before the event ends at 7:30 p.m.” Admission is free for this event, which seems to be a form of something more traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” What started as a simple practice open to the public at Maryland in the 1970s has become known for flashy, fan-friendly events — rapper Drake made an appearance at Kentucky’s “Big Blue Madness” event in 2017, and Syracuse has brought back alums like Carmelo Anthony in the past. USC has hosted Midnight Madness events in the past but has not done so recently. Kansas will kick off its season on Sept. 28, Kentucky is set to host its event this season a week later on Oct. 12 and Duke is a week after on Oct. 19. Coach Frank Martin and the South Carolina men’s team, which officially practiced Tuesday, has an exhibition game against Oct. 26 against Augusta University at CLA. Dawn Staley’s women’s team hosts Lander in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2.
  21. Source: Couisnard ineligible to compete for Gamecocks this season SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 BY WILL PALASZCZUK LINK: SPORTSTALK Jermaine Couisnard SportsTalkSC has learned through a source that incoming South Carolina basketball player Jermaine Couisnard will not play for the Gamecocks this season due to academic eligibility issues. The source, speaking on a condition of anonymity said Couisnard was cleared to receive aid, be on scholarship and practice with the Gamecocks, but was not cleared for competition. Couisnard’s eligibility has been a hot-button issue around the Gamecocks offseason, as one of his standardized test scores was called into question by The College Board. The 6-4 shooting guard from East Chicago, Indiana went to Montverde Prep in Florida to, as he told the Chicago Tribune, improve his study habits and improve his college eligibility going into this season. A message to a spokesperson with the South Carolina Men’s Basketball team seeking comment was
  22. Four burning questions facing South Carolina basketball this season Sept. 25, 2018 THE STATE The South Carolina men’s basketball season officially begins Tuesday. It’s a practice coming 43 days before the first game, yes, but the mere thought of the session was enough to get Frank Martin’s juices flowing Monday morning. “Here. We. Go,” the USC coach tweeted at 11:13 a.m. Martin went on to list reasons for optimism surrounding the 2018-19 Gamecocks, among them the shot at a fifth consecutive winning season and the return of SEC defensive player of the year Chris Silva. “I know I’m excited,” Martin concluded. “I hope gamecock nation is 2.” The post was consistent with Martin’s outlook on this team since May when he announced at a news conference, “I’m at a good place with our roster.” The group is 15-players deep. There’s a proven commodity in Silva, a breakout candidate in Justin Minaya and a handful of promising new faces, ranging from grad transfer Tre Campbell to freshman A.J. Lawson. What’s standing in the way of these Gamecocks getting back to the NCAA Tournament? Here are four pressing questions for this upcoming month and beyond: 1. Can Campbell solidify the point guard position? Plug in Rakym Felder for Wes Myers or P.J. Dozier for Hassani Gravett and the Gamecocks make some form of the postseason last year. South Carolina finished a game above .500 in 2017-18 despite a glaring weakness at point guard. It was a credit to Martin’s coaching chops, but it also made clear the No. 1 goal of the offseason. With Felder fully dismissed and Dozier well into his professional career, the Gamecocks had to find a PG. On April 15, T.J. Moss committed to Carolina. A month later, Campbell did the same. Throw Gravett – and his 22 starts last season – into the mix and that gives Martin three legitimate options at point. Moss, though, is a freshman. Gravett, as he’s shown in the past, can be more effective off the ball. This moves the spotlight to Campbell. The former Georgetown Hoya came to South Carolina for his last year of college ball. The 6-foot, 170-pounder best fits the profile for what Martin wants. Can he capitalize on the opportunity? “That’s why I chose South Carolina, so I can run a team,” Campbell said in August, “as a point guard in the SEC, which is one of the best conferences in the country. I wanted to do that.”
  23. Chris Silva ‘needs more love nationally.’ Gamecocks star tops this preseason list Sept. 21, 2018 By the end of this upcoming basketball season, Chris Silva could rank in the top 10 all-time at South Carolina in points, rebounds, blocks, free throw attempts, free throws made and games played. He could have a second SEC Defensive Player of the Year award. He could be the overall SEC Player of the Year. But the 6-foot-9, 223-pounder — for right now, anyway — is operating under a small spotlight. At least that’s how one national writer sees it. NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a former ESPN scribe, released his latest offseason list on Thursday evening. The title is “11 under-the-radar players to keep an eye on this season.” Silva comes in at No. 1. “Silva could be an all-SEC first-teamer and play his way toward conference player of the year if the Gamecocks can sneak up and be in contention,” Katz wrote. “He’s one of the top defensive players in the league and averaged nearly a double-double at 14.3 and 8 a game. He is well-known in South Carolina, but needs more love nationally.” Silva is followed on the list by Kenny Williams (North Carolina), Cam Johnson (North Carolina), C.J. Massinburg (Buffalo), Javon Bess (Saint Louis), Max Strus (DePaul), James Thompson IV (Eastern Michigan), Jeremiah Martin (Memphis), Jordan Chatman (Boston College), Seth Towns (Harvard) and Vasa Pusica (Northeastern). Among the 10 schools represented among the 11 players, only three play in Power 5 conferences. But of course, recent history suggests Gamecocks thrive under the radar. Sindarius Thronwell didn’t make the media’s version of the preseason All-SEC team in October 2016. He won the league’s Player of the Year honor the following March en route to guiding USC to the Final Four. Katz has been high on Silva for a while. In July, Katz listed Silva among the 32 best players returning for the 2018-19 season. A month later, he made Silva’s case to be SEC POY.
  24. Additional Game Times, Broadcast Information Announced For 2018-19 Men's Hoops Sept. 19, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Game times and broadcast details have been finalized for the upcoming 2018-19 season of South Carolina men's basketball, as the SEC released its full conference schedule details on Wednesday. Additionally, Carolina has released game times and network details for its non-conference contests. Details for the Oct. 26 exhibition matchup against Augusta University will be released soon. All of the games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network) will also be available through the ESPN App, which is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Season ticket deposits are currently being accepted for the 2018-19 campaign. Prices remain unchanged, with full season packages starting for as low as $69 for the popular Mobile Pass season ticket. Like the past few seasons, fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115), the Coke Family Sections are available for $600 (four tickets) and upper level tickets are available (no Gamecock Club membership required) for $90 in the baseline value sections, and $200 in other sections. University Faculty/Staff members receive a 20% discount on lower level and upper level ticket prices. Fans interested in buying season tickets for the upcoming campaign can place a deposit by visiting ItsGreatToBeAGamecock.com , or by calling the Gamecock Ticket Office at 1-800-4SC-FANS. 2018-19 South Carolina Basketball Schedule Oct. 26, Augusta University (TBA) Nov. 6, USC Upstate (SEC Network+, 7 p.m.) Nov. 9, Stony Brook (Hall of Fame Tip-Off/SEC Network+, 7 p.m.) Nov. 13, Norfolk State (Hall of Fame Tip-Off/SEC Network+, 7 p.m.) Nov. 17, vs. Providence (Mohegan Sun Arena/Hall of Fame Tip-Off/ESPN3, 2:30 p.m.) Nov. 18, vs. George Washington/Michigan (Mohegan Sun Arena/Hall of Fame Tip-Off/ESPN/2, 1:30/4 p.m.) Nov. 26, Wofford (SEC Network+, 7 p.m.) Nov. 30, Coastal Carolina (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Dec. 5, at Wyoming (Stadium, 9 p.m.) Dec. 8, at Michigan (FS1, 12 p.m.) Dec. 19, Virginia (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Dec. 22, Clemson (ESPN2, 2 p.m.) Dec. 31, North Greenville (SEC Network+, 2 p.m.) Sat., Jan. 5 – at Florida* (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) Tue., Jan. 8 – Mississippi State* (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) Sat., Jan. 12 – Missouri* (SEC Network, 1 p.m.) Wed., Jan. 16 – at Vanderbilt* (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Sat., Jan. 19 – at LSU* (SEC Network, 6 p.m.) Tue., Jan. 22 – Auburn* (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.) Jan. 26, at Oklahoma State (SEC/Big 12 Challenge/ESPN/2/U, 2 p.m.) Tue., Jan. 29 – Tennessee* (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.) Sat., Feb. 2 – at Georgia* (SEC Network, 1 p.m.) Tue., Feb. 5 – at Kentucky* (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Sat., Feb. 9 – Arkansas* (SEC Network, 3:30 p.m.) Wed., Feb. 13 – at Tennessee* (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.) Sat., Feb. 16 – Texas A&M* (SEC Network, 1 p.m.) Tue., Feb. 19 – Ole Miss* (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Sat., Feb. 23 – at Mississippi State* (SEC Network, 6 p.m.) Tue., Feb. 26 – Alabama* (ESPN/2/U, 7 p.m.) Sat., March 2 – at Missouri* (SEC Network, 3:30 p.m.) Tue., March 5 – at Texas A&M* (SEC Network, 7 p.m.) Sat., March 9 – Georgia* (SEC Network, 1 p.m.) March 13-17 – SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.) home games in bold All times listed Eastern * indicates SEC contest
  25. ‘Midnight Madness’ coming to Gamecock men’s and women’s basketball Sept. 12, 2018 South Carolina men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their first ever Gamecock Tipoff event on Oct. 5, they announced Wednesday. The even at Colonial Life Arena will be free and open to fans and will feature team meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, contests with prizes and the opportunity to “watch the Gamecocks showcase their skills on the court,” according to an athletic department press release. The exact time of the event was not announced, but it will take place in early October, which is typically associated with “Midnight Madness” events. What started as a simple practice open to the public at Maryland in the 1970s has become known for flashy, fan-friendly events — rapper Drake made an appearance at Kentucky’s “Big Blue Madness” event in 2017, and Syracuse has brought back alums like Carmelo Anthony in the past. USC has hosted Midnight Madness events in the past but has not done so recently. Kansas will kick off its season on Sept. 28, Kentucky is set to host its event this season a week later on Oct. 12 and Duke is a week after on Oct. 19.

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