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Justin Minaya had an incredibly successful surgery on his thumb and Frank Martin said Minaya has a chance to return at some point near the end of the season. Martin said the following. “The surgery was a home run from what I was told, I don’t want to give you a date because you know how that goes but we’re looking at some time in early march. There is a possibility he can play this year.” Who will step in for Minaya absence: With Minaya out, though, it leaves a glaring opening in the Gamecocks’ starting lineup. Wildens Leveque got the start against the Rebels and played 21 minutes, scoring two points with one rebound. Entering Saturday’s game Martin’s not sure if it’ll be Leveque or someone else starting. “I ran practice yesterday a certain way with certain lineups and then I had a different lineup today. I’ll sleep on it tonight and have a decision in the morning; I kind of like Wildens coming off the bench,” Martin said. “For whatever reason he plays a lot better when he comes off the bench. If he has to start, he has to be prepared for that. He’s a great kid. I know he’ll do whatever we ask him to do.” Right now it’s between three guys to start with Leveque, Alanzo Frink and Jalyn McCreary. Frink started four games to start the season but hasn’t played more than 16 minutes in SEC play while McCreary is settling into a nice groove in league play and has never started a collegiate game.
Gamecocks guard Jermaine Couisnard is the SEC Freshman of the Week/Feb. 10, 2020 Gamecocks guard Jermaine Couisnard is the SEC Freshman of the Week. He averaged 23.5 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in two games last week.
Frank Martin spoke Monday morning to the media leading off with some bad news on the injury front February 03, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Looking a bad injury that could sideline his steady swingman Justin Minaya who injured the left thumb late in the first half of Saturday’s win over Missouri, could be out for an extended period of time. Martin didn’t have a full update when he addressed reporters, but he sounded less than optimistic about Minaya playing Wednesday at Ole Miss and beyond. (VIEW ARTICLE)
Gamecock men’s basketball team moved up a couple of spots in the NET Rankings on Sunday and now sit at No. 89 nationally. The Gamecocks (11-8, 3-3) need to continue to climb in the rankings, and have some opportunities upcoming in Southeastern Conference play. Question is how many more wins will be enough to land in the NCAA's?
Couisnard Named SEC Freshman Of The Week Jan. 20, 2020 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week after two strong games on the hardwood last week. The award, which was announced by the league office on Monday, is the first weekly honor of his career.Couisnard had a monster week in two Gamecock wins versus Kentucky and Texas A&M. The East Chicago, Ind., native earned the first start of his career versus Kentucky, and not only led the Gamecocks with a season high 26 points in the upset win over the Wildcats, he also hit the game-winning 3-point buzzer beater to clinch the come-from-behind home victory. Couisnard connected on a season high nine made field goals, which included a season best four 3-pointers in the win over the Wildcats, which was Carolina's second top-10 win of the season. Couisnard followed with a 17-point performance in the road win at Texas A&M. He connected on 7-of-13 attempts from the floor, including three 3-pointers, which helped propel the Gamecocks to tie a school record with 16 made from beyond the arc vs. the Aggies.South Carolina is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to face No. 16 Auburn. Tip time versus the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
I'm really looking forward to the USC/Auburn game. This will tell us a great deal about our team. Overall, I believe we match up quite well with them. And I think we have a strong advantage with our Coach. Frank Martin seems to be able to get inside the head of Bruce Pearl, causing Pearl to make bad decisions with substitutions and defensive calls. Here is some of what you can expect to see: Generally speaking, Auburn runs about a 7 man bench. You'll generally see the starters Daughty, Okoro, McCormick, Wiley and Purifoy and then McLemore off the bench pretty quickly. Johnson and Flanigan will get some minutes, but limited in their time on the court. Expect to see a LOT of 3 point shots launched, but as long as USC is contesting well, Auburn isn't a huge threat from behind the arc. Daughty and Purifoy will take the most, but both are hitting below .300 (.280 and .217 in conference play respectively). Compare that to USC who are attempting less than Auburn, but we have 4 players ABOVE .300 in their makes. Expect an advantage for the 'Cocks from the outside. If we are able to establish an inside presence early, we'll likely see the threes start to fall against Auburn. Speaking of inside presence, Auburn has one of the best in the league in Austin Wiley. The guy is a MACHINE on the glass offensively and defensively. He will likely give us a lot of headaches on the interior, and we'll see a rotating chorus of our bigs (Kotsar, McCreary, Frink, Leveque) just to stay out of foul trouble defending against Wiley's play. The thing about Wiley, however, is that his motor runs so high trying to grab the ball off the glass that he's limited in his minutes per game. If we can get someone to defend him well WITHOUT committing fouls, Wiley can be frustrated by USC's interior. If that happens, expect to see Wiley run out of gas early in both halves and see the bench more often. If we can force him to play really physical (which we have the luxury of being able to do), expect to see Wiley getting early fouls and seeing the bench earlier as well. I think the pure numbers for offensive/defensive rebounds give USC the edge on the offensive glass. On the defensive glass, we've got our work cut out for us, as Dante Purifoy is also a great defensive rebounder. 6'4 guard, Samir Doughty is Auburn's leading scorer. He's going to be their "iron man", and see the floor most of the game. He's also going to launch a lot of 3 pointers. With Doughty, he can be frustrated IF we are able to play tough-nosed as a team offensively. Doughty is quite prone to foul, leading their squad in number of fouls committed in conference play. But Doughty has played smart vs. FL. and 'Bama. He's the cog that makes the engine run smoothly for Auburn, so expect to see Frank Martin keying on Doughty defensively. (In my mind, that means that we'll likely see a Doughty vs. Minaya matchup, with Lawson cheating on Doughty as much as possible). The other threat is Alex Okoro. He's their 2nd leading scorer, and plays well off of the energy of Wiley. Okoro is an efficient shooter. He doesn't take many bad shots. He's got quick hands defensively, and he likes to block shots as well. His weakness is that he is turnover prone when he's playing too quickly. Get in his head early, and make him THINK about what he's doing (he's an instinctive player, in my estimation), and he falls with the best of them in the league. I see it this way... If USC comes in with a strong defensive plan against Doughty and against Wiley, we can frustrate much of what makes Auburn so hard to beat. As a team, we're built to play well against their strengths - we've got a pretty deep bench of bigs, who can wear down their strength on the glass. And we've got strong (and long) defensive guard play to counter balance Auburn's abilities there. Our speed vs. their speed, however, could be a problem. We're an up-tempo team, but so is Auburn. And Doughty and J'Von McCormack are fast paced guards, who see the floor quite well. If USC plays the lanes soft and allows the slashing moves to the basket, we could be in trouble early. I like our chances against Auburn, but we will need to establish an interior game to make the exterior shooting work well for us. If we keep them honest, so that they don't cheat to the outside and press us to shoot from too far out, I think we win this one. My prediction - 78-71 in a tight one to the last 1:25 of the game.
Jermaine Couisnard connected for last second three-pointer to carry South Carolina to the 81-78 upset over the UK Wildcats in Columbia on Wednesday. Here’s the video.
WATCH: Frank Martin News Conference with selected players - 1/6/20 Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin addressed the media, Monday, ahead of South Carolina’s SEC opener against Florida. The Gamecocks (8-5) are coming off an inconsistent stretch with a mix of highs (road wins at Virginia, Clemson) and lows (home losses to Stetson, Boston). But as is the case each January, teams can earn a reprieve with a good start in conference play. Martin pointed to youth across major college basketball, not just his own team, that has led to the inconsistency in play. “Power 5 basketball has gotten very young. And nobody wants to hear it, but that’s okay. That doesn’t mean I’m going to shut up because people don’t want to hear the truth. When you have five consecutive years of, at least 750 transfers, the majority of players are leaving Power 5 schools …. when you’re young, you’re inconsistent.” But Martin was also quick to praise his team’s overall effort this season, “They’re good dudes. They haven’t let me down.” Martin continued, “We rarely have a bad practice from a caring standpoint.” That doesn’t mean he’s let the Gamecocks off the hook for their lackluster performance against the Hatters. As a matter of fact, Martin set aside his habit of addressing players’ poor habits individually, and instead relayed his message in front the whole roster. “When you have one or two guys that are struggling, then you address one or two guys. When you have a whole team that had no interest in playing, there is no individuality …. I was embarrassed and disturbed by how we took the court that day.” Effort aside, the Gamecocks would be served to find their stroke against the Gators. South Carolina ranks 323rd in 3-point shooting at just 28.6%. Worse yet, the Gamecocks are hitting just 25.6% from behind the arc at Colonial Life Arena. Florida, meanwhile, is coming into the game having won its conference opener over Alabama in double overtime, 104-98. The Gators and the Gamecocks are scheduled to tip off in Columbia tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Jair Bolden Earns SEC Honor Men's Basketball | 12/23/2019 | GCF Staff Report COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina r-junior guard Jair Bolden was named the SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after his standout performance in Carolina's upset road win at No. 9 Virginia on Sunday. Bolden tallied his first 20-point game in the Garnet and Black versus the Cavaliers to earn his first SEC weekly award. The win against the defending national champions pushed Carolina's road record to 3-0 this season. (VIEW ARTICLE)
Gamecocks Down #25/21 South Dakota 73-68 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior LeLe Grissett scored a season-best 17 points off the bench to help No. 5/6 South Carolina hold off No. 25/21 South Dakota, 73-60 on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Freshman Zia Cook also scored in double figures for the third-straight game, and the Gamecock defense harassed the normally sharp-shooting Coyotes into 3-of-17 from 3-point range. (VIEW ARTICLE)
Getting to know the opponent: Virginia SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS BASKETBALL The Gamecocks are coming to the end of a very tough stretch of basketball and saved arguably the toughest game for last. South Carolina travels to Charlottesville for a matchup against defending national champion Virginia as the final part of a home-and-home series that started last year. It's a big test for a Gamecock team still putting the pieces together having to go play one of the best defensive teams in the country. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL