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  1. Gamecocks Face Aggies Monday Night #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (7-0) VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (0-5) NOVEMBER 29, 2021 | 7 P.M. ET | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000) WATCH: SEC NETWORK | LISTEN: 107.5 THE GAME | LIVE STATS: STATBROADCAST GAMECOCK NOTABLES With the same starting five from last season's NCAA Final Four team, South Carolina's bench was a hot topic coming into the season. So far, the group has delivered, averaging 25.7 points, which accounts for 33.7 percent of the total offense, and 18.1 rebounds, which is 41.8 percent of the team total. The Gamecock offense has been incredibly efficient this season, ranking seventh in the nation with 49.6 percent field goal shooting. Three-point shooting has been exceptional as well with the team ranking 21st in the nation at 39.6 percent outside shooting. Six Gamecocks are shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field, including three starters – Aliyah Boston (.544), Brea Beal (.581) and Victaria Saxton (.571). Boston is third in the SEC and 54th in the nation in the category. Defense has long been the hallmark of the Dawn Staley-coached Gamecocks, and this season's team is on brand, allowing just 51.6 points per game with just one team eclipsing the 60-point mark. While South Carolina's offense picks up in the second half, it's the game-long defensive effort that truly takes effect in the second half. Opponents are shooting 32.2 percent in the second half compared to 36.9 percent in the first. Another marker of the Gamecocks' stamina is turnover margin which goes from -2.9 in the first half to +1.6 in the second. The Gamecocks lead the nation in rebounding margin (+17.6) thanks to great control of their defensive glass as they corral an SEC-best 75.6 percent of their opponents' missed shots. They are second in the league in offensive rebounding percentage (.465). Three of South Carolina's seven wins this season have come against ranked opponents, the most in the country. All of been against top-10 foes and all on the road or at a neutral site. BY THE NUMBERS 3 – South Carolina is one of three programs to play in at least three of the last six NCAA Final Fours. 17 – Junior Zia Cooke needs just 17 points to reach 1,000 in her career. 21.3 – The Gamecocks have come out of halftime on fire all season, averaging 21.3 points per third quarter – the highest mark of the game. NOTES The NC A&T Series South Carolina has won all three games of the series with NC A&T. Two of the three meetings have come in postseason play. The most recent matchup came in the 2018 NCAA Tournament when the Gamecocks posted a 63-52 win in the first-round game on March 16 in Colonial Life Arena en route to a spot in the Elite Eight. The other postseason game was in the first round of the 2008 WNIT, a 102-74 victory in Colonial Life Arena. Home Sweet Home The Gamecocks are 482-165 (.745) all-time in home games, including a 170-34 mark under head coach Dawn Staley. Her .833 winning percentage at home is second among the program's seven all-time head coaches (Pam Parsons (41-7) .854). Playing in its 19th season at Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina boasts a 233-67 (.777) record in the building, including three undefeated seasons since 2013-14. Staley's share of that record is 167-34 (.831). All-Everything Aliyah Boston From her career debut triple-double to becoming the only 2021 finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, junior Aliyah Boston has spent two seasons on the national stage. In her third campaign, she is poised to rise to the top step. Boston entered her third season as a two-time All-American and two-time Lisa Leslie Center Award winner. She averages a double-double for her career (13.2 ppg/10.1 rpg) while her 31 career double-doubles is second among active SEC players and ranks eighth in program history. In 31 career games against ranked opponents, her averages rise to 13.9 ppg and 11.4 rpg. Boston is USA Today's Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous First-Team All-American. Dropping over 20 pounds since the start of her sophomore season, Boston was all about basketball this summer, helping the U.S. to gold at the FIBA AmeriCup and spending time training with NBA legend Tim Duncan. Glass Ceiling Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Gamecocks have dominated on the glass, ranking among the NCAA's top five in rebounds per game and rebounding margin every season and sixth in offensive rebounds per game each of the last two full seasons. South Carolina has not been out-rebounded since the 2019-20 regular-season finale against Texas A&M (41 games). This season, South Carolina leads the nation with a +17.6 rebounding margin. The Gamecocks lead the SEC in rebounds allowed (25.9) and have secured 75.6 percent of an opponent's missed shots. Individually, Aliyah Boston leads the way with 7.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 13th in the SEC. Four other Gamecocks average at least 4.0 rebounds, including junior guard Brea Beal, who is third on the team at 4.4. Block Party South Carolina annually ranks among the best shot blocking teams in the country and finished the 2020-21 season second in the nation with 7.0 blocks per game, including 7.6 in SEC play. This season is no different with South Carolina fourth in the country with 7.9 blocks per game., which ranks third in the SEC. Aliyah Boston's 2.3 blocks per game lead the way at 29th in the nation and third in the SEC. Sophomore Kamilla Cardoso – the leading shot blocker in the ACC last season – is ninth in the SEC at 1.6 blocks per game, and Victaria Saxton's 1.3 blocks per game are 13th.
  2. Women's Hoops Hosts Elon Friday Afternoon #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (6-0) VS. ELON (4-0) NOVEMBER 26, 2021 | 3:00 P.M. ET | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000) WATCH: SEC NETWORK+ | LISTEN: 107.5 THE GAME | LIVE STATS: STATBROADCAST GAMECOCK NOTABLES Today's head coaches Dawn Staley and Charlotte Smith spent six seasons as teammates on the WNBA's Charlotte Sting after battling as ACC rivals for one season (1991-92) while playing for Virginia and North Carolina, respectively, . South Carolina is coming off a title run at the Bad Boy Mowers' Women's Battle 4 Atlantis. The Gamecocks claimed the title in the inaugural version of the tournament with two double-digit wins over top-10 opponents among their three wins. The Gamecocks' 6-0 record is the most impressive in the country as it includes three wins over top-10 opponents and just one home game so far. South Carolina's defense has garnered a lot of attention early this season, and rightfully so with just one opponent scoring more than 60 points – and that one only got to 63. The effort has held an opponent to a single-digit scoring quarter five times. The Gamecock offense has been exceptionally efficient so far this season, ranking 15th in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 49.1 percent from the field. That number includes 50.3 percent shooting in last weekend's Women's Battle 4 Atlantis. Junior Aliyah Boston was named Women's Battle 4 Atlantis MVP after rising to her coach's challenge to be a dominant force every minute she's on the court. The National Player of the Year candidate averaged 20.3 points and 10.0 rebounds and shot 56.5 percent from the field at the event. Junior Zia Cooke earned a spot on the Women's Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament team with 13.7 points per game on 53.6 percent while handing out 3.7 assists per game shooting at the event. Her scoring average was skewed by a slow start against Buffalo. In the Gamecocks' last two games of the tournament, Cooke poured in 18.5 points per game. BY THE NUMBERS 6.7 – Kamilla Cardoso averaged 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in the Women's Battle 4 Atlantis, shooting 60.0 percent at the event. 28 – Zia Cooke needs 28 points to reach 1,000 in her career. 30 – The Gamecocks earned all 30 first-place votes in this week's AP Poll. They also picked up 31 of the 32 first-place votes in the coaches' poll. NOTES The Elon Series The South Carolina-Elon series is tied 2-2 with the Gamecocks winning the only two played in the NCAA era, both coming in the Dawn Staley era. South Carolina won the most recent meeting – a 78-63 decision on Dec. 22, 2015, in Columbia when the Gamecocks were ranked #2/2 in the country. Home Sweet Home The Gamecocks are 480-165 (.744) all-time in home games, including a 168-34 mark under head coach Dawn Staley. Her .832 winning percentage at home is second among the program's seven all-time head coaches (Pam Parsons (41-7) .854). Playing in its 19th season at Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina boasts a 231-67 (.775) record in the building, including three undefeated seasons since 2013-14. Staley's share of that record is 165-34 (.829). Schedule Strength With three games against teams in this week's AP and/or USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll, South Carolina is tied with USF for the most in the country. The Gamecocks are the only team to play three top-10 teams already this season. South Carolina's 12 games against teams in either the AP or USA Today/WBCA Preseason Poll are tied with Stanford for the most in the country. The Gamecocks' six games against preseason top-10 teams are one behind Maryland's seven. Paint Production South Carolina has long dominated the paint on both ends of the court. This season Staley has challenged her team to be more efficient in the paint as well, especially in transition. Through six games, the Gamecocks average 37.0 points in the paint, accounting for 48.9 percent of their total offense, shooting 60.7 percent in that space. Post players have been the dominant scorers in the paint, accounting for 64.9 percent of the paint points with 24.0 such points per game.
  3. Frank Martin weekly press conference (VIDEO) Gamecocks Nov. 22, 2021 Gamecocks' basketball team continues a three-game homestand tomorrow night against Wofford. The Gamecocks have won their last two games and are 3-1 on the season. They defeated UAB last time out. Frank Martin said Monday morning he’s expecting forward AJ Wilson to play Tuesday night after missing the first four games with a back injury and then an illness. And this will be the final game of the five-game suspension for forward Keyshawn Bryant.
  4. No. 1 South Carolina Faces No. 2 Connecticut For The Battle 4 Atlantis Championship PARADISE ISLANDS, BAHAMAS | NOV. 22, 2021 | 12:00 P.M. (EST) WATCH: ESPN | LISTEN LIVE: 107.5 FM THE GAME | LIVE STATS: STATBROADCAST Paradise Islands, Bahamas - The #1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0) face off with the #2 ranked Connecticut Huskies (3-0) in a battle of titans for the championship of the inaugural 2021 Bad Boy Mowers Women's Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament Monday (Nov. 22nd). Tip-off is at 12:00 p.m. (EST), and the game will be televised by ESPN.
  5. Gamecocks lead 44-26 at the halftime. Zia Cooke leads with 13 points on 5-7 shooting, and Laeticia Amihere adds 10 pts on 3-5 shooting, and 5 rebounds. The Gamecocks dominated on the boards 22-10 for the half, and hold the edge in points in the paint 22-16....
  6. USC women’s basketball tips off in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Time, TV, stream info South Carolina women’s basketball is on a business trip to Paradise Island. The No. 1 Gamecocks play in the inaugural Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Saturday-Monday in Paradise Island, Bahamas, with their first game against the Buffalo Bulls on tap for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Following the Buffalo matchup, South Carolina will advance to a game against either No. 9 Oregon or Oklahoma on Sunday, with the possibility of matching up with No. 2 UConn on Monday. The field also includes No. 23 South Florida, Minnesota and Syracuse. Here’s what you need to know about the Thanksgiving week tournament. HOW TO WATCH SOUTH CAROLINA VS. BUFFALO Who: No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0) vs. Buffalo Bulls (1-0) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas Stream: FloHoops FloHoops is a pay-per-view streaming service with subscription plans starting from $12.50 per month. USC’s first two games against Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and against either Oklahoma or Oregon on Sunday will both be streamed exclusively on FloHoops. The tournament’s championship will be televised Monday on ESPN2 at noon, and the game for third place will be televised Monday on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. All other games in the tournament will be streamed on FloHoops.
  7. Women's Basketball 11/8/2021 FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION POST BY GCF STAFF Women's Hoops Opens with Top 5 Tuesday Test Story Links SOUTH CAROLINA GAME NOTES (PDF) NC STATE GAME NOTES (PDF) WATCH: ESPN LIVE STATS LISTEN: 107.5 THE GAME WATCH: DAWN STALEY MEDIA AVAILABILITY #1/1 SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0) at #5/4 NC STATE (0-0) NOVEMBER 9, 2021 | 5 P.M. | RALEIGH, N.C. | REYNOLDS COLISEUM (5,500) South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | NC State Notes (PDF) | ESPN | 107.5 The Game | Live Stats GAMECOCK NOTABLES Head coach Dawn Staley starts her 14th season at the South Carolina helm tonight. It is the Gamecocks' 48th season of women's basketball. Tonight's game marks the highest ranked opponent the Gamecocks have played in a season opener in program history. South Carolina has tipped off a season against a ranked foe five other times (3-2), including three in the Dawn Staley era (2-1). The Gamecocks are No. 1 in both primary preseason polls for the second time in as many seasons. South Carolina's 10 guaranteed games against teams ranked in either the AP or Coaches poll are tied for the third-most in the country. South Carolina returns all 11 members of its 2021 NCAA Final Four team. To that group, the Gamecocks added the No. 1 transfer of the season in Kamilla Cardoso and the No. 1 recruiting class. Last season, South Carolina ranked fourth in the country with 47.0 rebounds per game and second in blocked shots per game (7.0). The Gamecocks scored 41.5 points per game in the paint last season (55.1 percent of total offense). The production was as much about guards getting in the lane (20.4 ppg) as the post players (21.1 ppg). Junior Aliyah Boston is one of the most impactful players in the game. She shapes the game beyond last season's 13.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg (13th in NCAA), 4.1 offensive rpg (16th), 2.6 bpg (18th) and 17 double-doubles (5th). Boston's constant communication on both sides of the ball shapes every play, and her commitment to doing the "unsung" actions in a game are just one aspect of her leadership, which prompted her teammates to vote her as one of their captains for a second season. BY THE NUMBERS 4 – South Carolina's non-conference schedule includes all four of the other top-five teams in the preseason polls. 11 – 11 of the 16 Gamecocks on this season's team earned McDonald's All-America status as a high school senior, including all four freshmen. 58.1 – South Carolina's defense allowed just 58.1 points per game last season, including just 63.1 points per game against ranked foes. NOTES The NC State Series The Wolfpack holds a 20-11 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The Gamecocks won the first three meetings of the Dawn Staley era, but NC State claimed the two most recent meetings. South Carolina is 4-9 against the Wolfpack in Raleigh with its last win coming in Staley's inaugural season at the helm – a 56-55 win on Jan. 4, 2009. The two teams last met in Raleigh on Dec. 4, 2011, with NC State erasing a four-point South Carolina lead in the final two minutes to claim a 55-53 victory. Season Openers South Carolina is 11-2 in season openers under head coach Dawn Staley with the two losses coming in her first three seasons at the helm. Three of those 13 season openers were against ranked opponents with one on the road. In the first. on Nov. 12, 2010, the unranked Gamecocks lost to #5 Xavier 84-65 in Columbia. The next two came against Ohio State – at home #2 South Carolina defeated the #6 Buckeyes 88-80 on Nov. 13, 2015, then a year later the #4 Gamecocks topped #7 Ohio State in Columbus 92-80 on Nov. 14, 2016. Ranked Readings Against ranked opponents, South Carolina is 85-66 in the Dawn Staley era (beginning 2008-09) with a 26-25 mark in those road games. Those marks are skewed by the early seasons of her tenure. Since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, the Gamecocks are 70-27 against ranked teams, including a 22-6 mark over the last two seasons.. Road Ready The Gamecocks are 277-259 all-time in road games, including a 102-45 mark under head coach Dawn Staley. Her .694 winning percentage on the road is the best in program history. Schedule Strength South Carolina's 10 games against teams in either the AP or USA Today/WBCA Preseason Top 25 rank are the third-most in the nation, trailing just Stanford (12) and Maryland (11). Michigan, Tennessee and Texas also have nine confirmed such games on their schedule. The Gamecocks have a chance to add two more games based on results in the Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 20-22). The Gamecocks are the only team to face each of the other four teams in the preseason top five of both polls, giving them the lowest non-conference opponent ranking average in the country. Ranking Review The Gamecocks open the season atop both primary national polls for the second time in as many seasons. In the AP Poll, the Gamecocks have appeared in each of the last 169 weeks, giving them the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, which dates back to Dec. 10, 2021. They have spent the last 38 of those weeks ranked in the top 10 and have been No. 1 in the poll 16 times. In the USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll, South Carolina has been in the top 10 since claiming the No. 10 spot in the 2019-20 preseason poll. It has been No. 1 in this poll 12 times in the last eight seasons.
  8. Gamecocks Host USC Upstate In Season Opener Nov. 09, 2021 Men's Basketball | 11/8/2021 6:26:00 PM Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) TICKET INFORMATION COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina opens the 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday when it hosts USC Upstate in the season lidlifter for both schools at 7 p.m. ET at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the first between the intrastate opponents since the 2018-19 season opener, a 65-52 Gamecock win at Colonial Life Arena. GAME INFORMATION ARENA: Colonial Life Arena (18,00) BROADCAST: SEC Network+ PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dave Weinstein ANALYST: John Williams RADIO: Gamecock Radio Network IN COLUMBIA: 1320 AM (pregame)/107.5 The Game (in progress following women's game) PLAY-BY-PLAY: Derek Scott ANALYST: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 391 | SXM APP: 981 WATCH: WatchESPN/ESPN App LIVE STATS: GamecocksOnline.com SERIES: Gamecocks lead 4-1 IN COLUMBIA: Carolina leads 4-1 SERIES TREND: The teams have split the last two meetings LAST MEETING: 65-52 Carolina win on Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbia TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina opens the 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday when it hosts USC Upstate in the season lidlifter for both schools. The meeting is the first between the intrastate opponents since the 2018-19 season opener, a 65-52 Gamecock win at Colonial Life Arena. > The Gamecocks are 83-30 all-time in season openers and they look to rebound after suffering a 78-62 loss to Liberty in last season's opener at the Hall of Fame Classic event in Kansas City. Frank Martin is 13-1 in season lidlifters during his career as a head coach (5-0 at Kansas State, 8-1 at Carolina). > Head coach Frank Martin is in his 10th season leading the Gamecocks. He is assisted by associate head coach Chuck Martin (fifth season), assistant coaches Will Bailey (second season) and Brian Steele (first season), and the director of operations is Andy Assaley (10th season). > South Carolina posted a 101-76 exhibition win vs. Benedict on Nov. 4. James Reese V led all scorers with 21 in the contest. > The 2021-22 campaign is the 20th season of basketball at Colonial Life Arena. The facility opened just prior to the 2002-03 campaign. > South Carolina returns three of its top five scorers from a season ago, including senior forward Keyshawn Bryant (14.4 ppg), junior guard Jermaine Couisnard (10.1 ppg) and junior forward Wildens Leveque (6.1 ppg). > Junior guard Jermaine Couisnard is Carolina's top returning assist maker after averaging 3.2 per game last season. For his career, Couisnard has 28 games with three or more assists, including his career high of 10, which he set in a home win over Mississippi State on March 3, 2020. > The Gamecocks welcome nine newcomers to the team this season, including a trio of freshmen in Devin Carter, Ta'Quan Woodley and Jacobi Wright. Six transfers are also set for their first season at Carolina in Chico Carter Jr. (Murray State), Josh Gray (LSU), Brandon Martin (USC Upstate), James Reese V (North Texas), Erik Stevenson (Washington) and AJ Wilson (George Mason). SCOUTING THE SPARTANS > Head coach Dave Dickerson is in his fourth season leading USC Upstate. > Dalvin White is the Spartans' top returning scorer and assist maker, after averaging 9.3 points and 3.0 assists per game last season. > Bryson Mozone is the top returning rebounder after collecting 3.7 rebounds per game last season. > USC Upstate was 5-18 last season, with all five wins coming in conference play. EXHIBITION RECAP > South Carolina posted a 101-76 win over Benedict Nov. 4 at Colonial Life Arena in exhibition action. > Gamecock guard James Reese V led all scorers with 21 points, behind nine made field goals, including a trio of 3s in the contest. > Senior guard Erik Stevenson added 14, connecting on a game high four makes from 3-point range. Rookie guard Devin Carter added 13, and sophomore forward Josh Gray scored 10. > Gray was dominant on the boards, collecting 12 rebounds including four on the offensive glass. > Returning junior forward Wildens Leveque battled foul trouble in the matchup, but he was 4-of-4 from the floor, with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes of action. > As a team, Carolina hit 56.6% from the floor, connecting on 43-of-76 attempts. The Gamecocks were also solid at the free throw line, hitting 6-of-7 (85.7%) from the stripe. NUMBERS OF NOTE 3,018 - South Carolina's six incoming transfer student-athletes have combined to score 3,018 points during their college careers, led by Erik Stevenson's 826 career points. 212 - AJ Wilson saw action in 114 games during his career at George Mason. As a junior, Wilson set GMU's all-time record for blocks in a single season with 92, and he concluded his career as the school's all-time record holder in the category with 212 blocks. 87.3% - James Reese V enters action this season having hit 62 of his 71 career attempts at the foul line, 87.3 percent. Reese was 15-of-16 (93.8%) at the line as a freshman at Buffalo, 23-of-24 (95.8%) as a junior at North Texas, and he was 24-of-31 (77.4%) at the free throw line for the Mean Green last season. UP NEXT > South Carolina travels to Asheville for weekend action in the Asheville Championship. Carolina will face Princeton on Friday evening in a 9:30 PM contest, before facing either Western Kentucky or Minnesota on Sunday. Mark Neely (pxp) and Robbie Hummel (analyst) will have the weekend call on the ESPN family of networks.
  9. For those that can’t make it to Colonial Life Arena, the bulk of USC’s November and December games will be available to watch on SEC Network Plus, the complementary streaming service that comes with every SEC Network subscription. Eight of USC’s 13 non-conference games will stream online. However, fans will be able to watch key early-season matchups on ESPN’s family of TV networks, starting with the Asheville Championship that runs Nov. 12-14 and including a neutral site matchup against Florida State in Rock Hill. High-profile games against Georgetown and Clemson will air on SEC Network and ACC Network, respectively. The majority of USC’s conference games will air on SEC Network this season. On Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, the Gamecocks will play for a national audience with home games against Tennessee (CBS) and Kentucky (ESPN/ESPN2). SOUTH CAROLINA BASKETBALL RADIO AFFILIATES Games will be broadcast in the Columbia area on 107.5 FM, in Charleston on 98.9, in Greenville on 104.9 and on various radio networks around South Carolina. You can also download the official South Carolina Gamecocks app. Nov. 9: home vs. USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 12, vs. Princeton at Asheville Championship, 9 p.m. (ESPNEWS) Nov. 14, vs. Western Kentucky/Minnesota at Asheville Championship, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU) Nov. 18: home vs. UAB, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 23: home vs. Wofford, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 28: home vs. Rider, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 1: at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN Plus) Dec. 5: home vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m. (SEC Network) Dec. 12: vs. Florida State at No Room For Racism Classic in Rock Hill, 12 p.m. (ESPN2) Dec. 14: home vs. Allen, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 18: at Clemson, 8 p.m. (ACC Network) Dec. 22: home vs. Army, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 29: home vs. SC State, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Jan. 4: home vs. Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 8: at Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. (ESPNU) Jan. 11: at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 15: home vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 18: at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Jan. 22: home vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 26: home vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Jan. 29: at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 1: at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Feb. 5: home vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS) Feb. 8: home vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2) Feb. 12: at Georgia, 1 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 15: at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Feb. 19: home vs. LSU, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 23: home vs. Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 26: at Alabama, 6 p.m. (SEC Network) March 1: home vs. Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPNU ) March 5: at Auburn, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
  10. WITH VIDEO: Martin meets with media Bryant suspended for first five games Nov. 08, 2021 The South Carolina basketball team will open the season at home tomorrow night against USC-Upstate, and the Gamecocks will be without leading returning scorer and rebounder forward Keyshawn Bryant. Gamecock head coach Frank Martin, at his first weekly press conference of the season, announced Bryant has been suspended for the first five games for violating athletic department policy. He did not elaborate. Outside of missing Bryant, Martin said all other players will be ready to go as he begins his 10th season with the Gamecocks. Coming off a Covid-ravaged six-win campaign, Martin said he’s back to being his old self, and he has a lot of excitement about this season. The Gamecocks have practically rebuilt their roster with veteran transfers and freshmen. Martin said he has a deep squad and could play as many as ten regularly.
  11. Gamecocks Host USC Upstate In Season Opener Tuesday Nov. 08, 2021 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina opens the 2021-22 campaign on Tuesday when it hosts USC Upstate in the season lidlifter for both schools at 7 p.m. ET at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the first between the intrastate opponents since the 2018-19 season opener, a 65-52 Gamecock win at Colonial Life Arena. (ARTICLE)
  12. Revamped South Carolina Gamecocks hosted Benedict in a Thursday night exhibition, defeating the Tigers 101-76 Nov. 05, 2021 COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Gamecock men's basketball team posted a 101-76 victory over Benedict on Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena in exhibition play. Columbia native James Reese V led all scorers with 21 points behind nine made field goals in the contest. (ARTICLE)
  13. SOUTH CAROLINA VS BENEDICT COLLEGE Gamecock Fanatics Official (Exhibition) Game Thread #1 SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0) VS. BENEDICT (0-0) 7 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000) South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | Live Stats | Season Ticket Information Columbia, S.C. - Women's Hoops opens its 2021-22 season's preparation with an exhibition game against Division II Benedict College Monday night at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. The Gamecock season gets underway with high anticipation, as the 21-22 squad is pre-season ranked #1 by the Associated Press heading into the season. The ranking marks the second consecutive pre-season #1 ranking for the Gamecocks by the Associated Press: the Gamecocks finished the 2020-21 campaign 26-5 and reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to eventual champion Stanford 66-65. The season schedule gets underway in earnest for the Gamecocks next Tuesday, as they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the pre-season 5th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack in a grudge match. The then-8th-ranked Wolfpack upset the Gamecocks 54-46 last season in the Jimmy V Classic at Colonial Life Arena. ABOUT MONDAY'S GAME Admission is free and all seating is general admission. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Parking is $10. This is the second time South Carolina and Benedict have faced each other in exhibition play in the Dawn Staley era. The first meeting came on Nov. 6, 2016, with a 120-49 South Carolina win. SOUTH CAROLINA NOTABLES Since it began playing other college teams in exhibitions in 2009-10, South Carolina has won its those games by an average of 52.6 points. The Gamecocks have scored 100 points in five of their last six exhibitions with the first of those a 100-25 decision over Coker (Nov. 2, 2014) in the biggest exhibition win under head coach Dawn Staley. With a 16-player roster, South Carolina is three-deep at every position. The group features 11 McDonald's All-Americans, including all five newcomers. The Gamecocks finished last season ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin (+14.4) and second in blocks per game (7.0). Junior Aliyah Boston has been collecting national accolades throughout her career, and she is starting her third season with the same level of recognition. A unanimous First-Team All-American, she was also named to the Lisa Leslie Center Award Watch List – an award she won in each of her first two seasons. Junior Zia Cooke's stellar NCAA Tournament outings cemented her national presence. She enters this season as a Preseason Third-Team All-American, according to Lindy's. Cooke also made her second appearance in as many seasons on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award Watch List. USA Today moved senior Destanni Henderson into Preseason All-America status, placing her on its second team. She is also on the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award. Sophomore transfer Kamilla Cardoso earned a spot on the Lisa Leslie Center Award Watch Lisst, her second preseason selection to that list. Freshman Sania Feagin joined in the positional accolades last week, grabbing a spot on the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award Watch List. BY THE NUMBERS 2 Two of the Gamecocks' four freshmen earned National Player of the Year honors to cap their high school careers. 3 Three Gamecocks have earned preseason All-America honors entering the season – Raven Johnson, Saniya Rivers. 100 South Carolina returns 100 percent of last season's NCAA Final Four team.
  14. WATCH: Frank Martin Meets with the Media Readying For Tip-off Nov. 01, 2021 It’s game week for Gamecock men’s basketball host Benedict on Thursday in an exhibition game with tip-off set at 7 pm from Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. A campaign that was plagued by Covid-19 issues, a poor record, and rumors surrounding the future of head coach Frank Martin. (ARTICLE)
  15. With the Women's Basketball team set to prep for their upcoming 2021-22 season with an exhibition game tommorow (Monday Nov. 1st), the North Carolina Head Coach Courtney Banghart brought her Tarheels squad down to Columbia yesterday (Saturday Oct. 30th) and the Carolina Coliseum to scrimmage against Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley's squad. Had this been an exhibition game, there would've been a boxscore stat sheet to review, but typically scrimmages (unless they are intra-team scrimmages) are closed to the public, and stats are not officially kept, and there's no official "winner" and "loser". So little to report on here, except there was a twitter video of portions of the scrimmage provided by the WBB official account, and the theme of the clip could be "Block Party": So just as the tweet says, a little taste to wet the beak with, then we get an actual game boxscore tomorrow night against Benedict College, scheduled to tip off tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. The season-opening game of the 21-22 season will be at North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. a week after this coming Tuesday (Nov. 9th)....
  16. Not bad some toughies, but over all could win more then lose in the month of Dec. Could have a good win lost between the 2 months before heading into SEC play. Coastal Carolina (Dec. 1 at Coastal) The Chanticleers (18-8, 9-5 Sun Belt) were a middle-of-the-road Sun Belt team last year that lost conference player of the year Devante’ Jones to Michigan. The Gamecocks are playing the Chanticleers for the first time since 2018 and are 2-0 against them all-time. Georgetown (Dec. 5 at Colonial Life Arena) An NCAA tournament team a year ago, Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas made the big dance by virtue of winning the Big East tournament as a No. 8 seed, but Georgetown (13-13) was shredded by Colorado in the first round. The Hoyas are bringing in a strong recruiting class this season, highlighted by Big East preseason freshman of the year Amniu Mohammed, and a revamped squad could provide a challenge for the Gamecocks. Florida State (Dec. 12 at Rock Hill) The Gamecocks will travel to nearby Rock Hill for a unique inaugural No Room for Racism Classic that will also feature several HBCUs. The USC-FSU matchup is the clear marquee matchup of the event, and the Seminoles will almost assuredly be viewed as a favorite after advancing to the Sweet 16 last season. Head coach Leonard Hamilton, 73, was a mentor for Martin early in his career and one of the more widely respected coaches in the game, turning FSU into a national power. “Obviously, Florida State has established itself as a top 15, top 10 caliber program over the last five, six, seven years,” Martin said when the tournament was announced. “Leonard has been unbelievably influential in my career and one of the guys I respect the most in the business.” Clemson (Dec. 18 at Clemson) Last year’s rivalry bout between the Gamecocks and Tigers was one of the casualties of the many COVID-19 cancellations USC experienced. The rivalry returns this season, and it represents one of the toughest matchups the Gamecocks will face on the non-conference docket. Brad Brownell’s Clemson squad lost leading scorer Aamir Simms to the NBA but returns a trio of regulars in Al-Amir Dawes, Hunter Tyson and Nick Honor on a team that finished in the Top 50 in both RPI and NET a year ago. Army (Dec. 22 at Colonial Life Arena) Army is coming off a middling season (12-10, 8-7 Patriot League), but Jimmy Allen’s team is defensively sound and was one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the Patriot League last season.
  17. Gamecocks men's could have a good month in November. Before I get to excited here, let's see how they do in the easy part of there Schedule. Nov. 4: home vs. Benedict/exhibition, 7 p.m. USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus (Nov. 9 at Colonial Life Arena) Coming off a 5-18 season, the Spartans shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge in Gamecocks season opener at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup will be a reunion for Martin’s son Brandon Martin, who transferred to the Gamecocks from the Spartans this summer. Nov. 12, vs. Princeton, 9 p.m. at Asheville Championship (ESPN News) Nov. 14, vs. Western Kentucky/Minnesota, time TBD at Asheville Championship (ESPN2 or ESPNU, TBD) UAB (Nov. 18 at Colonial Life Arena) A clash with the Blazers should make for an intriguing collision course between Martin and Andy Kennedy, whom Martin coached with at Cincinnati under Bob Huggins. Kennedy steered UAB to a 22-7 record in his first season with the program and has added six transfers this offseason, including Tulane guard Jordan Walker. Picked to win Conference USA in the league’s preseason poll, the Blazers are by no means an easy win. Wofford (Nov. 23 at Colonial Life Arena) Coming off a 15-9 season, the Terriers could make some noise in the Southern Conference this year but should be an opponent the Gamecocks can dispatch. The one wild card: Wofford ranked seventh in the country last year in 3-pointers made per game. The Terriers shoot from deep often, and if they get hot from outside, there’s upset potential. Rider (Nov. 28 at Colonial Life Arena) The Broncs (6-17) ranked 294th out of 340 teams in scoring margin last season as one of the worst defensive teams in the country.
  18. With three weeks to go before our Women's Basketball team's season-opening game with N.C. State, the Associated has released their official WBB preseason top 25 poll: 1. South Carolina (14) 2. Connecticut (10) 3. Stanford (5) 4. Maryland 5. North Carolina State 6. Louisville 7. Baylor 8. Indiana 9. Iowa 10. Oregon 11. Michigan 12. Iowa State 13. Kentucky 14. Oregon State 15. Tennessee 16. Florida State T-17. Ohio State T-17. Georgia Tech 19. West Virginia 20. UCLA 21. South Florida 22. Arizona 23. Texas A&M 24. Virginia Tech 25. Texas Receiving Votes: Georgia 65, Michigan State 63, Florida Gulf Coast 43, Missouri State 18, South Dakota 13, LSU 10, Arkansas 10, Washington State 9, Oklahoma State 8, Notre Dame 8, DePaul 6, Belmont 5, Oklahoma 3, South Dakota State 1 The Gamecocks are scheduled to play the top 5 ranked programs this season (not including ourselves of course), plus stand a very strong chance of playing top 10 Oregon in the Battle 4 Atlantis 2nd round provided they get past Oklahoma and we get past Buffalo in the 1st round. If that tournament plays out as drawn, there could be a 2nd game against Connecticut in the regular season. SEC rivals Kentucky and Tennessee could also reach into the top 10 by the time we play against them, if their seasons go as they hope. We're scheduled to play UK twice, and UT once this season....
  19. South Carolina played what was rated by most online sources a top-5 RPI, SOS, and NET schedule last season (2020-21), and still advanced to their third Final Four appearance in program history. This was with a fairly young roster, with fairly thin depth at certain positions. The 2021-22 Gamecock team appears to be somewhat different in various scary ways - if you're an opponent of the Gamecocks. Not only do they return every single player from last season's squad, but they add to that roster the #1-ranked recruiting class of the 2021 cycle, which involves four (4) 5-star, McDonald's All-Americans. And that's not all: they ALSO add a tremendous sophomore post player in Kamilla Cardoso-Silva, who transferred in from Syracuse after winning the ACC Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. So the 2021-22 Gamecocks will be a powerhouse team. And in keeping with Coach Dawn Staley's tradition, the 2021-22 schedule will provide a powerhouse schedule of opponents to challenge them. Here is the non-conference schedule as it fills out. We will keep updating the schedule to it's conclusion.
  20. The South Carolina Gamecocks will be amply represented in the 2021 FIBA Americup Tournament, playing this weekend in Puerto Rico. Three national teams will have current and future Gamecocks on their rosters, in fact: Current players Aliyah Boston and Destanni Henderson are both on the United States team: Current player Laeticia Amihere is on the Canada Senior team: And incoming transfer Kamilla Cardoso - who's full name is Kamilla Soares Cardoso SIlva and is listed as Kamilla Silva by her team, is on the Brazil team: Information, stats, game schedules, and game video feeds for the tournament can be found here: http://www.fiba.basketball/womensamericup/2021 Just click on the schedule tab in the menu, and for each game score result, click on those, and they open up game information for each game that includes a youtube video player for each game.....
  21. WBB Senior Elisia "Lele" Grissett had her final season with the team stunted somewhat when she suffered a lower-leg injury during the SEC Tournament, and was unable to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Her Gamecocks team reached the Final Four, and fell by just one point to the eventual national champions Stanford Cardinals. After discussing the option with her parents, Grissett has decided to take advantage of the NCAA-given 5th year of playing eligibility, and return for another season with the team: This will bring the roster for next season to a full 15 players, and increases it to thirteen (13) former 5-star rated players! Some nationally ranked programs don't even have 13 players total on their rosters. This will provide Head Coach Dawn Staley with yet another option for the 2021-22 season as the Gamecocks continue to pursue the program's 2nd national title, and it will also add to an already bloated roster of talented players looking for meaningful playing time on the court. It also adds another veteran leader in Grissett to Destanni Henderson and Victaria Saxton to the makeup of the team....
  22. #5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS MISSISSIPPI REBELS #5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA (18-3, 13-1) VS. OLE MISS (9-9, 3-9) 1 P.M. | COLUMBIA, SC. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (3,500) GAME DAY INFO | South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SECN+ | LISTEN: 107.5 The Game | Live Stats ABOUT THIS GAME The Gamecocks lead the series with Ole Miss 24-17, including a 14-2 mark in the Dawn Staley era. South Carolina has won the last 12 meetings between the teams. In honor of Black History Month, the Gamecocks will honor UofSC Asst. Dir. of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs Dr. Carl Wells in the first half. In previous games, they have recognized Edith Cook, the first Black player in program history, South Carolina Exec. Assoc. AD/SWA/Chief Diversity Officer Maria Hickman and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2021/2/24/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-wraps-up-home-slate-thursday.aspx
  23. #2/3 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS AT #21/21 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS #2/3 SOUTH CAROLINA (17-2, 12-0) AT #21/21 TENNESSEE (12-5, 6-3) 7 P.M. | KNOXVILLE, TENN. | THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SEC Network | LISTEN: 1320 AM / SiriusXM Ch. 374 | Live Stats ABOUT THIS GAME The Gamecocks are 6-3 against the Lady Vols over the last six seasons. South Carolina has won the last three meetings, all by double digits. South Carolina is looking for its 29th straight SEC regular-season victory tonight, which is the fifth-longest streak 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' 32nd straight over an SEC opponent, including three in the 2020 SEC Tournament, which would give them sole possession of the second longest in league history. The longest streak in SEC history is 36 games by Tennessee (2010-2012). Of the Gamecocks' current 31 wins, 13 came against a ranked opponent.
  24. #1/3 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS #1/3 SOUTH CAROLINA (16-2, 11-0 SEC) vs. LSU (8-9, 6-5 SEC) NOON | 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 ABOUT THIS GAME South Carolina is hosting its annual Pink Game to raise awareness for finding a cure for and celebrating survivors of breast cancer. The team will wear pink accessories for the game. While LSU holds a 22-15 edge in the all-time series, the Gamecocks have won the last 11 meetings and are 12-5 against the Tigers in the Dawn Staley era including a 6-2 record in Columbia. A win tonight would be Staley's 150th in SEC regular-season play. With 149 current such wins, she is second among active league coaches, trailing Texas A&M's Gary Blair by one while coaching in the league for five fewer seasons. Staley's 11.46 wins per season (including this season) are the most by a head coach in league history. South Carolina is looking for its 28th straight SEC regular-season victory tonight, which is the fifth-longest streak 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' 31st straight over an SEC opponent, including three in the 2020 SEC Tournament, marking the longest such streak in program history and tying for the second longest in league history. The longest streak in SEC history is 36 games by Tennessee (2010-2012). Of the Gamecocks' current 30 wins, 13 came against a ranked team.
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