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  1. Why one national voice made a point to shout out South Carolina’s win vs. Kentucky January 17, 2018 Maybe it started a few years back, or maybe it started Jan. 26, 2010. Maybe it started with 30 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals from the 5-foot-9 pride of Chester, South Carolina. But it ends with a shoutout to Devan Downey. Gary Parrish is one of the most plugged-in college basketball reporters working today. He was once the Memphis basketball beat writer, covering John Calipari day in and day out. Now he works for CBS, writing, going on television, breaking news and generally doing the full range of things a modern multimedia journalist does. But a few years ago, on the Eye on College Basketball podcast he does with fellow CBS writer Matt Norlander, Parrish could not recall the name of the diminutive guard who willed the Gamecocks past No. 1 Kentucky, handing Calipari, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins their first loss in Wildcat blue. When they remembered the name, Parrish gave a shoutout to Devan Downey. And it stuck. In one of those quirks that make podcasts what they are, it just stuck. Nearly without fail, each episode includes a shoutout to Downey and a shoutout to his hometown of Chester (also a shoutout Baylor’s all-time second-leading scorer, Terry Teagle). As Tuesday’s South Carolina-Kentucky game approached, the subject naturally came up on an episode of the podcast. Both Parrish and Norlander picked the Gamecocks, perhaps more out of sentiment than anything else. Then Parrish promised a shoutout to Downey on national TV if the Gamecocks pulled it off. And he delivered.
  2. How quickly can Brian Bowen join the Gamecocks on the floor? January 11, 2018 South Carolina announced Wednesday that Brian Bowen has transferred into the men’s basketball program. But how quickly until the former McDonald’s All-American gets on the court with the Gamecocks? Carey Rich, a former USC player and Columbia basketball advocate closely tied to Frank Martin’s program, said on 107.5 The Game on Wednesday evening that Bowen should be practicing soon. “The young man and his family have been in Columbia for a few days,” Rich said. “They’ve been working to get everything done and satisfied from an academic standpoint. He’s passed his physical, and he will be on the floor practicing with the basketball team here in the next day or so.” Bowen, in coordination with NCAA transfer rules, has to sit two semesters until he can appear in games for the Gamecocks. That would make the small forward an active member of Carolina this time next year. Bowen, a five-star prospect rated by ESPN as the No. 14 player in the 2017 recruiting class, was enrolled at Louisville in the fall until his connection to the college basketball FBI probe led to his departure from the Cardinals. U of L coach Rick Pitino was fired for his role in the ordeal. Rich said Bowen’s case was presented to the USC Board of Trustees on Tuesday. “They wanted to make sure they understood who Frank Martin was recruiting, who was getting ready to become a part of this team,” Rich said. “And they wanted to make sure they did that with clarity and conviction. “And all the Board of Trustees were on board, they just wanted to make sure again that South Carolina, that athletic department, the basketball program did its due diligence and that, certainly, was the case.” What’s unknown is if Bowen, whose father allegedly accepted $100,000 on his son’s behalf, will be suspended by the NCAA for any length of time. “I don’t think South Carolina would have moved forward with admitting this young man if they weren’t confident that at some point he’ll be able to step on the floor and help this team,” Rich said. Bowen is a 6-foot-7, 195-pounder who averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior at La Lumiere High School in Indiana. “According to the (USC) staff, he can play the point, the two-guard or the small forward,” Rich said. “So he’s a multidimensional player on the perimeter, much like (P.J.) Dozier was the last couple of years. That’s the type of versatility he brings to the floor. That’s what has Frank and his staff excited about Brian Bowen being a part of this basketball team.”
  3. South Carolina puts away Wyoming December 06, 2017 Frank Martin leaned back on the scorer's table. The South Carolina-Wyoming game was developing in front of him, but the Gamecocks coach was taking a moment to himself. He wasn't barking at his players or officials. He was still, likely wondering what else he had to do to make USC play better. The Gamecocks eventually did put away the Cowboys 80-64 on Wednesday evening. Whether the performance met Martin's standards is up for debate. On the heels of an underwhelming showing in Saturday's 76-70 win over Massachusetts, Carolina (7-2) held a couple spirited practices leading into this matchup. Practice, Martin said earlier this week, was a key to the improvement of a team still trying to blend eight new players. Inconsistencies aren't likely to go away soon. The Gamecocks on Wednesday had a stretch of nearly five minutes in the first half when they didn't score. They also went on a 19-4 run in the second half that proved their talent advantage over the Mountain West Conference's Wyoming (6-3). South Carolina next hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
  4. Gamecocks Set For Friday Matchup Against Utep Tip time set for 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPNU vs. the Miners GCF Staff Report November 16, 2017 South Carolina vs UTEP Live Stats / Watch / Game Notes / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Ticket Information GAME INFO Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 Tipoff: 10:30 a.m. Location: Conway, S.C. Arena: HTC Center (3,212) Broadcast: ESPNU
  5. Gamecocks Host Erskine In Exhibition Matchup Monday Night Tip time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Flying Fleet GCF Staff Report October 30, 2017 South Carolina vs Erskine Live Stats / Clear Bag Policy / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Season Ticket Information COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is set to host Erskine on Monday in the first of two exhibition contests to tip-off the 2017-18 campaign. Admission is free for the matchup versus the Flying Fleet on Monday, which will tip at 7 p.m. ET, at Colonial Life Arena. PARKING INFORMATION For Monday's exhibition vs. Erskine, parking in lots A and B will be pass only, however, public handicap parking in those lots will be $10. Additional private and city lot parking is also $10. Shuttles from the Pendleton and Park Street garages will begin two hours prior to tip-off, and will be $3 roundtrip. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's Final Four squad, including two starters in junior forward Chris Silva and sophomore forward Maik Kotsar. Junior guard Hassani Gravett, sophomores Khadim Gueye, Tommy Corchiani, Christian Schmitt and Evan Hinson (will join the basketball team after football season) also return. Kory Holden, who redshirted last season due to NCAA transfer rules after joining the Gamecocks following two years at Delaware, will look to provide veteran leadership for Carolina, along with graduate transfers Frank Booker (FAU) and Wesley Myers (Maine). Five freshmen join the roster this season as well - David Beatty, Jason Cudd, Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia, Felipe Haase and Justin Minaya. SCOUTING ERSKINE The Erskine College men's basketball team returns senior Thomas Nolan Jr. and sophomore Zez Steeple as well as sophomore Jordan Watson. Nolan and Steeple each averaged 9.3 points per game and Steeple led the Fleet with 3.0 assists per game. Erskine will also have some size inside this year with Presbyterian College transfer Austin Venable at center. HOOPS 4 HURRICANE RELIEF EXHIBITION NOV. 5 The Gamecocks will host Virginia Tech on Nov. 5 in the "Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief" exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena at 2 p.m. ET. The exhibition event will raise funds for those impacted by the recent storms, as net proceeds from the game will support hurricane relief efforts in Texas, South Florida and Puerto Rico. Tickets for the game are $10 for a general admission seat and can be purchased online or by calling the South Carolina Ticket Office at 1-800-4SC-FANS. Fans can also donate online. From USC Sports Information
  6. Untitled 1 .auto-style1 { border-collapse: collapse; border-style: none; border-color: inherit; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px; } .auto-style2 { text-align: center; } South Carolina Gamecocks Schedule - 2017-18 2017-18 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS SCHEDULE / 2017-18 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS SCHEDULE / **RECORD: OVERALL 17-16 SEC EAST 5-5 SEC CONFERENCE 7-11** SEC TOURNAMENT 1-1 DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME RECORD/TICKETS Fri, Nov 10 @ Wofford W 73-52 1-0 (0-0) Mon, Nov 13 vs Western Michigan W 78-60 2-0 (0-0) Thu, Nov 16 vs Illinois State* L 69-65 2-1 (0-0) Fri, Nov 17 vs UTEP* W 80-56 3-1 (0-0) Sun, Nov 19 vs Western Michigan* W 79-66 4-1 (0-0) Mon, Nov 27 @ Florida Intl W 78-61 5-1 (0-0) Thu, Nov 30 vs Temple* L 76-60 5-2 (0-0) Sat, Dec 2 vs Massachusetts W 76-70 6-2 (0-0) Wed, Dec 6 vs Wyoming W 80-64 7-2 (0-0) Sat, Dec 9 vs Coastal Carolina W 80-78 8-2 (0-0) Tue, Dec 19 @ Clemson L 64-48 8-3 (0-0) Wed, Dec 27 vs Limestone W 74-45 9-3 (0-0) Sun, Dec 31 @ Ole Miss L 74-69 9-4 (0-1) Wed, Jan 3 vs Missouri L 79-68 9-5 (0-2) Sat, Jan 6 vs Vanderbilt W 71-60 10-5 (1-2) Tue, Jan 9 @ Alabama L 76-62 10-6 (1-3) Sat, Jan 13 @ Georgia W 64-57 11-6 (2-3) Tue, Jan 16 vs #18 Kentucky W 76-68 12-6 (3-3) Sat, Jan 20 vs #21 Tennessee L 70-63 12-7 (3-4) Wed, Jan 24 @ #20 Florida W 77-72 13-7 (4-4) Sat, Jan 27 vs #14 Texas Tech L 70-63 13-8 (4-4) Wed, Jan 31 vs Mississippi State L 81-76 13-9 (4-5) Sat, Feb 3 @ Texas A&M L 83-60 13-10 (4-6) Tue, Feb 6 @ Arkansas L 81-65 13-11 (4-7) Sat, Feb 10 vs Florida L 65-41 13-12 (4-8) Tue, Feb 13 @ #18 Tennessee L 70-67 13-13 (4-9) Sat, Feb 17 vs #10 Auburn W 84-75 14-13 (5-9) Wed, Feb 21 vs Georgia W 66-57 15-13 (6-9) Sat, Feb 24 @ Mississippi State L 72-68 OT 15-14 (6-10) Wed, Feb 28 vs LSU W 83-74 OT 16-14 (7-10) Sat, Mar 3 @ #14 Auburn L 79-70 16-15 (7-11) Wed, Mar 7 vs Ole Miss* W 85-84 17-15 (7-11) Thu, Mar 8 vs Arkansas* L 69-64 17-16 (7-11) * Game played at neutral location.
  7. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi includes 6 SEC teams in early prediction for 2018 NCAA Tournament field April 04, 2017 It’s never too early to dream about the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s “bracketology” expert, released on Tuesday a projection of the field for next year’s Big Dance. The SEC is well represented, which is a positive development for the conference. Florida earns a No. 1 seed in the East Region. Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in West Region. Other schools: Vanderbilt is No. 8 in the West Region, Alabama No. 10 in the Midwest Region and South Carolina No. 10 in the South Region. Arkansas is a No. 11 seed in the East Region as one of the last four teams to make the field. You can check out the complete bracket here. It would be impressive for the SEC to land six teams in the NCAA Tournament. The conference had a solid showing with five berths this year, a notable increase from just three invitations in 2016. South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky reached the Elite Eight this season, yet another a notable accomplishment. It will be important for the SEC to build on momentum gained from this March. Yes, the 2016 NCAA Tournament run was memorable. But the SEC must show this was no one-year fluke. Growth by the teams that made the field this year, plus an additional berth or two next spring, would be a positive outcome for the SEC in 2018.
  8. VIDEOS: Men's Basketball Newcomers Media Availability - 12/14/16 The program's newest members spoke with the media Wednesday morning
  9. South Carolina vs. Monmouth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30pm vs Monmouth
  10. Greenville awarded NCAA basketball regional OCTOBER 7, 2016 The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is set to return to Greenville, South Carolina, in March of 2017, the NCAA announced today. Furman University and the Southern Conference will serve as co-hosts of NCAA Tournament First/Second Round games, scheduled for March 17 & 19, 2017, at the 13,765-seat Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville. “We are thrilled the NCAA has entrusted us to host one of its most celebrated championships and look forward to welcoming the student-athletes, coaches, and fans of competing schools to our home next March,” said Furman Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “It’s great to be back in the business of hosting NCAA Championships in our community and state, and we are dedicated along with our Main Street Area, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, and VisitGreenvilleSC partners to provide an unparalleled, first-rate championship experience.” Furman, the Southern Conference, and Greenville last served as host of NCAA Basketball Tournament First/Second Round action in 2002 when Duke, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Kent State, Notre Dame, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, and Winthrop comprised the eight-team field for six South Region Tournament contests at the BI-LO Center (now Bon Secours Wellness Arena). “Both the Southern Conference and Furman University are honored to co-host the NCAA Tournament,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “We’re proud to have the NCAA place their trust and confidence in us and look forward to working with the leaders in Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina to make this a great event.” “Our community as a whole, but especially the business community, has been tremendously supportive and encouraging of our efforts to host NCAA events since the ban was lifted last year,” says Beth Paul, General Manager at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena General. “This announcement is another example of how Greenville continues to move in a forward direction. We are honored to host such a prestigious tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena and will continue to uphold values of respect and inclusion for all guests and student athletes.” “We’re excited to welcome thousands of basketball fans this March to Greenville, South Carolina!,” said Chris Stone, President of VisitGreenvilleSC. “Fans and student-athletes are in for a treat as Greenville boasts a new standard of “Wow!” As eager as we are to show off our destination, we’re even more honored to represent the State of South Carolina, known world-wide for its special blend of Southern Hospitality.” The NCAA announced in September the relocation of several neutral site championships from North Carolina, including 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament First/Second Round games originally scheduled for Greensboro, N.C. Said Furman men’s head basketball coach Niko Medved: “This is exciting news for the Greenville community, Furman University, and for all sports fans around the Upstate. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the premier sporting events in the world, and it will be great for so many people to see first-hand all that our community has to offer.” The 2017 NCAA Tournament Selection Show announcing the 68-team tournament field is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 and will be streamed live on NCAA.com and broadcast nationally. Sign-up for ticket presale for all 2017 NCAA Preliminary Round games, scheduled for Nov. 1-3, is available through NCAA.com.
  11. USC hoops will face Michigan this season at Colonial Life Arena JULY 27, 2016 Frank Martin has another big name non-conference game lined up for next season. USC and Michigan will square off at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Wednesday November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving. This will be the first time the two teams have played since the 2006 NIT title game at Madison Square Garden. The Gamecocks won that match up 76-64 for their second straight NIT championship. Last season Michigan finished 23-13 and was 10-8 in Big 10 play. The Wolverines were 4-6 in road games. They advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, beating Tulsa and losing to Notre Dame. According to Michigan, this deal includes USC playing at game at Michigan in the future. USC has not released it’s full non-conference slate. Along with Michigan, a game with Syracuse in Brooklyn and the annual rivalry game with Clemson are among the known highlights.
  12. Alabama blows out South Carolina 73-50 Jan. 13, 2016 Frank Martin has credited his team’s focus all year. Throughout a 15-0 start, South Carolina was the kind of team that wouldn’t head to the party over practice because it was enjoying the ride that was earning the party around them. Party’s over. The No. 19 Gamecocks were blown out 73-50 by Alabama for their first loss of the season on Thursday. The Crimson Tide (10-5, 1-2 SEC) were the SEC’s lowest-scoring, 12th-worst shooting and No. 8 3-point shooting team before the game. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article54616200.html#storylink=cpy
  13. Gamecocks continue to rise in both basketball polls Jan. 11, 2016 AP Top 25 RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Kansas (63) 14-1 1,621 2 Oklahoma (1) 13-1 1,551 3 Maryland 15-1 1,472 4 Michigan State (1) 16-1 1,446 5 North Carolina 15-2 1,371 6 Villanova 14-2 1,246 7 Xavier 14-1 1,200 8 Miami (FL) 13-1 1,139 9 Duke 14-2 1,100 10 SMU 15-0 1,040 11 West Virginia 14-1 867 12 Providence 14-2 862 13 Virginia 12-3 818 14 Kentucky 12-3 698 15 Texas A&M 13-2 668 16 Iowa 12-3 656 17 Iowa State 12-3 555 18 Arizona 13-3 537 19 South Carolina 15-0 527 20 Pittsburgh 14-1 334 21 Louisville 13-3 330 22 Baylor 12-3 325 23 Butler 12-4 302 24 Purdue 14-3 145 25 Gonzaga 13-3 101 Others receiving votes: USC 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Utah 10, Texas Tech 10, Saint Mary's 8, Wichita St 7, Valparaiso 6, Oregon 6, Hawaii 4, St Bonaventure 1, Oregon State 1, Akron 1, Dayton 1 Dropped from rankings: Connecticut 23, Dayton 25 Complete Rankings » USA Today Coaches Poll RK TEAM RECORD PTS 1 Kansas (32) 14-1 800 2 Oklahoma 13-1 743 3 Maryland 15-1 742 4 Michigan State 16-1 694 5 North Carolina 15-2 673 6 Duke 14-2 596 7 Villanova 14-2 557 8 Xavier 14-1 555 9 Miami (FL) 13-1 551 10 West Virginia 14-1 477 11 Virginia 12-3 426 12 Providence 14-2 400 13 Kentucky 12-3 393 14 Texas A&M 13-2 383 15 South Carolina 15-0 361 16 Arizona 13-3 337 17 Pittsburgh 14-1 263 18 Iowa State 12-3 253 19 Iowa 12-3 226 20 Louisville 13-3 205 21 Gonzaga 13-3 173 22 Baylor 12-3 156 23 Butler 12-4 147 24 Purdue 14-3 122 25 Indiana 14-3 38 Others receiving votes: Connecticut 34, Oregon 18, USC 16, UCLA 12, George Washington 11, California 9, Houston 5, Dayton 5, Valparaiso 5, Texas Tech 3, Washington 3, Arkansas-Little Rock 2, Cincinnati 2, Saint Mary's 1, Utah 1, Hawaii 1, Boise State 1 Dropped from rankings: Connecticut 24
  14. Gamecock Gameday: Carolina Continues Homestand, Hosts Western Carolina MondayGCF Staff ReportNov. 29, 2015Game time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Catamounts on Monday night. South Carolina vs. Western Carolina Parking Information / Watch Live / Live Stats / Game Notes / Twitter / Facebook / Ticket Information GAME INFORMATION Date: Mon., Nov. 30, 2015 Tipoff: 7 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com Broadcast: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 (in Columbia)/Listen! http://www.gamecockfanatics.com/page/index.html/_/basketball/gamecock-gameday-carolina-continues-homestand-hosts-western-carolina-monday-r2069
  15. The Gamecocks received five votes in The Associated Press Top 25 Nov. 30, 2015 The Gamecocks received five votes in The Associated Press Top 25 and four votes in the USA Today/coaches’ Top 25 on Monday. USC received votes in the AP Top 25 last year after finishing its non-conference schedule, but an 0-2 start in the SEC took the Gamecocks out. Last year was the first time since 2009 that USC received votes. The top 25 teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Kentucky (59) 6-0 1,619 1 2. Maryland (4) 6-0 1,512 2 3. Michigan State (2) 7-0 1,510 3 4. Kansas 4-1 1,342 5 5. Iowa State 5-0 1,338 4 6. Oklahoma 4-0 1,269 7 7. Duke 6-1 1,253 6 8. Villanova 6-0 1,218 8 9. North Carolina 5-1 1,155 9 10. Virginia 5-1 965 12 11. Purdue 6-0 904 16 12. Xavier 7-0 801 23 13. Gonzaga 4-1 788 10 14. Syracuse 6-0 696 — 15. Oregon 5-0 628 21 16. Vanderbilt 5-1 587 19 17. Cincinnati 7-0 551 24 18. Texas A&M 6-1 522 25 19. Arizona 6-1 504 11 20. West Virginia 6-0 363 — 21. Miami 5-1 289 15 22. SMU 4-0 256 25 23. Providence 6-1 247 — 24. Louisville 5-0 173 — 25. Baylor 4-1 162 — Others receiving votes: Connecticut 153, Utah 72, Butler 62, George Washington 45, Indiana 26, Nothern Iowa 25, Notre Dame 22, California 19, Pittsburgh 11, Dayton 8, San Diego State 5, South Carolina 5, Georgetown 4, UTEP 3, Iowa 2, LSU 2, Northwestern 2, UALR 2, Colorado State 1, Davidson 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Monmouth 1, Northeastern 1 Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-mens-basketball/article47162645.html#storylink=cpy
  16. Gamecock Gameday: Carolina Continues Homestand, Hosts Western Carolina Monday GCF Staff Report Nov. 29, 2015 Game time set for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Catamounts on Monday night. South Carolina vs. Western Carolina COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Gamecocks host Western Carolina on Monday, continuing a four-game homestand. The Gamecocks look to extend their win streak to seven games vs. the Catamounts. Monday’s matchup marks the first between the two schools since the 2011-12 season, and the ninth overall in the series. (Read on)
  17. Gamecock Gameday: Men's BasketballSet To Face DePaul In Paradise Jam Friday GCF Staff Report Nov. 19,2015 Game time set for 6 p.m. ET vs. the Blue Demons. South Carolina vs. DePaul Live Stats / Game Notes / Twitter / Facebook / ParadiseJam.com http://www.gamecockfanatics.com/page/index.html/_/basketball/gamecock-gameday-mens-basketball-set-to-face-depaul-in-paradise-jam-friday-r2052 GAME INFORMATION Date: Fri., Nov. 20, 2015 Tipoff: 6 p.m. ET Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Arena: UVI Sports & Fitness Center Tickets: ParadiseJam.com Broadcast: CBS Sports Network Radio: 107.5 (in Columbia)/Listen!
  18. Gamecock Gameday: Men's Basketball Season Opener Saturday GCF Staff Report Nov. 13, 2015 South Carolina will host Norfolk State in the 2015-16 season opener. South Carolina vs. Norfolk State Parking Information // Watch Live // Live Stats // Game Notes // Twitter // Facebook // Ticket Information GAME INFORMATION Date: Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 Tipoff: 7 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Arena: Colonial Life Arena Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com Broadcast: SEC Network+ Radio: 107.5 (in Columbia)/Listen! COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina officially begins the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday, hosting Norfolk State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The meeting is the first all-time between the two schools. BRING YOUR FOOTBALL TICKET FOR FREE ADMISSION A reminder to fans! Bring your football ticket from the Carolina football game vs. Florida to receive free admission to the Gamecock men's hoops game vs. Norfolk State! http://www.gamecockfanatics.com/page/index.html/_/basketball/gamecock-gameday-mens-basketball-season-opener-saturday-r2044
  19. Gamecock Gameday: Men's Basketball Season Opener Saturday GCF Staff Report Nov. 13, 2015 South Carolina will host Norfolk State in the 2015-16 season opener. South Carolina vs. Norfolk State A reminder to fans! Bring your football ticket from the Carolina football game vs. Florida to receive free admission to the Gamecock men's hoops game vs. Norfolk State! GAME STORYLINES - South Carolina is in its 108th season of varsity basketball in 2015-16. - Carolina is led by fourth-year head coach Frank Martin. Alongside him are associate head coach Matt Figger, assistant coaches Perry Clark andLamont Evans and director of men’s hoops operations, Andy Assaley. - The game versus Norfolk State begins a stretch of five games in 10 days for Carolina, as the hoopsters host Oral Roberts on Monday before traveling to the Virgin Islands for three games at the Paradise Jam next week. - The Gamecocks return at least 72 percent of their stats in all major categories, including returning five of their top six scorers, with junior guard Duane Notice’s 11.7 points per outing in 2014-15 leading the pack. - Four seniors don the Garnet and Black this season in Michael Carrera, Laimonas Chatkevicius, Mindaugas Kacinas and Brian Steele. Due to recurring knee issues, Steele will serve as a student assistant coach this season. - Carolina owns an 78-29 (.728) all-time record in season openers, including a perfect 10-0 record in the last 10 seasons. The last season-opening loss for the Gamecocks came against the Ohio Valley’s Tennessee Tech during the 2000-01 season, as the Golden Eagles edged the Gamecocks, 73-67. The Gamecocks earned an 81-56 victory over North Florida in last season’s lid lifter. - Carolina returns eight letterwinners, including four starters from last season’s squad. - Seven newcomers join those eight returning letterwinners, including freshmen guards PJ Dozier, Jamall Gregory and John Ragin, rookie forwards,Raymond Doby, Chris Silvaand Eric Cobb and R-sophomore transfer Jarrell Holliman. - PJ Dozier was named to the 2015 McDonald’s All-American squad, earning the start in the contest. Dozier is the fourth McDonald’s All-American in Gamecock history, the others include PJ’s uncle, Terry Dozier, South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer BJ McKie and Rolando Howell. (Read on)
  20. Men's Basketball 2015-16 Season Preview with videos coach & players GCF Staff Report Oct. 15, 2015 Gamecocks return eight letterwinners and four starters to the court this season. VIDEOS South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin enters his fourth season leading the Gamecocks this fall, and excitement for Carolina basketball is at an all-time high in Columbia. Martin’s team welcomes seven newcomers to the roster for the campaign ahead, and the squad will look to tackle a challenging schedule. It will see them travel to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam, an away matchup with intrastate rival Clemson and a neutral-site matchup against perennial basketball powerhouse St. John’s, before the Gamecocks embark on the 2016 SEC campaign. Martin’s squad is comprised of eight returning letterwinners, including four returning starters. With a roster foundation that features four seniors and three juniors, Martin’s team has experience and understands the rigors of not only the non-conference season, but also what lies ahead in the SEC season this winter.(Read on with videos coach & players)
  21. Men's Basketball 2015-16 Season Preview with videos coach & players GCF Staff Report Oct. 15, 2015 Gamecocks return eight letterwinners and four starters to the court this season. VIDEOS South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin enters his fourth season leading the Gamecocks this fall, and excitement for Carolina basketball is at an all-time high in Columbia. Martin’s team welcomes seven newcomers to the roster for the campaign ahead, and the squad will look to tackle a challenging schedule. It will see them travel to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam, an away matchup with intrastate rival Clemson and a neutral-site matchup against perennial basketball powerhouse St. John’s, before the Gamecocks embark on the 2016 SEC campaign. Martin’s squad is comprised of eight returning letterwinners, including four returning starters. With a roster foundation that features four seniors and three juniors, Martin’s team has experience and understands the rigors of not only the non-conference season, but also what lies ahead in the SEC season this winter. GUARD PLAY The Gamecocks return at least 72 percent of their stats in every major category from last season. In returning four of its top five scorers, the Gamecocks will see 78.7 percent of their scoring output, 78.7 percent of made field goals and 83.3 percent of made 3-point field goals back on the court for 2015-16. Leading that pack are the top two returning scorers in junior guards Duane Notice (11.7 ppg) and Sindarius Thornwell (11.1). Notice emerged as a consistent threat from 3-point range as a sophomore, ranking eighth in the SEC with 61 made 3s on the season, and he also contributed 2.7 assists per game. While hampered by sore knees much of last season, Thornwell continued to pose an offensive threat for the Gamecocks with his 11.1 points per game. His rebounding (4.9 rpg) and steals (1.3 spg) were also key components for the Carolina defense. The duo is joined by junior guard Justin McKie and sophomore point guard Marcus Stroman in the backcourt. Each played significant minutes for the Gamecocks last season, and Martin is excited to have that level of experience returning. “For the first time since I’ve been here, we have a group of guards that have been together for a while,” Martin said. “In Duane Notice, Sindarius Thornwell, Marcus Stroman and Justin McKie, you have a quartet of guys that have all played major minutes and dealt with losing together, have dealt with winning together and are fully prepared in the understanding of what we want and the challenges that the other teams and the season bring. Their experience, leadership and guidance are what is going to allow newcomers to adapt and be allowed to grow at a normal rate.” Notice, Thornwell and Stroman combined for 249 of Carolina’s 437 assists last season. Stroman battled a late-season throat infection that sidelined him for five games, but the sophomore enters this season back at full speed and looks to fill the point guard position left by the graduation of Tyrone Johnson. Also of note is the anticipated debut of redshirt-freshmanTeMarcus Blanton. Blanton suffered a hip injury during last fall’s preseason camp, with a severity that isn’t often seen in basketball. Without a definite time frame for return, Blanton worked tirelessly in the training room with athletic trainer Mark Rodger, and is fully cleared for the 2015-16 campaign. INSIDE PLAY Carolina returns 75.4 percent of rebounding, including an important 87.6 percent of its offensive rebounding, from a year ago. The senior trio ofMichael Carrera, Laimonas Chatkevicius and Mindaugas Kacinas return as the team’s top three rebounders, led by Carrera’s 5.7 per contest. Chatkevicius added a career high 5.2 per game and Kacinas 5.1 per outing, including a team best 2.3 offensive boards per game. The group, along with senior guard Brian Steele, comprise Martin’s first senior class in Columbia. Under the guidance of their coaching staff, the posts and Steele have honed their games in every aspect, whether it’s on the court or in the weight room, which will give the Gamecocks an extra edge in the paint that can be the difference in a game. Martin looks to the veterans to mentor the newcomers this season at the position. “On the front line we have three guys who started off undersized, height-wise and physically, in Michael Carrera, Laimonas Chatkevicius andMindaugas Kacinas,” Martin commented. “They have stayed the course and battled, and now we have three guys who are going into their senior season and have an unbelievable understanding of expectations, of responsibility and they have fully invested in what it takes to win and to represent our uniform. Their ability to defend, rebound and fight for our culture every day will allow the crop of young guys to understand the daily approach that’s needed to be able to sustain success. “Freshmen Eric Cobb, Raymond Doby and Chris Silva, while they are all extremely talented and bring a personality and a talent and size that we need, it’s that daily work ethic that they’ll learn from these three seniors that will also help them grow as players.” While Carrera, Chatkevicius and Kacinas can rebound and defend, they can also provide double-figure scoring and pose an offensive threat for opponents. Carrera averaged 7.1 points per game last season, but finished the campaign recording double-figures in four of the final five contests, including back-to-back 14-point outputs versus Arkansas and Tennessee. He was also instrumental in the Carolina victory over Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament, scoring just shy of a season high with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals versus the Rebels. Chatkevicius saw his scoring average nearly double from the previous season, scoring 8.6 points per game, which included a career high 13 double-figure scoring outings. He also averaged 1.3 blocks per game, which ranked eighth in the SEC. While Kacinas pulled down at least six rebounds in 10 games, he also posted five double-figure scoring performances as a junior. NEWCOMERS Joining the group of returners is a strong and highly-touted rookie class led by McDonald’s All-American PJ Dozier, and Silva, one of the top-ranked inside players in the country. Also joining the squad are guards Jamall Gregory and John Ragin, the aforementioned forwards Cobb and Doby and transfer Jarrell Holliman. Dozier, a lengthy and tall point guard, averaged 19 points and six assists per game during his senior season of high school. Silva and Gregory are noted as athletic players who can change games with their explosive moves to the basket and Cobb and Doby bring a size element to the court that the Gamecocks haven’t seen of late. “Our coaching staff is extremely excited about this year’s group of freshmen. We have added unbelievable size, athleticism and basketball ability to an established group of players. At the guard position you have PJ Dozier, Jamall Gregory and John Ragin, that all bring athleticism, toughness and skill. In PJ, you’re adding a component that is unique in a 6’7” player that can play point guard. “On the front line, we have always been the skinny team the last couple years, and now with the addition of Raymond Doby and Eric Cobb, we have become bigger, from a strength and size component. They both bring a toughness and an approach that is very consistent with what Mindaugas, Michael and Laimonas have created. In Chris Silva, we have added something that we haven’t had in my time here, which is a 6’9” player with unbelievable athleticism that brings that dynamic to go along with the other guys in the front line. Also, Jarrell Holliman is a transfer that played at the Division II level, and he is an older, mature personality that will help us in numerous ways that probably won’t show up in stat sheets.” SCHEDULE Another challenging schedule awaits the Gamecocks, keeping with Martin’s goal of preparing his team for the rigors of the SEC campaign with one of the top non-conference schedules in the country. Carolina travels to a destination tournament for the third-straight season, competing in the Paradise Jam in late November in the U.S. Virgin Islands. An away matchup with Clemson and a neutral site meeting with St. John’s highlight December, and the Gamecocks welcome Memphis to Colonial Life Arena in early January. Norfolk State, Western Carolina and Drexel also travel to Columbia this season in non-conference action. “The schedule is once again challenging, and continues to challenge the mettle of our team to prepare us for conference play. We as a staff want our guys to be challenged so we have to live on daily preparation. That is the only way that you can survive a conference such as the SEC. Our goal to compete for an SEC Championship remains the most important part of what we are trying to accomplish as a program.” Southeastern Conference play will begin for the Gamecocks at Auburn on Jan. 5. Carolina will face Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Missouri and Alabama in home-and-home series this season. Vanderbilt, Florida, and Kentucky will also travel to Columbia in league play. From USC Sports Information
  22. Men's Basketball Hosts Ole Miss On Legends Weekend USC Sports Information 01/17/14 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Ole Miss for the Carolina Basketball Legends Weekend contest. The game will tip at 4:30 p.m. ET on FSN. The meeting marks the 31st all-time between the two schools, and the 12th in Columbia. South Carolina won last season's lone meeting between the two schools, a 63-62 thriller at Colonial Life Arena. Full Release: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/011714aah.html OPENING TIP Date: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 Tipoff: 4:30 p.m. ET Location: Columbia, S.C. Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Series: Series is tied at 15-15 (South Carolina is 10-1 in Columbia) Last Meeting: South Carolina win, 63-62, on Feb. 20, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. Broadcast: FSN/ESPN3/WatchESPN Talent: Dave Neal (pxp), Larry Conley (analyst) Radio: Gamecock Radio Network/107.5 The Game in Columbia Sirius: 113; XM: 199 Talent: Andy Demetra (pxp), Casey Manning (analyst) Carolina Basketball Legends Weekend Commemorating Frank McGuire Several Gamecock legends from numerous decades are slated to attend the 2014 Legends Weekend (#Legends2014) in Columbia, including several McGuire-era greats. Among those are All-American and Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Alex English, All-American's Zam Fredrick, Kevin Joyce and Brian Winters, All-ACC honorees Gary Gregor and Jack Thompson and 14-year NBA veteran and South Carolina Top 10 scorer Mike Dunleavy. The weekend festivities will begin when Greene Street between Assembly and Gadsden Streets is topped as "McGuire Way on Friday evening." McGuire-era legends will sign autographs on the concourse from 3:15-3:45 p.m., on Saturday, and all legends in attendance will be honored pre-game in a ceremony that will begin at approximately 4 p.m. The football team will also be recognized at halftime, with head coach Steve Spurrier set to address the crowd. Carolina Quick Hits - South Carolina is in its 106th season of basketball. - The Gamecocks are led by Frank Martin in his second year. Matt Figger is the associate head coach, and Perry Clark and Lamont Evans are assistant coaches. Andy Assaley is in his second year as the director of operations for the Gamecocks. - The Gamecocks are in their 23rd season of competition in the Southeastern Conference in 2014. Carolina owns a 133-224 (.372) all-time record in SEC play. - Frank Martin owns a 54-49 (.524) all-time record in conference play. - Saturday's contest at Colonial Life Arena will feature a matchup of the top two 3-point field goal percentage teams in the SEC, as Ole Miss ranks first in the category (38.5%) in overall games and the Gamecocks second (36.4%). - Last season vs. Ole Miss, the Gamecocks held Rebel 3-point ace Marshall Henderson to just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting from the field, which at the time was nearly nine points less than his SEC leading 19.7 points per game. - It was announced on Thursday that junior guard Tyrone Johnson suffered a right foot fracture in Wednesday night's game at Texas A&M, which will require surgery. Johnson is out indefinitely. The Plainfield, N.J., native has played in 16 contests this season for Carolina, averaging 11.2 points and a team best 3.4 assists per game. He tallied 11 double-figure scoring games and 11 games with at least three assists prior to his injury. - The Gamecocks fell to 0-3 in conference play on Wednesday evening with a 75-67 loss at Texas A&M. The Gamecocks led by as many as 11 in the opening half, but the Aggies out-scored Carolina 37-28 in the second half en route to the victory. Foul trouble once again plagued Carolina, with several players' minutes limited due to fouls, especially early in the second half. Senior guard Brenton Williams led the team with 14 points, his eighth-straight double-digit scoring game, while freshman guard Duane Notice added 12 points and five assists. Scouting Ole Miss Ole Miss enters Saturday's matchup with an 11-5 overall record, which includes a 2-1 mark in SEC games with home victories over Auburn and LSU ... The Rebels' lone loss in league play this season came in a 76-72 decision at Mississippi State last weekend ... The squad is led by head coach Andy Kennedy in his eighth season in Oxford ... Ole Miss won the 2013 SEC Tournament and defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, but just missed a chance at the Sweet 16 with a loss to La Salle ... Senior guard Marshall Henderson paces the team and ranks second in the SEC with 19.2 points per game ... Henderson averages 39.3 percent from 3-point range and hits 4.5 3s per outing ... The Rebels have blocked 111 shots this season already, an average of 6.9 per outing which leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the nation ... Junior forward Aaron Jones ranks third in the league and is tied for 35th in the country in blocks per game (2.6) ... Ole Miss has quality wins this season over Georgia Tech and Penn State, both at the Barclays Center Classic in New York in late November. Among Freshmen In The SEC ... Sindarius Thornwell ranks sixth in scoring (11.3) and sixth in steals (1.0) ... Demetrius Henry ranks eighth in rebounding (4.4) ... Duane Notice ranks fifth in assists (2.9) and 14th in scoring (6.7). Ole Miss Series The all-time series between the Rebels and Gamecocks is tied at 15-15, but Carolina holds a commanding 10-1 upperhand in games played in Columbia. The Rebels' lone win in Columbia came during the 2001 campaign. By The Numbers 9/7 - Freshman forward Desmond Ringer scored a season high nine points, and matched a season high with a team best seven rebounds in 28 minutes played at Texas A&M on Wednesday. In the first eight games of the season, Ringer averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per outing, but in the last eight games, the McDonough, Ga., native is averaging 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. 5 - With several players in foul trouble early in the second half vs. A&M, Gamecock head coach Frank Martin turned to his bench for significant playing time. Rookie forward Justin McKie was bright in his season high 11 minutes played vs. the Aggies, scoring five points and pulling down three rebounds. He hit his first 3 of the season in the contest. 8-straight - Senior guard Brenton Williams has posted double figures in eight-straight contests entering Saturday's matchup vs. Ole Miss. Over the course of those eight games, he is averaging 15.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and has hit 43.2 percent from the field and 44.7 from 3-point range. 5 - Freshman guard Duane Notice dished five assists vs. Texas A&M, the fourth time in the last six games that he has posted at least five assists in a contest. He is averaging 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game over the course of the last six games.
  23. We went on a stretch in the second half where I swear that LSU outscored us by 12. It killed us. We came on strong at the end, but we ran out of time. I get so frustrated watching us pass up open mid-range and 3-point shots. Then, we miss 15-20 shots under the basket. It's hard to explain. We need a true #5 man and a true PG. The guys that we have playing those spots seem like fillers. They seem more like PF and SG, and it shows. We need a good ball handler and a pounder underneath the basket. That is how you build consistency and snap out of scoring droughts. Also, great to see so many fans there, except the students. They were pathetic. There has to be something that can be done there.
  24. South Carolina (1-1) at Clemson (2-0) The Sports Network DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 17, 5 p.m. (et) FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,325) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: South Carolina 1-0, Clemson 2-0. Away Record: South Carolina 0-1, Clemson 0-0. Neutral Record: South Carolina 0-0, Clemson 0-0. Conference Record: South Carolina 0-0, Clemson 0-0. Series Record: South Carolina leads, 88-75. GAME NOTES: Longtime foes are set for a Sunday afternoon showdown, as the Clemson Tigers play host to the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks opened the 2013-14 campaign in promising fashion with an 82-44 rout of Longwood on Nov. 9, but while they put up a great fight on the road against Baylor last Tuesday, they fell just short in a 66-64 final. Clemson is wrapping up a three-game homestand to start the season and has won its first two bouts versus Stetson (71-51) and Delaware State (58-37). The fast start on their home floor is a great sign for the Tigers, who lost each of their final four games at Littlejohn Coliseum a season ago. These bitter rivals have seen plenty of one another other the years, with South Carolina holding an 88-75 series advantage. Clemson claimed last season's matchup in Columbia however, 64-55. South Carolina gave Baylor everything it had in a game that featured 13 ties and nine lead changes, but after it knotted the score at 64-64 with 4:20 left on a Sindarius Thornwell jumper, the team didn't score another point as Baylor prevailed. The Gamecocks shot just 36 percent from the field in the setback, but they were aided by an active night at the free-throw line (25-of-36). Thornwell led the way with 20 points while also causing a disruption at the defensive end with three steals. Brenton Williams tallied 12 points off the bench, and Tyrone Johnson chipped in with eight points and eight assists. On top of a solid scoring effort (73.0 ppg), coach Frank Martin's squad has played excellent defense, holding opposing teams to just 29.9 percent field goal shooting and 55.0 points per game. Thornwell (17.0 ppg), Johnson (13.0 ppg, 5.0 apg), Williams (13.0 ppg) and Michael Carrera (10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) have made the biggest impacts in the early going. The Tigers are also no stranger to outstanding performances at the defensive end of the court, as they held Delaware State to just 26.7 percent shooting the last time out, and the 37 points allowed was the fewest the team has permitted at home since yielding 36 to North Florida back on Dec. 16, 2008. Fortunately, the stingy defensive effort masked a modest night on the scoreboard for Clemson, which shot just 19-of-47 from the field (.404). Damarcus Harrison provided a spark off the bench with 15 points, while K.J. McDaniels logged 11 points and five blocks. While the sample size is incredibly small, Clemson has nonetheless put up eye-popping numbers on defense, holding teams to just 44.0 points per game. The slow tempo allows the club to score just 64.5 points per game itself. McDaniels leads the way with 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, and he is the rare big man that can make an impact in the paint (six blocks) and out on the perimeter (5-of-12 from 3-point range). Harrison (12.5 ppg) is the only other player averaging in double figures. South Carolina proved that it can hang with a good team on the road, so it will certainly have a strong chance at a victory in this one. But the Tigers get the benefit of the doubt on their home floor, as their defensive pressure should get to the Gamecocks down the stretch. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 62, South Carolina 58 Probable Starting Lineup: South Carolina at Clemson South Carolina Clemson Pos Player Pos Player F Michael Carrera F Jaron Blossomgame F Mindaugas Kacinas F K.J. McDaniels C Demetrius Henry C Landry Nnoko G Sindarius Thornwell G Rod Hall G Tyrone Johnson G Jordan Roper Powered by The Sports Network.

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