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  1. Frank Martin responds to fan frustration Jan. 13, 2020 It’s been a long few weeks for South Carolina basketball. The Gamecocks, after beating Virginia, have lost their last three games, including the first two to start conference play, and are still looking for some answers with 17 regular season games left. As they prepare to host No. 10 Kentucky Wednesday, there’s mounting frustration from the fan base that Frank Martin isn’t worried about. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL
  2. Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin joins SportsTalk Friday night (AUDIO) Dec. 28, 2019, | sportstalk Frank Martin knew he was doing an interview on SportsTalk Friday night right in the middle of bowl season. And he was ready. With his Gamecocks coming off consecutive road wins over Clemson and Virginia and sitting at 8-4, Martin jokingly pointed out his team was bowl eligible for a sixth straight year. Getting attention for his team during football season has always been a battle Martin is willing to fight. He’s hoping Gamecock fans, with no football of their own to follow, will turn their full attention to his improving team as they play their final non-SEC game Monday afternoon at home against Stetson, then their SEC opener January 7th at home against Florida. Frank Martin on SportsTalk
  3. Martin has program legend English in his corner Dec. 07, 2019 Before the likes of BJ McKie or Sindarius Thornwell, the player synonymous with South Carolina basketball was – and in the minds of many still is – Alex English. The 6-7 forward from Columbia who played for South Carolina from 1972-76 and was a two-time All-American went on to have an illustrious 14-year NBA career and currently ranks No. 19 in league history with 25,613 career points. He was the 1983 scoring champion and an 8-time NBA All-Star. His No. 22 is retired at South Carolina and No. 2 is retired by the Denver Nuggets. (VIEW ARTICLE) Free 247sports
  4. Men's Basketball 11/29/2019 VIDEO: Men's Basketball Media Availability - 11/29/19 Head Coach Frank Martin met with the media Friday morning Poor free throw shooting and youth plague the Gamecocks and when will the Gamecocks see Bryant on the court The Gamecocks missed nine FTs (12 of 21) in an eight-point loss to Boston University on Nov. 19. They missed six in Wednesday’s six-point loss to Northern Iowa in Cancun, Mexico. Frank Martin said the struggles are more mental than physical, using freshman forward Jalyn McCreary (three of 16, 19%) as an example. “With him it’s just a mental wreck,” the Gamecock coach said Friday. “That’s what happens when you have guys who are just OK free throw shooters and they start missing in games early in their career. Then they kind of just don’t want to go to the line. “I don’t know if you remember PJ Dozier, his freshman year, he did not want to shoot free throws because it got to a place mentally where he was not comfortable at the line. And he’d shoot them at practice, but when the game started, he’d get to a place and it happens. It’s part of their growth as players.” Dozier was a 54.4% free throw shooter as a freshman in 2015-16. That would rank eighth on this team, but ahead of starters/rotation players Alanzo Frink (50), Maik Kotsar (44.4), T.J. Moss (33.3) and McCreary. “There’s other guys missing free throws that need to be making them,” Martin said. Missing is one thing, not getting enough attempts is another. Opponents have taken more free throws in five of seven games this season. That happened just 14 times in 32 games last season when the Gamecocks could dump inside to Chris Silva. “We have to shoot more,” Martin said. “You can’t win high level games and you’re getting out-shot 24-11 at the foul line (see Northern Iowa game). You have to get to the foul line. And we have to do a better job of getting our guards to get free throws and they have to do a better job when they’re in the game of being more aggressive as far as attacking the paint.” South Carolina (4-3) next hosts George Washington (3-4) on Sunday. WHEN IS KEYSHAWN BRYANT COMING BACK? It won’t be Sunday, but Keyshawn Bryant could be make his 2019-20 season debut some point soon. The Gamecocks play at UMass on Wednesday. “I’m optimistic that he’s going to do some stuff (Saturday) and then we’re going to start revving him up pretty good on Monday and Tuesday and see where we go from there.,” Martin said. Bryant, the fourth-leading scorer on last year’s team, had knee surgery in early November.
  5. Talking Gamecock Basketball "Defense wins Championships" Nov. 12, 2019 When the Gamecocks allowed just 31 points to Maryland on Jan. 9, 1971, it wasn’t necessarily because of what the Gamecocks did defensively. Then it was more about the Terrapins and their offensive approach. The word back then “Stall-ball,” Kevin Joyce said it best. Bob Carver added “Maryland really didn’t play with us. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. Gamecocks Host Columbia International In Exhibition Wednesday Men's Basketball | 10/29/2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's basketball team will host Columbia International on Wednesday night in an exhibition contest at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the free admission matchup is set for 7 p.m. There will not be an audio or video stream of Wednesday's exhibition contest. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. Gamecocks Defeat CIU, 87-50, in Exhibition Contest 10/30/2019 | Men's Basketball | Box Score COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina defeated Columbia International, 87-50, in an exhibition contest Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led all scorers with 23 points and was one of four Gamecocks in double figures. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. Martin gives early impression of his defense Oct. 22, 2019 If there are two things to know about South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin when it comes to style of play, it’s that he wants to play fast on offense and tough on defense. Take nothing away from his offensive desires, but opposing teams typically leave the court worn down from the way the Gamecocks play on the defensive end of the court. It’s what those on the outside know Martin and his program for, and something he expects to see from his team game in and game out. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  9. Lawson Named To Jerry West Award Watch List 10/15/2019 | Men's Basketball COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina sophomore guard A.J. Lawson has been named one of 20 watch list members for the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year. It was announced on Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  10. Frank Martin feels the Gamecocks made strides to close out the summer August 31, 2019 Scott Greenawalt has been connected to Frank Martin for close to two decades. He’s worked on strength staffs at Cincinnati, Kansas State and South Carolina. He’s also a former college linebacker who still looks like he could make 10 tackles any given Saturday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  11. PJ Dozier has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story Monday night August 12, 2019
  12. Very good read folks enjoy!! Phenom College Talk: Previewing South Carolina’s 2019-20 Roster by Jamie Shaw | Aug 7, 2019 | Featured, News, Player Reports Phenom Hoop Report has been a great avenue for high school and middle school players, but that doesn’t mean we stop once they head to college. It is great to see these players take the next step in their careers, playing at the college level. That is why we are bringing a little college talk to our readers. In this writing, we will head to the SEC to take a look at the upcoming season and breaking down the roster of the South Carolina Gamecocks. After a Final Four run in 2017, Frank Martin’s teams went 33-32 over the previous two seasons, which included a fourth-place finish in the SEC last year with an 11-7 record. Let’s Dive into the Roster…(VIEW ARTICLE)
  13. According to Mike Uva of WACH FOX here in Columbia. Says they will be unveiled in the coming weeks. With that being said... what changes, if any, are you hoping for? 1. I hope the script “Carolina” replaces the current block lettering on the front of the jersey. (Concept jersey below made by @Gamecockology on Twitter.) 2. If the block lettering is not replaced with the script, then I would like to see “Gamecocks” on the front of the jersey. I’d like to see “Gamecocks” on the front of jerseys across all sports as well. For some reason the baseball team is the only team that does that I know of.
  14. Brian Bowen goes undrafted, but signs with NBA team and Chris Silva gets NBA opportunity June 21, 2019 Bowen was signed by the Indiana Pacers after the conclusion of Thursday’s two-round, 60-pick NBA Draft. Former Gamecocks Chris Silva also went undrafted. Chris Silva will get his NBA shot. The former South Carolina great wasn’t selected during Thursday’s two-round NBA Draft, but will participate with the Miami Heat in the NBA Summer League. IPZ, Silva’s agency, confirmed the news to The State on Friday morning. Summer League teams annually try out different rosters than their regular season squads, a mix of rookies and second-year players attempting to land an NBA or G League deal.
  15. 2020 SC PG Myles Tate of Hartsville visited USC Monday with his parents, and spent a 5 hour meeting with Coach Martin's staff, as well as with academic staff: Read More Here (Free Article)
  16. Scouting USC signee Wildens Leveque: ‘High motor guy that’s really good defensively’ May 10, 2019 Wildens Leveque is scheduled to arrive in Columbia on May 29 to begin his South Carolina basketball career. What are the Gamecocks getting in the 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Gould Academy in Maine? The State asked both Leveque and Gould coach Cory McClure for a preview. (READ MORE)
  17. Two South Carolina basketball signees ranked among nation’s top 150 players May 07, 2019 For only the third time since Rivals started such a list, South Carolina has two signed basketball recruits among the national site’s final ranking of top 150 players. Jalyn McCreary is the country’s No. 133 player in the 2019 class and Trae Hannibal is No. 146, according to the rankings released Tuesday. Rivals began its “Top 150” rankings in 2003. USC that year had No. 92 Renaldo Balkman and No. 101 Brandon Wallace. In 2014, signed Gamecocks Marcus Stroman (94) and TeMarcus Blanton (135) made the list. (READ MORE)
  18. What Ray Tanner said about the South Carolina men’s basketball program March 27, 2019 South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner on Wednesday made his monthly appearance on 107.5 The Game’s “Halftime Show” with hosts Jay Philips and Tommy Moody. The majority of the interview was about Frank Martin and the noise surrounding the USC men’s basketball program. Here’s what Tanner said: ON SOUTH CAROLINA (16-16 OVERALL) NOT MAKING THE NIT “Coach Martin takes his team to Nashville (for the SEC Tournament). He’s got to play Auburn. We had beaten Auburn earlier and you’re hoping maybe you win a couple games and maybe you get in the (NCAA Tournament) conversation or if you win the whole thing, you get back to the postseason. “I was certain — I was certain — we were gonna be in the NIT. I was certain. I did make a few calls just to try to hear some things I wanted to hear. And we didn’t get in. I feel like we should have been in. “I know the teams that are in, some of them have lost already, I knew what their overall records were and just felt like we should have been in.” USC went 11-7 and finished fourth in the SEC. Against Division I competition, it went 15-16 overall. Tanner said he asked specifically if there was a record requirement (i.e. .500 or better) to make the 32-team field. “And they said, ‘Well, I’m not sure a team has ever been invited.’ I said, ‘Is that the criteria?’ ‘No.’ OK, well we finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference. “There were a lot of teams that were well under .500 in their league and they got in, with a similar record — 15-16, 16-16. That’s where I got a little ruffled when it came to that. I was like, ‘Our team’s better than that. We would have been playing in New York (for the NIT semifinals).’” Texas (16-16, 8-10 Big 12), Butler (16-16, 7-11 Big East), Arkansas (17-15, 8-10 SEC), Indiana (17-15, 8-12 Big 10) and Nebraska (18-16, 6-14 Big 10) made the NIT. ON THE MARKETING OF THE MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM “It’s not just men’s basketball. It’s all of our sports. It’s important to us that we try to get people in the seats. Women’s softball has a game (Wednesday), it’s important that we get as many people there as possible. “(South Carolina senior associate AD for marketing and branding) Eric Nichols does one heckuva job. He received a national award a couple years ago for his efforts in marketing. He’s one of the best in the business. We promote all of our sports and we spend a lot of time and effort in basketball. We’ve invested money into that, as well as we do with women’s basketball and football and the other sports. “We don’t miss anything as far as the promotional aspect is concerned. We do everything we can to get people in the building. We have great fans that buy tickets. We’re not a school that’s selling 3 and 4,000 season tickets. We’re higher than that. As I said, we’re fourth in the league in attendance, which is pretty strong in the Southeastern Conference. Three of the last four years, we’ve finished in the top four (of the SEC standings), which includes when we played on the last weekend of the year in 2017. So a lot of good things have happened. “But we certainly support our basketball program at a high level. “ ON THE NOTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA AS A ‘FOOTBALL SCHOOL’ “Basketball has certainly been important here for a long time. I hear that talk, too, but I’m not going to give you AD speak, but we’re broad-based. We want all our teams to do well, but I think you will see consistency among our sports if you delve into it. They’re not going to get the attention that football and basketball gets, but we do have success across all of our sports. ... I love our fans. I think we have great fans. I’ve been in that arena all year and there have been some really electric atmospheres. Are there games that you would like to see a few more people maybe in the area you pointed out, in the end zones? Absolutely. I’d love to see the place packed all the time. “But we have good attendance. Should we sit on our laurels? No, we should continue to try and grow and create a home court environment (where it’s) hard to beat us.” ON POSSIBLE SEATING RECONFIGURATION AT COLONIAL LIFE ARENA “Obviously I don’t have our season ticket seating chart in my possession, but we sell 8,000-plus season tickets for men’s basketball all in the lower bowl area. All around the arena, you know that we have upgraded some seating. And just like you suggested, we would like that to be as full, especially in the lower bowl, as possible. We do have a big arena. A lot of of the new basketball facilities are 8,9,10-thousand and when you pack them in at our place, it’s 17 or 18,000, if you go in the upper deck. So we have the same concerns that we try to get an area that’s covered. “Sometimes you do have openings in the end zone. And sometimes those are season tickets for people who are not at the game. We have the Forever Loyal program, where if someone’s not coming, you can pass your tickets on. And there was some success in that, but we’d like for it to increase a little bit next year. Those things can happen. “But we were fourth in attendance in the SEC. We have a pretty big building and we were fourth in attendance. A lot of good things are happening. We’re not ashamed of our attendance.” ON POSSIBILITY OF TARPING THE UPPER DECK “There’s been some discussions. One day, Coach Martin and I were visiting. We had a discussion about possibly doing the lower bowl only, which is about 10,000 seats, which is what a lot of our schools in our conference have done. I don’t know if we’ll ever get there because there’s been a lot of games where we’re above 10,000. I think there were a number of times that Coach Martin’s exceeded 11,000. Coach (Dawn) Staley does that. So I don’t think we can really go there. “But because you are so big, some of those games — especially mid-week games and early on where you don’t get as many people into the building into the right spots ... I’m not sure we don’t have enough people in the building, but I think you hit on the point that we need them more strategically located at times. And that’s something I want to take a look at. … I’m certainly going to take a look at that because that certainly is important. Our fans are great. We’re not in a position that a lot of schools are around the country with technology and a drop-off in attendance, a drop-off in season ticket holders. We’re in much better shape than a lot of universities. And I’m proud of that. I’m very grateful for our fan base.” ON BASKETBALL FACILITIES “Our student-athletes live at 650 (dorms), so our men’s and women’s basketball players literally walk across the street to the practice facility, where they have food served, it’s where our dietician and nutritionist are, it’s where our weight room is, it’s where our locker rooms are, it’s where their practice floors are. We got two full practice floors and two wings over there. Coach Martin and his staff have brand new offices, Coach Staley’s office was done last year over there. “We spent almost 11 million dollars on the practice facility in the last three years. It includes the ribbon board and the scoreboard over at Colonial Life Arena. So we’ve upgraded those areas. They’re really, really nice. I think it has really enhanced the recruiting opportunity.” Are further enhancements coming to the men’s basketball program? “We’ve never stopped. We’re always going to do something, whether it’s a new opportunity for graphics or player opportunities, we’re going to continue to try to do as much as we can.”
  19. Frank Martin will be available to the media on Tuesday, March 26, Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.
  20. What: Second round of NCAA tournament Who: No. 4 seed South Carolina (22-9, 13-3 SEC) vs. No. 5 seed Florida State (24-8, 10-6 ACC) When: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24 Where: Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina Watch: ESPN2 or WatchESPN app Listen: 107.5 FM in Columbia At stake: Winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, next Saturday, and will play the winner of No. 1 seed Baylor’s pod. So we meet again: For the third time in the last five years, South Carolina and Florida State are meeting in the postseason — the first two times, a trip to the Final Four was on the line. Now, a Sweet 16 berth hangs on the outcome, but the personnel from those first two meetings, both of which South Carolina won by single digits, is gone. Neither coach is thinking too much about the past. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It’s not that this provides any extra incentive. It’s an opponent that stands in front of your opportunity to go to a Sweet 16,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. That being said, Staley knows that for the fans, it might mean something a little extra to beat Florida State. “The familiar name of Florida State brings a lot of memories back for our fans, so hopefully they can bring their energized selves in here and will us to another victory,” Staley said. What to watch for: The Seminoles struggled to put away pesky No. 12 seed Bucknell on Friday, winning 70-67, but Staley credited the close game to the lengthy break FSU had since its previous game, and she said she expects another “knock-out, drag out” contest between the programs. “As much as you try to simulate games in practices, it is difficult,” Staley said. “Now that they have gotten their feet wet, they will get up to play us as we will get up to play them.” Specifically, South Carolina guard Bianca Jackson and Te’a Cooper cited Florida State’s offensive rebounding as an area of emphasis for the Gamecocks — the Seminoles have an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.6 percent, a top-35 mark in the country. Leading the way, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Kiah Gillespie averages 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while also taking and making the most 3-pointers of any player on the team. The entire team’s versatility will likely force at least one Gamecock post player out on the perimeter, as they were against Belmont in the first round. Staley and her players also identified junior point guard Nicki Ekhomu as a dangerous option for FSU — she averages roughly 15 points and four assists per game and has the Seminoles’ top 3-point percentage. “She’s a three-way scorer. She can get to the rim, her mid-range is nice and her 3-point shooting is respectable,” Staley said.
  21. A winless season is remarkably bad. I was shocked to see it happened (winless). Have to make this move if you are Vandy.
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