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FeatheredCock posted a topic in Hoops CentralHow to watch No. 4 seed South Carolina (21-9) vs. No. 13 seed Belmont (26-6) March 22, 2019 CHARLOTTE, NC: First round of the NCAA tournament Who: No. 4 seed South Carolina (21-9) vs. No. 13 seed Belmont (26-6) When: 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 22 Where: Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina Watch: ESPN2 Listen: 107.5 FM in Columbia area At stake: Winner plays the winner of No. 5 seed Florida State and No. 12 seed Bucknell on Sunday, with the time to be determined. Projected South Carolina starters: Junior guard Tyasha Harris, junior guard Te’a Cooper, senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore, junior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, senior forward Alexis Jennings Projected Belmont starters: Senior guard Darby Maggard, senior guard Jenny Roy, junior guard Maura Muensterman, junior forward Maddie Wright, junior forward Ellie Harmeyer Key player: Freshman forward Victaria Saxton missed South Carolina’s SEC tournament loss because of to a death in her family, and she “could have been a difference-maker,” coach Dawn Staley said. It’s easy to see why — Saxton’s role has increased throughout the season as she provides a positive spark off the bench. Against a smaller Belmont team, Saxton and her fellow forwards will have plenty of opportunities to score in the paint on offense. On defense, Saxton has length and energy and will likely be tasked with ranging out to the perimeter to deny 3-point shots and stop dribble drives off the pick-and-roll. Key stat: Belmont takes lost of 3-pointers — only three teams in the country attempt or make more shots from long distance than the Bruins, and the Gamecocks rank 147th in the NCAA in 3-point defense. When opponents have shot 33 percent or better from 3-point range this season, the Gamecocks are 6-8, and Belmont averages 35.9 percent on the season. Senior guard Darby Maggard leads the way and is in the top 15 nationally in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and 3-pointers per game.
Most of us agree at least that our recruiting needs to improve. I don't normally make posts that are overly critical of specific players but in this case, I think we should look at everyone on the roster and what they bring to the table. Kotsar is the only returning player who will be a senior. He absolutely must improve his offensive game. He doesn't need to score 15 a game, but he needs to be consistent. Big Chat averaged 10 ppg as a senior. If Kotsar can manage to move from 6-7 ppg this year up to 10+ ppg next year, he'll be very helpful to the team. Hopefully, we'll be able to bring in one grad transfer who is big. The juniors will be Bolden, who by most accounts should make an impact at PG next season, and Haase. I don't know about Haase really. He definitely helped us win a few games this year. He has a skill set that includes being a very good outside shooter. However, he isn't above average at anything else - passing, defense, athleticism, creating, etc... I'd like to see him stay and improve, but I think his ceiling is rather low. I think he'd be a great player in a league with less strength and athleticism than the SEC. The sophomores should carry the team for the most part. Lawson and Bryant both gained tremendous experience and discovered that they can compete at this level. Frink has a ways to go, but he showed this year that he has some skills, especially using his body for rebounding. His defense has to improve tremendously though. Minaya will return as an RS Soph next year and I think it's fair to say he should be expected to be better than he was last year and early on this season. He averaged about 8 ppg last year and I think we really need him to elevate that to 12-13 ppg. Cudd is the other sophomore and I just don't see any upside here. Perhaps he'll transfer down a level and play at FMU or some other D2 school. I understand why you take a chance on a 7 footer, but when it doesn't work, you move on. There will once again be a large group of freshmen. Couisnard, if as good as advertised, could have an impact similar to Lawson this year. Moss showed signed of being a quality player but was hurt before we were really able to see any growth. Hannibal will have some growing pains but he's a scorer. I look forward to seeing what he can do. Anderson is a wild card. He had an offer from Georgia Tech, but not much else. I have no idea what to expect from him. Leveque is a big body we desperately need, but who knows if he'll be ready to give us big minutes and be productive.
FeatheredCock posted a topic in Hoops CentralSouth Carolina falters down the stretch in SEC Tournament loss to Auburn March 15, 2019 A.J. Lawson turned and winced with the whistle. His first big dent in his return game from injury felt like a crucial moment. South Carolina’s chance to reach the semifinals of the SEC Tournament for the first time in 16 years was on the brink of crunch time when Lawson, USC’s star freshman guard, challenged too hard on a 3-point attempt by Auburn’s Jared Harper. A three-shot foul was awarded to the Tigers as Lawson headed to the bench. USC spent a good chunk of its conference season short-handed, so it was only fitting that the Gamecocks essentially stayed that way in the postseason. Lawson, one of the best rookies in the league, wasn’t his usual self after a three-game absence for an ankle injury. Fourth-seeded Carolina basically had to battle No. 5 Auburn with a familiar lineup of seven scholarship players. The fight was there, the result wasn’t. Clutch-shooting Auburn pulled through with a 73-64 win on Friday at Bridgestone Arena. The Tigers (24-9) advance to face 8-seed Florida in a Saturday semifinal. South Carolina dropped to 16-16 and now awaits its NIT fate.
FeatheredCock posted a topic in Hoops CentralHighly dramatic iPhone video of the Gamecocks entering Bridgestone Arena
FeatheredCock posted a topic in Hoops CentralGamecocks SEC Tournament opener is a favorable matchup. Here’s why South Carolina is one game away from reaching the SEC Tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. One winnable game. It’ll be fifth-seeded Auburn that faces the No. 4 Gamecocks around 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Tigers beat Missouri, 81-71, on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the league’s marquee event at Bridgestone Arena. While Auburn (23-9) seems like a safe bet to play in next week’s NCAA Tournament — and South Carolina has plenty of work to do — it’s USC (16-15) that perhaps enters this particular contest with an edge. Just ask Bruce Pearl. “When you say it’s all about matchups, and sometimes that’s kind of a canned praise, I think there’s a lot to that,” the Tigers coach said earlier this week. “And I would say that our matchup against South Carolina with Frank (Martin) has been a difficult one. I’d go as far to say his system, matching up against what we do, they’ve been more successful than we have.” Since Pearl took over on The Plains in 2014, his Tigers have two wins against the Gamecocks. That ties for their fewest against any SEC foe over that span, minus Florida. USC’s taken four of the last five matchups, including an 80-77 thriller at Colonial Life Arena on Jan. 22. Chris Silva, with 32 points and 14 rebounds, was dominant that night as Auburn had no post answer with Austin Wiley sidelined with a lower leg injury. The 6-foot-10 Wiley, who entered the tournament averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds, has been in and out of the lineup the majority of SEC season. He missed his fifth straight game Thursday and his status for Friday is to be determined. Without Wiley, Silva played a pivotal role in Auburn’s other bigs — 6-7 Anfernee McLemore and 6-8 Horace Spencer — fouling out in the first matchup. “They got like short guards, a couple guards play bigs and their bigs aren’t that tall, so I find my way to the rim,” Silva said. “My teammates try to find me every time because of the mismatch. I try to use my athleticism, too. “The way they play allows me to be aggressive and get open down low. And during those games, I guess my teammates pass me the ball.” Silva, an All-SEC first-teamer for a second straight season, is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds over his last four games against Auburn. “So whether it’s the way they defend the physicality (that hurts us), obviously Frank does a great job,” Pearl said. “If we get to that point, we’re going to have to evaluate what is is what we do and how we do it and find some things that are gonna be more effective than what they’ve been historically over the last five years.” GAME INFO Who: No. 5 seed Auburn (23-9) vs. No. 4 seed South Carolina (16-15) When: Approx. 3:30 p.m. Friday Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville At stake: Spot in SEC Tournament semifinals TV: ESPN Radio: 107.5 FM The Game in Columbia area Series: Auburn leads 24-19 Last meeting: Jan. 22, 2019 — South Carolina 80, Auburn 77 Streak: South Carolina’s won four of five Auburn projected starters: G Jared Harper (15.2 ppg), G Bryce Brown (15.7), G Samir Doughty (7.3), F Chuma Okeke (11.9), F Anfernee McLemore (7.3) South Carolina projected starters: G Tre Campbell (7.0), G Hassani Gravett (11.6), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.1), F Felipe Haase (6.2), F Chris Silva (14.8)
Looks like the Cocks will face off against Auburn. Do you all feel like the Gamecocks still have a ligament chance of going to the Big Dance or only winning the SEC is their only shot now? Seems very slim at this point. Would you be happy with the NIT? Been their won it twice, Do you feel like the Nit is like a second-tier bowl invite without really any benefit at less in Football it gives players more practice time. which is not the case in basketball.
FeatheredCock posted a topic in Hoops CentralWhat ESPN’s top bracketologist said about South Carolina, Clemson, Wofford and Furman March 13, 2019 The state of South Carolina will definitely be represented in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. That much was assured Monday when Wofford beat UNCG to win the Southern Conference, giving the Terriers an automatic bid to the Big Dance. So who’s going to join them? Clemson? Frank Martin’s Gamecocks? Does Furman still have a shot? Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s resident “bracketologist,” was on a national teleconference with reporters Wednesday. He analyzed all four of the Palmetto State’s teams vying to play next week. SOUTH CAROLINA The good: 11 SEC wins and a fourth-place finish in one of the nation’s toughest conferences The bad: An 16-15 overall record with non-conference losses to Wyoming, Stony Brook and Oklahoma State What Lunardi said about the Gamecocks: “Anything short of winning (the SEC Tournament), I think they will come up short (of the NCAA Tournament). Are there scenarios where we could get them in the conversation with a couple wins, the right path, et cetera? I just don’t think they won enough of the right games to be realistically in the conversation at this point. “The committee has gotten wiser over the years at looking at these unbalanced schedules in league. And the 11-7 just isn’t going to carry the weight that it may have kind of blindly carried or rolled out a bit of a red carpet for them in the past. .... There’s the example of Nebraska last year at 13-5 (in the Big Ten) not only not getting into the NCAA Tournament, they didn’t even get into the top half of an NIT bracket. “So I am not optimistic about South Carolina at this point.” CLEMSON The good: 19-12 overall record, 9-9 ACC record The bad: 1-9 record vs. “Quadrant 1” teams What Lunardi said about the Tigers: “I have to be clear, Clemson’s one of those team where, if I were voting, it differs from what I’m projecting. There’s little or no circumstance where I would vote Clemson in at this point, with a 1-9 record against the first quadrant. The ACC clearly this year has haves and have-nots with maybe Clemson and N.C. State with a foot in each camp. And both have really built up their 9-9 records against the bottom half of the league. “If you can’t win some games against other tournament-level teams, then I don’t know how realistically you can be considered a tournament team. But until the committee leaves out a .500 ACC team, then I have to project what I think they’re going to do. That makes (Wednesday’s) game enormous obviously between Clemson and N.C. State. I think the winner will get in the tournament and the loser will not.” WOFFORD The good: 29 wins and a top 15 NET ranking The bad: Not much. Just a matter of where Wofford is seeded at this point. What Lunardi said about the Terriers’ seeding potential: “I have them as a 7. I would love to see them as a 6. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think it’s more likely that they’ll be in an 8-9 game based upon how the committee has looked upon situations like this in the past. “But I’m going to be stubborn because I think they’re better than that.” FURMAN The good: 25 wins, including an upset of Villanova in November The bad: Finishing in third place in the Southern Conference and not making it past the semifinals of the league tournament What Lunardi said about the Paladins: “If I were to rank the at-large candidates in the Southern Conference, I would actually place (UNCG) ahead of Furman because they beat them in the conference tournament for one thing, And, two, they finished two games ahead of them in the regular season. So I think that part would be easy. “So in Furman’s case, what you’re really saying is there would have to be three teams from the Southern Conference for them to make it. And I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that’s not going to happen.”
Martin wants an explanation ByJohn Del Bianco Mar 10, 5:28 PM Entering SEC Tournament play South Carolina has a 16-15 overall record, but one of those wins is against Division II North Greenville, which does not count towards NCAA Tournament consideration. A .500 overall record doesn’t get a NCAA Tournament stamp of approval, but head coach Frank Martin wants to know why his team, which owns an 11-7 record in a conference that is expected to get eight teams into the Big Dance, does not at least put the Gamecocks in the conversation of being on the bubble. Carolina is nowhere to be seen heading into conference championship week as the SEC Tournament’s No. 4 seed. “You know what's embarrassing? The SEC Now show listed the teams in the league, their standings and their NCAA possibilities. I didn't see the show, but everyone has confirmed this happened,” Martin said after his team clinched fourth place in the final league standings. “They listed number one, number two, number three, they had a blank space on number four, and then they listed five, six, seven, eight and nine and they created an argument why all of those teams belong in the NCAA Tournament. That's awesome. What happened to number four? I got pissed when I heard that and said, 'Let me start doing a little research on this.' You know what bothers me? We have more quadrant one and two wins than 13 of the 15 teams they've put on the bubble." A Quadrant I game constitutes a home game vs. NET Top 30, neutral vs. Top 50 and road vs. Top 75. Quadrant II constitutes home vs. 31-75, neutral vs. 51-100 and road vs. 76-135. Based off the March 10 Net Rankings South Carolina has three quadrant one victories this season versus Auburn, Mississippi State (at home) and Florida (on the road). The program has eight quadrant one losses versus Wofford, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee (twice), LSU and Mississippi State. The quadrant two record is 4-5 with victories over Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M (on the road) and Georgia (on the road). The home win over Missouri just falls of QII status as the Tigers are No. 77 in the updated NET. “We played five non-conference home games. Some of the teams that have two or three more wins than us played a lot of buy games at home. I could have done that," Martin said. "When I got the call from Virginia and I knew we were going to Michigan and to Wyoming, I could have said, ‘No that’s okay, Tony. I’d rather play you pick the school.’ Instead I said, ‘No let’s do it.’ I could have said no to Wymoing, I could have played a buy game at home. But no I put these kids on a plane and flew across the world to go play at Wyoming. And we lost, I get it. But at the end of the day, what’s the difference if you’re 5-8 in non-league play or 6-12 in league play? What’s the difference? So the teams that are 6-12 in league play are on the bubble with similar records than us or have two or three more wins because they played six guarantee games? Come on, man. Why don’t we start speaking about this league evenly and fairly for all the teams that belong and don’t belong. When I do watch the people that cover the other leagues have you convinced that the 12th place team is better than the second place team in our league. I’ve been here seven years. This league is so hard right now so unbelievably hard to win a game. We are 11-7 in this conference with a winning record, with a strength of schedule if you take two teams off – Wyoming and USC Upstate – is Top 10, top 10 in non-conference." https://247sports.com/Article/South-Carolina-mens-basketball-Frank-Martin-Gamecocks-NCAA-Tournament-bubble--129932438/