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  1. Women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley is now in a seven-year, $22.4 million deal that averages over $3 million annually through the 2027-28 season. The contract is in effect now and continues through April 15, 2028. That $22.4 million total comes from a combination of base salary from the university and what the school counts as “outside compensation.” She’ll make $2.9 million this year in the first year of the deal, her 14th season at South Carolina. Staley’s original contract from 2008 paid her $650,000 ($250,000 from a base salary) in the first year. Here’s the breakdown of everything Staley will make and can make with bonuses plus her updated contract buyout details. Staley’s base salary increases from $600,000 annually to $1 million. OUTSIDE COMPENSATION This part of her total salary comes from TV and radio shows and commercial endorsements as well as shoes, equipment and coaching apparel. In her prior contract, that compensation was at $1.15 million this year and increased to $1.45 million in the final year of the deal. In the new deal, the compensation starts at $1.9 million this first contract year and grows $100,000 each year, reaching $2.5 million in the final year DAWN STALEY FULL SALARY BREAKDOWN Year 1: $2.9 million (Oct. 1, 2021 to April 15, 2022) Year 2: $3 million (April 16, 2022 to April 15, 2023) Year 3: $3.1 million (April 16, 2023 to April 15, 2024) Year 4: $3.2 million (April 16, 2024 to April 15, 2025) Year 5: $3.3 million (April 16, 2025 to April 15, 2026) Year 6: $3.4 million (April 16, 2026 to April 15, 2027) Year 7: $3.5 million (April 16, 2027 to April 15, 2028) DAWN STALEY BONUS BREAKDOWNS Staley can earn up to $680,000 each year in additional money through performance bonuses. ▪ She’ll make an additional $15,000 if the team wins 11 or more SEC regular-season games in the 16-game conference format.
  2. 2021-22 Gamecocks Women's Basketball Roster # Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown (last school) 0 Olivia Thompson G Jr. 5-8 Lexington, SC (Lexington) 1 Zia Cooke G Jr. 5-9 Toledo, OH (Rogers) 2 Eniya Russell G So. 6-1 Baltimore, MD (St. Vincent Pallotti) 3 Destanni Henderson G Sr. 5-7 Fort Myers, FL (Fort Myers) 4 Aliyah Boston F Jr. 6-5 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. (Worcester (MA) Academy) 5 Victaria Saxton F Sr. 6-2 Rome, GA (Model) 10 Kamilla Cardoso C So. 6-7 Montes Claros, Brasil (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (TN)) 11 Destiny Littleton G Sr. 5-9 San Diego, CA (The Bishop's School) 12 Brea Beal G Jr. 6-1 Rock Island, IL (Rock Island) 15 Laeticia Amihere F Jr. 6-4 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (King's Christian Collegiate) 20 Sania Feagin G Fr. 6-3 Ellenwood, GA (Forest Park) 23 Bree Hall G Fr. 6-0 Dayton, OH (Wayne) 24 Lele Grissett G G-Sr. 6-2 Durham, NC (Hillside) 25 Raven Johnson G Fr. 5-8 Atlanta, GA (Westlake) 32 Elysa Wesolek F Sr. 6-1 Charleston, SC (Northwood Academy) 44 Saniya Rivers G Fr. 6-1 Wilmington, NC (Ashley) The official 2021-22 WBB Athletics website roster page: https://gamecocksonline.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
  3. 2021-22 Gamecocks Women's Basketball Schedule Date @ Time Opponent TV / Results Win-Loss Mon, Nov. 1 @ 7:00 p.m. VS Benedict (Exh.) (Columbia, S.C.) W, 98 - 41 - Tue, Nov. 9 @ 7:00 p.m. AT N. Carolina State (Raleigh, N.C.) W, 66 - 57 1 - 0 (0-0) Sioux Falls Invitational (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Fri, Nov. 12 @ 7:00 p.m. VS South Dakota W, 72 - 41 2 - 0 (0-0) Wed, Nov. 17 @ 7:00 p.m. VS Clemson (Columbia, S.C.) W, 76 - 45 3 - 0 (0-0) Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis (Paradise Isl, Bahamas) Sat, Nov. 20 @ TBA VS Buffalo W, 88 - 60 4 - 0 (0-0) Sun, Nov. 21 @ TBA VS Oregon W, 80 - 63 5 - 0 (0-0) Mon, Nov. 22 @ TBA VS Connecticut W, 73 - 57 6 - 0 (0-0) Fri, Nov. 26 @ 3:00 p.m. VS Elon (Columbia, S.C.) W, 79 - 38 7 - 0 (0-0) Mon, Nov. 29 @ 7:00 p.m. VS N. Carolina A&T (Columbia, S.C.) W, 79 - 42 8 - 0 (0-0) Big12/SEC Challenge Fri, Dec. 3 @ 7:00 p.m. VS Kansas State (Columbia, S.C.) W, 65 - 44 9 - 0 (0-0) Jimmy V Classic Sun, Dec 12 @ 3:00 p.m. VS Maryland (Columbia, S.C.) ESPN - Wed, Dec. 15 @ 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. AT Duke (Durham, N.C.) ACCN - Tue, Dec. 21 @ 7:00 p.m. VS Stanford (Columbia,. S.C.) ESPN2 - Thu., Dec. 30 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC AT Missouri (Columbia, MO.) SECN - Sun., Jan. 2 @ 1:00 p.m. SEC VS Ole Miss (Columbia, S.C.) SECN / ESPN2 - Thu., Jan. 6 @ 8:00 p.m. SEC AT Louisiana State (Baton Rouge, LA.) SECN + - Sun., Jan. 9 @ 1:00 p.m. SEC VS Kentucky (Columbia, S.C.) ESPN - Thu., Jan. 13 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC VS Texas A&M (Columbia, S.C.) SECN - Sun., Jan. 16 @ 3:00 p.m. SEC AT Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR.) SECN / ESPN2 - Mon, Jan. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC VS Vanderbilt (Columbia, S.C.) SECN - Thu, Jan. 27 @ 7:00 p.m. VS Connecticut (Columbia, S.C.) ESPN - Sun., Jan. 30 @ 12:00 p.m. SEC AT Florida (Gainesville, FL.) SECN - Thu., Feb. 3 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC VS Alabama (Columbia, S.C.) SECN + - Sun., Feb. 6 @ 2:00 p.m. SEC VS Mississippi State (Columbia, S.C.) ESPN2 - Thu., Feb. 10 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC AT Kentucky (Lexington, KY.) ESPN - Sun, Feb. 13 @ 12:00 p.m. SEC AT Georgia (Athens, GA.) ESPN2 - Thu., Feb. 17 @ 7:00 p.m. SEC VS Auburn (Columbia, S.C.) SECN - Sun, Feb. 20 @ 12:00 p.m. SEC VS Tennessee (Columbia, S.C.) ESPN2 - Thu., Feb. 24 @ 8:30 p.m. SEC AT Texas A&M (College Station, TX.) SECN - Sun., Feb. 27 @ 2:00 p.m. SEC AT Ole Miss (Oxford, MS.) SECN / ESPN2 - 2022 SEC Tournament (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN.) Wed, Mar. 2 @ TBA TBD - Thu, Mar. 3 @ TBA TBD - Fri, Mar. 4 @ TBA TBD - Sat, Mar. 5 @ TBA TBD - Sun, Mar. 6 @ TBA TBD - 2022 NCAA Tournament Mon, Mar. 14 @ TBA Selection Night - Fri-Sat, Mar. 18-19 @ TBA First Round (TBD) - Sun-Mon, Mar. 20-21 @ TBA Second Round (TBD) - Fri-Mon, Mar. 25-28 @ TBA Regional Round (TBD) - Fri-Mon, Mar. 25-28 @ TBA Regional Round (TBD) - Fri, Apr. 1 @ TBA Final Four (TBD) - Sun, Apr. 3 @ TBA Championship Game (TBD) - * - Schedule now complete and official. Official Athletics website schedule for reference: https://gamecocksonline.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2021-22
  4. 2021 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - FINAL FOUR National Semifinals, San Antonio, TX #1 Seed SOUTH CAROLINA vs #1 Seed STANFORD NCAA TOURNAMENT #1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (26-4) VS. #1 STANFORD CARDINAL (29-2) FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2021 6:00 P.M. ET | SAN ANTONIO, TX | ALAMODOME OPPONENT SERIES HISTORY: PDF | WATCH: | LISTEN ONLINE STREAM: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats GAMECOCK NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY Appearances: 17 (1982, 1986, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Overall Record (Staley Era): 33-15 (25-7) Sweet 16 Appearances: 11 (1982, 1990, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Elite Eight Appearances: 5 (2002, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021) Final Four Appearances: 3 (2015, 2017, 2021) National Championships: 1 (2017) Italics indicates during the Dawn Staley era SAN ANTONIO -- The No. 1-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (26-4, 14-1 SEC) enter the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament against the No. 1-seeded Stanford Cardinal this Friday April 2. Tip-off for the game is set for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Final Four appearance is South Carolina's third all-time, and third in six years, all under Head Coach Dawn Staley. It is also the second Final Four in a row against the Stanford Cardinal, and the first meeting between the two teams since that 2017 semifinal game that was won by the Gamecocks 62-53 on the way to their national championship. That win was the first for South Carolina against Stanford after five consecutive losses in their series history. The Gamecocks advanced by defeating Dawn Staley's longtime coaching nemesis Vic Schaefer and the #6 Seeded Texas Longhorns 62-34 in the HemisFair Regional Final (Elite Eight). Zia Cooke scored 16 points and South Carolina used its stifling defense to advance to the Final Four for the third time, shutting down Texas for a 62-34 victory Tuesday night. Top-seeded South Carolina blocked 14 shots, nine by Laeticia Amihere, and held No. 6 Texas to 23% shooting. The Longhorns were outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks have been on a mission ever since they felt they were denied a real chance at the national title last season when the NCAA Tournament was cancelled because of the pandemic. It showed all night long, but especially during the first scoreless quarter in the tourney since the women's game went to quarters in 2016. South Carolina (26-4) won the Hemisfair Region to advance to Friday's national semifinal against the winner of Tuesday night's Alamo Region final between No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Louisville. Destanni Henderson and Victaria Saxton each scored 12 for the Gamecocks, and Amihere also had 10 points and eight rebounds in a terrific all-around performance. South Carolina ran out to an 19-point lead in the third quarter, and responded to a Texas run with a burst started by a 3-pointer from Henderson. Then it put a lid on basket in the fourth. South Carolina had no problems attacking the Texas defense early, with three backdoor passes for layups by Saxton as the Gamecocks raced to an 18-7 lead. And the Gamecocks denied drives to the basket and produced four quick blocks when Texas tried. The Longhorns shot just 3 of 16 in the first quarter. Meanwhile, South Carolina shot 57% in the first half and stretched the lead to 41-22 early in the third before Texas clawed back with a 9-0 run that forced Staley to call timeout. South Carolina answered with a 3-pointer from Henderson to start the Gamecocks on the run that would put the game away. GAMECHANGER At no point did South Carolina look out of control on Tuesday, opening the game on a 14-2 run highlighted by junior Victaria Saxton scoring the first eight points of the night for the Gamecocks. KEY STAT The Gamecocks dismantled Texas defensively, holding UT to 14-of-61 (.230) from the field and 34 points, tied for the fewest points scored in any NCAA Tournament game from the Sweet 16 or later. The 12 points scored by Texas in the second half is the lowest total for any half of an Elite 8 round game in tournament history. NOTABLES With the win South Carolina advances to the Final Four for the third time in program history, all under Dawn Staley and all in the last six seasons. South Carolina's defense smothered Texas in the fourth quarter, holding the Longhorns scoreless in the period. This is the first time a team held its opponent scoreless for a quarter in NCAA Tournament history. The Gamecocks re-wrote some program records with the win – Fewest points allowed in a NCAA Tournament game (34); most blocked shots in a NCAA Tournament game (14); tied fewest points allowed in a quarter (0); tied third fewest points allowed in a second half (12). South Carolina continued its season-long streak of not being outrebounded, holding a 46-33 edge over the Longhorns. Sophomore Zia Cooke lit up in the second quarter, scoring 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second on her way to the Hemisfair Region Most Outstanding Player award. Cooke is averaging 14 points in the tournament. Junior Victaria Saxton opened the game on fire scoring the first eight South Carolina points of the night on her way to a 12-point eight-rebound performance and a spot on the Hemisfair All-Region team. Junior Destanni Henderson had a quiet first half offensively but dished out five of her seven assists before the break. She got hot in the third quarter, scoring seven of her 12 points in the third. Sophomore Laeticia Amihere shook off some early foul trouble to continue her big contributions off the bench, scoring all 10 of her points snagging seven of her eight rebounds and notching all nine of her blocks in the second half, securing a spot on the Hemisfair All-Region team. Her nine blocked shots are a program record for NCAA Tournament games. Sophomore Aliyah Boston did most of her offensive damage in the first quarter, scoring six of her 10 points in the opening frame. Boston feasted on the boards in the third, snatching five of her eight rebounds in the third quarter on her way to a spot on the Hemisfair All-Region team.
  5. 2021 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - ELITE EIGHT HemisFair Regional, San Antonio, TX #1 Seed SOUTH CAROLINA vs #6 Seed TEXAS NCAA TOURNAMENT #1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (25-4) VS. #6 TEXAS LONGHORNS (21-9) TUESDAY MARCH 30, 2021 7:00 P.M. ET | SAN ANTONIO, TX | ALAMODOME (NORTH COURT) GAME NOTES: PDF | WATCH: | LISTEN ONLINE STREAM: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats GAMECOCK NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY Appearances: 17 (1982, 1986, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Overall Record (Staley Era): 33-15 (25-7) Sweet 16 Appearances: 11 (1982, 1990, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Elite Eight Appearances: 5 (2002, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021) Final Four Appearances: 2 (2015, 2017) National Championships: 1 (2017) Italics indicates during the Dawn Staley era ABOUT TODAY'S GAME The Gamecocks are 1-2 all-time against Texas with their lone win coming at Texas during South Carolina's 2017 National Championship season. Tonight's two head coaches have extensive history from Vic Schaefer's eight seasons at Mississippi State. Dawn Staley's Gamecocks went 12-3 against Schaefer's Bulldogs, including five championship game victories (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 SEC Tournament; 2017 NCAA National Championship). South Carolina is playing in its fifth NCAA Elite 8 game in program history and fourth in the last six seasons. The Gamecocks are 2-2 all-time in this round of the NCAA Tournament. GAMECOCK NOTABLES Earning a No. 1 seed for the fifth time in the last seven NCAA Tournaments, South Carolina played the toughest schedule in the country, facing an NCAA-best 13 ranked opponents. Five different Gamecocks have scored in double-figures at least once in NCAA Tournament play this season. Three have led or tied for the team lead in scoring at least once – Aliyah Boston (tied vs. Mercer, vs. Oregon State), Zia Cooke (vs. Georgia Tech) and Victaria Saxton (tied vs. Mercer). South Carolina's eight 3-pointers against Georgia Tech were its second-most this season and its most since hitting eight against then-No. 15/16 Arkansas (Jan. 18). Through three NCAA Tournament games, South Carolina's frontcourt has scored 56.5 percent of the Gamecocks' 71.3 points per game with all three forwards averaging double figures (Aliyah Boston, 16.9 ppg, Victaria Saxton 13.0 ppg, Laeticia Amihere 11.3 ppg). The trio has done it with some range as well, scoring 11.7 of its 40.3 points per game outside the paint. Consensus first-team All-American and The Athletic's National Player of the Year, Aliyah Boston is among the nation's best in rebounding (15th, 11.5 rpg), blocked shots (17th, 2.6 bpg) and double-doubles (6th, 16). Already averaging a double-double for the season and in SEC play, the 6-foot-5 forward powered up in the postseason, averaging 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds and shooting 54.4 percent in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Sophomore Zia Cooke makes up half of one of the most dynamic backcourts in the country, leading the Gamecocks with 15.6 points per game and 42 made 3-pointers. She has scored in double figures 25 times through 29 games, including all three NCAA Tournament outings. Still, the Sweet 16 game was her breakthrough at the event as she poured in 17 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Junior forward Victaria Saxton has been locked in offensively, shooting 65.2 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament to average 13.0 points at the event. BY THE NUMBERS 5 Zia Cooke's five made 3s vs. Georgia Tech tied the Gamecocks' NCAA Tournament record and her career high. 11.3 In the NCAA Tournament, forward Laeticia Amihere is scoring 11.,3 points per game on 56.0 percent shooting. She entered the event scoring 6.2 points per game. 55.5 The Gamecocks have scored 55,5 percent of their 76.2 points per game in the paint. (42.3 ppg) this season.
  6. 2021 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - SWEET SIXTEEN HemisFair Regional, San Antonio, TX #1 Seed SOUTH CAROLINA vs #5 Seed GEORGIA TECH NCAA TOURNAMENT #1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (24-4) VS. #5 GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (17-8) SUNDAY MARCH 28, 2021 1:00 P.M. ET | SAN ANTONIO, TX | ALAMODOME (NORTH COURT) WATCH: | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | LISTEN ONLINE STREAM: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats SAN ANTONIO, TX -- The #1 Seed South Carolina Gamecocks meet the #5 Seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 3rd Round (Sweet Sixteen) of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Sunday March 28th at 1:00 PM (ET) in the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The game will be televised nationally on ABC - this season's tournament is the major networks' first broadcast of the NCAA WBB tournament. The Gamecocks advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by eliminating #8 Seed Oregon State 59-42 in the 2nd Round Tuesday night, while the Yellow Jackets upset the #4 Seeded West Virginia 73-56 in their Tuesday 2nd Round game. Sunday's appearance will be South Carolina's 11th appearance in the NCAAT Sweet Sixteen, it's 8th such appearance under head coach Dawn Staley, and the 7th consecutive appearance under Staley, with a season of absence in 2020 due to the tournament being cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Georgia Tech's appearance will be their program's second ever appearance in the NCAAT Sweet Sixteen, and their first since 2012, which coincidentally was South Carolina's first under Staley. But that is where any connections between both programs come to a sudden end: with the long histories of the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' WBB programs, it may be surprising to learn that this Sunday's pairing will be the first ever contest of the series. The Gamecock's program first competed in the modern era in 1974, and the Yellow Jackets in 1974 as well. Both universities' athletic departments have been conference members of the Southern Conference, the Southeastern Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Metro Conference, but they have either been athletic conference rivals during eras that pre-dated both WBB programs, or have leap-frogged, and come and gone from each conference at different times as to miss playing each other in women's basketball. Sunday's contest may be the start of a long, storied series history between the two programs. Against Oregon State, Aliyah Boston scored 19 points and top seed South Carolina dominated after a close first quarter to beat eighth-seeded Oregon State 59-42 in the women's NCAA Tournament, advancing to its seventh straight Sweet 16. The Gamecocks (24-4) led by a point after one quarter but had built a 12-point lead by halftime and were up 53-29 by the start of the fourth. South Carolina made just 1 of 15 3-pointers, but was able to control the game by outscoring the Beavers 34-24 inside and winning big on the boards. The Gamecocks used a big run to break a tie and lead by 12 at halftime. Boston scored the first four points in that span and Laeticia Amihere added six points as South Carolina took advantage of six turnovers. Oregon State managed just five points on 2-of-12 shooting and had seven turnovers in the second quarter. The Gamecocks continued to pile on to start the second half, outscoring Oregon State 13-3 in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third to make it 43-21. NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY Appearances: 17 (1982, 1986, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Overall Record (Staley Era): 32-15 (24-7) Sweet 16 Appearances: 11 (1982, 1990, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Elite Eight Appearances: 4 (2002, 2015, 2017, 2018) Final Four Appearances: 2 (2015, 2017) National Championships: 1 (2017) Italics indicates during the Dawn Staley era ABOUT SUNDAY'S GAME South Carolina is 4-6 all-time in the third round (Sweet Sixteen) of the NCAA Tournament, including a 3-4 mark in the Dawn Staley era. Georgia Tech is 0-1 all-time. GAMECOCK NOTABLES With the win South Carolina advances to the Sweet 16 for the seventh consecutive tournament dating back to 2014. It marks the 11th Sweet 16 birth in program history. The Gamecocks battled through Oregon State's size to control the glass, out-rebounding the Beavers 50-32, and dominated on the offensive boards with a 14-5 advantage. Crucial to the early rebounding effort was sophomore Brea Beal, who finished the night with a team-high and her season-high 11 boards, including six in the first quarter. Sophomore Aliyah Boston came out strong with an eight-point first quarter on her way to a game-high 19 points. The sophomore snagged seven rebounds as well. Junior Destanni Henderson finished with 12 points, a new NCAA Tournament career high. Henderson scored four points in each of the first, second and third quarters, with her second quarter points coming during Carolina's game-changing run to close the half. Sophomore Zia Cooke jump-started the South Carolina run in the second quarter, scoring four points in the period and finishing with 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Victaria Saxton made her presence known all over the floor on Tuesday, finishing with seven points, six rebounds and five blocks, tying her career high for blocked shots. Sophomore Laeticia Amihere was huge during South Carolina's second-quarter run, scoring five of her eight points during the surge. Amihere finished with eight points and nine rebounds. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/3/23/womens-basketball-top-seed-south-carolina-dismantles-oregon-state-in-ncaas.aspx
  7. 2021 NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND HemisFair Regional, San Antonio, TX #1 Seed SOUTH CAROLINA vs #16 Seed MERCER NCAA TOURNAMENT #1 SOUTH CAROLINA (22-4) VS. #16 MERCER (19-6) SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2021 6:00 P.M. | SAN ANTONIO, TX | ALAMODOME (NORTH COURT) HISTORY: History | WATCH: ESPN | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | LISTEN ONLINE STREAM: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats COLUMBIA, S.C. – In their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time, South Carolina (22-4) earned the No.1 seed in the Hemisfair Region and will face 16th-seeded Mercer Bears (19-6) on Sunday, March 21 at 6 p.m. with the contest set to be televised on ESPN in the event's opening round. The No. 6/5 Gamecocks will play in San Antonio in the first round, and, if they advance to the second round will take on the winner of the first-round game between No. 8 Oregon State (11-7) and No. 9 Florida State (10-8) on Tuesday, March 23. The Gamecocks repeated as SEC Tournament champion this season after one of the toughest schedules in the country. South Carolina's opponent winning percentage of .680 is the best in the nation and its 13 games against ranked foes are the most in the country. The Gamecocks have been ranked in the top five of the AP Poll in all but one week this season, including three weeks at No. 1. This is the ninth-consecutive NCAA Tournament bid for the Gamecocks, the longest streak in program history. South Carolina reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 2015 before capturing its first NCAA Championship in 2017. The Gamecocks have played in 10 Sweet 16s in their 16 previous times in the event, reaching that round in seven of their last eight tournament appearances and advancing to the Elite Eight three times in their last five NCAA Tournaments. South Carolina owns a 30-15 record all-time in the event. This marks the Gamecocks' fifth No. 1 seed all-time after earning the position in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. South Carolina advanced to the Final Four as a No. 1 seed in 2015 and 2017. Last season the Gamecocks were prepared to enter the tournament as the overall number #1 ranked team nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches final polls, but the tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  8. 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.
  9. #5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS AT #3/3 TEXAS A&M AGGIES #5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA (19-3, 14-1) AT #3/3 TEXAS A&M (21-1, 12-1) 2 P.M. (ET) | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS | REED ARENA South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPN2 | LISTEN: 1320 AM | Live Stats | Staley Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME South Carolina is 7-3 all-time against Texas A&M after winning the last seven meetings. Eight of the 10 meetings were decided by single digits with five of those settled by three or fewer points. This is the second-straight season that the Gamecocks closed out their SEC slate with the Aggies. Last season's 60-52 victory in Columbia capped South Carolina's perfect 16-0 league record. With both teams suffering just one loss in league play this season, the winner of today's game will be the 2021 SEC Regular-Season Champion. A South Carolina win today would move head coach Dawn Staley into a tie with Texas A&M's Gary Blair for the most league wins by an active SEC head coach (153). This game features the SEC's two stingiest defenses in league play, during which the Gamecocks have allowed just 59.7 ppg and Texas A&M has yielded 60.7. South Carolina enters the game as the "underdog" (lower-ranked team) for the first time this season and the first time since they upset then-No. 2 Baylor on Nov. 30, 2019, as the No. 5 team in the country. GAMECOCK NOTABLES South Carolina's defense has held 16 opponents under 60 points this season, including eight of 15 SEC foes. Only five teams have scored at least 70 points against the Gamecocks with four of those games still yielding South Carolina victories. Ranking fourth in the nation in offensive rebounds (17.0), the Gamecocks have scored 17.6 second-chance points per game, which accounts for 22.4 percent of the team's total scoring. Unanimous AP Preseason All-American Aliyah Boston is the cliche of a walking double-double, posting one in 11 of her 22 games so far this season to rank 16th in the nation. Six of those double-doubles came against ranked opponents. More impressively, she averages a double-double overall (13.0 ppg/11.7 rpg), against SEC teams (13.4 ppg/12.3 rpg) and against ranked opponents (13.8 ppg/12.2 rpg). She is 12th in the nation in rebounding average, 20th in offensive rebounds per game (4.2) and 10th in blocked shots per game (3.0). Boston is on the current watch list for every National Player of the Year award, including Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and is on the Lisa Leslie Award Top 10, an award she won last season. Sophomore guard Zia Cooke has scored in double figures in all but three games this season, including four 20-point outings, which ties Boston for team-high honors. She has been the team's top scorer in 11 of 22 games to lead the Gamecocks as well. She is on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 and The Dawn Staley Award Midseason Watch List. Junior Destanni Henderson is the lightning-quick engine that powers the Gamecock offense, especially on the fast break. In SEC play, Henderson averages 4.5 fast-break points per game and assists on another 3.0, meaning 7.5 of the team's 16.1 fast-break points per game (.463) go through her hands. As opponents have locked in on stopping the Gamecock offense's primary options, senior LeLe Grissett and sophomore Laeticia Amihere have stepped up their contributions the last two games. The duo combined to average 22.5 points per game in the last two victories, shooting 48.5 percent from the field. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/2/27/womens-basketball-top-5-showdown-for-sec-title-sunday.aspx
  10. #2/3 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS #17/17 KENTUCKY WILDCATS #2/3 SOUTH CAROLINA (17-3, 12-1) VS. #17/17 KENTUCKY (15-5, 8-4) 3 P.M. | COLUMBIA, SC. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPN | LISTEN: 1320 AM | Live Stats | Staley Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME South Carolina will recognize the seniors associated with the team prior to today's game. In addition to senior guard LeLe Grissett, the Gamecocks will honor senior manager Alexis Boston and senior practice players Andrew Bryson, Wyatt Ross and Tommy Webb. The South Carolina-Kentucky series is tied 34-34 after the Gamecocks have won 12 of the last 13 meetings. The Wildcats' last win in the series was a 65-57 decision on Feb. 21, 2019, in Colonial Life Arena. In honor of Black History Month, the Gamecocks will honor Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin in the first half. In previous games, they have recognized Edith Cook, the first Black player in program history, and South Carolina Exec. Assoc. AD/SWA/Chief Diversity Officer Maria Hickman.
  11. #2/1 South Carolina Gamecocks at #3/5 Connecticut Huskies #2/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (15-1, 10-0) AT #3/5 UCONN (13-1, 11-0) 7 P.M. | STORRS, CONN. | GAMPEL PAVILION South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: FS1 | LISTEN: 107.5 THE GAME | Live Stats | Staley Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME The South Carolina-UConn series includes the nation's top ranked team for the eighth time tonight with the Gamecocks carrying the title for the third time. This is the Gamecocks' third trip to Gampel Pavilion under head coach Dawn Staley. Their most recent visit was a 66-55 UConn victory on Feb. 13, 2017, meaning no current Gamecock has played in the building prior to tonight. This is South Carolina's fourth road game in its last five outings. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/2/7/womens-basketball-no-2-1-gamecocks-head-north-for-battle-with-no-3-5-uconn.aspx
  12. #2/1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (14-1, 9-0) AT AUBURN TIGERS (5-11, 0-8) #2/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (14-1, 9-0) AT AUBURN (5-11, 0-8) 7 P.M. ET | AUBURN, ALA. | AUBURN ARENA South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network + | LISTEN: 1320 AM/107.5 FM in progress | Live Stats ABOUT THIS GAME Tonight's game features the SEC's top two rebounders in Aliyah Boston in Auburn's Unique Thompson. On the season, Thompson's SEC-best 14.0 rpg lead Boston's 11.5 average. In league play, Boston has the edge with 12.7 rpg to Thompson's 12.0. The Gamecocks are 25-21 all-time against Auburn, including wins in the last 10 meetings. In the Staley era, South Carolina is 13-3 against the Tigers with five of those wins coming in Auburn. Tonight's game is the 200th SEC regular-season game in head coach Dawn Staley's career. Her 147 SEC regular-season victories are second in the league among active coaches (Gary Blair, 148) and fourth in league history. Her .739 SEC winning percentage is second all-time to only the legendary Pat Summitt's mark of .874. South Carolina is looking for its 26th straight SEC regular-season victory tonight, which would tie Mississippi State's streak for fifth-longest in league history. Tennessee holds the SEC record of 42 consecutive regular-season wins, which it did twice (Jan. 26, 1992 - Jan. 1, 1996; Feb. 7, 2002 - Feb. 6, 2005). A win tonight would be the Gamecocks' 29th straight victory over an SEC opponent, including three wins in the 2020 SEC Tournament, marking the longest such streak in program history. Of the current 28 consecutive wins, 13 have came against a ranked opponent. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/2/3/womens-basketball-no-2-1-carolina-set-for-thursday-tilt-at-auburn.aspx
  13. #4/3 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (13-1, 8-0) VS ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (12-3, 5-3) #4/3 SOUTH CAROLINA (13-1, 8-0) VS. ALABAMA (12-3, 5-3) 3 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME South Carolina has won its last 17 games against Alabama, which is every game of the Dawn Staley era. South Carolina is looking for its 25th straight SEC regular-season victory tonight, which would be its longest SEC win streak in program history. Including three wins in the 2020 SEC Tournament, the Gamecocks have defeated an SEC opponent 27 straight games.
  14. #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS AT VANDERBILT COMMODORES #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA (8-1, 3-0 SEC) AT VANDERBILT (4-2, 0-1 SEC) 8 P.M. ET | NASHVILLE, TENN. | MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SECN+ | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 21-18, but the Gamecocks have a 13-2 edge in the Dawn Staley era, including the current 12-game win streak over Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks are looking to open SEC play 4-0 for the third-straight season. After last season's 16-0 SEC slate, South Carolina has won 19 straight regular-season league games. Their longest SEC win streak is 24 games – Jan. 3, 2016, through Jan. 26, 2017. A win today would be Dawn Staley's 142nd in SEC regular-season action, moving her into sole possession of fourth place all-time in most SEC regular-season victories. It would break her current tie with her former Olympic head coach Van Chancellor who amassed 141 wins in 20 seasons at Ole Miss and LSU combined. Third place is owned by Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair (144), second place is former Georgia head coach Andy Landers with 273, and first place of course is former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt with 306 wins. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/1/13/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-at-vanderbilt-thursday-night.aspx
  15. Bad news the Gamecocks will be without head coach Frank Martin on Saturday night on the road against LSU, Good news Tre-Vaughn Minott (Montreal, Quebec/NBA Academy Latin America) will be in uniform. On Thursday night head coach Frank Martin and other members of his coaching staff will not travel with the team due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Martin was on his weekly call-in show on the Gamecocks Radio Network to discuss the newest addition to his team.
  16. #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (6-1, 1-0) AT ALABAMA (8-0, 1-0) #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA (6-1, 1-0 SEC) AT ALABAMA (8-0, 1-0 SEC) 7 P.M. ET | TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA | COLEMAN COLISEUM South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network | LISTEN: 107.5 FM | Live Stats | Media Availability Tuscaloosa, AL - The #5/4-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks go on the road Monday for their 2nd SEC contest against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. The game is slated to tip off at 7:00 PM ET, and will be televised on the SEC Network. The Gamecocks are coming off of a 75-59 win in their SEC opener against Florida. Alabama also won their conference opener, a 74-59 road win at Missouri. Tonight's game will be the first of three games the Gamecocks have scheduled for this week, as they return to host Georgia this Thursday at Colonial Life Arena, then return to the road to square off against 13th-ranked Kentucky in Lexington. ABOUT THIS GAME The Gamecocks and Crimson Tide are meeting in the second SEC game of the season for the second-straight season with both games being in Tuscaloosa. South Carolina has won its last 16 games against Alabama, which is every game of the Dawn Staley era. The Gamecocks are looking to start the SEC campaign 2-0 for the eighth straight season. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/1/3/womens-basketball-gamecocks-at-alabama-monday-night.aspx
  17. #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (5-1, 0-0) VS FLORIDA GATORS (7-1, 0-0) #5/4 SOUTH CAROLINA (5-1) VS. FLORIDA (7-1) 4 p.m. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPNU | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats | Media Availability COLUMBIA, S.C. – After seeing its SEC opener against Ole Miss postponed due to COVID-19 management requirements associated with Ole Miss' program, South Carolina women's basketball will now host Florida on Thu., Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. The game will air on ESPNU. Thursday's game replaces the originally scheduled meeting between the Gamecocks and Gators, which had been set for Feb. 25. The Gators were originally scheduled to play at Vanderbilt, which had to postpone its first three SEC contests due to positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within its program. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/12/30/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-sec-opener-thursday-on-espnu.aspx
  18. #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS AT #23/18 IOWA STATE CYCLONES (SEC/BIG12 CHALLENGE) #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (3-1) AT #23/18 IOWA STATE (2-1) NOON | AMES, IOWA | HILTON COLISEUM South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: ESPNU | LISTEN: 107.5 FM | Live Stats | Media Availability ABOUT THIS GAME This is South Carolina's third-straight game against a nationally ranked opponent. South Carolina is making its third appearance in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and playing on the road for the second time in those three games. The Gamecocks are 1-1 in the event. The Gamecocks and Cyclones have never met in women's basketball, making Iowa State the second opponent South Carolina is facing for the first time in 2020-21. Gonzaga is the other. Under Staley, the Gamecocks are 77-62 against ranked opponents, including a 61-15 mark when they are ranked higher than their opponent. South Carolina is 23-21 against ranked opponents on the road under Staley. Today is the Gamecocks' first true road game of the season. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/12/5/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-at-iowa-state-sunday.aspx
  19. #1/#1 SOUTH CAROLINA (1-0) VS SOUTH DAKOTA (0-0) #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (1-0) VS. SOUTH DAKOTA (0-0) NOV. 28-29, 3 P.M. (ET) | SIOUX FALLS, S.D. | SANFORD PENTAGON South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: FloHoops.com | LISTEN: 1320 AM - Saturday Game, Sunday Game | Live Stats ABOUT THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES The Gamecocks have just a single game of history against the tournament field. South Carolina topped then-No. 25/21 South Dakota 73-60 on Dec. 22, 2019, at Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina has played in Sioux Falls once before this weekend, an upset 80-72 loss to then-No. 14 Syracuse in the 2016 NCAA Sweet 16 (Mar. 25, 2016). South Carolina has played in 11 regular-season tournament during head coach Dawn Staley's first 12 seasons at the helm. The Gamecocks enter this weekend with a 23-7 record in those tournaments, including a 2-1 record that delivered the Reef Division title in the 2019 Paradise Jam. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/11/27/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-set-for-crossover-classic-weekend.aspx
  20. Gamecocks Host Coker College Wednesday in Exhibition Game Men's Basketball | 11/24/2020 5:39:00 PM Story Links GAME DAY INFORMATION GAME NOTES (PDF) WATCH WEEKLY MEDIA AVAILABILITY COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina will host Coker on Wednesday in an exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Broadcast: SEC Network+ Play-By-Play: Burch Antley Analyst: Alex English Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 191 | Internet: 962 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina will host Coker on Wednesday in an exhibition before officially opening the season on Saturday versus Liberty at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. The Gamecocks will go on to face TCU or Tulsa on Sunday to conclude action at the T-Mobile Center. > Head coach Frank Martin is in his ninth season leading the Gamecocks in 2020-21. He is joined by assistant coaches Will Bailey, Chuck Martin and Bruce Shingler, while Andy Assaley is the director of operations for the squad. > A pair of Gamecocks collected preseason honors from both the media and SEC coaches in the last two weeks. Junior guard AJ Lawson earned preseason All-SEC Second-Team accolades from the media, while Lawson (First Team) and Couisnard (Second Team) were honored by the SEC coaches on the preseason teams. > South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad that finished the shortened campaign with an 18-13 overall record. The Gamecocks return three of their top five scorers, including Lawson (13.4 ppg), Couisnard (12.1 ppg) and junior forward Keyshawn Bryant (9.1 ppg). Junior forward Justin Minaya, who missed nine games last season due to injury, added 7.8 points per game in 2019-20. > Other home non-conference matchups for Carolina include: Wofford (Dec. 10), Clemson (Dec. 19), SC State (Dec. 23) and Florida A&M (Jan. 2). COMING UP NEXT > South Carolina officially begins the 2020-21 season when it travels to the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City this weekend. Carolina will face Liberty on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET from the T-Mobile Center, before facing either TCU or Tulsa on Sunday afternoon. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/11/24/mens-basketball-gamecocks-host-coker-in-exhibition-wednesday.aspx
  21. Preseason media predictions are out... 1. Tennessee 2. Kentucky 3. LSU 4. Florida 5. Alabama 6. Arkansas 7. Auburn 8. South Carolina 9. Ole Miss 10. Missouri 11. Texas A&M 12. Mississippi State 13. Georgia 14. Vanderbilt Personally, I think we’re getting shafted again. We’re a better, more experienced team. We don’t have the “flashy” recruiting rankings, but we’re returning a full squad, plus have Seventh Woods to compliment an already deep collection of guards. I mean come on... no respect, once again.
  22. In what is most certainly the biggest sports news to hit women's college basketball since the NCAA pulled the plug on the post-season, Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer has decided to leave Starkville after 8 seasons and accept the head coaching post at the University of Texas. Schaefer will replace former Longhorns head coach Karen Aston, who was let go this past week. It's pretty big news for WCBB in the SEC, as Schaefer was setting up to be the chief rival for South Carolina and Gamecocks' head coach Dawn Staley. Schaefer had brought in some quality talent to the Bulldogs' roster, including top-10 2019 prep prospect F Rickea Jackson and 5* PG Aliyah Matharu who both shined in their debut season in college. South Carolina beat Mississippi State 76-62 in the championship game of the 2020 SEC Tournament in what would be the final game of the season for both teams, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Schaefer, a Texas native, graduated from Texas A&M and spent nine years as associate head coach there under coach Gary Blair. He was a member of the Aggies' staff when they won the national championship in 2011. He took over as head coach of Mississippi State in 2012 and led the Bulldogs to the national championship game in 2017 and 2018 losing both times, once to South Carolina. Schaefer was 221-62 while at Mississippi State, and 89-39 in SEC games. This is a sizable shake-up in the SEC - Schaefer had built up Mississippi State to become a major conference rival for South Carolina, and the program was poised under Schaefer to continue as such for the foreseeable future. Schaefer however did seem to struggle in overcoming South Carolina's and head coach Dawn Staley's dominance in the conference: the Bulldogs had won only 3 of 15 games against the Gamecocks under Schaefer, including 4 SEC tournament championship games in 5 seasons, in addition to the 2017 national championship game. Now Schaefer moves on to the Big-12 Conference, where the power of that conference is Texas' bitter rival Baylor and Kim Mulkey. Karen Aston was terminated despite having substantial success as head coach, with strong recruiting and a overall 184-83 record in Austin, TX. What did Aston in however was her 1-18 record versus Baylor, something Schaefer will need to correct quickly if he wants his time at Texas to be fruitful. https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28997584/texas-hires-mississippi-state-vic-schaefer-new-head-coach
  23. 18-12 South Carolina Gamecocks at 10-20 Vanderbilt Commodores COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (18-12, 10-7 SEC) travels to face Vanderbilt (10-20, 2-15) in the regular season finale for both schools on Saturday in Nashville. Tip time for the contest is set for 12:30 p.m. ET from Memorial Gym. GAME INFORMATION ARENA: Memorial Gym (12,316) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Richard Cross Analyst: Mark Wise Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 384 | INTERNET: 974 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com Tickets: Arena box office Series: Vandy leads, 30-29 In Nashville: Vandy leads 17-11 Trend: Carolina has won three straight Last Game: 90-64 Carolina win on Jan. 25, 2020, in Columbia
  24. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Miss State ***Feb. 19, 2020 at 9:00pm.*** **Feb. 19, 2020 - Wednesday, 9:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs Mississippi State Bulldogs COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (16-9, 8-4 SEC) travels to face Mississippi State (16-9, 7-5 SEC) on Wednesday evening for a 9 p.m. ET tipoff in Starkville. The meeting is the first of two between the two schools in the final six games of the regular season. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Humphrey Coliseum (10,575) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Roy Philpott Analyst: Mark Wise Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 382 | INTERNET: 972 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: Statbroadcast Tickets: Arena box office Series: MSU leads 22-15 In Starkville: MSU leads 12-4 Trend: MSU has won three of the last five Last Game: 76-61 Mississippi State win on Feb. 23, 2019, in Starkville TIPOFF NOTABLES > A crucial steal, followed by four straight makes at the free throw line in the final 23 seconds by senior forward Maik Kotsar would be the difference in Carolina's 63-61 home win over Tennessee last Saturday. Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 13 points and eight rebounds, and the senior secured Carolina's eighth SEC win of the season. > The numbers show just how close of a contest it was vs. the Vols - both teams with 20 baskets, both with four 3-pointers, and the difference was Carolina's 19 makes at the charity stripe compared to 17 by the Vols. Kotsar was 7-of-8 at the line for Carolina and R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard was 7-of-11, as the duo accounted for 14 of Carolina's makes at the line. > Carolina aims for its seventh road win of the season on Wednesday at MSU. Should the Gamecocks win, it would mark the most on the road for the Garnet and Black since the 2005-06 squad also won seven in true road matchups. > The Gamecocks have won eight of their last 10 contests after starting league play 0-2, with three of those victories on the road - at Texas A&M, at Arkansas and at Georgia. > In the Feb. 17 NCAA NET figures, Carolina holds a NET of 65, and has three Q1 wins and 4 Q2 wins. Wednesday's matchup at Mississippi State is another Q1 opportunity for the Gamecocks. > South Carolina captured its sixth road win of the season last Wednesday when it defeated Georgia 75-59 in Athens. The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs to just one field goal in the first 14 minutes of the game to build a double-digit lead they would never give up. Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led four Gamecocks in double figures with a game high 20 points. > Carolina's six road wins are currently the most in the SEC (Kentucky has five and is on the road on Tuesday evening at LSU), and the most by a Gamecock squad since the 2016-17 Final Four team also had six road wins. > Kotsar ranks fourth all-time in Gamecock history with 115 career starts. He'll make career start 116 on Wednesday vs. Mississippi State, which will place him in a tie for second all-time with Gamecock greats Melvin Watson and BJ McKie. Sindarius Thornwell leads the category with 132 career starts. > In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 72.5 points per outing and 42.4 percent from the field. > Since the beginning of the 2016 SEC campaign, Carolina is 31-11 (.738) in conference home contests. > In its 16 wins, the Carolina defense is holding opponents to just 35.6 percent from the field and 25.1 percent from 3-point range. > Martin is 33-45 (.435) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1. > The Gamecocks are 6-3 on the road this season, and are 28-36 (43.7%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign. THROUGH 25 GAMES ... > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson paces the Gamecocks with 13.8 points per game. Lawson also has a team high 47 3-pointers on the year and is dishing out 1.8 assists per game. > Senior forward Maik Kotsar has scored 259 points games, and is just 61 points away from 1,000 for his career. > Kotsar is also 49 rebounds away from cracking the top 10 all time in the category. He sits at 635 for his career, and Gamecock great Sindarius Thornwell is in the 10th position with 684 career rebounds. > The Gamecocks are holding opponents to just 38.3 percent from the floor, which is first in the SEC and 14th nationally. > Carolina has dished at least 13 assists in 19 games, including an SEC season high 22 in the Jan. 18 road win at Texas A&M. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard is averaging a team high 2.9 assists per game. He has 19 games this season with two or more assists. > Carolina has held its opponent to less than 40 percent from the field on 12 occassions, including holding Wyoming to 23.1 percent and only nine made field goals. > The Gamecocks are 15-2 in games in which they lead at the half. > Carolina is 10-2 in games in which Jair Bolden scores in double figures. THE DEFENSE SHINES > Frank Martin teams are known for their tenacious defense and the 2019-20 team is on the mark. The Gamecocks lead the league and rank 14th nationally, holding opponents to just 38.3% from the field. From 3-point range, opponents have hit just 155-of-538 attempts (28.8%/4th in the SEC/13th nationally), and Carolina is forcing 15.7 turnovers per contest, second in the SEC and 42nd in the nation. KOTSAR CONTINUES STRONG SENIOR CAMPAIGN > Senior forward Maik Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but during his senior campaign, his offense and rebounding have been key. > Kotsar has led or shared the team lead in scoring eight times this season, including in four of Carolina's SEC games. He has also scored in double figures a career high 16 times. > Kotsar is currently in a career-best streak of six straight games scoring in double figures. During the stretch, Kotsar is averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. > In SEC games, Kotsar is averaging 11.1 points, and 7.2 rebounds (t-10th in the SEC), and a team high 1.7 steals per game (7th in the SEC). > Kotsar continues to be the SEC's active leader with 635 career rebounds. > Kotsar is the only player in the SEC (conference games only) to be ranked in the top 10 in both rebounds (team high 7.2 per game/t-10th in the SEC) and steals (team high 1.7 per outing/7th). MINAYA STRONG IN LEAGUE PLAY > Prior to suffering a hand/wrist injury in the Feb. 1 Missouri contest, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya was playing strong on both ends of the court for the Gamecocks in SEC action. In his eight league games, Minaya is averaging 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per outing. He has four double-figure outings in SEC action, including a career high 18 points in the Jan. 18 road win at Texas A&M. Additionally his 31.1 minutes played in SEC games is a team high. SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS > Mississippi State is led by head coach Ben Howland in his fifth season in Starkville. > The Bulldogs are 16-9 overall this season and 7-5 in SEC games. > At home, MSU is 11-2, with their losses coming against Louisiana Tech and Auburn. > The Bulldogs are second in the SEC and 43rd nationally with a field goal percentage of 46.5% this season. MSU is also among the best in rebounds, ranking ninth in rebound margin at +7.8 per game. > Much of the Bulldogs' success on the glass comes from sophomore forward Reggie Perry, who averages 9.8 per outing to lead the SEC. In conference games, he is the only player in the league averaging a double-double at 20.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. > Tyson Carter (13.4), Nick Weatherspoon (11.6) and Robert Woodard II (11.4) also average double figures on the year. > The Bulldogs have won three of their last five SEC games entering Wednesday's contest. FRANK MARTIN > South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his eighth season leading the Gamecocks and 13th season overall as a head coach in 2019-20. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 12 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU. > Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000). > Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the eighth-highest (tied with Villanova's Jay Wright) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Texas Tech's Chris Beard, Kentucky's John Calipari, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Kansas' Bill Self and Virginia's Tony Bennett. NOTES TO KNOW > South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 262-169 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 145-115 record in his eighth season at Carolina. > Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members. > South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible). > Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal. > South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List in October, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson posted his fourth 20-point game of the season with a game-high 24 on eight bade baskets and six made free throws in the win at UMass. > The Gamecocks suffered a home loss to Houston on Dec. 8. The Carolina offense hit just 32.3 percent from the field, and the Cougars claimed the road win. Senior forward Maik Kotsar led Carolina with 12 points, and sophomore guard AJ Lawson added 10 in the loss. Carolina hit six 3s vs. Houston, it's highest output from beyond the arc since hitting 7-of-19 attempts from range vs. Northern Iowa. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard followed up his standout performance vs. Kentucky with another strong outing vs. A&M. He hit seven baskets, including three 3-pointers, for 17 points, and also dished three assists. > Couisnard was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 20 following his standout week vs. Kentucky and Texas A&M. The following day he was also named the CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week. > The Gamecocks suffered an 80-67 road loss at No. 16/16 Auburn on Jan. 22. R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard led the Gamecocks with 16 points, while Justin Minaya (14), AJ Lawson (11) and Jair Bolden (10) were also in double figures. Carolina hit 47.5 percent (29-61) from the field vs. the Tigers, but were just 3-of-9 from the free throw line, compared to an 18-of-21 mark at the line from Auburn. > The Gamecock offense was on fire in Carolina's 90-64 win over Vanderbilt at home on Jan. 25. Eleven different Gamecocks marked the scoring column, with five of those in double figures led by 14 from both AJ Lawson and Justin Minaya. Minaya pulled down a career best 12 rebounds - six on the offensive glass - for his second-career double-double. As a team, Carolina hit 33-of-61 from the field (54.1%) and 17-of-24 (70.8%) at the free throw line. > Rookie forward Jalyn McCreary posted the first double-figure scoring game of his career with 11 in the win vs. Vanderbilt. In SEC action, McCreary has hit 23-of-35 attempts - 65.7% - and is averaging 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per contest. > South Carolina picked up its third quadrant one win of the season with a 79-77 road victory at Arkansas on Jan. 29 night. The Gamecocks never trailed in the contest, and led by as many as 11 in the opening half. Arkansas pulled to within a point with 28 seconds remaining on a Mason Jones free throw, before Jermaine Couisnard hit one of his two attempts from the line to push the Carolina lead back to two with 26 seconds to play. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson was big on both ends of the court vs. the Razorbacks, scoring a team high 19 points, while also picking up a steal. He also defended Arkansas' final 3-point attempt at the buzzer. > Guard Trae Hannibal played 15 minutes during the second half of the win at Arkansas, and the rookie scored a season high 11 points to help lift the Gamecocks in the win. He was 4-of-7 from the floor, and made 3-of-6 attempts at the foul line. > South Carolina extended it's winning streak to three straight when it posted a convincing 76-54 home victory over Missouri Feb. 1. Three were in double figures for Carolina, led by Kotsar's 21 points. It marked Kotsar's first 20-point outing of the year and his second career. > South Carolina saw its three-game win streak come to an end on when it suffered an 84-70 loss on the road at Ole Miss last Wednesday. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 38 points on 12 made baskets in the win. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard continued his hot streak on the offensive end, scoring a season high 28 vs. Ole Miss. It was his second 20-point game of the year. He connected on eight field goals, one shy of matching his season high, and hit a season best nine free throws. He made six of his eight field goals in the second half. Couisnard paces the Gamecocks in SEC action with 16.1 points per game. > Kotsar had a strong outing against the Rebels as well, especially in the first half when he scored 12 of his 19 points. Kotsar also led the Gamecocks in rebounds (8), blocks (3) and steals (3) on Wednesday. > For his efforts Feb. 5 vs. Ole Miss, when he scored a season high 28 points, and his 19-point performance in last Saturday's win over A&M, Jermaine Couisnard was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He paces the Gamecocks in league contests with 16.2 points per game. Over the last three games, he is averaging 20.3 per contest. MORE NUMBERS 3 - The two matchups this season between the Gamecocks and Tennessee were decided by a total of three points. UT posted a 56-55 win in the matchup in Knoxville, and the Gamecocks clinched a two-point win over the Vols on Saturday in Columbia. 4-4 - Senior forward Maik Kotsar was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 23 seconds of the win over UT. Entering Wednesday's contest at MSU, Kotsar has hit 24-of his last-29 (82.8%) at the line. 38.3% - South Carolina currently leads the SEC in field goal percent defense, holding opponents to just 38.3% from the field this season. 8/10 - Entering the matchup at MSU, Carolina has won three straight and eight of its last 10 games. 10+ - Depth is a strength for Carolina this season, and 11 different Gamecocks are averaging at least 10 minutes per contest. 70+ - SC is 13-3 this season when it scores 70+ points. THROWBACK JERSEYS > South Carolina debuted its throwback jerseys for the first time this season for the Dec. 8 matchup vs. Houston. Fans can visit the official online store at GamecocksOnline.com to purchase the full line of throwback gear. > The uniforms are inspired by the look of the uniforms from the 1970's era of Gamecock basketball. > The Gamecocks got their first win in their throwback uniforms in the upset victory over No. 10/12 Kentucky on Jan. 15 and posted wins in the uniforms vs. Vanderbilt on Jan. 25 and Missouri on Feb. 2. COMING UP NEXT > Carolina opens up a two-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts LSU for a 6 PM matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The game will be Carolina's "Pet Appreciation Day" with a fun halftime show provided by Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show.
  25. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Georgia ***Feb. 12, 2020 at 6:30pm.*** **Feb. 12, 2020 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------------- COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-9, 6-4 SEC) travels to face Georgia (12-11, 2-8 SEC) on Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. The meeting, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. ET tip time, is the first between the two schools this season.GAME INFORMATIONArena: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)Broadcast: SEC NetworkPlay-By-Play: Mike MorganAnalyst: Jon SundvoldRadio: Gamecock Radio NetworkIn Columbia: 107.5 The GamePlay-By-Play: Derek ScottAnalyst: Casey ManningSIRIUS: - | XM: 380 | INTERNET: 970Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Arena box officeSeries: Georgia leads 58-55In Athens: UGA leads 33-19Trend: Carolina has won six straightLast Game: 66-46 Carolina win on March 9, 2019, in Columbia SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS> Georgia is 12-11 overall and 2-8 in SEC action entering Wednesday's matchup vs. Carolina.> Head coach Tom Crean is in his second season leading the Bulldogs.> Both of UGAs conference wins have come at home, an 80-63 victory over Tennessee on Jan. 15, and more recently a 63-48 win over Texas A&M (Feb. 1).> In home games, UGA is 10-3 and holds a +11.9 scoring margin.> The Bulldogs are led by freshman Anthony Edwards, who averages 19.7 points per outing. Edwards was recently named to the 20-member late-season Wooden Award Watch List as the nation's top scoring freshman.> Rookie guard Sahvir Wheeler paces the team with 4.5 assists per game. > In the SEC stats (overall games), Georgia is fourth in scoring offense (76.8 ppg), fourth in field goal percent (45.1%), but 13th in field goal percent defense (45.0%). TIPOFF NOTABLES> South Carolina posted is sixth win in its last eight games with a dominant 74-54 home victory over the visiting Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. Three were in double figures for Carolina, led for the second straight game by R-freshman Jermaine Couisnard who scored 19. Sophomore guard AJ Lawson (18) and senior forward Maik Kotsar (10) were also in double figures.> For his efforts last week vs. Ole Miss, when he scored a season high 28 points, and his 19-point performance in the win over A&M, Couisnard was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He paces the Gamecocks in league contests with 16.4 points per game. Over the last three games, he is averaging 20.6 per contest.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar continues his career year in 2019-20. The Tallinn, Estonia, native registered his 14th double-figure scoring contest of the season, and posted his 11th game this season with a team high in steals with 10 points and four steals vs. A&M.> Kotsar is the only player in the SEC (conference games only) to be ranked in the top 10 in both rebounds (team high 7.3 per game/t-8th in the SEC) and steals (team high 1.8 per outing/t-6th).> South Carolina saw its three-game win streak come to an end on when it suffered an 84-70 loss on the road at Ole Miss last Wednesday. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 38 points on 12 made baskets in the win. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard continued his hot streak on the offensive end, scoring a season high 28 vs. Ole Miss. It was his second 20-point game of the year. He connected on eight field goals, one shy of matching his season high, and hit a season best nine free throws. He made six of his eight field goals in the second half. Couisnard paces the Gamecocks in SEC action with 16.1 points per game. > Kotsar had a strong outing against the Rebels as well, especially in the first half when he scored 12 of his 19 points. Kotsar also led the Gamecocks in rebounds (8), blocks (3) and steals (3) on Wednesday.> In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 73.2 points per outing and 42.5 percent from the field.> Since the beginning of the 2016 SEC campaign, Carolina is 30-11 (.731) in conference home contests.> In its 14 wins, the Carolina defense is holding opponents to just 35.3 percent from the field and 26.0 percent from 3-point range.> Martin is 33-45 (.435) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> The Gamecocks are 5-3 on the road this season, and are 27-36 (42.8%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.OVER THE LAST FIVE GAMES> Carolina is 4-1 (3-0 at home, 1-1 on the road)> Couisnard's 14.8 points per game are a team high> Lawson has hit 13-of-32 (40.6%) attempts from 3-point range> Kotsar has a team high 6.6 rebounds, and also 12.4 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 2.0 steals per game> Opponents are averaging just 36.3% from the field COMING UP NEXT> The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for a 6 p.m. matchup vs. Tennessee. The contest will be Carolina's Mike Slive Foundation game. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast from Colonial Life Arena.

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