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  1. South Carolina Gamecocks Football Roster Last updated: Feb. 21, 2019 *=redshirted ^=walk-on $=former walk-on #=scholarship transfer # Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Class Stars RR Hometown (last school) 3 Ryan Hilinski QB Fr. 6-3 230 2019 4 6.0 Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran) 3 Javon Kinlaw DT Sr. 6-6 302 2017 3 5.7 Charleston, S.C. (Jones CC) 4 Jaylin Dickerson S So*. 6-1 190 2017 3 5.6 Southern Pines, N.C. (Pinecrest) 4 Darius Douglas QB So.* 6-0 196 ^ Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley) 5 Rico Dowdle RB Sr. 6-0 210 2016 3 5.6 Asheville, N.C. (A.C. Reynolds) 5 Keir Thomas DE Sr. 6-2 276 2016 3 5.7 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central) 6 T.J. Brunson LB Sr. 6-1 235 2016 3 5.6 Columbia, S.C. (Richland Northeast) 6 Josh Vann WR So. 5-10 192 2018 4 5.8 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) 7 Jaycee Horn CB So. 6-1 200 2018 4 5.8 Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta) 7 Dakereon Joyner QB Fr.* 6-1 205 2018 4 5.8 North Charleston, S.C. (Fort Dorchester) 8 Randrecous Davis WR Jr.* 5-10 190 2016 4 5.8 Atlanta, Ga. (Mays) 8 D.J. Wonnum B/S Sr. 6-5 255 2016 3 5.5 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson) 10 R.J. Roderick S So. 6-0 200 2018 3 5.6 Summerville, S.C. (Cane Bay) 10 Jay Urich QB So* 6-5 205 2017 3 5.7 Greenville, S.C. (Wren) 11 Corbett Glick QB Fr.* 6-1 200 ^ Columbia, S.C. (Hammond) 11 Eldridge Thompson LB Sr.* 6-1 215 2017 3 5.5 Houston, Texas (Coffeeville CC) 12 Kevin Pickens S Sr.* 5-8 185 ^ Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna) 13 Shi Smith WR Jr. 5-10 186 2017 4 5.8 Union, S.C. (Union County) 14 Deshaun Fenwick RB Fr.* 6-1 225 2018 3 5.7 Bradenton, Fla. (Braden River) 15 Evan Hinson TE Jr.* 6-4 235 2016 3 5.6 Deltona, Fla. (Deltona) 15 Aaron Sterling DE Jr. 6-1 246 2017 4 5.8 Atlanta, Ga. (Tucker) 16 Rodricus Fitten B/S Fr. 6-1 235 2019 3 5.7 Atlanta, Ga. (Booker T. Washington) 16 Bailey Hart WR Jr.* 6-3 185 ^ Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 18 OrTre Smith WR So.* 6-4 224 2017 4 5.9 Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 19 Jake Bentley QB Sr. 6-4 220 2016 4 5.8 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika) 19 Brad Johnson B/S Jr. 6-2 245 2017 3 5.7 Pendleton, S.C. (Pendleton) 20 Joseph Charlton P Sr.* 6-5 193 2015 3 5.5 Columbia, S.C. (A.C. Flora) 21 Jamyest Williams S Jr. 5-8 176 2017 4 5.9 Dacula, Ga. (Grayson) 23 Derek Boykins LB Fr. 6-1 226 2019 3 5.6 Concord, N.C. (Central Cabarrus) 24 Israel Mukuamu CB So. 6-4 205 2018 3 5.7 Bossier City, La. (Parkway) 25 A.J. Turner S Sr.* 5-10 190 2015 3 5.7 Clifton, Va. (Centreville) 26 Zacch Pickens DE Fr. 6-3 293 2019 5 6.1 Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna) 28 Joe Thomas RB Fr.* 5-9 180 ^ Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek) 29 J.T. Ibe S Sr.* 5-10 195 # Mansfield, Texas (Rice) 30 Damani Staley LB Jr. 6-0 220 2017 3 5.5 Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View) 31 Jamel Cook CB Jr.* 6-4 202 # Miami, Fla. (Southern Cal) 31 Lavonte Valentine RB Fr.* 6-0 195 2018 3 5.7 Melbourne, Fla. (Central Catholic) 32 Caleb Kinlaw RB Sr.* 5-10 190 ^ Goose Creek, S.C. (Pearl River CC) 33 Zay Brown LB So.* 5-11 207 2017 3 5.5 Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central) 33 Slade Carroll RB So.* 5-9 202 ^ Lexington, S.C. (Lexington) 34 Mon Denson RB Sr.* 5-10 210 2015 3 5.7 LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange) 35 Trey Adkins WR Fr.* 5-10 169 ^ Simpsonville, S.C. (Hillcrest) 35 Daniel Fennell B/S Sr.* 6-2 245 2015 3 5.7 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) 36 Jonathan Gipson S Fr.* 6-1 190 2018 3 5.6 Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek) 36 Christian Kinsley P Jr.* 6-2 250 ^ Lexington, S.C. (Kennesaw St.) 39 Kevin Harris RB Fr. 5-10 235 2019 3 5.7 Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell Institute) 39 Dawson Hoffman S Fr.* 5-11 204 ^ Spartanburg, S.C. (Dorman) 40 Eddie Buckhouse K Fr.* 5-8 160 ^ Florence, S.C. (Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate) 41 Caleb Jenerette TE So.* 6-2 228 ^ Aynor, S.C. (Aynor) 42 Rosendo Louis LB So. 6-2 247 2018 3 5.6 Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach) 42 Alexander Woznick K Jr.* 5-11 158 ^ Greenville, S.C. (Eastside) 43 Parker White K Jr.* 6-5 201 ^ Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando) 44 Sherrod Greene LB Jr. 6-1 228 2017 3 5.7 Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount) 45 Spencer Eason-Riddle LB Jr.* 6-0 225 ^ Raleigh, N.C. (Leesville Road) 45 Bailey Rogers WR Jr.* 5-9 169 ^ Piedmont, S.C. (Furman) 46 Patrick Reedy TE Fr.* 6-7 248 ^ Columbia, S.C. (Cardinal Newman) 46 Noah Vincent LB Fr.* 6-1 220 ^ Buford, S.C. (Buford) 47 Cole Hanna K Fr.* 5-7 178 ^ Norcross, Ga. (Norcross) 47 Jordan Villafane DB So.* 5-10 175 ^ East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Bloomsburg) 48 Sean McGonigal LB So.* 6-1 225 ^ Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach) 48 Will Tommie K Sr.* 5-10 160 ^ Greenwood, S.C. (Tusculum) 49 Khris Pam DB Jr.* 6-0 180 ^ Greenwood, S.C. (Tusculum) 50 Griffin Gentry DE Jr.* 6-1 270 2016 2 5.3 Birmingham, Ala. (Homewood) 50 Sadarius Hutcherson G Jr.* 6-4 312 2016 3 5.6 Huntingdon, Tenn. (Huntingdon) 51 Maxwell Iyama T Fr.* 6-5 315 2018 4 5.8 Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel) 51 Donovan Wirt B/S So.* 6-2 240 ^ Raeford, N.C. (UNC-Pembroke) 52 J.J. Enagbare DT So. 6-4 265 2018 3 5.7 Atlanta, Ga. (Hapeville Charter) 52 Jaylen Nichols T Fr. 6-5 315 2019 3 5.5 Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park) 53 Ernest Jones LB So. 6-2 230 2018 3 5.5 Waycross, Ga. (Ware County) 54 Jovaughn Gwyn G Fr.* 6-2 305 2018 4 5.8 Charlotte, N.C. (Harding University) 57 Jazuun Outlaw DE Jr.* 6-2 235 ^ Dillion, S.C. (Dillon) 59 Alex DeLoach B/S So.* 6-3 210 ^ Summerville, S.C. (Ashley Ridge) 60 Chandler Farrell C Jr.* 6-3 289 $ Summerville, S.C. (Summerville) 61 Cameron Johnson T Jr.* 6-6 310 ^ Bennettsville, S.C. (Marlboro County) 68 Wyatt Campbell G Fr.* 6-6 310 2018 3 5.5 Elgin, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin) 70 Hank Manos C Fr.* 6-4 287 2018 3 5.6 Chapin, S.C. (Chapin) 71 Eric Douglas G So.* 6-4 300 2017 3 5.7 Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek) 72 Donell Stanley G Sr.* 6-3 322 2014 4 5.8 Floydale, S.C. (Latta) 73 Summie Carlay G So.* 6-5 295 2017 3 5.7 Laurens, S.C. (Laurens) 75 Jordon Carty T So.* 6-7 323 2017 3 5.7 Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (South Broward) 76 Jordan Rhodes G So.* 6-4 325 2017 2 5.4 Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside) 79 Dylan Wonnum T So. 6-5 311 2018 4 5.9 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker) 81 Darius Rush WR Fr.* 6-2 185 2018 3 5.5 Greeleyville, S.C. (C.E. Murray) 82 Keshawn Toney TE Fr. 6-2 235 2019 3 5.6 Williston, S.C. (Williston-Elko) 83 Chavis Dawkins WR Sr. 6-2 220 2016 2 5.4 Duncan, S.C. (Byrnes) 84 Kyle Markway TE Jr.* 6-4 243 2015 3 5.5 St. Louis, Mo. (St. John Vianney) 85 Michael Almond P Sr.* 6-3 222 ^ North Augusta, Ga. (Westminster) 86 Chad Terrell WR So.* 6-3 216 2017 4 5.8 Bogue Chitto, Miss. (North Paulding) 87 Kiel Pollard TE Sr. 6-1 232 2016 4 5.8 Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County) 88 Will Register TE So.* 6-4 245 2017 4 5.8 Chapin, S.C. (Chapin) 89 Bryan Edwards WR Sr. 6-3 215 2016 4 5.8 Conway, S.C. (Conway) 90 Rick Sandidge DT So. 6-5 295 2018 4 6.0 Concord, N.C. (Concord) 92 Tyreek Johnson DT Fr.* 6-3 255 2018 Sumter, S.C. (Lakewood) 93 Joseph Anderson DE Fr. 6-3 270 2019 4 5.9 Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland) 94 M.J. Webb DT So.* 6-3 294 2017 4 5.8 Rutledge, Ga. (Morgan County) 95 Kobe Smith DT Sr. 6-2 297 2016 3 5.7 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer) 97 Devontae Davis DE Jr. 6-3 284 2019 3 5.7 New Ellenton, S.C. (Georgia Military) 99 Jabari Ellis DT Jr.* 6-3 272 2018 3 5.7 Vance, S.C. (Georgia Military)
  2. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Friday, February 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm Utah Valley at South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball 2/21/2019 | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks To Host Utah Valley This Weekend for a Three-Game Series The Gamecocks and Wolverines begin the series on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) UTAH VALLEY GAME NOTES SEASON STATS (PDF) LIVE VIDEO LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team hosts Utah Valley in a three-game series at Founders Park this weekend. The series begins on Friday afternoon (Feb. 22) at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) at 2 p.m. The three-game set wraps up Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) at 1:30 p.m. All three games will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. All games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The Gamecocks scored eight unanswered runs to climb out a 6-0 hole and defeat Winthrop, 8-6, on Tuesday night (Feb. 19). Wednesday's contest against Presbyterian was cancelled due to inclement weather. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 19, 26, March 3 and March 9.(NOTE: THE CLA LOT WILL BE CLOSED FOR FRIDAY'S GAME DUE TO AN EVENT AT THE ARENA.) For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekday 4 p.m. Games (Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26) Game time: 4 p.m. Stadium opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Sunday Game Time: 1:30 p.m. Stadium Opens: Noon Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Carmen Mlodzinski (So. RHP) 0-0, 6.23 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO Utah Valley Jake Carr (Sr. RHP) 0-1, 6.75 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 BB, 8 SO Saturday South Carolina Dylan Harley (Fr. LHP) 0-0, 16.88 ERA, 2.2 IP, 5 BB, 5 SO Utah Valley Paxton Schultz (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 2 BB, 7 SO Sunday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO Utah Valley Walker Ramsey (Sr. RHP) 0-1, 5.68 ERA, 6.1 IP, 3 BB, 5 SO SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY Utah Valley opens its 2019 season this past weekend with three games at Fresno State. The Wolverines won the middle game of the series, 4-3, as Drew Sims had a pair of hits and Alexander Marco drove in two runs. Paxton Schultz, Saturday's starter, struck out seven in seven innings of work as Utah Valley scored a run in the ninth to break the 3-all tie. Michael Beltran leads UVU with a .333 batting average while Marco has three RBI. Trevor Howell has two of the Wolverines' three doubles on the season. On the mound, the three starters that Utah Valley will trot out this weekend combined for 20 strikeouts against Fresno State. The Wolverines were picked to finish ninth in the WAC Preseason Poll. THE SERIES This is the first meeting on the diamond between Carolina and Utah Valley. The only time the Gamecocks have played a school in the current Western Athletic Conference setup was in 2011, when Carolina faced Cal State Bakersfield in a three-game series. The Gamecocks won the first two games by scores of 5-1 and 5-2 but dropped the series finale, 8-3. CAROLINA COMES BACK TO BEAT WINTHROP Carolina was down to Winthrop, 6-0, after two-and-a-half innings of play but chipped away at the Eagle lead before going ahead in the sixth on its way to am 8-6 win on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Carolina scored single runs in the third and fourth, two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth before adding insurance with a run in the eighth frame. Luke Berryhill brought in the game-winning run with a two-run single in the sixth. He joined TJ Hopkins and Noah Campbell with two hits in the contest as Carolina moved to 3-1 on the year. BULLPEN SOLID IN FIRST FOUR GAMES The South Carolina bullpen has a 1.50 ERA and allowed just one of 13 inherited runners to score after four games this season. The Gamecock pen has 35 strikeouts compared to just six walks in 24 innings pitched and carries a .141 opponent's batting average. Sawyer Bridges has a 1.80 ERA, seven strikeouts and a save in five innings pitched, while Parker Coyne and Brett Kerry have combined for 11 strikeouts in six scoreless innings for Carolina. SEC LEADERS TJ Hopkins dots the top-10 lists in many categories as of Feb. 20. Hopkins is tied for second in total bases with 16, while is 1.000 slugging percentage is tied for sixth. He is also tied for fourth with seven runs scored and in a 12-way tied for second, along with Jacob Olson, with two home runs. Brady Allen is tied for sixth with five walks. On the mound, Hayden Lehman is tied for the SEC lead with three appearances, while Sawyer Bridges is tied for ninth with a .188 opponent's batting average. As a team, SC is 11th in batting average and ERA and 12th in fielding percentage. ALLEN GOES YARD IN FIRST GAMECOCK AT-BAT Freshman Brady Allen's first collegiate at-bat was a memorable one, as the Lakeland, Fla., native belted a three-run home run in the second inning, scoring Jacob Olson and Luke Berryhill. Allen was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in the opener. SENIORS SLUG IN LIBERTY SERIES TJ Hopkins and Jacob Olson both hit a pair of home runs in the season opening weekend against Liberty (Feb. 15). The seniors both have a 1.000 slugging percentage after three games. Olson had both home runs in Saturday's 13-7 win. He also drove in four RBI. Hopkins had a home run to straightaway center field in the eighth inning on Friday afternoon and then had a solo shot in the fourth inning on Sunday, which was Carolina's first hit of the day. Olson now has 20 career home runs while Hopkins has 10 in his Carolina tenure. UP NEXT The Gamecocks wrap up their season-opening homestand on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 26), hosting Appalachian State at 4 p.m. South Carolina then will prepare for its annual three-game series vs. Clemson, which starts in the Upstate on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m.
  3. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 4:00 pm Presbyterian at South Carolina Gamecocks Gamecocks Welcomes Winthrop, Presbyterian for the Midweek A pair of 4 p.m. starts against Big South teams highlights the midweek for the Gamecocks. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team, coming off a 2-1 weekend against Liberty to open the 2019 season, will host a pair of Big South opponents in midweek contests at Founders Park. The Gamecocks face Winthrop on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) at 4 p.m. Carolina then hosts Presbyterian on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20) at 4 p.m. Wednesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. Both games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The Gamecocks fell in their season opener, 6-5 in 11 innings, on Friday afternoon before rebounding for a 13-7 win on Saturday and a 3-2 walk-off victory Sunday afternoon. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 17, 18 and 21. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekday 4 p.m. Games (Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26) Game time: 4 p.m. Stadium opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m.
  4. **February 19, 2019 - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ole Miss. Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV 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.
  5. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 4:00 pm Winthrop at South Carolina Gamecocks Gamecocks Welcomes Winthrop, Presbyterian for the Midweek A pair of 4 p.m. starts against Big South teams highlights the midweek for the Gamecocks. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team, coming off a 2-1 weekend against Liberty to open the 2019 season, will host a pair of Big South opponents in midweek contests at Founders Park. The Gamecocks face Winthrop on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) at 4 p.m. Carolina then hosts Presbyterian on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20) at 4 p.m. Wednesday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. Both games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The Gamecocks fell in their season opener, 6-5 in 11 innings, on Friday afternoon before rebounding for a 13-7 win on Saturday and a 3-2 walk-off victory Sunday afternoon. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 17, 18 and 21. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekday 4 p.m. Games (Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26) Game time: 4 p.m. Stadium opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m.
  6. 2019 Gamecock Recruiting class is full and has a nice diversity overall. The only thing lacking in the 2019 cycle was a top-notch running back, Gamecocks could feel those needs with 2020 class. Names to keep an Eye on are Five-star tailback MarShawn Lloyd and Four-star targets Tank Bigsby. Gamecock are in good with both. Gamecocks have a good chance at both at this time. On the defensive side lots of talented players, the Gamecocks are at this time involved with some instate and out of state top talent. If Boom can have a good season next year get to 8 to 10 wins would help in landing some of the top talents. This could be the class that can put them over the hump and possible rival the Class the ole Ball Coach had in 2007 to lay the groundwork for the success he had. 2020 class has started out with a bang. With the Ops building in full swing, this will be another exciting recruiting cycle to follow so let the commits commence!!
  7. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL GAME lll at 1:30pm Liberty Flames at South Carolina Gamecocks Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO (FRIDAY & SUNDAY) LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team begins its 127th season of play this weekend as the Gamecocks welcome Liberty to Founders Park. Opening Day is Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. The two teams will play on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and conclude the series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. All three games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The three-game series opens a nine-game homestand for the Gamecocks. South Carolina will play 18 of its first 21 games at Founders Park. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 17, 18 and 21. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. WEEKEND ROTATION Head Coach Mark Kingston will go with sophomore righthander Carmen Mlodzinski, freshman lefthander Dylan Harley and junior righthander Reid Morgan for the opening weekend rotation. Mlodzinski will get the ball on Opening Day after making 19 appearances with seven starts for the Garnet and Black in 2018. He had three wins and a save while striking out 43 batters in 45.2 innings pitched. Mlodzinski earned the win in the Greenville Regional championship game against UNC Wilmington on June 4, striking out three and allowing four hits and three runs in five innings of work. He also struck out five in five innings in an SEC Tournament win over Missouri on May 22. Harley will get the nod on Saturday afternoon and will make his Gamecock debut in the process. The Summerville, S.C., native was 8-0 with a state-best 111 strikeouts for Cane Bay High School his senior season. He helped Cane Bay to a 22-6 record and a Region 8-4A championship in 2018 while being named to the USA TODAY High School Sports All-South Carolina first team. Morgan also will be making his Gamecock debut on Sunday afternoon. The Kingwood, Texas, native played at San Jacinto Community College for his sophomore year and was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. He helped San Jac to a 52-15 overall record and a semifinal berth in the JuCo World Series in 2018. Morgan attended Oklahoma State as a freshman, striking out four in six innings for the Cowboys. Morgan was 7-1 with a 1.27 ERA as a junior at Foster High School in Texas. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Sunday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Noah Skirrow (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO SCOUTING LIBERTY Liberty is coming off a 32-26 season in 2018 while going 17-10 in conference play. The Flames are playing their first season in the Atlantic Sun Conference and picked to finish third in the A-Sun Preseason Baseball poll behind Stetson and Jacksonville. Liberty returns Tyler Galazin, who hit .286 with nine doubles, four home runs and 39 RBI in 2018. The Flames also bring back Cam Locklear, who had 10 doubles and 33 RBI as a sophomore. On the mound, Liberty will start newcomers Andrew McInvale and Mason Meyer on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Flames will go with Noah Skirrow on Sunday. He was 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA and 77 strikeouts and a .223 opponent's batting average in 67 innings pitched in 2018. THE SERIES Carolina owns an 11-3 overall series record against the Flames, dating back to the 1974 season. The Gamecocks are 9-2 against the Flames in Columbia and own a three-game winning streak against Liberty. The two teams played a midweek game on May 10, 2017 with Carolina coming out on top 10-7. Riley Hogan drove in four runs while Danny Blair had three RBI in the win. Alex Destino walked five times in the win, setting a Carolina single-game record. The two teams have played in the regionals three times, once in 2000 and twice in 2013, with Carolina winning all three matchups. CAROLINA-LIBERTY CONNECTIONS Freshman Brady Allen's brother, Dylan, played four seasons for the Flames from 2014-18. Dylan, who was an infielder for the Flames, hit .258 as a freshman with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI ... Freshman Wes Clark and junior Nick Neville are natives of Virginia. Clarke went to high school at Liberty Christian Academy, right next to Liberty University. Clarke was the USA TODAY Virginia High School Player of the Year in 2018 and a 40th round MLB Draft selection by Milwaukee. His sister, Madi, also played softball at Liberty. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will host a pair of midweek contests at Founders Park. Carolina faces Winthrop Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) and Presbyterian Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20). Both games will start at 4 p.m. with Wednesday's game streamed on SEC Network Plus.
  8. **February 16, 2019 - Saturday, 1:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV 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
  9. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL GAME ll at 3:00pm Liberty Flames at South Carolina Gamecocks Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO (FRIDAY & SUNDAY) LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team begins its 127th season of play this weekend as the Gamecocks welcome Liberty to Founders Park. Opening Day is Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. The two teams will play on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and conclude the series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. All three games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The three-game series opens a nine-game homestand for the Gamecocks. South Carolina will play 18 of its first 21 games at Founders Park. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 17, 18 and 21. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Game time: 3 p.m. Stadium opens: 1:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 4/4:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 12 p.m. WEEKEND ROTATION Head Coach Mark Kingston will go with sophomore righthander Carmen Mlodzinski, freshman lefthander Dylan Harley and junior righthander Reid Morgan for the opening weekend rotation. Mlodzinski will get the ball on Opening Day after making 19 appearances with seven starts for the Garnet and Black in 2018. He had three wins and a save while striking out 43 batters in 45.2 innings pitched. Mlodzinski earned the win in the Greenville Regional championship game against UNC Wilmington on June 4, striking out three and allowing four hits and three runs in five innings of work. He also struck out five in five innings in an SEC Tournament win over Missouri on May 22. Harley will get the nod on Saturday afternoon and will make his Gamecock debut in the process. The Summerville, S.C., native was 8-0 with a state-best 111 strikeouts for Cane Bay High School his senior season. He helped Cane Bay to a 22-6 record and a Region 8-4A championship in 2018 while being named to the USA TODAY High School Sports All-South Carolina first team. Morgan also will be making his Gamecock debut on Sunday afternoon. The Kingwood, Texas, native played at San Jacinto Community College for his sophomore year and was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. He helped San Jac to a 52-15 overall record and a semifinal berth in the JuCo World Series in 2018. Morgan attended Oklahoma State as a freshman, striking out four in six innings for the Cowboys. Morgan was 7-1 with a 1.27 ERA as a junior at Foster High School in Texas. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Carmen Mlodzinski (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Andrew McInvale (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Saturday South Carolina Dylan Harley (Fr. LHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Mason Meyer (So. LHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Sunday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Noah Skirrow (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO SCOUTING LIBERTY Liberty is coming off a 32-26 season in 2018 while going 17-10 in conference play. The Flames are playing their first season in the Atlantic Sun Conference and picked to finish third in the A-Sun Preseason Baseball poll behind Stetson and Jacksonville. Liberty returns Tyler Galazin, who hit .286 with nine doubles, four home runs and 39 RBI in 2018. The Flames also bring back Cam Locklear, who had 10 doubles and 33 RBI as a sophomore. On the mound, Liberty will start newcomers Andrew McInvale and Mason Meyer on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Flames will go with Noah Skirrow on Sunday. He was 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA and 77 strikeouts and a .223 opponent's batting average in 67 innings pitched in 2018. THE SERIES Carolina owns an 11-3 overall series record against the Flames, dating back to the 1974 season. The Gamecocks are 9-2 against the Flames in Columbia and own a three-game winning streak against Liberty. The two teams played a midweek game on May 10, 2017 with Carolina coming out on top 10-7. Riley Hogan drove in four runs while Danny Blair had three RBI in the win. Alex Destino walked five times in the win, setting a Carolina single-game record. The two teams have played in the regionals three times, once in 2000 and twice in 2013, with Carolina winning all three matchups. CAROLINA-LIBERTY CONNECTIONS Freshman Brady Allen's brother, Dylan, played four seasons for the Flames from 2014-18. Dylan, who was an infielder for the Flames, hit .258 as a freshman with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI ... Freshman Wes Clark and junior Nick Neville are natives of Virginia. Clarke went to high school at Liberty Christian Academy, right next to Liberty University. Clarke was the USA TODAY Virginia High School Player of the Year in 2018 and a 40th round MLB Draft selection by Milwaukee. His sister, Madi, also played softball at Liberty. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will host a pair of midweek contests at Founders Park. Carolina faces Winthrop Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) and Presbyterian Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20). Both games will start at 4 p.m. with Wednesday's game streamed on SEC Network Plus.
  10. LISTEN LIVE TO GAMECOCK BASEBALL Liberty Flames at South Carolina Gamecocks Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE VIDEO (FRIDAY & SUNDAY) LIVE STATS TICKETS COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina baseball team begins its 127th season of play this weekend as the Gamecocks welcome Liberty to Founders Park. Opening Day is Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. The two teams will play on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. and conclude the series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday's game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus with Burch Antley and Kip Bouknight on the call. All three games will be broadcast on The Game 107.5 FM with Derek Scott, Drew Meyer and Tommy Moody on the call. The three-game series opens a nine-game homestand for the Gamecocks. South Carolina will play 18 of its first 21 games at Founders Park. PARKING INFORMATION > For the third straight season, shuttle parking for the University of South Carolina baseball season will be operational at the Key Road Gravel Lot (1105 Key Road) and in Lot B of the Colonial Life Arena parking lot. Shuttles will begin running two hours prior to game time. We strongly recommend that fans use the baseball shuttle from Key Road to Founders Park over the CLA shuttle for the convenience, spacious parking (650 spaces) and less congestion than at the arena. Please remember that at the arena, shuttle parking will be limited to 50 spaces because of the student demand for parking in this area. There is a high student demand Monday through Thursday that lasts until 7 p.m. because of classes. Lots A and B are also reserved for men's and women's basketball parking on Feb. 17, 18 and 21. For GPS purposes, the address for the Key Road Gravel Lot is 1105 Key Road, Columbia, SC 29201. BUSINESS LOTS DURING AFTERNOON GAMES Business lot parking passes will be honored in Lot 1 ONLY for the Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22 and 26 afternoon baseball games based on availability. The businesses at 405 (Lot 9) and 401 (Lot 10) Huger Street request that you begin parking at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Other business lots open at 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is allowed in Lot 8 (the Cregger lot) on the Williams St. side for the afternoon early games. GAME DAY PARKING INFORMATION (including public game day lots (PGDL: $10/$5 per game)) Weekday 4 p.m. Games (Feb. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26) Game time: 4 p.m. Stadium opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PDGL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Weekdays Game Time: 7 p.m. Stadium Opens: 5:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 5/5:30 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 4 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 5 p.m. Saturday Game Time: 4 p.m. Stadium Opens: 2:30 p.m. Business Lots Open: 1 p.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 1 p.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 2 p.m. Sunday Game Time: 1:30 p.m. Stadium Opens: Noon Business Lots Open: 10:30 a.m. Lot 1, STDM, HDG PGDL Open: 10:30 a.m. Bus Shuttle for Patrons: 11:30 a.m. WEEKEND ROTATION Head Coach Mark Kingston will go with sophomore righthander Carmen Mlodzinski, freshman lefthander Dylan Harley and junior righthander Reid Morgan for the opening weekend rotation. Mlodzinski will get the ball on Opening Day after making 19 appearances with seven starts for the Garnet and Black in 2018. He had three wins and a save while striking out 43 batters in 45.2 innings pitched. Mlodzinski earned the win in the Greenville Regional championship game against UNC Wilmington on June 4, striking out three and allowing four hits and three runs in five innings of work. He also struck out five in five innings in an SEC Tournament win over Missouri on May 22. Harley will get the nod on Saturday afternoon and will make his Gamecock debut in the process. The Summerville, S.C., native was 8-0 with a state-best 111 strikeouts for Cane Bay High School his senior season. He helped Cane Bay to a 22-6 record and a Region 8-4A championship in 2018 while being named to the USA TODAY High School Sports All-South Carolina first team. Morgan also will be making his Gamecock debut on Sunday afternoon. The Kingwood, Texas, native played at San Jacinto Community College for his sophomore year and was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. He helped San Jac to a 52-15 overall record and a semifinal berth in the JuCo World Series in 2018. Morgan attended Oklahoma State as a freshman, striking out four in six innings for the Cowboys. Morgan was 7-1 with a 1.27 ERA as a junior at Foster High School in Texas. PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION Friday South Carolina Carmen Mlodzinski (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Andrew McInvale (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Saturday South Carolina Dylan Harley (Fr. LHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Mason Meyer (So. LHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Sunday South Carolina Reid Morgan (Jr. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO Liberty Noah Skirrow (So. RHP) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO SCOUTING LIBERTY Liberty is coming off a 32-26 season in 2018 while going 17-10 in conference play. The Flames are playing their first season in the Atlantic Sun Conference and picked to finish third in the A-Sun Preseason Baseball poll behind Stetson and Jacksonville. Liberty returns Tyler Galazin, who hit .286 with nine doubles, four home runs and 39 RBI in 2018. The Flames also bring back Cam Locklear, who had 10 doubles and 33 RBI as a sophomore. On the mound, Liberty will start newcomers Andrew McInvale and Mason Meyer on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Flames will go with Noah Skirrow on Sunday. He was 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA and 77 strikeouts and a .223 opponent's batting average in 67 innings pitched in 2018. THE SERIES Carolina owns an 11-3 overall series record against the Flames, dating back to the 1974 season. The Gamecocks are 9-2 against the Flames in Columbia and own a three-game winning streak against Liberty. The two teams played a midweek game on May 10, 2017 with Carolina coming out on top 10-7. Riley Hogan drove in four runs while Danny Blair had three RBI in the win. Alex Destino walked five times in the win, setting a Carolina single-game record. The two teams have played in the regionals three times, once in 2000 and twice in 2013, with Carolina winning all three matchups. CAROLINA-LIBERTY CONNECTIONS Freshman Brady Allen's brother, Dylan, played four seasons for the Flames from 2014-18. Dylan, who was an infielder for the Flames, hit .258 as a freshman with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI ... Freshman Wes Clark and junior Nick Neville are natives of Virginia. Clarke went to high school at Liberty Christian Academy, right next to Liberty University. Clarke was the USA TODAY Virginia High School Player of the Year in 2018 and a 40th round MLB Draft selection by Milwaukee. His sister, Madi, also played softball at Liberty. UP NEXT The Gamecocks will host a pair of midweek contests at Founders Park. Carolina faces Winthrop Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19) and Presbyterian Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20). Both games will start at 4 p.m. with Wednesday's game streamed on SEC Network Plus.
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    Gamecocks Baseball Roster

    South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Roster # Name Pos. B/T Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown (last school) 2 Noah Campbell INF S/R So. 6-0 200 Durham, N.C. (Cardinal Gibbons HS) 3 Brady Allen OF R/L Fr. 6-0 207 Lakeland, Fla. (George Jenkins HS) 4 Jonah Beamon INF S/R Fr. 5-6 161 Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian HS) 5 TJ Hopkins OF R/R Sr. 6-0 196 Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS) 6 George Callil INF R/R Jr. 6-4 180 Melbourne, Australia (McLennan CC) 7 Jacob Olson UTIL R/R Sr. 6-0 195 Monroe, Ga. (West Georgia Tech JC) 8 Jacob English INF R/R Fr. 5-9 161 Murrells Inlet, S.C. (St. James HS) 10 Nick Neville INF L/R Jr. 6-0 191 Fairfax, Va. (San Jacinto CC) 11 Andrew Eyster OF R/R So. 6-3 196 Ocala, Fla. (Santa Fe College) 12 Josiah Sightler INF/LHP L/L Fr. 6-3 208 Gaston, S.C. (Swansea HS) 13 Graham Lawson RHP R/R Sr. 6-1 223 Woodruff, S.C. (Spartanburg Methodist College) 14 Luke Berryhill C R/R Jr. 6-1 222 Canton, Ga. (Walters State CC) 15 Daniel Lloyd RHP R/R Fr. 6-1 205 Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS) 16 John Gilreath LHP L/L So. 5-11 191 Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS) 20 Reid Morgan RHP R/R Jr. 6-0 179 Kingwood, Texas (San Jacinto CC) 21 Carmen Mlodzinski RHP R/R So. 6-2 215 Hilton Head, S.C. (Hilton Head HS) 22 Logan Chapman RHP R/R So. 6-1 189 Liberty, S.C. (Easley HS) 23 Sawyer Bridges RHP R/R Jr. 6-0 189 Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS) 24 Ian Jenkins OF R/R Fr. 5-11 217 Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill HS) 26 Quinntin Perez INF S/R Jr. 5-8 195 Orcutt, Calif. (Allan Hancock College) 27 Gage Hinson RHP R/R Sr. 6-4 192 Lancaster, S.C. (Spartanburg Methodist College) 28 Ridge Chapman RHP R/R Sr. 6-0 219 Taylors, S.C. (Spartanburg Methodist College) 31 Joel Brewer OF R/R Fr. 5-11 194 Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Jesuit HS) 33 Chris Cullen C R/R Sr. 6-5 215 Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth HS) 35 Jordan Holladay INF R/R So. 6-0 234 Sumter, S.C. (Sumter HS) 36 TJ Shook RHP R/R So. 6-3 211 Columbia, S.C. (Dutch Fork HS) 37 Cam Tringali RHP R/R Fr. 6-4 220 Columbia, S.C. (Cardinal Newman HS) 38 Wes Clarke C R/R Fr. 6-2 200 Forest, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy) 40 Wesley Sweatt RHP R/R Fr. 6-2 215 Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS) 41 Cole Ganopulos LHP L/L Jr. 6-0 209 Jonesboro, Ga. (Chattahoochee Valley CC) 43 Hayden Lehman RHP R/R Jr. 6-0 208 Marietta, Ga. (Walters State CC) 44 Parker Coyne RHP R/R So. 6-2 198 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett HS) 47 Dylan Harley LHP L/L Fr. 6-2 212 Summerville, S.C. (Cane Bay HS) 48 Julian Bosnic LHP/OF L/L Fr. 6-2 201 Lutz, Fla. (Berkeley Prep) 49 Brett Kerry RHP R/R Fr. 5-11 182 Clemmons, N.C (Wesleyan Christian Academy)
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    Gamecocks Baseball Schedule

    South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Schedule Overall: 3-1 | SEC: 0-0 | Home: 3-1 | Away: 0-0 | Neut: 0-0 Date @ Time Opponent Watch Result Fri, Feb 15 @ 4 pm Liberty SECN+ 6-5 L Sat, Feb 16 @ 3 pm Liberty --- 13-7 W Sun, Feb 17 @ 1:30 pm Liberty SECN+ 3-2 W Tue, Feb 19 @ 4 pm Winthrop --- 8-6 W Wed, Feb 20 @ 4 pm Presbyterian SECN+ Canceled Fri, Feb 22 @ 4 pm Utah Valley SECN+ --- Sat, Feb 23 @ 2 pm Utah Valley SECN+ --- Sun, Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm Utah Valley SECN+ --- Tue, Feb 26 @ 4 pm Appalachian State --- --- Fri, Mar 1 @ 6 pm at Clemson TBA --- Sat, Mar 2 @ 1 pm vs Clemson (1) TBA --- Sun, Mar 3 @ 1 pm Clemson SECN+ --- Tue, Mar 5 @ 7 pm The Citadel SECN+ --- Wed, Mar 6 @ 7 pm Gardner-Webb SECN+ --- Fri, Mar 8 @ 7 pm Valparaiso --- --- Sat, Mar 9 @ 4 pm Valparaiso --- --- Sun, Mar 10 @ 1:30 pm Valparaiso --- --- Tue, Mar 12 @ 7 pm at The Citadel TBA --- Fri, Mar 15 @ 7 pm Georgia SECN+ --- Sat, Mar 16 @ 4 pm Georgia SECN+ --- Sun, Mar 17 @ 1:30 pm Georgia SECN+ --- Tue, Mar 19 @ 6 pm at Furman TBA --- Fri, Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm at Tennessee SECN+ --- Sat, Mar 23 @ 6 pm at Tennessee SECN+ --- Sun, Mar 24 @ 2 pm at Tennessee SECN+ --- Tue, Mar 26 @ 7 pm NC A&T SECN+ --- Fri, Mar 29 @ 7 pm Auburn SECN+ --- Sat, Mar 30 @ 1 pm Auburn SECN --- Sun, Mar 31 @ 12 pm Auburn SECN --- Tue, Apr 2 @ 7 pm vs NC State (2) TBA --- Thu, Apr 4 @ 7 pm at Alabama SECN --- Fri, Apr 5 @ 7 pm at Alabama SECN --- Sat, Apr 6 @ 2 pm at Alabama SECN+ --- Tue, Apr 9 @ 7 pm Charlotte SECN+ --- Thu, Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm at Florida ESPNU --- Fri, Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm at Florida SECN+ --- Sat, Apr 13 @ TBA at Florida SECN+ --- Tue, Apr 16 @ 7 pm vs North Carolina (2) TBA --- Thu, Apr 18 @ 7 pm Texas A&M SECN+ --- Fri, Apr 19 @ 7 pm Texas A&M SECN+ --- Sat, Apr 20 @ 4 pm Texas A&M SECN --- Tue, Apr 23 @ 7 pm vs Charleston Southern (3) TBA --- Fri, Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm at Missouri SECN+ --- Sat, Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm at Missouri SECN+ --- Sun, Apr 28 @ 3 pm at Missouri SECN+ --- Fri, May 3 @ 7 pm Vanderbilt SECN+ --- Sat, May 4 @ 8 pm Vanderbilt ESPNU --- Sun, May 5 @ 1:30 pm Vanderbilt SECN+ --- Wed, May 8 @ 7 pm Furman SECN+ --- Fri, May 10 @ 7 pm Kentucky SECN --- Sat, May 11 @ 12 pm Kentucky SECN --- Sun, May 12 @ 12 pm Kentucky SECN --- Tue, May 14 @ 7 pm USC Upstate SECN+ --- Thu, May 16 @ 7:30 pm at Mississippi State SECN+ --- Fri, May 17 @ 7:30 pm at Mississippi State SECN+ --- Sat, May 18 @ 2 pm at Mississippi State SECN+ --- Tue, May 21 @ TBA vs SEC Tournament (4) ESPN2 --- (1) Fluor Field, Greenville (2) BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte (3) SRP Park, North Augusta (4) Hoover, Ala.
  13. BASEBALL: 2019 Gamecocks can they make it to the Supers or even the CWS? February 14, 2019 With Yardcocks heading into the start of the 2019 season for their first series to get the season going. Do the Gamecocks have enough talent to make a run at the end of regular season up in the Supers or the CWS?
  14. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers STARTING FIVE> South Carolina looks to even the season series against top-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday, as the teams meet for the second time in 2019. The Vols captured a 92-70 win in Columbia in the first meeting between the two schools just 15 days ago (Jan. 29).> In that first matchup against UT, senior forward Chris Silva put together another standout performance. He scored 28 points, and pulled down 10 rebounds - including a season high eight on the offensive glass - for his sixth double-double of the season. Graduate student guard Tre Campbell was the only other Gamecock in double figures in that contest with 14.> Trailing by 13 with just over 15 minutes to play vs. Arkansas on Saturday, Carolina would put together a 12-0 run over the next four-+ minutes to pull within two with 11:29 remaining, and a layup from rookie guard A.J. Lawson would make it 56-54 with 9:17 to play, giving the Gamecocks their first lead since the early seconds of the game. Knotted at 61 with 5:42 to go, Carolina would close on a 16-4 run to capture the 77-65 comeback win at home. > Rookie guard A.J. Lawson put together a complete game vs. the Razorbacks, matching a season high with eight made field goals, will hitting a season best four 3-pointers, to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Over the course of the last five games, Lawson is averaging 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.> Carolina has had some impressive late-game defensive stretches this season. Carolina held Arkansas scoreless the final 3:11, finishing the game on a 10-0 run during the stretch. The Gamecocks held Florida without a made field goal in the final 7:17 of the SEC season-opening win in Gainesville, and Carolina held Auburn without a field goal the final 4:01 of the home win on Jan. 22. 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 visitinghttp://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. TENNESSEE> South Carolina held strong behind the early play of senior forward Chris Silva, as the Libreville, Gabon, native tallied 22 points in the first half.> UT's Grant Williams was also impressive in the first half, pacing the team with 17 points on seven made field goals in the opening stanza.> Tennessee's 36 made field goals were the most by a Gamecock opponent during the Frank Martin era> In that contest, Silva became the first Gamecock in school history to have 700 rebounds and at least 500 free throws made.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell was the only other Gamecock in double figures with 14 points in the contest. He was 3-of-4 from 3-point range, which began a streak of three-consecutive games with three 3s (UT, at Georgia, vs. Kentucky).GAMECOCKS VS. THE AP NO. 1South Carolina is 1-13 all-time vs. the AP No. 1, including the Jan. 29 loss to top-ranked Tennessee in Columbia.THROUGH 23 GAMES...> Carolina is 12-11 overall, 8-5 in home games, 3-5 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites.> Silva and Lawson are both averaging 13.7 points per game, with Silva scoring 316 this season, and Lawson 314. > The only other Gamecock in double figures is senior guard Hassani Gravett at 10.7 points per outing.> Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, in rebounds six times and in assists eight times.> Silva - who is ranked fourth in the SEC with 2.0 blocks per game (overall games) - has 13 games with two or more blocks this season.> The Gamecocks have scored 80+ nine times this season, going 8-1 in those contests.> 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 102-98 (.510) 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 31-42 (.424) 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 looks for its fourth SEC road win at Tennessee on Wednesday, marking the second contest between the two schools this season. UT has been ranked No. 1 in each meeting.> Lawson and Silva continue to carry the offensive load for Carolina, as both average 13.7 points on the year, and have combined to score 630 points this season.> Lawson's 314 points thus far are the most in a season by a Carolina freshman since Sindarius Thornwell scored 454 points as a rookie.> In road games this season, Lawson is scoring a team high 14.5 points per outing, Silva (11.8) and Gravett (10.3) are also in double figures.> Also in road games, Gravett is averaging 50% from 3-point range, 18-of-36.> In games against ranked opponents this season, Silva is averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 53.8 percent from the field. He scored a career high 32 vs. No. 16/15 Auburn, and followed a week later with 28 vs. top-ranked Tennessee.> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant has six double-figure scoring games in league play, including 17 vs. Arkansas on Saturday, with 15 of those points coming in the second half. In SEC play, he is averaging 9.3 points per game.> 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 VOLUNTEERS> Tennessee is ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight week in both the AP and Coaches polls.> Tennessee is led by head coach Rick Barnes in his fourth season in Knoxville.> The Vols have won a school record 18 straight games, including a 73-61 win over Florida on Saturday.> UT is undefeated at home with a 14-0 record. > Five average double-figure points for the Vols, led by Grant Williams' 19.9 points per game, which is also an SEC best.> Admiral Schofield, who tallied a team best 24 points in the first meeting against Carolina this season, adds 16.5 per game, followed by Jordan Bone (13.3), Lamonte Turner (11.8) and Jordan Bowden (11.3).> Tennessee averages 85.4 points per game, behind 51.6 percent from the field and 76.3 percent at the free throw line.> In strictly league play, UT holds a +17.1 scoring margin over its opponents.
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  16. Gamecock assistant named one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals February 08, 2019 South Carolina completed another successful recruiting class and one of its assistants earned praise for it. Gamecocks’ assistant Bobby Bentley was named to Rivals Top 25 recruiters for the Class of 2019. Bentley, who was moved from running backs coach to tight ends coach, help with the Gamecocks’ recruiting efforts into Tennessee for this class. He helped land defensive end Joseph Anderson and receiver Keveon Mullins. Anderson is a four-start recruit and ranked as the ninth-best defensive end in the country, according to Rivals and Mullins also was a four-star prospect by Rivals. “South Carolina is starting to find more success in the state of Tennessee, and the Gamecocks have running backs coach Bobby Bentley to thank for that,” Rivals wrote. “The Gamecocks landed two players out of the Volunteer State in 2019, which equals the total number they signed from Tennessee in the previous 12 classes combined.” Bentley also was responsible for running back Kevin Harris out of Georgia and offensive lineman Jaylen Nichols out of Charlotte, N.C. The Gamecocks’ recruiting class was ranked No. 17 in country by Rivals and ESPN and 19th by 247Sports. Clemson’s Jeff Scott also was named to the list along with Arkansas’ Justin Stepp, a former standout at Pelion High School.
  17. **February 09, 2019 - Saturday, 3:30 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV GAME INFO Who: Arkansas (14-8, 5-4 SEC) at South Carolina (11-11, 6-3 SEC) When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Arkansas leads 20-13 Last meeting: March 8, 2018 — Arkansas 69, South Carolina 64 in SEC Tournament KenPom prediction: Arkansas 76, South Carolina 75 STORYLINES 1. Rebound(s) opportunity USC’s only loss at home during the SEC season came to No. 1 Tennessee. The Gamecocks are 3-0 otherwise with wins over two ranked opponents. Off a tough loss at No. 5 Kentucky, USC has a good opportunity to rebound against Arkansas — in more ways than one. The Razorbacks enter on a four-game SEC win streak, but three of those results came against league cellar-dwellers Georgia, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Also of note: Arkansas is last in the SEC in rebound margin. That’s good news for Carolina, which is minus-32 on the glass its last two games. 2. Containing Gafford A prominent post player will greet Chris Silva for the third time in four games. After Grant Williams (Tennessee) and Reid Travis (Kentucky) comes Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford. The 6-foot-11, 233-pound sophomore, like Silva, tested the NBA waters last spring only to return to school. He’s averaging 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game and is coming off a 28 and nine performance in the win over Vandy. “This guy runs all the time,” USC coach Frank Martin said Thursday night on the Gamecock IMG Sports Network. “Our big guys are gonna be challenged to change ends of the floor because Daniel Gafford never takes a play off, doesn’t jog.” Gafford totaled 15 points and 14 rebounds in two games against Carolina last season. 3. Staying afloat The back-half of South Carolina’s SEC schedule has arrived and the Gamecocks can’t afford much slippage to stay in a good spot in the league standings. Arkansas is one of four teams within a game of USC for fourth place — and one of six within two games. There’s little margin error to earn that all important top-four seed and receive a double-bye in the SEC Tournament. Holding serve at home is critical. ARKANSAS Coach: Mike Anderson (365-191 in 17 seasons overall; eighth season at Arkansas — 165-94) Projected starters: G Isaiah Joe (14.2 points per game), G Jalen Harris (8.5), G Mason Jones (13.7), F Daniel Gafford (16.8), F Adrio Bailey (6.2) Last game: Beat Vanderbilt 69-66 on Tuesday at home KenPom ranking: 53 (No. 87 in offense efficiency, No. 45 in defense efficiency) NET: 60 Notes: Jerry Palm of CBS Sports lists Arkansas among the “first four out” of his latest NCAA Tournament projection. ... The Razorbacks blocked a school-record 14 shots in a win over Georgia on Jan. 29. ... Arkansas is 38-20 in February under Anderson. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (241-155 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 124-101) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.4), G A.J. Lawson (13.2), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.0), F Chris Silva (13.6), F Maik Kotsar (8.1) Last game: Lost to Kentucky 76-48 on Tuesday in Lexington KenPom ranking: 103 (No. 107 in offense efficiency, No. 118 in defense efficiency) NET: 106 Notes: The Gamecocks have lost five of six to the Razorbacks The lone win in that stretch came during the 2015-16 season. ... Since scoring 25 points against Mississippi State, Kotsar has totaled 48 points over the last eight games. ... Campbell has made three 3-pointers in three straight games, the best stretch of the senior’s career.
  18. One tidbit Will Muschamp dropped about South Carolina’s defensive philosophy February 07, 2019 THE STATE Will Muschamp was running through the background of his newest coaching hire when he dropped a small nugget about why he hired John Scott Jr., which started with the last coach he worked for. “Todd Bowles is a 3-4 guy,” Muschamp said. “It’s hard to find D-line coaches that know how to teach two-gap. He knows how to coach it. It’s exactly how we coach it. Some of the one-gap ideas they had very good.” South Carolina’s defense under Muschamp has operated under the nebulous term of “multiple,” a buzzword that becomes a catch-all for a scheme that does a little of this and a little of that. So this might not point to any notable change, but it does highlight, to a degree, a personality of the defense that isn’t often discussed. South Carolina’s defense really isn’t a traditional 3-4. The largest rotation defensive lineman was Javon Kinlaw, who is tall but less bulky (305 pounds) and more disruptive than most true nose tackles. The team’s defensive end rotation was ravaged by injury, so it’s hard to classify the versatile Bucks or Sam linebackers as the primary pass-rushing outside players that populate 3-4s. But USC’s personnel is in some sense shifting a little more in that direction. Look no farther than the way the recruits were designated coming out of Wednesday’s signing day. Rodricus Fitten, who would have been listed as an end a few years ago, was listed as either a Buck or strongside linebacker. Those positions aren’t synonymous, but there’s a lot of overlap. What’s more, the Gamecocks didn’t add a defensive player between 235 pounds (Fitten) and 270 (end Joseph Anderson). The three incoming linemen were listed at 270, 293 and 314 pounds, and Muschamp said all could be inside guys or rush from the edge. That’s a theme that carries over from last year, when tackles Rick Sandidge and Kingsley Enagbare both had background as edge rushers. That size from the linemen allows for some versatility of alignment, and the Gamecocks at times have played around with exactly what their looks will be. When Muschamp refers to “two-gap,” that means defenders playing heads up on an offensive lineman, having responsibilities for the gaps on both sides of them. It’s a stapled of the 3-4. A one-gap defense aligns front defenders between offensive linemen, ready to attack and control the gap in front of them (most 4-3 defenses are one-gap). Modern 3-4 defenses tend to have three bigger linemen, who can control gaps and create a little havoc, a pair of outside rushers and mobile interior linebacker. In nickel situations, they either pull the nose tackle and slide the linebackers in to create a facsimile of a four-man line, or sometimes just replace the strongside linebacker with a nickel and have a strong pass rusher as a versatile edge option. At South Carolina, the Buck is that versatile edge option. When they face more heavy-personnel offense, the Gamecocks use a Buck and strongside linebacker, which creates a 3-4 look of sorts. Most of the time USC is in nickel anyway, but even then it will sometimes move a Buck to the “end” spot (notably when that’s 260-pound D.J. Wonnum), and slide a strongside backer like Bryson Allen-Williams to Buck. The Gamecocks at times will also align nickel Jaycee Horn close to the box, where a 3-4 linebacker will traditionally be. As Muschamp said, there still are one-gap elements to what USC does. Unless Josh Belk suddenly becomes an anchor, the Gamecocks will still have many more disruptive interior defensive linemen than true nose tackles (recruiting those true middle guys just can be tough, to say the least). But Scott’s background is still very much about the 3-4. He ran it at Texas Tech, with the New York Jets and was brought in at Arkansas to help install it for Bret Bielema. He’s joining a defense that almost never had its top two pass rushers together, and last season had issues against the run and was average getting to the quarterback. So it will be worth watching what USC does going forward, and how Scott can mold the eight four- or five-star linemen now under his guidance.
  19. Deion Sanders’ message to USC that Will Muschamp loved: ‘Recruit my son, not me’ February 06, 2019 THE STATE .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%} A former defensive back himself, Will Muschamp now has on his roster the cornerback son of one of the all-time great cornerbacks — Shilo Sanders, son of the legendary Deion Sanders, signed with South Carolina on Wednesday. What that gives the Gamecocks is a player with huge “genetic upside,” a child of an ex-NFL star and yet another potential recruiting boost for the program. Muschamp’s first experience with recruiting and coaching a football star’s son to USC came with cornerback Jaycee Horn, whose father is Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn. That went about as well as he could have hoped — Jaycee was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and played 11 games, and Joe’s social media account is littered with pictures of him in Gamecock gear. “How much (Deion will) be around will be up to him,” Muschamp said Wednesday. “He’s got a busy schedule. He’s still coaching high school football in Dallas, he has his other son playing at Trinity Christian ... He does coach on Friday nights and he works with the NFL Network on Sundays and Saturday nights, and he’s busy with some things on the West Coast as well, we know.” Speaking at his son’s signing ceremony, however, Deion Sanders made it clear that he’s eager to make his way to Columbia and Williams-Brice Stadium, the place where his team terrorized the Gamecocks in 1986 and 1988, helping Florida State to wins of 45-28 and 59-0. And despite those blowouts, Sanders also expressed excitement for how his son and Carolina’s current coaching staff will mesh. “I am elated that Shilo chose South Carolina. You have no idea. Can’t wait to get back there. Haven’t been since I played against them years ago,” Sanders said. “Great fit, great system. Can’t wait to see how he see how gets involved defensively and starts to understand.” When it comes to recruiting the offspring of football royalty, Muschamp said, there was no need for special treatment. Both Joe Horn and Deion Sanders were “first-class” in how they handled the process, and neither required a different approach from Muschamp’s usual recruiting pitch. “(Sanders) was wonderful in the recruitment process as a father as far as telling me basically, ‘Recruit my son, not me.’ I appreciate that,” Muschamp said. “But he was great throughout the entire recruiting process.” Still, even though Muschamp and USC were focused on recruiting Jaycee and Shilo as players that could help the Gamecocks on the field, there’s no denying that having their famous fathers and NFL pedigree associated with the program can only help South Carolina on the recruiting trail “Obviously Deion brings a lot of credibility,” Muschamp said. “To have a guy that’s probably the best ever at to lace up the cleats at the corner position, to entrust his son to us says an awful lot about the confidence he has in this coaching staff, I can tell you that.”
  20. This'll be pretty much a commitment watch thread Every time there is a SpursUp Gamecocks get a commit #spursup hashtag on Twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/spursup
  21. **February 05, 2019 - Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Kentucky Wildcats  Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV GAME INFO Who: South Carolina (11-10, 6-2 SEC) at No. 5 Kentucky (18-3, 7-1) When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Rupp Arena in Lexington TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Kentucky leads 51-12 Last meeting: Jan. 16, 2018 — South Carolina 76, Kentucky 68 KenPom prediction: Kentucky 82, South Carolina 65 STORYLINES 1. A (potential) struggle to score South Carolina has averaged 80.5 points in its six SEC wins this season. And just 68.5 in the two losses. Kentucky enters Tuesday winner of eight in a row. The Wildcats have held five opponents on this streak to 55 points or fewer. They’re second in the SEC in field goal percentage defense. “They do a very good job of not denying, but kind of shooting the gaps and getting steals and stuff like that,” said USC senior guard Hassani Gravett. “When you are driving, they try to play really physical. And they do a really good job at rebounding. “So making sure we get on the glass is critical.” 2. The Rupp challenge USC is 2-27 all-time against the Wildcats on the road, including a 2-24 mark at Rupp. It’s been 10 years since Devan Downey gave the Gamecocks their last win in the 23,500-seat cathedral. Frank Martin’s teams are 0-3 at Rupp, losing games by an average score of 80-56. UK is 12-0 at home this season. “I’m worried about our freshmen going into that building,” Martin said. “Because you walk in there, it’s impressive.” USC will start two rookies — A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant — Tuesday. Carolina’s last trip to Lexington came with then-freshmen Maik Kotsar and Rakym Felder in the starting lineup. “Rah Felder, who I always felt was a kid that wasn’t rattled by too much, he was in a twilight zone when that game started his freshman year,” Martin said. “And I had to start him because that’s the game P.J. (Dozier) came down with the neck (injury). And (Felder) was in a twilight zone. I couldn’t believe it.” Felder committed a team-high four turnovers as the Gamecocks lost by 17. 3. Silva vs. Travis Tuesday will feature a rare high-profile matchups of seniors. USC’s Chris Silva, who is averaging 23.5 points and shooting better than 64 percent his last four games, will share the post with Kentucky’s Reid Travis. The 6-foot-8 graduate transfer from Stanford had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a UK win against Kansas on Jan. 26. He’s fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. KENTUCKY Coach: John Calipari (696-205 in 27 seasons overall; 10th season at Kentucky — 293-67) Projected starters: G Ashton Hagans (7.5 points per game), G Keldon Johnson (14.2), G Tyler Herro (13.5), F Reid Travis (12.0), F P.J. Washington (13.5) Last game: Beat Florida 65-54 on Saturday in Gainesville KenPom ranking: 9 (No. 17 in offense efficiency, No. 8 in defense efficiency) NET: 6 Notes: In SEC games only, the Wildcats lead the league in scoring defense, rebounding defense and field goal percentage defense. ... Kentucky is 238-40 all-time against non-ranked opponents. ... Washington is averaging averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds over UK’s last four games. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (241-154 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 124-100) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.1), G A.J. Lawson (13.2), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.1), F Chris Silva (14.1), F Maik Kotsar (8.4) Last game: Beat Georgia 86-80 on Saturday in Athens KenPom ranking: 102 (No. 90 in offense efficiency, No. 122 in defense efficiency) NET: 103 Notes: South Carolina already has more road SEC wins this season (three) than it had all of last year. The record under Martin is five, set in 2016-17. ... The Gamecocks have shot better than 50 percent from the floor four times this season, including twice against SEC opponents. That happened just twice last year — and never in league play. ... In SEC games only, Silva is ninth in the league in both scoring and rebounding.
  22. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs GAME INFO Who: South Carolina (10-10, 5-2 SEC) at Georgia (10-10, 1-6) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Georgia leads 58-54 Last meeting: Feb. 21, 2018 in Columbia — South Carolina 66, Georgia 57 KenPom prediction: Georgia 78, South Carolina 74 STORYLINES 1. Skid-stopping opportunity Sandwiched between games with SEC powers Tennessee and Kentucky comes Georgia for the Gamecocks. The Bulldogs enter with the same overall record as South Carolina, but haven’t had nearly the SEC success, dropping league games by an average score of 80-62. The Gamecocks haven’t lost three consecutive games since mid-December. A victory in Athens would be crucial considering next week’s trip to Lexington and the seventh-ranked Wildcats. 2. Bryant’s status Frank Martin revealed Thursday night that Keyshawn Bryant (knee inury) didn’t practice that afternoon, meaning there’s a chance the Gamecocks are without their starting swingman against the Bulldogs. USC has been down Justin Minaya at that small forward position since late November. There’s little depth there, but Martin does have options. Without Bryant, Carolina could go small and put Hassani Gravett in the starting lineup as a guard next to Tre Campbell. That would push A.J. Lawson to the wing. Or Felipe Haase could start at SF, leaving Gravett in his sixth man role. Whatever the case, a Bryant absence would be a blow. The freshman’s athleticism has provided a spark to the Gamecocks in SEC play. 3. Free throw watch The road hasn’t been kind to the Gamecocks over their last two trips in one specific area. Losses at LSU and Oklahoma State came with the opposition taking 41 more free throws than South Carolina. The Gamecocks get 21.6 percent of their points off FTs — good for 52nd most in the country. It’s vital for USC to get to the line Saturday. “Home and away game,” junior forward Maik Kotsar said Friday, “of course the atmosphere’s different, but overall it’s just basketball. It’s still the same. We have to attack the basket more, we got to be more aggressive to get to the foul line more.” Georgia averages 23.5 free throws a game. South Carolina averages 22.9. GEORGIA Coach: Tom Crean (366-241 in 19 seasons overall; first season at Georgia — 10-10) Projected starters: G Turtle Jackson (5.6 points per game), G Tyree Crump (10.3), F Rayshaun Hammonds (13.0), F E’Torrion Wildridge (3.5), F Nicolas Claxton (12.9) Last game: Lost to Arkansas, 70-60, on Tuesday on the road KenPom ranking: 97 (No. 113 in offense efficiency, No. 106 in defense efficiency) NET: 91 Notes: Georgia has announced that Saturday’s game is sold out. That’s four straight sellouts at Stegeman. ... After shooting 66.7 percent from the field in a win over Texas last Saturday, the Bulldogs made just 29.2 percent of their FGs in the Tuesday loss at Arkansas. ... UGA is last in the SEC in scoring defense (73.9 ppg). SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (240-154 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 123-100) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.0), G A.J. Lawson (13.0), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.1), F Chris Silva (13.9), F Maik Kotsar (8.5) Last game: Lost to Tennessee 92-70 on Tuesday at home KenPom ranking: 109 (No. 119 in offense efficiency, No. 115 in defense efficiency) NET: 118 Notes: USC assistant Chuck Martin served on Crean’s staff at Indiana from 2014-17. ... Hassani Gravett’s five turnovers against Tennessee were a season-high and his most since last February against LSU. ... USC is next-to-last in the SEC in scoring defense (73.7 ppg).
  23. Veteran South Carolina defensive back Rice transfer J.T. Ibe gets sixth year of eligibility January 31, 2019 Rice transfer J.T. Ibe opened the 2018 season as a starter for South Carolina football before aknee injury sidelined him after four games. The senior safety will reportedly get another season in garnet and black. Ibe retweeted news he got a sixth season the school had applied to the NCAA for. The news had been reported earlier in the night by GamecockCentral and The Big Spur. The hard-hitting graduate transfer found his way into the starting lineup early in the season, as USC tried to find a consistent presence at safety. He made nine tackles. The Texas native started 26 of 32 games at his first school. South Carolina remains a bit unsettled at the safety position going into next season. Veteran Steven Montac is gone. Freshman R.J. Roderick held down a starting spot at the end of the season, but is still growing into the position. Beyond them, there are questions. Jamyest Williams had moments after moving there, but lost nearly half his season to injury. Javon Charleston and Nick Harvey transferred out. Israel Mukuamu and Jaycee Horn can play the position, but both were primarily corners as freshmen.
  24. MBB Roundup, Recruiting Tidbits and More + Scott Wingo January 30, 2019 Chris and Thom touch on the Gamecocks back to back losses on the hardwood, including a disappointing 22 loss to the #1 ranked Tennessee Volunteers. The guys also discuss recruiting including Will Rogers commitment, Cam Smith moving up and an early look ahead to next weeks National Signing Day. Chris breaks down Noah Campbell being named a 2nd Team Pre-Season All-American by Baseball America and potential for the talented sophomore this season. Finally, Chris sits down with former Gamecocks second basemen Scott Wingo to talk about coming to USC despite his father being in the Clemson HOF, winning two national titles, life after baseball and more (45:50-120:00). All that and a lot more on another jam packed episode of The Spurs Up Show. iTunes Buzzsprout Google Play Stitcher
  25. South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers GAME INFO Who: No. 1 Tennessee (18-1, 6-0 SEC) at South Carolina (10-9, 5-1 SEC) When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Tennessee leads 44-27 Last meeting: Feb. 13, 2018 in Knoxville — Tennessee 70, South Carolina 67 KenPom prediction: Tennessee 84, South Carolina 72 STORYLINES 1. A shot at No. 1 South Carolina is 1-12 all-time against the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, including a 0-4 mark under Frank Martin. But the USC coach does have a couple of these milestone wins from his Kansas State days. One of those, coincidentally, came against Texas in 2010. Those Longhorns were coached by Rick Barnes, now the man in charge of the Volunteers. USC is taking something from the fact it hung with the Volunteers in both matchups last season. The Vols won in Columbia and Knoxville by a combined 10 points. “Both those games came down to the wire,” said senior guard Hassani Gravett. “It could be expected that this game could come down to the wire as well. It’s about making sure we make the right decisions and keeping that focus that Coach talked about in the end so we can come out victorious.” 2. Containing Williams It’s rare when Chris Silva doesn’t take the most free throws in a South Carolina game, but Tennessee’s Grant Williams could easily be at the stripe more than anyone Tuesday. A Naismith Award candidate, Williams has taken 161 FTs this season. That’s the seventh-mostin college basketball. And what’s containing Williams? The 6-foot-7 forward has scored at least 18 points in six of his last seven games. “He does a good job of reading the defense,” Silva said. “Every time I try to get physical, he tries to out-smart me and tries to use his body for a smart move. And whenever I try to play smart, he tries to be physical. He passes the ball pretty well. “Those are things I got to pay attention to and keep in mind.” 3. Bounce-back Following the loss at LSU last weekend, Martin said he felt good about the Gamecocks heading into the next game with Auburn because of an improved practice. USC lost at Oklahoma State on Saturday. How’d the Gamecocks respond Sunday? “They were good (Sunday),” Martin said. “I think we’ll play well (Tuesday).” TENNESSEE Coach: Rick Barnes (679-359 in 32 seasons overall; fourth season at Tennessee — 75-45) Projected starters: G Jordan Bone (13.1 points per game), G Yves Pons (3.4), G Admiral Schofield (16.6), F Grant Williams (20.2), F Kyle Alexander (9.3) Last game: Beat West Virginia 83-66 on Saturday at home KenPom ranking: 6 (No. 3 in offense efficiency, No. 25 in defense efficiency) NET: 6 Notes: The Volunteers lead the SEC in scoring offense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, blocked shots, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. ... Tennessee has shot 50 percent or better in 10 of its last 14 games, and 13 times overall. USC has shot 50 percent or better just three times this season. ... Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner — UT’s sixth and seventh men — are averaging a combined 26.5 points an SEC game. SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (240-153 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 123-99) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (5.6), G A.J. Lawson (13.2), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.5), F Chris Silva (13.1), F Maik Kotsar (8.5) Last game: Lost to Oklahoma State 74-70 on Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma KenPom ranking: 102 (No. 114 in offense efficiency, No. 105 in defense efficiency) NET: 113 Notes: The Gamecocks are seeking a fourth straight home win over a ranked SEC opponent for the first time in program history. ... Lawson’s four turnovers at Oklahoma State were his most since committing six at Wyoming on Dec. 5. ... USC’s nine free throw attempts at Oklahoma State were its fewest since seven tries against Vermont on Dec. 1, 2016.

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