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  1. 63 South Carolina 14-15 (9-7) 78 Mizzou 13-15 (4-12) Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 25 38 63 Mizzou 29 49 78 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 3/2/2019 | By CHARLIE CLARKE (Associated Press) | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Defeated by Missouri, 78-63 With Stats & More Hassani Gravett scored 20 points in just his second start of the season BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Texas A&M 3/5/2019 | 7 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Freshman guard Torrence Watson scored 20 points and Missouri beat South Carolina 78-63 on Saturday. South Carolina cut Missouri's lead from 10 to four with 5:54 remaining. On the next possession, Watson drilled a 3-pointer. After another Gamecocks' basket, Watson knocked down a triple to extend Missouri's lead to eight with 4:34 left. Missouri (13-15, 4-12 Southeastern Conference) held off South Carolina's push from that point on. It was Watson's second consecutive game as the team's leading scorer. He finished 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Hassani Gravett led South Carolina (14-15, 9-7) with 20 points. But the team's leading scorer for the season, forward Chris Silva, was in foul trouble all game and fouled out with 1:44 remaining. He played just 15 minutes and scored 12 points. The Tigers took advantage of Silva's limited time. Forward Kevin Puryear scored 18 points, including 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Puryear is averaging 6.9 points per game and has not scored in double-digits in conference play this season. The Gamecocks also played without their second leading scorer, freshman A.J. Lawson, who suffered a low left ankle sprain in the second half of South Carolina's game against Alabama on Tuesday. KEY STATS> Missouri's bench outscored a thin South Carolina squad, 28-9.> The Tigers also outrebounded the Gamecocks 39-27 with a 17-9 advantage in second chance points. NOTABLES> Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett had 20 points in just his second start of the 2018-19 season. His eight made FGs matched a single-game career high (had eight at Mississippi State - 2/24/18).> Gravett, who is having the best season of his career, has now scored in double-figures in 11 of the team's 16 SEC games this season.> Freshman wing Keyshawn Bryant had 15 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes. UP NEXTThe Gamecocks have a quick turnaround, heading to Texas A&M for a Tuesday night matchup against the Aggies in College Station. Tip time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET, with Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold on the call for the SEC Network.
  2. Gamecocks On The Road At Missouri Saturday Men's Basketball | 3/1/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-14, 9-6 SEC) travels to face Missouri (12-15, 3-12 SEC) on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The Gamecocks posted a 10-point win over the Tigers in the first meeting between the two schools this season at Colonial Life Arena on Jan. 13. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call for the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC Network broadcast.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina will play its next two on the road, starting Saturday at Missouri. It will be the second meeting between the Gamecocks and Tigers this season, as Carolina posted an 85-75 win over Mizzou at Colonial Life Arena on Jan. 13.> The Gamecocks will be without rookie guard A.J. Lawson on Saturday. He suffered a severe low left ankle sprain during the second half of Tuesday's contest versus Alabama. Lawson is listed as out indefinitely, and will miss at least the next two games. Lawson will be re-evaluated on Monday. The SEC Freshman of the Year candidate is averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and a team high 3.0 assists per game with 18 double-figure scoring games this season. In league games, he is scoring 14.0 points, and dishing out 2.6 assists per outing.> Senior forward Chris Silva posted his ninth double-double of the season with team highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds on Tuesday vs. Alabama. The SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year candidate paces Carolina in both categories in league play - 15.7 points/7.7 rebounds - and his 2.4 blocks per SEC game rank second among conference leaders.> South Carolina leads the SEC in 3-point field goal percent at 40.9 through the first 15 games of league play. Four active Gamecocks average at least 43 percent from beyond the arc in league games in Silva (42.9%), Gravett (43.6%), Haase (43.9%) and Campbell (48.4%).> South Carolina has been riddled by injuries this season, having had five players miss significant time. Sophomore starter Justin Minaya has missed 23 games due to a knee injury, rookie guard T.J. Moss - who started the previous three games before suffering an ankle and foot injury - has missed 21 games due to injury, junior forward Maik Kotsar missed two crucial non-conference games - Virginia and Clemson - due to a concussion, and reserves Jason Cudd (13 games) and Alanzo Frink (7 games) have also missed games on the injuried list. POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 28 GAMES...> The Gamecocks are 14-14 overall this season, with a 10-6 mark at home, a 3-7 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson (48-133), senior guard Hassani Gravett (55-135) and graduate student guard Tre Campbell (44-112) have combined to hit 147 of Carolina's 211 3-pointers this season, connecting on 38.6 percent of their attempts.> Five different Gamecocks have registered at least 30 assists on the season, led by Lawson's 83 (3.0 per game).> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 17 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets, including hitting four in three consecutive games recently (at Tennessee/Texas A&M/Ole Miss).> The Gamecocks are 7-2 when having 15 or more assists.> Carolina is 11-7 when making six or more 3-point baskets.> Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 60 blocks, which already surpasses his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17).> The Gamecocks are 11-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 7-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play.> Carolina is 9-3 this season when leading at the half.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.> Martin led team's are 104-101 (.507) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> Carolina is 14-14 overall this season, including a 3-7 mark in away games. The Gamecocks look to snap a three-game SEC road losing streak (last road win at Georgia on Feb. 2).> Due to injuries, Carolina will have just nine players available for at least the next two contests.> Senior forward Chris Silva has led or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, in rebounding 13, blocks 21 and he has a team high 19 double-figure scoring games this season. Over his last five games, he is averaging 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.> According to KenPom.com's Efficiency and Tempo data, South Carolina has played at the fastest offensive pace in the SEC this season, with an average possession length of 15.6 seconds (19th in the nation). That is faster than the noted up-tempo offenses of Arkansas and Auburn. It is the fastest pace that a Frank Martin-coached team has ever played at South Carolina.> In the most recent NCAA rankings, Carolina's DI strength of schedule is 18, and the Gamecocks have a combined seven Quadrant 1 and 2 wins this season.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson is fourth among freshmen in the SEC in scoring (overall games) at 13.9 points per game this season.> Silva's 2.14 blocked shots per game (overall games), rank third in the SEC and 28th nationally. In SEC play, he is blocking 2.40 shots per game.> Entering SEC play, Carolina ranked 300th nationally (NCAA stats games through Jan. 2) in 3-point field goal percent, averaging just 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. In the most recent NCAA stats (games through Feb. 28), Carolina is 96th nationally at 36.1 percent.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE TIGERS> Missouri is 12-15 overall this season and 3-12 in SEC action. > Mizzou is led by head coach Cuonzo Martin in his second season. Martin also previously coached at Tennessee.> The Tigers have lost four straight games, and have not played at home since a Feb. 19 loss to Kentucky.> Missouri has also been struck by the injury bug, losing sophomore forward Jontay Porter prior to the season, and recently announcing that sophomore guard Mark Smith will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. Smith was the team's second leading scorer at 11.4 points per game.> Missouri is 8-6 at home, and 2-5 at home in SEC play.> Jordan Geist, who scored 14 points with five assists in the January matchup against Carolina, paces the team at 13.9 points (overall games), and 3.0 assists per game.> Jeremiah Tilmon is also in double figures at 10.6 points per game and his 5.7 rebounds per contest are a team high.COMING UP NEXT> The Gamecocks have a quick turnaround, heading to Texas A&M for a Tuesday night matchup against the Aggies in College Station. Tip time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET, with Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold on the call for the SEC Network.
  3. Oil of Ole' Miss lost to Tennessee last night. Gamecocks own the tiebreaker for the 4th seed. #WinOut
  4. 2019 Cancun Challenge Matchups Announced Men's Basketball | 2/27/2019 | GCF Staff Report Story Links CANCUN CHALLENGE INFORMATION COLUMBIA, S.C. - Matchups were announced today for the 2019 Cancun Challenge, which features South Carolina, Northern Iowa, West Virginia and Wichita State in the Riviera Division. Games will be held at campus sites, before final rounds at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico, Nov. 26-27. South Carolina opens event action in Columbia, hosting Boston University on Nov. 19, before welcoming Gardner-Webb to Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 22. Boston University and Gardner-Webb join Northern Colorado and UT Martin in the Mayan Division. Games begin on-site at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Tuesday, Nov. 26, where Carolina will face Wichita State at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The other Riviera Division matchup features West Virginia versus Northern Iowa immediately following the conclusion of the Carolina game. The third place and championship games of the Riviera Division will be held the following day, tipping again at 6 p.m. ET in the Caribbean on CBS Sports Network. Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533 (sarah@triplecrownsports.com) or visit the Challenge website at www.cancunchallenge.net. Below is the complete schedule:US GAMES (Times TBD)Saturday, Nov. 16Northern Colorado at Northern IowaUT Martin at Wichita State Monday, Nov. 18Northern Colorado at West Virginia Tuesday, Nov. 19Boston University at South CarolinaUT Martin at Northern IowaGardner-Webb at Wichita StateFriday, Nov. 22Gardner-Webb at South CarolinaBoston University at West VirginiaMEXICO GAMESTuesday, Nov. 26Mayan DivisionGardner-Webb vs. UT Martin, 12:30 p.m. ET (FloHoops)Northern Colorado vs. Boston University, 3 p.m. ET (FloHoops) Riviera DivisionSouth Carolina vs. Wichita State, 6:00 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)West Virginia vs. Northern Iowa, 8:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)Wednesday, Nov. 27Mayan Division Mayan Third Place Game, 12:30 p.m. ET (FloHoops)Mayan Championship Game, 3 p.m. ET (FloHoops) Riviera DivisionRiviera Third Place Game, 6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)Riviera Championship Game, 8:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
  5. 1 Appalachian State 2-5 3 South Carolina 7-1 Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Appalachian State 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 South Carolina 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 6 0 W: Parker Coyne (2-0) L: Boone, Brandon (0-1) S: Brett Kerry (1) Game Recap: Baseball | 2/26/2019 | Kent Reichert | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Defeat Appalachian State, 3-1, For Seventh Straight Win With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More The Gamecocks struck out 11 batters and used single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 8th to defeat the Mountaineers. POSTGAME: Mark Kingston on Appalachian State — 2/26/19 POSTGAME: Cam Tringali on Appalachian State — 2/26/19 BOX SCORE Story Links BOX SCORE (PDF) PHOTO GALLERY SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Clemson 3/1/2019 | 6 p.m. ACC Network Extra LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE WATCH LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina baseball team received quality pitching from five hurlers and used single runs in three separate innings to defeat Appalachian State, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 26) at Founders Park.Parker Coyne earned the win for the Gamecocks, pitching one inning of relief with four strikeouts and three hits. John Gilreathgave up a run with a strikeout in a two-inning start. Cam Tringaliwent 2.1 innings of relief, striking out three while Wesley Sweattstruck out a batter in two innings of work. Brett Kerry earned the save, striking out a pair in the ninth to clinch Carolina's seventh straight win. App State opened the game with a run in the first on a single and double to the first two batters of the game. That would be the last time the Mountaineers crossed the plate. Carolina tied the game in the second on Jacob Olson's fourth home run of the season and took the lead for good after Luke Berryhill's double to left that scored Brady Allen. Carolina added insurance in the eighth as Allen led off with a double, moved to third on Quinntin Perez's sacrifice bunt and scored on TJ Hopkins' sacrifice fly to right. Berryhill had two doubles to lead the Gamecock offense, while Allen scored a pair of runs. GAMECHANGER Carolina's five pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters and allow just six hits in the win. KEY STAT Brett Kerry has now struck out 11 batters in six innings of work after picking up the save in today's win. NOTABLE Tringali leads the team in ERA (1.04) after pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in today's win. Carolina now has a 15-1 series advantage on Appalachian State. The game wrapped up an eight-game homestand for the Gamecocks heading into the Clemson series. Earlier in the day, Carolina announced that Sunday's game vs. Clemson will start at noon. UP NEXT South Carolina heads to Doug Kingsmore Stadium to face in-state rival Clemson Friday night (March 1) at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
  6. 68 Alabama 17-11, 8-7 SEC 62 South Carolina 14-14, 9-6 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Alabama 31 37 68 South Carolina 25 37 62 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/26/2019 | By: PETE IACOBELLI (Associated Press) From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina Falls Late to Alabama, 68-62 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More Chris Silva finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the 2018-19 season POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Alabama — 2/26/19 POSTGAME: Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett on Alabama — 2/26/19 BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Missouri 3/2/2019 | 3:30 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Kira Lewis Jr. had 17 points including the go-ahead foul shots with 3:34 to play as Alabama lost a double-digit lead before rallying late to beat South Carolina 68-62 on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (17-11, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) looked to have an easy one after opening a 28-15 lead. But the Gamecocks (14-14, 9-6) came all the way back and were up 54-49 after Tre Campbell's 3-pointer with 7:15 to go. That's when Alabama found its touch in a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to take control. South Carolina's last lead came on Chris Silva's foul shot with 3:53 to go. Lewis, though, followed that next time down with a pair of free throws to put the Crimson Tide ahead for good. Donta Hall had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Alabama won its second straight after three consecutive defeats as it fights for that fourth seed in the jumbled SEC standings that would bring two days off before starting league tournament play. Riley Norris had 11 points, all in the second half as the Crimson Tide won its fourth straight over the Gamecocks. Silva led South Carolina with 23 points and 12 rebounds. South Carolina didn't look like a team that had risen to fourth in the stacked SEC, missing 14 straight shots at one point to fall behind 28-15. Alabama, though, has struggled to score at times this season and that kept things tighter than it should've been given the Gamecocks inability to make shots in the first half. When South Carolina hit three straight shots, the Crimson Tide were up just 29-25 with 10 seconds left in the half. Lewis, though, took an inbounds pass and raced the length of the court for an easy jumper as time ran out. Lewis was about the only player the first 20 minutes who managed to score. He had 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. South Carolina's frustrations were evident. Hassani Gravett was just 1 of 8 the first half and Keyshawn Bryant was 1 of 6. Even Silva, typically reliable down low, missed several easy chances early on. The Gamecocks finished shooting just 30.8 percent for the game including going 4 of 19 from behind the arc. KEY STATS > South Carolina finished the game 1-for-8 from the field after it was tied, 56-56, with 5:12 to go. > Alabama was 14-of-22 at the charity stripe, making 12 of its 15 foul shot attempts in the second half. NOTABLES > Senior Chris Silva had 23 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double (24th career) of the 2018-19 season. > Silva was 11-of-13 at the foul line, his fourth game this season with 10 or more free throw makes. Tonight marks the ninth time in his career to accomplish the feat (had five games with 10-plus free throws last season). > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett had 12 points in 31 minutes off the bench. Prior to tonight's contest, Carolina was 8-1 in league play when he scored in double-figures. > Standout freshman A.J. Lawson left the game in the second half with an injury and did not return. He scored nine points and dished out five assists vs. the Crimson Tide. > The Gamecocks were just 4-for-19 from 3 after coming into tonight T-3rd with Florida for made 3s in league action (118). UP NEXT South Carolina hits the road for back-to-back SEC games, first at Missouri this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network. The Gamecocks then have a quick turnaround, traveling to College Station for a Tuesday matchup against Texas A&M.
  7. Gamecocks Host Alabama Tuesday Night With Videos Men's Basketball | 2/25/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Frank Martin News Conference — 2/25/19 A.J. Lawson News Conference — 2/25/19 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-13, 9-5 SEC) will host two of its final four games of the regular season at Colonial Life Arena, beginning Tuesday night versus Alabama (16-11, 7-7 SEC). Tip time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET with Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) on the call for the ESPN2 broadcast.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina welcomes Alabama to Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday in the only meeting between the two schools this SEC regular season. Alabama has won three-straight in the series, including a 76-62 win over Carolina last season in Tuscaloosa.> Despite a 16-point advantage at one point in the first half, Carolina wasn't able to hold on for the win at Mississippi State on Saturday, as the Bulldogs battled back to take the 76-61 home win. Rookie guard A.J. Lawson paced the Gamecocks with 18 points behind a trio of 3-pointers, and junior forward Maik Kotsar added 13 points with five rebounds. > South Carolina continues to lead the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage entering play this week, thanks to four Gamecocks averaging over 46 percent from beyond the arc in league games. Senior forward Chris Silva has hit 50 percent from beyond the arc (9-18), while Tre Campbell (47.4%), Hassani Gravett (47.1%) and Felipe Haase (46.2%) have also been solid from three in league play.> South Carolina is 6-1 in its SEC home games to date, averaging 80.3 points per game in those outings. Carolina's only home loss in league play came against top-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 29. The Gamecocks have hit 44.7 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range, and are holding opponents to just 34.8 percent from beyond the arc at home. Silva has been outstanding at home in league play, averaging 20.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. Lawson (13.6) and Gravett (12.6) are also in double figures in those matchups.> The Gamecocks will play two games on the road and two at home to conclude the regular season. After Tuesday's meeting against the Crimson Tide, the Gamecocks will hit the road for back-to-back rematches, first at Missouri on Saturday before heading to Texas A&M next week. A meeting with Georgia on Senior Day (March 9), will be the final game of the regular season for the Gamecocks. COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE> Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 27 GAMES...> The Gamecocks are 14-13 overall this season, with a 10-5 mark at home, a 3-7 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson (48-132), senior guard Hassani Gravett (54-127) and graduate student guard Tre Campbell (41-107) have combined to hit 143 of Carolina's 207 3-pointers this season, connecting on 39.0 percent of their attempts.> Five different Gamecocks have registered at least 30 assists on the season, led by Lawson's 78 (2.9 per game).> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 17 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets, including hitting four in three of the last four games (at Tennessee/Texas A&M/Ole Miss).> The Gamecocks are 7-2 when having 15 or more assists.> Carolina is 11-7 when making six or more 3-point baskets.> Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 56 blocks, which already surpasses his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17).> The Gamecocks are 11-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 7-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play.> Carolina is 9-3 this season when leading at the half.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.> Martin led team's are 104-100 (.509) all-time in league play. FRANK MARTIN: South Carolina’s path to postseason play If Alabama can take Tennessee to the wire in Knoxville, the Crimson Tide is more than capable of winning at Colonial Life Arena. Forward Donta Hall is a force on the glass. Swingman and Columbia native Tevin Mack has the ability to shoot himself into a hot streak from 3-point range. Guard Kira Lews is one of the top freshman scorers in the SEC. All of the above is likely mentioned by Frank Martin before South Carolina’s game with Alabama. What the USC coach won’t bring up is the potential impact of Tuesday’s result on the Gamecocks’ NCAA Tournament chances. “I try to give guys perspective of where we’re at instead of speaking about these as play-in games,” Martin said during a Monday news conference. “That’s me putting undue pressure on our players.” USC (14-13, 9-5 SEC) and ‘Bama (16-11, 7-7) are set for a 7 p.m. Tuesday tip at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks enter as the No. 4 seed for next month’s SEC Tournament. The Tide enters as the No. 9. It’s only here where Martin is using a postseason scenario as locker room dialogue. “I give them perspective,” Martin said. “We’re in fourth place. If the thing started today, we’re the four-seed in the SEC (tournament). There’s a lot of people who want to be the four-seed with four games to go.” The No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament has made the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons — LSU in 2015, USC in 2017 and Kentucky in 2018. South Carolina, though, has little margin for error. The Gamecocks debuted Friday as one of the last eight teams out of the tournament field Joe Lunardi posted to ESPN.com. They lost at 20-win Mississippi State a day later.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> South Carolina continues to hold fourth place in the league standings with a 9-5 record in conference matchups. Ole Miss is also 9-5, but with the Gamecocks' win over the Rebels last Tuesday, Carolina holds the tiebreaker for the SEC Tournament seeding.> The Gamecocks are 10-5 at home, including a 6-1 mark in conference home games.> Carolina is 9-1 in SEC games when senior guard Hassani Gravett scored 10 or more points this season.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team best 12 times this season.> In the most recent NCAA rankings, Carolina's DI strength of schedule is 18, and the Gamecocks have a combined seven Quadrant 1 and 2 wins this season.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson is third among freshmen in the SEC in scoring (overall games) at 14.0 points per game this season.> Silva's 2.07 blocked shots per game (overall games), rank third in the SEC and 32nd nationally. In SEC play, he is blocking 2.28 shots per game.> Entering SEC play, Carolina ranked 300th nationally (NCAA stats games through Jan. 2) in 3-point field goal percent, averaging just 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. In the most recent NCAA stats (games through Feb. 24), Carolina is 74th nationally at 36.6 percent.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE> Alabama is 16-11 overall this season and currently in a tie for eighth in the SEC standings with a 7-7 mark in conference contests.> Head coach Avery Johnson is in his fourth season at Alabama.> The Tide hold a 9-4 non-conference record this season with notable wins over Arizona, Penn State, and Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in league play.> Three average double-figure points for Alabama, led by rookie point guard Kira Lewis Jr.'s, 14.2 points per game. Donta Hall (10.9) and John Petty (10.6) are also in double figures. Hall is third in the SEC and 63rd nationally with 8.5 rebounds per game.> Alabama is just 2-5 on the road in SEC action, with those wins coming at Missouri and Vanderbilt.> Alabama is hitting 44.0 percent from the field in league games, and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.> The Crimson Tide posted a 68-61 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak. Hall (14 points, 11 rebounds) and junior guard Dazon Ingram (13 points, 10 rebounds) led Alabama in the win.COMING UP NEXTSouth Carolina hits the road for back-to-back road games, first at Missouri this Saturday, before a Tuesday matchup next week at Texas A&M. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call this weekend for the matchup vs. the Tigers on the SEC Network.
  8. Gamecocks Host Alabama Tuesday Night With Videos Men's Basketball | 2/25/2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-13, 9-5 SEC) will host two of its final four games of the regular season at Colonial Life Arena, beginning Tuesday night versus Alabama (16-11, 7-7 SEC). Tip time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET with Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) on the call for the ESPN2 broadcast. (MORE)
  9. Second half dooms Gamecocks in road loss to Mississippi State February 23, 2019 THE STATE STARKVILLE, MISS Reggie Perry and Alanzo Frink are equals in age and not much else. One’s a reigning McDonald’s All-American and a starter for Mississippi State. The other, an under-the-radar recruit and eighth man for South Carolina. But fate had the two matching up with each other in first half of Saturday’s game at Humphrey Coliseum. Perry gathered the basketball six feet from the basket, turned and started to back Frink with the intention to either get an easy bucket or draw a foul. Frink, though, wasn’t adhering to Perry’s plan. USC’s rookie gave up four inches to MSU’s, but Frink had 20 extra pounds. He stayed in front and only left his feet to block Perry’s shot. It’s these kind of uphill battles the Gamecocks have been winning since the calendar turned January. They dug themselves a hole because of a poor non-conference record, but they came here Saturday to continue their outside shot at an NCAA Tournament bid. They scrapped their way to an early lead, lost it and couldn’t recover in a 76-61 loss to the Bulldogs. USC dropped to 14-13 overall and 9-5 in the SEC. MSU is 20-7 and 8-6. Frank Martin called South Carolina’s defensive performance in the Ole Miss win on Tuesday its best of the season. That effort continued early against the Bulldogs. Facing a team that was down Nick Weatherspoon, MSU’s suspended guard who dropped 18 points on USC in the first matchup, South Carolina held the Bulldogs to four points and one made field goal through 11 minutes. USC led 19-6 at the 8:49 mark. It was up 30-14 over four minutes later when Felipe Haase drained a left wing 3. The big advantage was opposite of Carolina’s recent history. The Gamecocks rallied from double-digits down to beat Arkansas on Feb. 9, Texas A&M on Feb. 16 and the Rebels on Tuesday. This time, they felt what it was like to be on the other end of such a game. MSU closed the first half on a 13-6 run. It was capped by a Tyson Carter steal and Aric Holman dunk after a key A.J. Lawson turnover. Martin had called timeout right before to set up a play, but a lack of execution led to more momentum for MSU. It foreshadowed a second half that was dominated by the Bulldogs. After South Carolina scored the period’s first five points to go up 12, MSU’s Lamar Peters completed a four-point play that injected life back into a spirit Hump crowd. A Holman dunk capped a 17-4 run and gave the Bulldogs their first lead with 15:11 left. They stretched the advantage to as many as 15. After shooting 33 percent in the first half, MSU responded with a 65 percent effort in the second. USC, plagued by foul trouble to Chris Silva and Hassani Gravett, couldn’t gain back any rhythm. When an A.J. Lawson layup cut the lead to six with 5:24 left, the Bulldogs responded with five straight points. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 18 points. NEXT GAME Who: Alabama at South Carolina When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: ESPN2
  10. Another coach joins growing chorus calling South Carolina an NCAA Tournament team February 24, 2019 Ben Howland’s coached in 29 NCAA Tournament games since making his Big Dance debut with Northern Arizona in 1998. He’s been to five Sweet 16s, three Final Fours and led UCLA to a national runner-up finish in 2006. “I know what an NCAA Tournament team looks like,” Howland said Saturday after helping Mississippi State to a 76-61 win over South Carolina. “That’s one that we played today.” The Gamecocks dropped to 14-13 overall and 9-5 and into a tie for fourth place in the SEC standings with the latest result. They led the Bulldogs (20-7, 8-6) by 16 points with four minutes to go in the first half before being overwhelmed by a team pegged this week by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi as a No. 6 seed for the NCAA Tournament. “I told the guys at halftime, ‘Hey, we can’t play any worse than we did those first 10 minutes,’” Howland said. “And a lot of it was South Carolina. “South Carolina is a really, really good basketball team. They’re coming here to beat us to get in the NCAA Tournament. Their only losses in our league are Tennessee twice, at LSU, at Kentucky. They’re very good. That’s an NCAA Tournament team we beat today.” The SEC’s Mississippi coaches have been high on the Gamecocks this week. Following a 79-64 loss to USC on Tuesday, Ole Miss leader Kermit Davis went as far as saying Carolina could do damage in the Big Dance. “If they can get to the (NCAA) Tournament,” Davis said, “they sure can win games in the tournament.” Lunardi’s latest bracket projection, updated Friday morning, had Carolina among his last eight teams out for the field of 68. The trip to Humphrey Coliseum was likely USC’s last opportunity for a fourth “quadrant one” win this regular season. KenPom.com gives the Gamecocks at least a 38 percent chance to win their last four games, starting with Tuesday’s home clash with Alabama (16-11, 7-7).
  11. 61 South Carolina 14-13 (9-5 SEC) 76 Mississippi State 20-7 (8-6 SEC) Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 36 25 61 Mississippi State 29 47 76 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/23/2019 | By: DAVID BRANDT (Associated Press) \ GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Come Up Short at Mississippi State, 76-61 With Video, Stats & More A.J. Lawson led South Carolina with 18 points (6-of-11 FG) POSTGAME: Frank Martin, Maik Kotsar, A.J. Lawson on Mississippi State — 2/23/19 BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Alabama 2/26/2019 | 7 P.M. ESPN2 BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Reggie Perry tied a career-high with 21 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 and Mississippi State rallied in the second half to beat South Carolina 76-61 on Saturday night. The Bulldogs (20-7, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth straight game. They split the season series against South Carolina after losing the first game 87-82 in overtime on Jan. 8. South Carolina (14-13, 9-5) opened a 41-29 lead early in the second half, but Mississippi State quickly stormed back and took a 46-45 lead when Aric Holman threw down a dunk with 15:11 remaining. The Bulldogs never trailed during the final 13 minutes. Perry, a 6-foot-10 freshman, shot 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-7 on free throws. He added six rebounds. Mississippi State shot 65 percent from the field in the second half, slowly pulling away in the final minutes. South Carolina made just eight field goals in the second half. A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 18 points. South Carolina dominated most of the first half, pushing to a 19-6 lead after Mississippi State made just one field goal during the first 11 minutes. The Gamecocks led 30-14 with four minutes remaining before halftime, but the Bulldogs closed the gap to 36-29 by the break. KEY STATS> South Carolina was just 8-for-25 (32 percent) from the field in the second half tonight in Starkville. Mississippi State shot 65 percent the final 20 minutes (17-for-26). NOTABLES> Freshman guard A.J. Lawson scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He went 3-of-5 from behind the arc.> Lawson played a team-high 37 minutes, marking the 14th time in the team's last 15 games he's played 30 or more minutes.> Junior forward Maik Kotsar had 13 points and five rebounds, his first double-figure outing since scoring a career-high 25 in the team's first meeting with the Bulldogs back in January.> Sophomore forward Felipe Haase had nine points off the bench after going 3-for-4 from behind the arc.UP NEXTThe Gamecocks will play two of their final four games at home, beginning on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET when Alabama travels to Columbia in a crucial SEC contest at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the only between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) will have the call for ESPN2.
  12. Gamecocks Travel To Mississippi State Saturday Men's Basketball | 2/22/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-12, 9-4 SEC) travels to face (RV/RV) Mississippi State (19-7, 7-6 SEC) on Saturday evening in Starkville (6 p.m. ET). The meeting is the second between the two schools this SEC regular season, as Carolina posted an 87-82 overtime win over the Bulldogs in Columbia on Jan. 8. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina will play three of its final five games of the regular season on the road, beginning with Saturday's matchup against the Bulldogs in Starkville. Carolina posted an 87-82 overtime win over MSU in the first meeting between the two schools this season in early January.> SEC Player of the Year candidate, senior forward Chris Silva led four Gamecocks in double figures with 18 in Tuesday's win over Ole Miss. Silva, Lawson (15), Gravett (15) and Bryant (10) all registered in double digits, with Gravett hitting a team high four 3-pointers.> It was the Gamecock defense that came up big in the win over the Rebels, holding the visitors without a field goal the final 6:44 of the game. It was another standout performance by the lock-down D, which includes holding Florida without a field goal the final 7:17 of the Carolina win in the SEC opener on the road. The Gamecocks also held No. 16/15 Auburn without a field goal the final 4:01, and held Arkansas scoreless the final 3:11 of that contest.> Senior guard Hassani Gravett continues to impress from beyond the arc, as he has hit 43.5 percent (54-124) overall this season, and an SEC leading 49.3 percent (33-67) in league games. He has registered four 3-pointers in each of the last three games, and has hit 18-of his last-30 attempts - 60.0 percent - over the course of the last six games. > After beginning league play with four-straight wins, the Gamecocks traded wins and losses until the current back-to-back wins vs. Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Carolina has gone 5-1 in its weekend SEC contests, most recently posting an 84-77 win over A&M last Saturday. Carolina has shot well overall, and from beyond the arc in league action, hitting 44.5 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3. The Gamecock defense has been strong in conference play, holding opponents to 43.8 percent overall (sixth in the league), and just 32.9 percent from 3-point range (fourth). COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE> Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 26 GAMES...> The Gamecocks are 14-12 overall this season, with a 10-5 mark at home, a 3-6 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson (45-127), senior guard Hassani Gravett (54-124) and graduate student guard Tre Campbell (40-103) have combined to hit 139 of Carolina's 198 3-pointers this season, connecting on 39.2 percent of their attempts.> Five different Gamecocks have registered at least 30 assists on the season, led by Lawson's 76 (2.9 per game).> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 17 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets, including four in each of the last three games.> The Gamecocks are 7-2 when having 15 or more assists.> Carolina is 11-6 when making six or more 3-point baskets.> Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 54 blocks, which already surpasses his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17).> The Gamecocks are 11-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 7-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play.> Carolina is 9-2 this season when leading at the half.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.> Martin led team's are 104-99 (.512) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> South Carolina sits in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings with a 9-4 mark in SEC action this season.> In SEC road games, Carolina is 3-3.> Three average double-figures on the year in Silva (14.3), Lawson (13.9) and Gravett (11.3). That trio also averages double figures in league play, Silva (16.0), Lawson (14.1), Gravett (12.8).> SEC Sixth Man of the Year candidate Hassani Gravett is averaging 2.5 3-pointers per game in SEC play and leads the conference in 3-point field goal percent in conference action with a mark of 49.3 percent.> Silva's 2.08 blocked shots per game (overall games), rank third in the SEC and 34th nationally. In SEC play, he is blocking 2.30 shots per game.> Entering SEC play, Carolina ranked 300th nationally (NCAA stats games through Jan. 2) in 3-point field goal percent, averaging just 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. In the most recent NCAA stats (games through Feb. 20), Carolina is 85th nationally at 36.4 percent.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS> Mississippi State is receiving votes in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week and the Bulldogs have won each of their last three games.> MSU is in a three-way tie for sixth in the SEC standings entering weekend action. > In home games, Mississippi State is 11-3 this season, but just 3-3 in home SEC games.> On Wednesday, MSU claimed a one-point road win at Georgia, on a made free throw from senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon.> Q. Weatherspoon paces the team at 18.6 points per game this season, while Lamar Peters adds 12.0 per outing.> One of MSU's strengths is its free throw shooting, as the Bulldogs rank fifth in the conference, hitting 72.3 percent of their attempts at the line.COMING UP NEXT> The Gamecocks will play two of their final four games at home, beginning on Tuesday when Alabama travels to Columbia. The meeting is the only between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) will have the call for ESPN2.
  13. I’m thinking a 4-1 finish and a tourney win does the trick. Anything less and I’m not very confident
  14. South Carolina signee Trae Hannibal scores 62 in final high school game February 21, 2019 .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} Trae Hannibal’s final high school game was one for the record books. The Hartsville senior and South Carolina signee went for school-record 62 points but it still wasn’t enough as the Red Foxes lost to Wilson, 97-92 in overtime in Class 4A Lower State semifinals on Wednesday. Hannibal also grabbed 20 rebounds in the game, which was moved to Wednesday after the backboard was broken during warmups Tuesday. Hannibal’s 62 points are fifth most in a baskrtball game in South Carolina High School League history. Midway’s Kenneth Robinson holds the state record with 108 points in a game back in 1961. Hannibal’s point total is the most in a SC High School game since former Gamecock Devan Downey scored 67 in 2005. Former Gamecock Larry Davis has the state’s fourth-highest single-game total with 64 points in 1991. Hannibal, the Class 4A co-Player of the Year, finished his career with 1,552 points.
  15. South Carolina an NCAA Tournament team? Frank Martin, Kermit Davis make the case February 20, 2019 Of the NCAA Tournament field Joe Lunardi projected and posted to ESPN.com on Tuesday morning, South Carolina has wins over five of those 68 teams. The latest came Tuesday evening when the Gamecocks rallied past Ole Miss 79-64 at Colonial Life Arena. “South Carolina’s got a really good team,” said Rebels coach Kermit Davis. “They looked like an NCAA Tournament team tonight, for sure.” For sure? Perhaps he’s got a point. USC, with a 9-4 record, is now into sole possession of fourth place in the SEC standings. That normally fits the profile for an at-large bid to the Big Dance. But then there’s the overall record (13-12 when you don’t include the Dec. 31 win over Division II’s North Greenville), something that doesn’t scream for a ticket to March Madness. Critics will nod to losses to Stony Brook (NET ranking: 151) and Wyoming (317) as reasons why Carolina shouldn’t yet be included in NCAA Tournament discussion. (Neither Lunardi nor CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm even list the Gamecocks on the bubble.) When presented a platform to discuss his team’s postseason chances Tuesday, USC coach Frank Martin first hesitated and noted the Gamecocks’ next game — “I’m on to Mississippi State, man” — but then came around. Sure, South Carolina didn’t perform well in November and December, but it wasn’t always at full strength. Home losses to national power Virginia and rival Clemson came without Maik Kotsar. The 20-point loss to Wofford came a day after Justin Minaya’s injury. Keyshawn Bryant, Minaya’s replacement, played that game with protective goggles to help with headaches. “Why don’t people give us credit, like they give other people, when their good players are hurt?” Martin asked. “But no one picked us to be where we’re at, so no one’s gonna give us credit for the other stuff. “Meaning, when you play Virginia and Clemson and your starting power forward is out. When you play Wofford and your starting small forward tears his knee 10 minutes to go (in practice) the day before the game and his backup hadn’t practiced in three days with headaches and has to play with sunglasses. No one ever says anything about that. They just say, ‘Yeah, they stunk. That’s why they lose. They don’t belong.’ “We had a bad game at Wyoming. I wish I could give you an example or a reason for why we played bad that day. We had a bad game there. But all those other games, we had adversity.” South Carolina missed the Big Dance in 2015-16 despite 24 regular season wins. Those Gamecocks went 11-7 in the SEC. These Gamecocks, starting with a trip to Starkville on Saturday to face the Bulldogs (18-7, 6-6), have five opportunities left. “Let me just throw a number out there,” Martin said. “(If a team wins) 12 league games in the SEC and doesn’t get in the NCAA Tournament, I think that would be a travesty. I think that would be as sad as sad can be.” KenPom.com gives Carolina at least a 41 percent chance to win four of its final five league games before the SEC Tournament in Nashville. USC’s only SEC losses have come against Tennessee (twice), Kentucky and LSU, all teams ranked in the top 13 of this week’s AP Poll. It’s beaten Auburn (projected No. 8 seed by Lunardi), Florida (No. 12), Mississippi State (No. 7), Norfolk State (No. 16) and the Rebels (No. 8). “If they can get to the (NCAA) tournament,” Davis said, “they sure can win games in the tournament.” A Big Dance trip would be Carolina’s second in three years. “That’s our goal,” said senior forward Chris Silva. “We’re trying to get there. It’s just going to take everybody, everybody on the same page. We want to get there. So everybody’s working. We’re hoping we make it there.
  16. 64 Ole Miss 18-8, 8-5 SEC 79 South Carolina 14-12, 9-4 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Ole Miss 32 32 64 South Carolina 40 39 79 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/20/2019 | By: JEFFREY COLLINS (Associated Press) GCF Staff Report Late Defense Leads South Carolina to, 79-64, Win Over Ole Miss With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More Gamecocks hold Rebels without a FG the final 6:44 of the game POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Ole Miss — 2/19/19 POSTGAME: Chris Silva, A.J. Lawson on Ole Miss — 2/19/19 BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Mississippi State 2/23/2019 | 6 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina keeps digging a hole and then the Gamecocks keep finding a way to pull themselves out. South Carolina (14-12, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth SEC game after trailing by double digits, beating Mississippi 79-64 on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks seem like they have been in a hole all year. They started the season 5-8 in nonconference, including losses to Stony Brook and 6-19 Wyoming. They have been down by at least 10 in nine of their 13 SEC games. And now they are fourth in a league with three teams in the top 13. ''They are taking me on an unbelievable ride,'' South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. Tuesday's ride for Martin started with the Rebels (18-8, 8-5) hitting their first five shots and taking a 13-2 lead less than four minutes in. The Gamecocks answered with 16 straight points, took their own 11-point lead before the half was over and never trailed again. Ole Miss did tie it at 61 with 6:18 left. But South Carolina scored on its next six possessions to put it away. Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 18 points, including four points and an assist in that final push. ''Silva just kind of had his way during that last run,'' Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. Terence Davis had 18 points and Breein Tyree added 17 points for Ole Miss. A.J. Lawson had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Hassani Gravett added 15 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina. The win put the Gamecocks into fourth place in the SEC all by themselves, which could be critical for a team that might not want to lean on an unorthodox bubble resume. The top four teams get a double bye in the SEC Tournament and only need to win three games to get the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. South Carolina leads every other team by at least two games and now will have the tiebreaker over Ole Miss. KEY STATS> South Carolina's defense held Ole Miss without a field goal the final 6:44 after Breein Tyree made a jumper In the lane to pull the Rebels within a basket, 61-60.> After trailing 13-2 to start the game, the Gamecocks took control with a 38-19 run to end the first half. NOTABLES> Senior forward Chris Silva had 18 points to lead the Gamecocks – he's had 15 or more in eight of the team's last nine games. The Libreville, Gabon, native, went 6-of-6 at the FT line tonight and has made 16-straight at the charity stripe dating back to the first half at No. 1 Tennessee (1/29/19).> In SEC play, Silva is 64-for-111 (57.7%) from the field and 72-of-89 (80.9%) at the FT line, both career highs. He also had three more blocks tonight and now has 54 during the 2018-19 season, a new career-high. > Freshman guard A.J. Lawson continued his standout play with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and just one turnover in 37 minutes of action. > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett remained hot from behind the 3-point line, hitting four of his six attempts from deep en route to scoring 15 points off the bench. He's shooting 49.3 percent (33-for-67) from 3 in league action.> The Gamecocks are 9-1 in SEC games when Gravett scores 10 or more points.> After two tough outings, freshman wing Keyshawn Bryant bounced back with 10 points and six rebounds tonight. > South Carolina went 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) from 3 tonight. In the team's last four wins, the Gamecocks are 46-for-81 (56.8 percent) from downtown, averaging 11.5 made 3s per game.UP NEXTThe Gamecocks hit the road for a Saturday night matchup at Mississippi State. Tip time in Starkville is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan (pxp) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call. Carolina posted an, 87-82, overtime win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs on Jan. 8 in Columbia.
  17. Vandy got in at 17-14, they didn't win hardly any of their top 25 games. Also, Andy Katz says any SEC team that finishes.500 or better in league play is in including SC. I feel like 11-7 with at least 1 win in the tournament is the bare minimum to have a chance though personally. 16-14 just worries me quite a bit though.
  18. Gamecocks Host Ole Miss Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 2/18/2019 | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (13-12, 8-4 SEC) hosts (RV/RV) Ole Miss (18-7, 8-4 SEC) on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the only between the two schools this SEC regular season. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina wraps a two-game homestand when it hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday night in the first and only meeting between the two schools this SEC regular season. The team's also met just once last season, with the Rebels winning what was the SEC opener for both schools, 74-69, at The Pavilion.> Senior forward Chris Silva had a monster week last week, averaging 19.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, while hitting 50.0 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from three and 90.9 percent at the line. He posted double-doubles vs. both top-ranked Tennessee and Texas A&M, pulling down a career best 15 rebounds, along with 17 points against the Vols, while playing a career high 39 minutes. He followed with 22 points and 14 rebounds – including five on the offensive glass – vs. A&M. He almost tallied a double-double in the second half alone, scoring 10 with nine rebounds over the final 20 minutes of action in the comeback win. It marked Silva's seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season and the first time this season he has posted double-doubles in consecutive contests.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell has been on a tear from 3-point range in conference contests, hitting 51.0 percent (25-49) from 3, including hitting 15-of-25 attempts (60.0%) over the course of the last five games. He's averaging 8.8 points and a team high 2.8 assists per game in SEC action.> Senior guard Hassani Gravett is having his best season in the Garnet and Black in 2018-19. The Villa Rica, Ga., native leads the Gamecocks with 50 3-pointers on the year, behind a team best 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. In his first two seasons combined at Carolina he was 43-of-156 (27.5%) FROM 3-point range.> After beginning league play with four-straight wins, the Gamecocks have traded wins and losses since. Carolina has gone 5-1 in its weekend SEC contests, most recently posting an 84-77 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Carolina has shot well overall, and from beyond the arc in league action, hitting 44.7 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from 3. The Gamecock defense has been strong in conference play, holding opponents to just 44.4 percent overall (seventh in the league), and just 33.8 percent from 3-point range (fifth). COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE > Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org. POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND > Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 25 GAMES... > The Gamecocks are 13-12 overall this season, with a 9-5 mark at home, a 3-6 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups. > Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high 11 times this season, including his team best 23 in the win over A&M. > Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 16 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets. > The Gamecocks are 6-2 when having 15 or more assists. > Carolina is 10-6 when making six or more 3-point baskets. > Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 51 blocks, which already matches his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17). > The Gamecocks are 10-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 6-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play. > Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the half. FRANK MARTIN > South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU. > Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000). > Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright. > Martin led team's are 103-99 (.509) all-time in league play. QUICK HITS > South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19. > Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations. > South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns. > South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round. > The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season. > Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18). > Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1. > Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS > It's a big one on Tuesday night in looking ahead to seeding for the upcoming SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Gamecocks and Rebels are locked in a tie for fourth place in the league standings with 8-4 records. > The Gamecocks are 5-1 in SEC home games and have won their last two at Colonial Life Arena (Arkansa, Texas A&M). > Three average double-figure points for Carolina, led by SEC Player of the Year candidate Chris Silva's 14.2 per game. That number jumps to 15.8 points per game in league play. > Rookie guard A.J. Lawson is also in double figures with 13.8 points per outing. He has a team high six 20-point scoring games this season. > In home games, Carolina averages 76.6 points per game, led by Silva's 15.6 points per game. > Seven active Gamecocks average at least 6.6 points or higher. > South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva. > Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward). SCOUTING THE REBELS > Ole Miss is led by head coach Kermit Davis in his first season with the Rebels and his 24th season overall as a head coach. He has never faced the Gamecocks before. > The Rebels ride a four-game win streak into Tuesday's meeting with Carolina, and have won two-straight on the road (at Georgia, Auburn). > Junior guard Breein Tyree (18.4) and senior forward terence Davis (15.6) are in double-figures in overall games this season. It's the same in league play, as those numbers rise to 19.2 and 15.7 points per game, respectively in conference contests. > One of Ole Miss' strengths is its free throw shooting, as the Rebels have hit 77.3 percent from the line this season, an SEC best (overall games). > Irmo native Devontae Shuler is averaging 9.7 points and a team high 1.9 steals per game this season. > Ole Miss is 5-3 overall on the road this season and 4-2 in league road games. COMING UP NEXT Carolina hits the road on Saturday, facing Mississippi State for the second time this season. Tip time in Starkville is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. The Gamecocks posted an 87-82 overtime win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs on Jan. 8 in Columbia.
  19. Gamecocks And Aggies Meet Saturday Afternoon Men's Basketball | 2/15/2019 |From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (12-12, 7-4 SEC) opens up a two-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8 SEC) at 1 p.m. Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina opens up a two-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M in the first meeting between the two schools this SEC regular season. The team's will face eachother again in College Station on March 5.> Despite a season high 14 3-point baskets, Carolina suffered an 85-73 loss on the road at top-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday night in Knoxville. Graduate student guard Tre Campbell was a flawless 5-of-5 from range, scoring a team high 19 points to go along with four assists, and senior big Chris Silva scored 17, while pulling down a career high 15 rebounds on the glass. It was Silva's seventh double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career.> Over the course of the last four games, Carolina has been on fire from 3-point range, hitting double-digit 3s in three of those contests, including a season high 14 vs. the Vols on Wednesday. During the stretch, the Gamecocks have connected on 40-of-71 from beyond the arc - 56.3 percent. Campbell (12-17), Gravett (10-17) and Lawson (8-14) have led the way for Carolina.> Senior forward Chris Silva continues to impress on both ends of the floor this season. With his 15 boards on Wednesday at Tennessee, he became just the seventh Gamecock all-time to have 800 rebounds, and just the second since the mid-80's (Michael Carrera (2012-16), 800 for his career). Silva continues to climb the blocked shots chart as well, he currently sits in sixth place with 172 for his career.> After beginning league play with four-straight wins, the Gamecocks have traded wins and losses since. Carolina has gone 4-1 in its weekend SEC contests, most recently posting a 77-65 win over Arkansas last Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Carolina has shot well overall, and from beyond the arc in league action, hitting 44.9 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from 3. The Gamecock defense has been strong in conference play, holding opponents to just 43.9 percent overall (fifth in the league), and just 33.2 percent from 3-point range (fourth). COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE> Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.AUTISM SPEAKS COACHES POWERING FORWARD> South Carolina's staff will be wearing blue puzzle piece pins on their lapels during Saturday's contest vs. the Aggies as part of the Autism Speaks Coaches Powering Forward initiative. Autism Speaks Coaches Powering Forward was created in 2014 after NCAA Coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion embarked on a mission to raise awareness of autism. Autism currently affects 1 in every 59 children in the U.S and for most, is a lifelong condition.POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 24 GAMES...> Carolina is 12-12 on the year, with an 8-5 mark at home, 3-6 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high 10 times> Senior forward Chris Silva has led or shared the team lead in scoring eight times, in rebounding 11 times, in blocks 17 times and he has 16 double-figure scoring games.> The Gamecocks are 4-2 this season in games decided by five points or less> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant paces the Gamecocks with a team high 22 dunks this season> In league games, Carolina is 5-0 when out-rebounding its opponent> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 15 games with multiple 3-pointers this season> Lawson has five games with five or more assists, including an SEC season high of six at Tennessee on Wednesday> Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the half.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.> Martin led team's are 102-99 (.507) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> Carolina is currently tied for fourth in the SEC with Ole Miss, with each holding a 7-4 record in league play. The Gamecocks and Rebels meet next Tuesday in Columbia for the only matchup between the two schools this season.> South Carolina is 7-4 in games following a loss this season.> Senior forward Chris Silva is once again putting together an impressive resume in league play. He paces the Gamecocks with 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per league game. He's also averaging 61.2 percent from the floor and has hit 5-of-10 3-point attempts.> Seven of Carolina's eight players in a typical game rotation are averaging at least 40 percent from the field in league games this season.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell is providing 8.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 3-pointers per game in league action this season. Over the course of the last five games, he's hit 15-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc, 71.4 percent.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE AGGIES> The Aggies are 10-13 overall this season and 3-8 in league games.> After opening up league play at just 1-8, A&M has won its last two games, including a 73-56 home win over Georgia on Tuesday.> Three are averaging double-figures on the year, led by TJ Starks' 12.9 points per game. Wendell Mitchell (12.5) and Savion Flagg (11.7) are also in double figures.> A&M's league wins have come at Alabama, at Mizzou and vs. Georgia.> Flagg paces the squad with 7.6 rebounds per game.> As a team, the Aggies are averaging 43.9 percent from the field, but just 30.5 percent from 3-point range.> Mitchell paces the team with 14.4 points per SEC game.> Senior transfer, forward Christian Mekowulu led the team with 15 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Georgia on Tuesday.> In five SEC road games this season, A&M is averaging 73.2 points per game in those contests.COMING UP NEXTCarolina stays at home and welcomes Ole Miss to Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday night. Tip time vs. the Rebels is set for 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.
  20. It’s a 7-team race. Here’s why USC is best positioned for an SEC No. 4 seed February 15, 2019 If all conference tournaments ended Friday, South Carolina would be a No. 6 seed in the NIT. At least that’s the prediction from dratings.com, one of the few outlets that offers “bracketology” for college basketball’s second-tier postseason event. That wouldn’t be a bad outcome for a Gamecocks team that was 5-7 entering January. USC (12-12, 7-4 SEC) has rallied in conference action and now has a legitimate chance to be playing past the SEC Tournament for a third time in four years. After Carolina’s 85-73 loss at No. 1 Tennessee on Wednesday, the hard part seems over. There’s not a ranked opponent left on USC’s schedule. The Gamecocks host Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8) at 1 p.m. Saturday. “We gotta win out these games,” said senior guard Hassani Gravett. “We got real opportunities in front of us and we look forward to them.” While the Volunteers (11-0), LSU (10-1) and Kentucky (9-2) will fight for the title, there’s another race in the SEC where the Gamecocks sit in a favorable spot. South Carolina enters the weekend tied with Ole Miss for fourth place in the league standings. No. 4 is a coveted position because it means a double-bye in the conference tournament. The Gamecocks and Rebels, though, hold just a one-game lead on Alabama and a two-game lead on Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida. Of that group of seven, USC has the most favorable schedule. The combined SEC record of its final opponents is 28-49. Arkansas has the hardest final stretch of games, facing teams with a combined SEC record of 46-31. Team (SEC record)Combined SEC record of final seven opponents South Carolina (7-4)28-49 Ole Miss (7-4)39-38 Alabama (6-5)35-42 Mississippi State (5-6)35-42 Auburn (5-6)37-40 Arkansas (5-6)46-31 Florida (5-6)39-38 South Carolina has been consistent in beating the SEC opponents it should and falling to the league’s best this season, as all four losses have been to Tennessee, LSU and Kentucky. Should the Gamecocks stick with that pattern, they’re in good shape for this final month. Potential hurdles include three road games — at Mississippi State on Feb. 23, at Missouri on March 2 and at Texas A&M on March 5 — a flip in close game results and overall fatigue. USC, 5-1 in games decided by six points or fewer since Jan. 1, is down to an eight-man rotation after Evan Hinson’s departure. “(Alanzo Frink) and Felipe (Haase) both have to play some more,” Carolina coach Frank Martin, speaking on the impact of Hinson’s decision, told the Gamecock IMG Sports Network on Thursday night. “They both got to be available. And the guy that’s going to have to do more now is Maik Kotsar because that means Maik becomes an option at small forward for us.” Six Gamecocks logged at least 23 minutes Wednesday, including a career-high 39 for Chris Silva. GAME INFO Who: Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8 SEC) at South Carolina (12-12, 7-4) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Texas A&M leads 4-3 Last meeting: Feb. 3, 2018 — Texas A&M 83, South Carolina 60 KenPom prediction: South Carolina 75, Texas A&M 71 TEXAS A&M Coach: Billy Kennedy (358-290 in 21 seasons overall; eighth season at Texas A&M — 147-111) Projected starters: G Savion Flagg (11.7 points per game), G Wendell Mitchell (12.5), G Chris Collins (0.8), G Brandon Mahan (6.9), F Christian Mekowulu (8.2) Last game: Beat Georgia 73-56 on Tuesday at home KenPom ranking: 95 (No. 122 in offense efficiency, No. 100 in defense efficiency) NET: 81 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (242-156 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 125-102) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.8), G A.J. Lawson (13.5), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.2), F Chris Silva (13.9), F Maik Kotsar (7.8) Last game: Lost to No. 1 Tennessee 85-73 on Wednesday in Knoxville KenPom ranking: 93 (No. 97 in offense efficiency, No. 107 in defense efficiency) NET: 97
  21. 73 South Carolina 12-12, 7-4 SEC 85 Tennessee 23-1, 11-0 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 36 37 73 Tennessee 49 36 85 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/13/2019 | By: STEVE MEGARGEE (Associated Press) | GCF Staff Report | GCF Staff Report Carolina Falls on the Road at No. 1 Tennessee, 85-73 Campbell scores 19, Silva finishes with 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds BOX SCORE POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Tennessee — 2/13/19 Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Texas A&M 2/16/2019 | 1 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Admiral Schofield had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Tennessee defeated South Carolina 85-73 on Wednesday for its school-record 19th consecutive victory. Tennessee owns the longest active winning streak of any active Division I team and is 11-0 in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time in school history. The Volunteers (23-1, 11-0 SEC) also earned their 23rd straight home win. Tennessee's last home loss was a 94-84 setback against Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018. South Carolina (12-12, 7-4) made a season-high 14 3-point baskets and shot 60.9 percent from beyond the arc but couldn't slow Tennessee's high-powered offense. Tennessee was 9 of 20 on 3-point attempts. Tennessee's superior accuracy from shorter range made the difference. Tennessee was 25 of 49, while South Carolina was just 12 of 40 on 2-pointers. Jordan Bowden scored 16 points for Tennessee. Kyle Alexander, Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner added 10 points each. Grant Williams had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists with only one turnover. Tre Campbell had 19 points for South Carolina. Chris Silva provided 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Hassani Gravett added 15 points. Tennessee took command by going on a 26-6 run that turned a 15-12 deficit into a 38-21 advantage. The score was tied 15-all when Jalen Johnson hit a 3-pointer while getting fouled to start a four-point play that put Tennessee ahead for good. Tennessee reeled off 14 straight points later in that 26-6 stretch. The 14-0 spurt featured two dunks by Alexander and a 3-pointer from Bowden and Schofield.KEY STATS > Top-ranked Tennessee had a 40-33 advantage in the rebound column and outscored Carolina 38-16 in the paint. > Carolina shot it well from behind the arc, making a season-high 14 3s. The Gamecocks were just 12-of-40 (30 percent) inside the arc however.NOTABLES > Graduate transfer guard Tre Campbell scored a season-high 19 points. He was perfect from behind the arc (5-for-5) and his five 3s tied a single-game career high. > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett finished with 15 points in 31 minutes off the bench. He was 4-for-6 from 3-point range, marking his 15th game of the 2018-19 season with two or more 3s. > Senior forward Chris Silva played a career-high 39 minutes. He had 17 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds for his seventh (22nd career) double-double this season. > Freshman A.J. Lawson had nine points and led the team with six assists in 35 minutes of action. > Carolina's 61 percent (14-for-23) shooting from long-range marks the third time in SEC play it has shot 60 percent or better from deep. Tonight's percentage marks the fourth-highest in the Frank Martin era (minimum 10 attempts). > The 14 3s are the second-most under Martin in his tenure with the Gamecocks. Carolina made 15 3s at home in a nine-point win against No. 10 Auburn last season.UP NEXT Carolina opens up a two-game homestand when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the Aggies is set for 1p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) on the call.
  22. Gamecocks can’t match Tennessee’s firepower, fall to No. 1 Vols in Knoxville February 13, 2019 They crowded Admiral Schofield into a turnover on one possession, forced an air ball on the next and drew a foul on the next. The South Carolina Gamecocks knew what they were getting into Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. A main reason behind Tennessee’s No. 1 ranking was a roster stacked in offensive riches. The Volunteers, from Schofield on the wing to Grant Williams in the post to Jordan Boone on the perimeter, pose threats from every angle. But let the record state that USC made three consecutive stops Wednesday. It happened over a tiny stretch of the first half that easily gets lost in the Vols’ 85-73 win before an orange-clad crowd of over 20,000. South Carolina (12-12, 7-4 SEC) did a ton of things well Wednesday. It’s just that it needed a near-perfect performance to beat these Vols (23-1, 11-0). They’ve won 19 straight games because they don’t get fazed by a two-minute drought in a 40-minute game. It’s that kind of relentless pursuit that should serve UT well come the postseason. Five different Volunteers scored in double figures as they overcame a dazzling shooting performance by the Gamecocks. South Carolina made a season-best 14 3-pointers, but never were within single digits after the nine-minute mark of the first half. After being stopped three straight times, Tennessee exploded for a 15-3 run that established the game’s tone. The Volunteers over-powered the Gamecocks like they did in the first meeting, but they added new characters. Sixth man Jordan Bowdenm, who was injured for UT’s 92-70 win at Colonial Life Arena, had 16 points. Kyle Alexander, who fouled out in 10 minutes at CLA, had 10. Williams and Schofield, terrors in the first game, combined for 29. South Carolina was led by Tre Campbell’s 19 points. NEXT GAME Who: Texas A&M at South Carolina When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network
  23. USC has a blueprint to challenge No. 1 Tennessee. Can the Gamecocks execute it? February 13, 2019 THE STATE South Carolina on Wednesday will be the third team this season to get a second crack at No. 1 Tennessee. Missouri cut its margin of defeat by 12 points while Florida lost by more in its rematch with the Volunteers. USC coach Frank Martin spent Sunday bunkered in his office with assistant Bruce Shingler. The two watched again the Volunteers’ 92-70 win over the Gamecocks from last month. They’ve translated their notes to a scouting report and the Carolina players have prepared accordingly. So how will it impact the final result in Knoxville? Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) is given at least a 40 percent chance to win the remainder of its regular season games, according to KenPom.com. For Round 2 with USC, the Vols are given a 96 percent chance at victory. There’s a daunting challenge facing the Gamecocks (12-11, 7-3) at Thompson-Boling Arena. But at least there’s no mystery. USC knows exactly what it has to do better to have a shot at a stunning upset. The Jan. 29 experience gave the Gamecocks a blueprint. FINISH STRONG The 22-point loss masks the fact USC was within two with 13 minutes left. “We were locked in,” said Chris Silva. “We just had two mental breakdowns on defense that allowed them to go up.” Down 65-61 at the 10:44 mark, the Volunteers hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to begin their pull-away. It was a finish uncharacteristic of this Carolina team. Take the Tennessee contest out and the Gamecocks have outscored SEC opponents, 197-157, in the final 10 minutes of games. The Vols ended the Jan. 29 contest on a 21-9 run. “The wheels came off,” Martin said. “Missed shot, missed shot, missed shot. They score, score, score. So all of a sudden a four-point game becomes 14. And when it got away from us there, we never did a very good job of fighting to give us a chance coming down the stretch.” HIT JUMP SHOTS, A LOT OF THEM Keyshawn Bryant had 15 points in a half against Arkansas on Saturday. He failed to score against Tennessee. Hassani Gravett averages over two 3-pointers a game in SEC play. He didn’t make one against Tennessee. A.J. Lawson missed four 3s against the Volunteers and Felipe Haase didn’t attempt one. “When we made mistakes on the perimeter and they got open 3s,” Martin said, “they made them. When they made mistakes and we got open 3s, we missed them. “You’re not going to beat the No. 1 team in the country shooting layups. That’s the objective, but you gotta make jump shots. If you remember when we played Virginia, I said, ‘You’re going to beat Virginia, you gotta make 3s.’ If you’re going to beat Tennessee, you’re going to have to make your open perimeter shots. And you don’t have to make 100 percent of them — that would be nice — but you gotta make a good percentage of them.” Vanderbilt, which took the Vols to overtime on Jan. 23, made 10 of 21 of its 3-pointers against Tennessee. HELP A FRESHMAN Silva vs. Grant Williams was the featured matchup in Round 1 that lived up to the hype. Two of the SEC’s best post players put on a show, combining for 51 points and 19 rebounds. But where the Vols established their biggest edge was on the wing. Admiral Schofield (24 points, nine boards) dominated Bryant (no points, one board). The junior’s experience and size (238 pounds to Bryant’s 190) overwhelmed the rookie. Bryant hasn’t gotten much older since the last week of January. He certainly hasn’t gotten any bigger. Can the Gamecocks provide him with more assistance this time around? “It’s not just (Bryant),” Martin said. “It’s everybody that matches up with Schofield. He’s a hard matchup at the 3 for most people. So they understand what we try to do and we gotta fight to defend it a little bit better.” TURN SOMEONE INTO DUANE NOTICE Two years after he was a nonfactor against the Gamecocks in CLA (four points in an 82-55 Tennessee loss), Jordan Bone made his case as the most important player on the floor. UT’s junior was the equivalent of Schofield at point guard. Bone got anywhere he wanted to en route to a 19-point, nine-assist performance. “He got that ball downhill and into the paint way too easy and way too much,” Martin said. “That’s what he does. He came here as a freshman and there’s a guy named Duane Notice, who said ‘You’re not doing that.’ And he couldn’t do it. “He’s continued to get better. He’s fast. Our big guys have to do a better job of helping his matchup to keep him out of the paint.” The Volunteers scored 22 more points in the paint than the Gamecocks. NEXT GAME Who: South Carolina (12-11, 7-3 SEC) at No. 1 Tennessee (22-1, 10-0) When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Thompson-Boling Arena TV: SEC Network

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