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  1. As everyone knows, the 'Cocks sit at a respectable 3-1 on the young season. After watching the play so far, with a group of guys that none of us know well (nor know what to expect from them), here are a few things I note: 1.) Our returning players are leading the charge in scoring. It's no big secret that Frank Martin's teams are at their best when they have a core of players who have spent 2+ years in his system. With all of the defections/changes from last year's team, the big question mark for most of us was what would the new guys bring to the table, and how well would they mesh. Well, the good news is that at the 4 games into the season point, the guys that seem to be doing the yeoman's share of the work are Jermaine Cousinard and Wildens Leveque. I reviewed the stats from each game so far, and it was interesting to see that in Game #1 (v. USC-Upstate), Cousinard & Leveque were our top 2 scorers (with 14 pts. each). Game #2 (v. Princeton), Cousinard again was #1 with 17 points, and Leveque was #3 with 12 points (Eric Stevenson was in between them at #2). Game #3 (v. W. Ky), Cousinard was in the lead of scorers with 16 points. (Leveque, unfortunately, was saddled by fouls and was not in the top 3). Game #4 v. UAB saw Leveque in the top 3 scorers, with 13 points. (Cousinard, like Leveque in Game #3, was not a major factor). So thus far, Cousinard has paced the Gamecocks as the top scoring player in 3 of the 4 games. Leveque has been in the top 3 scorers in 3 of the 4 games (including a tie for first w/Cousinard in Game #1). This is a good sign for things to come, as having those two as reliable scorers in double figures each game takes the pressure off some of the new guys, who will eventually come into their own (like Reese and Stevenson, who I believe will become key cogs in the Gamecocks system this year). 2.) Brandon Martin may be a factor this season. This one came as a bit of a surprise to me. Most of the NCAA coaches who have sons who play for them tend to shy away from playing their kids too much, so as to not seem to be playing favorites. Brandon Martin would seem to fit into that same category, as he is LAST in minutes played other than C. Carter of the guys who have played in all 4 games this season (Benson, Minotte, and Mike Greene are the only players who have not played in every game on the season, with the exception of the injured/suspended players). Brandon's minutes on the court, however, have been meaningful. He has shown an aptitude for understanding the defensive side of Coach Martin's schemes, and he has also been a factor in scoring - averaging 2.5PPG, and also grabbing 2.8 rebound/game. His assist/turnover ratio is positive, he's even logged two steals and blocked shot. He might be one of the first guys off of the bench if he keeps playing with the gusto he's shown so far. And he might also be a "spark plug" kind of player in the mold of Keyshawn when Bryant was a Freshman - a guy who is a crowd favorite, and does the little things which get the team back into the game during dry spells of shooting. 3.) Benson and Minotte are the "lost boys" right now. Ja'Von Benson is averaging 4.5 RPG in limited minutes on the court (he's only played in 2 of our 4 games so far, and only logged 12 minutes in those two games). In the USC-Upstate game, Benson looked pretty solid, defensively - creating some good turnovers and hustling to the ball. So why does he seem to be the last option off the bench for our C/PF play? Minotte was a player who seemed to provide some effort for the 'Cocks last season. This year? Same thing as Benson... limited minutes (and games played). His numbers are only slightly ahead of Benson for all categories. It would appear to be a combination of two factors for these two... the proverbial "practice" effort, which Coach Martin harps on every season. You practice well, you play well... and Coach Martin gives you the chance to prove you can play well in games if you practice well. But the more "hidden" factor seems to be scoring. Benson is 1-5 in shooting from the field, and has no trips to the line for FTs. Minotte is 1-1 in shooting, and has no trips to the FT line either. For two guys with significant height and bodies which can be used to "bruise" their way around the basket... those numbers are simply unacceptable. They've both got a large hill to climb to get out of Coach Martin's doghouse and earn minutes on the court. 4.) Starting lineups and mid-game lineups are still up in the air. It would appear that Coach Martin is still tooling with which players mesh well together in games. We've seen the very large lineup with Josh Gray and Wildens Leveque playing simultaneously. We've seen the 4 guard lineup as well. Both groups have been effective for stretches and both groups have looked abysmal at times. I believe it's a good thing that we have so much versatility this season with lineups, and the early games have shown that any of these combinations can win games for us. (Princeton was an aberration, as far as I'm concerned, since we shot SO poorly as a team). 5.) The bigs, overall, need some work. My comments on Benson and Minotte (above) aside, Gray and Woodley are not getting to the FT line either. And THAT is a problem. (They have 4 attempts and 3 attempts respectively). With the lone exception of Wildens Leveque, Coach Martin is absolutely right to be disappointed with the play of his big men. In my estimation, that falls in large part on the Assistant coaches who work with the bigs. We need someone to step up and challenge those guys and make them understand that physical play is a necessity in Coach Martin's system. Just ask the Lithuanians from Martin's first season here. 6.) It remains to be seen how the wins and losses so far will help the Gamecocks come NCAA tourney talk. Of the squads we've faced so far (and will face on Tuesday), none of them have perfect records. USC-Upstate is now 1-3, Princeton and UAB are 3-1, and W. Ky is 1-2. Wofford has only played Clemson, with the other two opponents being Bob Jones and Erskine College, neither of which put up a real fight against the Terriers. Lots of folks like to complain about Coach Martin's non-conference slate, but I think that it is warranted this season, given the volume of new players on the court for the 'Cocks. We shall see how things pan out as the season progresses. That's some of the interesting things I've seen so far. What kind of thoughts can you add for me? Curious to hear from y'all!
  2. A Homecoming for Several New Gamecocks 11/8/2021 FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION By: Brad Muller, Director of Content Story Links From Spurs & Feathers "Welcome Home" has been heard a lot around campus in the last several months, and it certainly applies to South Carolina men's basketball. Among nine newcomers on the roster this season, there are three Gamecock transfers for which the opportunity to wear the Garnet and Black is truly a homecoming. (Brandon Martin) "This is the dream school for me," said graduate transfer James Reese, who grew up in nearby Eastover, S.C., and attended A.C. Flora High School in Columbia. His college journey took him to Buffalo, Odessa College, and North Texas before finding his home back at South Carolina. "I have a real strong relationship with Coach (Frank) Martin. He's a guy who just tells you the truth. Growing up and watching the teams here, I always fantasized about being in that position one day." "Playing for my dad is something new, but I'm enjoying it," said senior Brandon Martin, Coach Martin's son, who graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia and played three seasons at USC Upstate before coming home. "He's not harder on me. He treats me just like everybody else, and I don't feel any pressure. Not too many people get to play for their dads, and I've always wanted to. He never coached me growing up. He always let my coach at the time coach me, and I respect that. Now, I just go out and play my hardest and listen to what he says." "I've learned a lot about basketball over the last two years, and I felt like this was the best place to be to finish out my college career," said junior Chico Carter, a Columbia native who also graduated from Cardinal Newman and then played two seasons at Murray State. "The culture here is really family-oriented. I'm really enjoying my time here. Coach Frank recruited me before, and I played on the same high school team with Brandon, so we had a bond. Coach is a teacher, and he really wants you to learn. He really cares for his players and his staff." Some of the guys have enjoyed bringing home cooked meals to their teammates or showing them their favorite "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants, which adds to that family atmosphere. They're also excited about what they can offer to the team on the floor. "I just want to play hard and be a good rebounder," Martin said. "I want to be a motivating guy. I spend countless hours in the gym, just shooting. I think I have a tough mentality, and I want to keep getting better and work on my weaknesses." (James Reese) "I'm just trying to be a sponge and keep learning," Carter said. "I can be a high-level shooter and a good decision-maker. I'm a team player, and I want to take on a leadership role. That's really important. I just want to lock in on Coach Martin's defensive principles." "I think I can provide some leadership for the younger guys because I've been in their position," Reese said. "I think I'm a relentless defender, and I never get tired. I've been in college for a few years, so I understand a lot about the game, so that experience is important." As the season approaches, each is excited about playing on their home court at Colonial Life Arena in front of their hometown fans. "It's going to be great to see my family and my close friends in the stands," Carter said. "I'm looking forward to winning," Martin said. "It's funny because my freshman year at USC Upstate, we played South Carolina here. Now I'll be on the other side for our first game against Upstate. I want to see us win. I want to see us win an SEC Championship and play in the NCAA Tournament." "It gives you confidence knowing you've got people at the game cheering for you, and want you to do well," Reese said. "This is our hometown. It means everything to me. It means everything to come back and play at home because my family can come and see me for the first time. I want to create some history this year
  3. Already a sparkplug with his dunks, USC’s Keyshawn Bryant is learning how to lead The moments when Colonial Life Arena was at its loudest and most raucous last year often came when Bryant’s feet left the ground. In a dismal season, the high-flying 6-foot-6 forward was a consistent bright spot, a source of entertainment, a walking highlight reel. His dunks had the power to change the energy in the building. Sometimes his coaches would tell him during games, “Hey, get on the rim. We gotta get some motivation.” In a January home win over Georgia, Bryant dunked three times — each more acrobatic than the last — to help fuel a come-from-behind victory. Each dunk brought the USC bench to its feet, raised the volume, built momentum. Bryant took it upon himself to provide a spark. And that’s just one example. (ARTICLE) Josh Gray excited for new challenge, opportunity with South Carolina basketball Gray, a New York native, played 10 games at LSU last year and was on the Tigers’ NCAA tournament team before he transferred to Frank Martin and the Gamecocks this season. Gray talked with The State’s Lou Bezjak during the team’s recent media day about this transition and his expectations with the Gamecocks. (ARTICLE)
  4. Gamecocks' Keyshawn Bryant earns preseason All-SEC honors from conference coaches Oct. 26, 2021 South Carolina senior forward Keyshawn Bryant earned preseason second team All-SEC honors in a coach’s poll released by the conference on Tuesday. The athletic 6-foot-6 forward is coming off his best season with Frank Martin’s Gamecocks, serving as a consistent bright spot on a 6-15 USC team that struggled with COVID-19 shutdowns. Though primarily playing off the bench as Martin’s go-to sixth man, Bryant averaged 27 minutes in his 18 games and is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder at 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Bryant elevated his game in SEC play last year, averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, while also showing an improved mid-range jumper to go along with his high-flying dunking ability. Martin praised Bryant’s emergence as a leader late in the season, and Bryant should serve as a key scorer on this year’s revamped Gamecocks squad. SEC COACHES PRESEASON TEAMS First Team All-SEC Jaden Shackelford – Alabama Jahvon Quinerly – Alabama JD Notae – Arkansas Allen Flanigan – Auburn Colin Castleton – Florida Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky Darius Days – LSU Iverson Molinar – Mississippi State John Fulkerson – Tennessee - Scotty Pippen Jr. – Vanderbilt Second Team All-SEC Davonte Davis – Arkansas Jabari Smith – Auburn Keion Brooks Jr. – Kentucky - Kellan Grady – Kentucky Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky Xavier Pinson – LSU Garrison Brooks – Mississippi State - Keyshawn Bryant – South Carolina
  5. Here’s where Gamecock basketball is predicted to finish in the SEC this year Oct. 19, 2021 The South Carolina men’s basketball team was voted to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference in a preseason media poll the SEC released Tuesday. Frank Martin’s Gamecocks finished 12th in the conference (6-15, 4-12 SEC) last year during a season that included multiple COVID-19 stoppages. USC brings in nine new players this season as Martin and the Gamecocks try to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017. No Gamecocks were selected to the first-team or second-team preseason All-SEC teams.
  6. Just for grins, since there have been three transfer/portal announcements, I thought it might be interesting to review what the Gamecocks Men's Basketball team could look like next year. Where are our strengths/weaknesses? First, the Seniors... these are the guys who typically excel in a Frank Martin system because they have had 3 (or more) solid years of development and know the "ins and outs" of Coach Martin's playbook. Think about the leap in abilities for guys like Chris Silva, Maik Kotsar, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice. Currently expected to return are: 1.) Justin Minaya - Defensive stalwart. Was considered the "backbone" of the Gamecocks squad his Sophomore, RS Sophomore and Junior years. Significant time away from the game most years due to injury (only played in 5 games his Sophomore year - Knee injury, 9 games in his Redshirt Sophomore year - hand injury). IMHO, the two years away from the game alongside COVID-induced time away from the game in 2020-21 was the culprit for the fall off from his Freshman year play (7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per game/6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest in league play). Justin is a bit of a "wild card" for the 2021-22 'Cocks. His outside shooting was atrocious in 2021-21, and his defense was a shadow of what it was during prior years. That being said, I think Justin can be an INCREDIBLY valuable role-player. He's also coming into his 5th year of time under Frank Martin's system, thanks to the redshirt season. Typical form for most players is that they excel in their Senior campaign. In my estimation, Justin will be the same. The funny thing about Justin this past season, which was easy to miss, is that he led the team in rebounding (his total was highest, and he led in both Offensive and Defensive rebounds). I expect good things from him as a returning upperclassman. 2.) Alanzo Frink - Undersized Center/BIG dude. Alanzo's Freshman campaign showed lots of promise, though he got off to a difficult start missing the first 6 games with a knee injury. His high scoring game that year was against a very good Virginia squad, in which he also pulled down 9 rebounds. Sophomore year, Frink had 12 starts and averaged 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.3 minutes per game, with 7 double figure games and one double double. Went into the Junior season with high fan expectations, but only played in 3 games (late November/early December) and then pulled a mysterious disappearing act... no news as to what his "medical issue" is/was. Alanzo is a case of "what if". His ceiling seemed to be quite high going in to the 2020-21 season, but the mysterious "medical issue" put an end to that quickly. Alanzo has found himself in and out of Frank's doghouse over the years, but he's a HUGE body... doesn't get pushed around when he's near the basket. Frink's shooting touch has improved dramatically, so he's gonna get his during game time. If he improves his FT shooting, I think that Frink can be a force to recon with in his Senior year. The added benefit of him returning is that it gives time for Leveque and Minott to develop well. Frink also seems to be a pretty vocal leader on the squad, and can likely help those two develop their game even more. 3.) Keyshawn Bryant - Human Highlight Reel. Keyshawn's main selling point each year of his Gamecock career has been his athleticism. As everyone knows, if Keyshawn gets after the ball on the offensive end of the court... watch out rim. A true "sky walker" in every sense of the word. His Sophomore year, Keyshawn had a team high 27 dunks on the season (which was actually DOWN two from his Freshman year). His numbers and overall game improved in a strange 2020-21 season (moving from an average of 9/9.5 PPG as a FR/SO to 14.4 PPG). Keyshawn is currently testing the NBA waters to see what his prospects are. Most seem to feel that he will be back for a strong senior season, benefitting from 4 full years of Frank Martin's offense and defense. Assuming Keyshawn returns, look out. This kid has all the tools to REALLY impact the game in his senior year. He's been working diligently on all aspects of his game, and the one remaining piece is being able to play both to his right and to his left. Teams have scouted him well and know his tendencies. If he can work out that portion of his abilities and add that one last tool to his toolbelt... Let's just say I expect Keyshawn to wow in not only the "high flying", but also in the scoring totals. 4.) Nathan Nelson - The former walk-on who has proven his value as a role player. Nate isn't going to play at the next level. Nate isn't going to beat you with flashy play. But he WILL give you consistent defensive presence and he is pretty much guaranteed to hit at least ONE three pointer per game if he sees 4 or more minutes on the court (going 6 of 8 on the season in 2020-21, and seeing 7.5 minutes/contest in 14 games). Honorable mention: AJ Lawson. (I am putting AJ here, because we all know what he's capable of, and I also expect that he'll find his way into a professional contract of some kind this year). Now the rising Juniors... This is the class that seemed to be stable... Frank Martin had recruited a large group of guys who came in together as Freshmen, impressed in their Freshmen year, but then covid hit. Now, we've got three of the 6 in the portal. Here's what we're left with: 1.) Trey Anderson - Trey was recruited and known as a "shooter". Of all of the guys coming in as Freshmen, he was supposed to be the dead-eye three point shooter, with a great touch from within 15 feet. For one reason or another his Freshman year he didn't see much floor time, so his skillset (which was praised by teammates in practice) wasn't exhibited to the fans. Enter the Sophomore campaign, and he sees the floor in 13 games, with a start included in the mix. It seems however, that Trey is not doing something right because after the start, Nathan Nelson took playing time away from Trey. With a "shooter" going 2-8 from behind the arc, and a mere 14 FGs made, there seems to be something amiss. Honestly, I do not expect Trey to return to the Gamecocks for 2021-22. I've been saying for quite some time that he's one of the likely candidates for the portal. I think that Frank Martin gave him opportunities this season to showcase his skillset for exactly that purpose... to encourage Trey moving on by way of the portal. Should he return, my guess is that he's still mostly a role player/fill-in to give some rest to starters. 2.) Jermaine Cousinard - The "pit bull" of the Gamecocks squad. Jermaine began to show himself as a potential scoring machine late in the 2019-20 season (which was his redshirt freshman season, due to the NCAA holding him out as a true freshman). His stats as a RS Freshman were 30 games with 16 starts, 12.1 PPG, 2.8 rebounds, a team high 3.2 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.0 minutes per game. Even more impressive was the fact that Jermaine started the final 16 contests of the season (SEC play), averaging a team high 14.8 PPG alongside 2.6 RPG, a team high 3.6 assists and 0.9 steals per contest. He finished the season with 14 double-figure scoring games in league play. Jermaine seemed to hit the dreaded Sophomore slump this past year, with his play drastically falling off. Jermaine is not the loudest voice on the floor, but I fully expect him to be very disappointed with his year this season and to come back and be the vocal leader that Coach Martin wants him to be. Even more importantly, I think Jermaine is capable of (and will provide) the ball handling duties and high scoring that we will need from a PG. Consider Jermaine as the "franchise face" of the Gamecocks (alongside Keyshawn Bryant) of the squad in 2021-22. 3.) Wildens Leveque - "The next Chris Silva". The hype surrounding Wildens (courtesy of some press quotes from Frank Martin) was that he was a player in the mold of Silva, with a high game IQ, but rough around the edges and a need for polishing. Wildens Freshman campaign saw him average 2.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 9.8 minutes per contest. BUT... he also started coming on strong at the end of the season, with 8 points vs. Arkansas (Jan 29th) and a season high 8 rebounds vs. a VERY good LSU squad (Feb. 22nd). In 2020-21, with the covid-shortened season, he ended the season as the 5th leading scorer on the squad (at 6.1PPG). His most impressive stat was that he was 2nd in rebounding (behind Justin Minaya) with 101 total, and 4.8 per contest. I can be really down on Wildens at times, but overall, I think he could actually live up to the hype and be a player in the mold of Chris Silva. His progression from his Freshman season to the strange winding road covid put us in during 2020-21 was quite impressive. I anticipate him being pushed hard to improve his back-to-the-basket play. If he can develop an off of one shoulder shooting move, the rest of what he does looks good. Great footwork for a big, good hands for catching the ball, and a great eye for passing... he truly has started to look a bit like Silva at the same point in Silva's career. If he progresses the same way... look out, we have another NBA prospect on our hands. And that brings us to the rising Sophomore players, both of whom we know little about... 1.) Ja'Von Benson and 2.) Tre-Vaughn Minott I think many fans anticipated seeing a lot more of Javon Benson in 2020-21, but after reading up on his recruiting, it was clear to me that he was recruited for the future. (His coach actually said in one article I read that he "needed seasoning" to be ready for SEC play). Benson is a big body, and potentially another bruiser (in the vein of Alanzo Frink) to move into the mix. But he's a big unknown at this point, and he's also another potential for transfer/appearance in the portal. Minott, on the other hand, DID begin appearing in games at the end of the season. It was quite apparent that he was not in game shape, but the upside on him was enormous... he seems to LOVE to take the ball to the hoop, regardless of who he's facing. He's got a pretty nice shooting touch, and he uses the glass to his advantage. I have to say that I really like the trio of Frink, Leveque and Minott. If Frank goes to a taller lineup (with two of those three playing alongside each other - say for instance with Frink at forward and Minott at center, or Leveque at center and Frink at forward), the Gamecocks look very good at the "big" positions. - - - - So what does that leave? Incoming Freshmen and Seventh Woods, who might return under the NCAA covid-season rules. I'm still a fan of Woods, though he had a disappointing campaign this year. He would show moments of brilliance and then go two-three games where he couldn't find his brain. I truly think that he's simply a case of overly high expectations coming out of HS, and then going and playing for one of the "blue blood" programs. Roy Williams could not say enough nice things about Seventh, but injuries seemed to hamper his time at UNC. In my estimation, it is what is going on between the ears with Seventh that is holding him back. Most of the fundamentals of his game are there and being executed well. It's simply his decision making that is hampering his play. When he's in the game flow, and not over thinking things... he seems to have those games where the sky is the limit. It's the assist/turnover ratio that was problematic for Seventh. Cut down on the turnovers, and his play looks a lot more rosy. Long story short... I hope he returns to the 'Cocks next year. We're short-handed at the PG position now, with both Moss and Hannibal leaving for greener pastures. Seventh Woods brings a LOT of experience and potential for a "break out" season if he returns. As to the Freshmen, I'm biggest (no pun intended) on Carlous Williams. He was being courted by some of the well known programs (Ms. State, Baylor, etc.) and has an interesting tool set. TaQuan Woodley is another interesting prospect, simply because of his decommitment from Penn State and returning to the 'Cocks (who had heavily recruited him along the way), but I've not seen much yet to make me look for a lot from him as a Freshman. Jacobi Wright and Devin Carter will see some time as Freshmen simply because of the dearth of players at PG/SG right now. Will Frank Martin see other current Gamecocks hit the portal? Will he have the opportunity to pull a recruit (or two) from the portal? That remains to be seen. I remain optimistic, however, that we have a solid squad returning. Having 4 rising seniors in the system helps A LOT, especially when one of them is Keyshawn Bryant who has improved his game by leaps and bounds from his "athletic" start as a Freshman. What are your thoughts/comments?
  7. Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M 1/2/2021 | Men's Basketball | FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF |Box Score w Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M 1/2/2021 | Men's Basketball | FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF |Box Score COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- AJ Lawson scored 25 points and made two clinching free throws in the closing seconds as South Carolina held off Florida A&M 78-71 on Saturday, as the Gamecocks played for the first time in 28 days. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. Frank Martin details his #Gamecocks battle with Covid-19 with Video 12/30/2020 USC basketball coach Frank Martin has his fingers, and toes, crossed that he can get his team back on the court for a scheduled game this Saturday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks have had their last five games cancelled due to Covid issues. And that means they’ve had very little practice as well. Meeting with the media Tuesday via Zoom, Martin said his team is healthy enough to practice, and his hope is enough players can make it thru the week to take the floor Saturday night.
  9. Since the change in the Football coaching staff, wondering aloud if there are any possibilities of this happening... Anyone in the know heard any news about that recently? https://www.gamecockfanatics.com/index.html/basketball/martin-on-burch-playing-some-basketball-that-option-is-on-the-table-r3807/
  10. Just curious on everyone’s thoughts on the Will Bailey hire as Assistant coach for Frank Martin’s staff. Personally, I think it’s a great move. The St. Louis and LaSalle connections alone should improve the move of the needle for us in recruiting. He has an impeccable reputation as a coach, known as someone his players enjoy working with. just guessing here, but I imagine his approach to recruiting compliments Bruce Shingler and Chuck Martin well. I wonder where Frank will have him as a position coach? interested to hear any thoughts/insights others can offer on Coach Bailey.
  11. Gamecocks are now up to No. 98 in the NET rankings, which is 11th in the SEC. Tremendous opportunity on Wednesday against Auburn, the No. 20 team in the NET and best in SEC.
  12. After the big win against Virginia, we looked really sad those next 3 games. I had almost totally given up on these guys. Then we have a huge win against UK. So what did I expect? Thankfully they proved me wrong and kept things together today. They really looked like a team that can compete today instead of laying down like the Stetson game. Now comes the big question... were the wins against Vir. and UK a fluke or can we really play? We find out the answer to that Wednesday. These guys did really good against those other 2, now we face #4 Auburn. I would love to see them pull out another upset. Being they kept their head in the game this time after the UK win, may be they can surprise Auburn too.
  13. Here we go again this time the real deal? Jan. 20, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yes, hope is back. The question arises, is this turning point? Will the Gamecocks make it this year to the big dance? Wait a minute we been here before. Like, yes right after the big win over a top 10 Virginia on there home court. After the win last time Gamecock fans got that giddy feeling. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. Martan on fan negativity Jan. 13, 2020, | GCF Staff Report A loss to Kentucky (12-3, 3-0) would bring the Gamecocks to 0-3 in SEC play for the first time since 2013-14, Martin’s second season. Naturally, the recent results have frustrated South Carolina’s fan base. Not that Martin’s gone on social media to read for himself. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. Gamecocks Back In Action Monday Hosting Stetson With Videos Dec. 28, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (8-4) is back in action on Monday after a break for the holidays when it hosts Stetson (5-9) in a 3 p.m. ET contest at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Burch Antley (play-by-play) and Alex English (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will have the call for the Gamecock Radio Network. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. Bolden leads South Carolina past No. 9 Virginia, 70-59 Redshirt junior scored 22 points, his first 20-point outing in a Gamecock uniform CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jair Bolden scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and AJ Lawson had 10 of his 14 in the second to help South Carolina beat No. 9 Virginia 70-59 on Sunday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  17. Sunday we get to find out a whole lot about our team. Virginia is tough. They beat UNC but they lost to Purdue a 7-4 team like us. We really need to turn up our D against these guys. They are 9-1 but they really don't have tremendous stats. They are 39% FG vs our 43%. They are 25% 3PT vs our 28.8%. The big thing is they are 69% FT vs our 60%. In other words, we need to watch out for the fouls. We average 7.5 STL. to their 6.1. Just going by the stats we might have a chance. The main wins that make them ranked are beating UNC and ASU. Both good teams. I just feel if we bring the same game we had against Clemson, we could upset these guys. If we play like we did against Houston, oh well, need I say more? I would love to see our guys really turn it up Sunday and win this thing.
  18. Frank Martin and Brad Brownell shook hands following South Carolina’s 67-54 win at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. But that’s about as far as the post-game pleasantries went in the 170th installment of this rivalry. Perhaps prompted by a mini-confrontation between Gamecock Jair Bolden and Tiger Tevin Mack, both teams seemed heated after the game ended. The referees sensed enough of it to stop the traditional handshake line and get the teams off the floor
  19. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Clemson ***Dec. 15, 2019 at 5:00pm.*** **Dec. 08, 2019 - Sunday, 12:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Travel To Clemson For Sunday Matchup --------------------------------------------

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