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  1. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Georgia ***Feb. 12, 2020 at 6:30pm.*** **Feb. 12, 2020 - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------------- COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (14-9, 6-4 SEC) travels to face Georgia (12-11, 2-8 SEC) on Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. The meeting, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. ET tip time, is the first between the two schools this season.GAME INFORMATIONArena: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)Broadcast: SEC NetworkPlay-By-Play: Mike MorganAnalyst: Jon SundvoldRadio: Gamecock Radio NetworkIn Columbia: 107.5 The GamePlay-By-Play: Derek ScottAnalyst: Casey ManningSIRIUS: - | XM: 380 | INTERNET: 970Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Arena box officeSeries: Georgia leads 58-55In Athens: UGA leads 33-19Trend: Carolina has won six straightLast Game: 66-46 Carolina win on March 9, 2019, in Columbia SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS> Georgia is 12-11 overall and 2-8 in SEC action entering Wednesday's matchup vs. Carolina.> Head coach Tom Crean is in his second season leading the Bulldogs.> Both of UGAs conference wins have come at home, an 80-63 victory over Tennessee on Jan. 15, and more recently a 63-48 win over Texas A&M (Feb. 1).> In home games, UGA is 10-3 and holds a +11.9 scoring margin.> The Bulldogs are led by freshman Anthony Edwards, who averages 19.7 points per outing. Edwards was recently named to the 20-member late-season Wooden Award Watch List as the nation's top scoring freshman.> Rookie guard Sahvir Wheeler paces the team with 4.5 assists per game. > In the SEC stats (overall games), Georgia is fourth in scoring offense (76.8 ppg), fourth in field goal percent (45.1%), but 13th in field goal percent defense (45.0%). TIPOFF NOTABLES> South Carolina posted is sixth win in its last eight games with a dominant 74-54 home victory over the visiting Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. Three were in double figures for Carolina, led for the second straight game by R-freshman Jermaine Couisnard who scored 19. Sophomore guard AJ Lawson (18) and senior forward Maik Kotsar (10) were also in double figures.> For his efforts last week vs. Ole Miss, when he scored a season high 28 points, and his 19-point performance in the win over A&M, Couisnard was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He paces the Gamecocks in league contests with 16.4 points per game. Over the last three games, he is averaging 20.6 per contest.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar continues his career year in 2019-20. The Tallinn, Estonia, native registered his 14th double-figure scoring contest of the season, and posted his 11th game this season with a team high in steals with 10 points and four steals vs. A&M.> Kotsar is the only player in the SEC (conference games only) to be ranked in the top 10 in both rebounds (team high 7.3 per game/t-8th in the SEC) and steals (team high 1.8 per outing/t-6th).> South Carolina saw its three-game win streak come to an end on when it suffered an 84-70 loss on the road at Ole Miss last Wednesday. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 38 points on 12 made baskets in the win. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard continued his hot streak on the offensive end, scoring a season high 28 vs. Ole Miss. It was his second 20-point game of the year. He connected on eight field goals, one shy of matching his season high, and hit a season best nine free throws. He made six of his eight field goals in the second half. Couisnard paces the Gamecocks in SEC action with 16.1 points per game. > Kotsar had a strong outing against the Rebels as well, especially in the first half when he scored 12 of his 19 points. Kotsar also led the Gamecocks in rebounds (8), blocks (3) and steals (3) on Wednesday.> In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 73.2 points per outing and 42.5 percent from the field.> Since the beginning of the 2016 SEC campaign, Carolina is 30-11 (.731) in conference home contests.> In its 14 wins, the Carolina defense is holding opponents to just 35.3 percent from the field and 26.0 percent from 3-point range.> Martin is 33-45 (.435) 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.> The Gamecocks are 5-3 on the road this season, and are 27-36 (42.8%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.OVER THE LAST FIVE GAMES> Carolina is 4-1 (3-0 at home, 1-1 on the road)> Couisnard's 14.8 points per game are a team high> Lawson has hit 13-of-32 (40.6%) attempts from 3-point range> Kotsar has a team high 6.6 rebounds, and also 12.4 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 2.0 steals per game> Opponents are averaging just 36.3% from the field COMING UP NEXT> The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for a 6 p.m. matchup vs. Tennessee. The contest will be Carolina's Mike Slive Foundation game. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast from Colonial Life Arena.
  2. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M ***Feb. 08, 2020 at 1:00pm.*** **Feb. 08, 2020 - Saturday, 1:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ---------------------------------- GAME INFO Who: Texas A&M (11-10, 5-4) at South Carolina (13-9, 5-4) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV channel: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 FM in Columbia area Series: South Carolina leads 6-4 Last meeting: Jan. 18, 2020 — South Carolina 81, Texas A&M 67 KenPom prediction: South Carolina 70, Texas A&M 61 South Carolina (13-9, 5-4 SEC) hosts Texas A&M (11-10, 5-4) on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is 1 p.m., broadcast on the SEC Network. WHAT TO FOLLOW USC-TEXAS A&M 1. A fifth-place battle Two games separate second and fifth place in the SEC. South Carolina and Texas A&M are part of the four-way tie for fifth, a game up on ninth-place Arkansas and Alabama. It’s a bunched-up middle and any significant losing streak can cause a team to plummet quickly. For the Gamecocks, they’ve got to take care of business at every winnable opportunity. This is one of them. USC lost Wednesday at previously 1-7 Ole Miss, but now it comes home to take on an Aggies team that is 3-6 away from College Station this season. 2. A chance to sweep Since USC’s win over the Aggies on Jan. 18, Buzz Williams’ team is 3-2 and staying in contention for a top-4 seed in the SEC tournament. With a win Saturday, the Gamecocks sweep Texas A&M for a second straight season. How they won in College Station was the result of a historic shooting performance. USC tied a school-record by making 16 3-pointers. The Aggies haven’t allowed more than 10 3s in a game since. Carolina hasn’t made more than 10 3s in a game since. 3. Game 2 without Minaya Justin Minaya was the best player on the floor the last time these teams met. South Carolina’s versatile swingman played all 40 minutes, scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists. Minaya won’t be available Saturday as he recovers from thumb surgery. He wasn’t in Oxford on Wednesday and the Gamecocks allowed a season-high for points and never once led the Rebels. “Justin had a relentless approach to everything he did on the court,” Frank Martin during his call-in show Thursday on the Gamecock Sports Network. “Blocking shots, rebounding both on offense and defense, the ferocity with which he cut, his willingness to run the court. Those are all things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, those are things that help you win games. “We got to figure out a way to solve the riddle without him out there.” TEXAS A&M Coach: Buzz Williams (264-165 in 13 seasons overall; first season at Texas A&M — 11-10) Projected starters: G Andre Gordon (8.1 ppg), G Wendell Mitchell (8.5), G/F Savion Flagg (10.0), F Josh Nebo (11.8), F Emanuel Miller (5.8) Last game: Beat Missouri 68-51 on Tuesday at home KenPom ranking: 156 (No. 269 in offense efficiency, No. 70 in defense efficiency) NET: 129 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (259-169 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 142-115) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (13.5), G Jermaine Couisnard (11.4), F Wildens Leveque (2.4), F Keyshawn Bryant (7.4), C Maik Kotsar (10.2) Last game: Lost to Ole Miss 84-70 on Wednesday in Oxford KenPom ranking: 88 (No. 118 in offense efficiency, No. 72 in defense efficiency) NET: 80
  3. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Ole Miss ***Feb. 05, 2020 at 7:0pm.*** **Feb. 05, 2020 - Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ole Miss Rebels Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ------------------------------------------ Men's Basketball | 2/4/2020 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (13-8, 5-3 SEC) travels to Ole Miss (10-11, 1-7 SEC) on Wednesday for a matchup at The Pavilion. The Gamecocks ride a three-game win streak into Wednesday's contest, with consecutive wins over Vanderbilt, at Arkansas and against Missouri.GAME INFORMATIONArena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)Broadcast: SEC Network Play-by-Play: Roy Philpott Analyst: Mark WiseRadio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 384 | INTERNET: 974Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Arena box officeSeries: The series is tied at 20-20In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 14-2Trend: Carolina has won two straight in the series Last Game: 79-64 Carolina win on Feb. 19, 2019, in Columbia SCOUTING THE REBELS Ole Miss is led by head coach Kermit Davis in his second season in Oxford. The Rebels are 10-11 on the year, and just 1-7 in SEC games. In home games, Ole Miss is 7-4, however, the Rebels have not won an SEC home game. Ole Miss' trio of starting guards all average double figures on the year, led by Breein Tyree's 17.9 points per game, which ranks third in the SEC (overall games). Devontae Shuler (11.5) and Blake Hinson (10.5) also average double figures. In the SEC stats (overall games), Ole Miss is sixth in 3-point field goal percent (31.6), fifth in 3-point field goal percent defense (30.2), seventh in assists (13.5) and the Rebels are last, only blocking 2.7 shots per game. COMING UP NEXT South Carolina returns home for Legends Weekend at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday when the Gamecocks host Texas A&M. Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will have the call for the 1 p.m. ET broadcast on the SEC Network.
  4. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Arkansas ***Jan. 29, 2020 at 8:30pm.*** **Jan. 29, 2020 - Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ------------------------------------------- South Carolina (11-8, 3-3 SEC) travels to Arkansas (15-4, 3-3) on Wednesday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. SEC Network will broadcast. GAME INFO Who: South Carolina (11-8, 2-3) at Arkansas (15-4, 3-3) When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas TV channel: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Arkansas leads 20-14 Last meeting: Feb. 9, 2019 — South Carolina 77, Arkansas 65 KenPom prediction: Arkansas 76, South Carolina 66 USC-ARKANSAS WHAT TO FOLLOW 1. This Bud’s for the Gamecocks? South Carolina has won once in its last six trips to Bud Walton Arena. The good news for the Gamecocks is they’re entering Wednesday’s game with a 4-2 record in true road contests, with one of those losses coming by a point to Tennessee. The bad news is the Razorbacks are 11-1 at home this season and USC’s most recent performance away from Columbia wasn’t a good one. “The game was impacted by the energy in the building at Auburn,” said Carolina coach Frank Martin, referring to last Wednesday’s 80-67 loss in front of a near-capacity crowd at Auburn Arena. Kentucky is the only opponent to win at Bud Walton in 2019-20. The Razorbacks, off to a hot start under first-year coach Eric Musselman, are a No. 8 seed in Joe Lunardi’s most recent NCAA Tournament projection posted to ESPN.com. 2. Size matters? According to college basketball analytics guru Ken Pomeroy, Arkansas is the shortest team in the SEC. The average Razorback stands 6-foot-3. Average height of a South Carolina player is 6-5. The Gamecocks are the second-tallest team in the SEC. Length aside, the Razorbacks lead the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage defense and steals. They’re last in rebound margin. The system transition from Mike Anderson, who coached Arkansas for eight seasons, to Musselman has been a smooth one, Martin said. “Muss is real similar to Mike,” Martin said. “If Muss was a 2-3 zone, passive, kind of play slow coach, then I could see where it would be an adjustment period. Or if Mike was that way. But they’re very similar with how they play. They’re very aggressive offensive teams, very aggressive defensive teams. “So style of coaching, even though it’s new, fits the personnel that had been recruited.” In league games only, the Razorbacks are fourth in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just over 69 points per game. USC averaged 84 points per game in its three SEC wins and 63 in its three losses. 3. Eyes on Joe Isaiah Joe, a reigning SEC all-freshman team member and Arkansas’ second-leading scorer, missed the Razorbacks’ last game with knee inflammation and is considered questionable to play against the Gamecocks. Should Joe go, USC is dealing with a 6-5 guard who is averaging over 16 points per game. If Joe sits, USC goes a second straight game without having to deal with one of the league’s elite guards. Vandy’s Aaron Nesmith, the SEC’s leading scorer, missed Saturday’s USC win as he continues to recover from a foot injury. ARKANSAS Coach: Eric Musselman (125-38 in five seasons as a college coach; first season at Arkansas — 15-4) Projected starters: G Jimmy Whitt (15.3 ppg), G Mason Jones (18.4), G Jalen Harris (4.3), F Reggie Chaney (4.1), F Adrio Bailey (6.5) Last game: Beat TCU 79-67 on Saturday at home KenPom ranking: 29 (No. 85 in offense efficiency, No. 13 in defense efficiency) NET: 28 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (257-168 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 140-114) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (13.7), G Jermaine Couisnard (10.7), F Justin Minaya (8.1), F Keyshawn Bryant (8.2), C Maik Kotsar (9.6) Last game: Beat Vanderbilt 90-64 on Saturday at home KenPom ranking: 91 (No. 124 in offense efficiency, No. 83 in defense efficiency) NET: 89
  5. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt ***Jan. 25, 2020 at 8:00pm.*** **Jan. 25, 2020 - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV South Carolina is a week removed from making a program-record 16 3s in a win over Texas A&M. It went 6 of 21 from deep in the Auburn loss, a showing that hindered the offense as the Gamecocks again struggled for free throw opportunities. Vandy is last in the SEC in both field goal percentage and 3-point FG percentage defense. 3. History on the line Should South Carolina, which has taken the last two matchups with Vandy, win Saturday, it would extend the Commodores’ SEC regular-season losing streak to 24 games, tying for the longest in league history. After USC, Vandy travels to No. 15 Kentucky. “It’s not going to be easy,” Stackhouse recently told Vanderbilt reporters. “Right now, not being whole (due to injuries), the perception is what it is. We’ve got to find a way to fight through that perception.” 4. Bryant watch South Carolina is 1-1 since Keyshawn Bryant exited the Texas A&M game with a head injury. Frank Martin said during his Gamecock Sports Network call-in show Thursday night that Bryant practiced in half-court situations that afternoon. Bryant’s game status remains to be determined. The same goes for reserve freshman guard Trae Hannibal (sprained ankle). Wildens Leveque started in Bryant’s place at Auburn and finished with four points, three rebounds, three steals and a block in 13 minutes. The Gamecocks mainly went with a smaller lineup that included Jair Bolden’s 21 minutes off the bench. VANDERBILT Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (First season at Vanderbilt — 8-10) Projected starters: G Saben Lee (15.9 ppg), G Maxwell Evans (7.2), G Jordan Wright (4.0), F Dylan Disu (6.4), G/F Braelee Albert (1.5) Last game: Lost to Alabama 77-62 at home on Wednesday KenPom ranking: 177 (No. 133 in offensive efficiency, No. 228 in defensive efficiency) NET: 145 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (256-168 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 139-114) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (13.7), G Jermaine Couisnard (10.9), F Justin Minaya (7.8), Wildens Leveque (2.2), C Maik Kotsar (9.6) Last game: Lost at No. 16 Auburn 80-67 on Wednesday KenPom ranking: 99 (No. 132 in offense efficiency, No. 84 in defense efficiency) NET: 101
  6. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Auburn ***Jan. 22, 2020 at 7:00pm.*** **Jan. 22, 2020 - Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn Tigers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ---------------------------------------------- GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (10-7, 2-2 SEC) looks for its third-straight conference win when it travels to face No. 16/16 Auburn (15-2, 3-2 SEC) on Wednesday night at Auburn Arena. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU for the matchup between the Gamecocks and Tigers.GAME INFOArena: Auburn Arena (9,121)Broadcast: ESPNU Play-By-Play: Tom Hart Analyst: Andy KennedyRadio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 382 | INTERNET: 972Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Auburn Arena Box OfficeSeries: Auburn leads, 25-19 In Auburn: Auburn leads 11-8 Trend: Carolina has won three of the last five meetings Last Game: 73-64 Auburn win on March 15, 2019, in Nashville (SEC Tournament Quarterfinals) SCOUTING THE TIGERS Auburn began the season with 15 straight victories, rising to as high as No. 4 in the AP poll, before suffering losses at Alabama and at Florida last week. The Tigers are led by head coach Bruce Pearl in his sixth season in Auburn. Auburn had three-straight league wins to open the 2020 campaign, at Mississippi State, and home wins vs. Vanderbilt and Georgia. The Tigers are a perfect 9-0 at home and are averaging 86.1 points per game in those contests. Auburn has scored 80+ in eight of those games. The Tigers recorded just 47 points in the loss at Florida, their lowest offensive output of the season. Samir Doughty leads four who average double figures with 14.6 points per outing. Isaac Okoro (12.8), J'Von McCormick (10.9) and Austin Wiley (10.6) also average 10+ per game. Wiley's 9.2 rebounds lead the team and rank second in the SEC. COMING UP NEXT After a two-game road swing, Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. ET. The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Joe Kleine (analyst) on the call.
  7. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M ***Jan. 18, 2020 at 1:00pm.*** **Jan. 18, 2020 - Saturday, 1:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------- South Carolina (9-7, 1-2 SEC) will play its next two, and three out of its next four, on the road, beginning with Saturday's matchup at Texas A&M (8-7, 2-2 SEC). It is the first of two meetings between the schools this 2020 SEC season. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. ET in College Station. GAME INFORMATIONArena: Reed Arena (12,989))Broadcast: SEC NetworkPlay-By-Play: Richard CrossAnalyst: Barry BookerRadio: Gamecock Radio NetworkIn Columbia: 107.5 The GamePlay-By-Play: Derek ScottAnalyst: Casey ManningSIRIUS: - | XM: 387 | Internet: 977Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Reed Arena Box OfficeSeries: Carolina leads, 5-4In College Station: A&M leads 3-2Trend: Carolina has won two straight and four of the last fiveLast Game: 71-54 Carolina win on March 5, 2019, in College Station SCOUTING THE AGGIES Texas A&M is led by first-year head coach Buzz Williams. Williams was an assistant at A&M under Billy Gillispie from 2004-06. The Aggies are 8-7 on the year, and 2-2 in league games. They have posted SEC wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. In home games A&M is 7-2. The Aggies most recently suffered an 89-85 overtime loss at LSU on Tuesday. Five were in double figures in that contest, led by 20 points from senior forward Josh Nebo. Nebo paces the team with 12.1 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per outing. Junior guard Savion Flagg adds 11.3 points per outing and paces the team with 2.3 assists per game. In the SEC stats (overall games), A&M is fourth in scoring defense (61.6 ppg), second in field goal percent defense (38.4%), and second in 3-point field goal percent defense (28.7%). TIPOFF NOTABLES South Carolina collected its first win of the 2020 SEC campaign on Wednesday night in heroics, as R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard sank a long 3-point buzzer-beater to give the Gamecocks an 81-78 upset win over No. 10/12 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena. The win was Carolina's second this season over a top-10 opponent. Couisnard led four Gamecocks in double figures with a season high 26 in the win over UK. TJ Moss added 10, his first double-figure outing of the season, Justin Minaya scored 11 and sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant had a season high 15 points. South Carolina suffered a 56-55 loss at Tennessee last Saturday in its first SEC road contest of the season. Senior forward Maik Kotsar concluded a monster week with a 17-point, eight-rebound performance, and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard led all bench scorers with 15. In home games this season, Carolina is averaging 71.2 points per outing and 41.1 percent from the field. Since the beginning of the 2016 SEC campaign, Carolina is 27-11 (.710) in conference home contests. South Carolina suffered an 81-68 loss at home to Florida in its SEC opener on Jan. 7. Senior forward Maik Kotsar continued his strong play, pacing the Gamecocks with team highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Kotsar (18) and sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant (14) both turned in season highs in points vs. Florida. In the month of January, Carolina will host just three SEC matchups and will be on the road to face five league opponents. In its nine wins, the Carolina defense is holding opponents to just 35.6 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from 3-point range. Martin is 33-44 (.428) 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. The Gamecocks are 3-1 on the road this season, and are 25-34 (42.3%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign. COMING UP NEXT Carolina is back on the road next Wednesday when it travels to face No. 4/4 Auburn. Tip time at Auburn Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) on the call for the ESPNU broadcast.
  8. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Kentucky***Jan. 15, 2019 at 6:30pm.*** **Jan. 15, 2019 -Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Kentucky Wildcats Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------- GAME INFO Who: No. 10 Kentucky (12-3, 3-0 SEC) at South Carolina (8-7, 0-2 SEC) When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV channel: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Kentucky leads, 52-12 Last meeting: Feb. 5, 2019 — Kentucky 76, South Carolina 48 KenPom prediction: Kentucky 72, South Carolina 66 USC-KENTUCKY 1. Hagans vs. who? While South Carolina is still experimenting with point guard options, Kentucky enters each game with a firm sense of who’s running its show. Ashton Hagans, a Georgia native once recruited by Frank Martin, is among the best at his position in the country. The sophomore is averaging 13.1 points per game and leads the SEC in assists (7.3 per game) and is third in steals (2.2). He becomes a difficult matchup for whoever among A.J. Lawson, Jair Bolden, Jermaine Couisnard, T.J. Moss or Trae Hannibal. “He disrupts your point of entry on offense,” Martin said. “That’s something that we haven’t been good against this year. When we play teams that are defensively aggressive, that disrupt point of entry, we’ve struggled to be able to make three passes and get a good shot. “So all those things taken into consideration, that’s going to be a big matchup in the game on Wednesday. We have to offset that intangible that Ashton brings. He brings this aggression that all good teams and all good players have.” 2. Free throw contest favors UK South Carolina is coming off its first loss of the Martin era in which it held its opponent under 30% shooting. The Gamecocks were 15-0 when doing this over the last seven-plus seasons — until Tennessee beat them at 25.9 FG%. Free throws again haunted USC as the Vols made nine more in a 56-55 game. The last time the Wildcats and Gamecocks got together in Columbia, South Carolina won a 2018 game that featured 74 free throw attempts. Should something similar happen again Wednesday, give a significant edge to UK. John Calipari’s teams leads the SEC in FT percentage (77.5) and Martin’s is last at 61.4. 3. Big Blue, big game South Carolina gets its most storied league rival in an effort to try to break an odd trend. The Gamecocks have lost three straight home games — its worst skid in two seasons — and now hosts the 51-time SEC champs. Kentucky, which suffered a head-scratching loss to Evansville in November, comes to Colonial Life Arena on a four-game win streak. “Cal does a great job managing his team as the year goes on,” Martin said, “because he’s got so many first-year guys. I think he’s a got better feel (this season) because he’s got guys that have been with him for a couple years now.” UK starts just two freshmen. USC is seeking to avoid its first 0-3 start to SEC play since 2013-14. KENTUCKY Coach: John Calipari (762-214 in 28 seasons overall; 11th season at Kentucky — 317-74) Projected starters: G Ashton Hagans (13.1 ppg), G Tyrese Maxey (13.9), F Nick Richards (13.0), F Keion Brooks (5.6), F E.J. Montgomery (7.3) Last game: Beat Alabama 76-67 on Saturday at home KenPom ranking: 20 (No. 32 in offensive efficiency, No. 28 in defensive efficiency) NET: 26 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (254-167 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 137-113) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (14.5), G Jair Bolden (9.1), F Keyshawn Bryant (8.6), F Justin Minaya (6.5), C Maik Kotsar (10.7) Last game: Lost to Tennessee 56-55 on Saturday in Knoxville KenPom ranking: 106 (No. 186 in offense efficiency, No. 69 in defense efficiency) NET: 125
  9. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Tennessee ***Jan. 11, 2019 at 1:00pm.*** **Jan. 11, 2019 -Saturday, 1:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV --------------------- GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH WATCH: BOLDEN, FRINK MEDIA AVAILABILITY COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (8-6, 0-1 SEC) travels to face Tennessee (9-5, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday in Knoxville. It will be Carolina's first conference road contest of the season. The matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena will tip at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.GAME INFORMATIONArena: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)Broadcast: SEC Network Play-by-Play: Mike Morgan Analyst: Pat BradleyRadio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning SIRIUS: - | XM: 383 | INTERNET: 973Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN AppLive Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: Arena Box OfficeSeries: Tennessee leads 46-27 In Knoxville: UT leads 27-9 Trend: The Vols have won four straight Last Game: 85-73 Tennessee win on Feb. 13, 2019, in Knoxville SCOUTING THE VOLUNTEERS Tennessee is 9-5 this season and 1-1 in SEC contests with a loss to LSU and most recently a 69-59 road win at Missouri on Tuesday. The Vols are led by head coach Rick Barnes in his fifth season in Knoxville. Barnes recently collected the 700th win of his career. Tennessee is averaging 43.2 percent from the floor (12th in the SEC) and 33.0 percent from 3-point range (fourth in the SEC). Mid-year enrollee Vescovi Santiago paces the Vols at 15.0 points per game in his two games played thus far. He has connected on 9-of-17 attempts from the floor and 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Jordan Bowden is averaging 12.2 points per game, Yves Pons 11.6 and John Fulkerson is providing 11.1 points per outing. The Vols are 6-3 at home this season. Tennessee is second in the SEC and 16th nationally with 5.6 blocked shots per game. Pons is second in the SEC and 24th nationally with 2.4 blocks per game. UP NEXT The Gamecocks return to Columbia to host No. 14/13 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast, which tips at 6:30 PM ET.
  10. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Florida ***Jan. 07, 2019 at 7:00pm.*** **Jan. 02, 2019 -Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ------------------------------- GAME INFO Who: Florida (9-4, 1-0 SEC) at South Carolina (8-5, 0-0) When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: ESPNU Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Florida leads 45-27 Last meeting: Jan. 5, 2019 — South Carolina 71, Florida 69 KenPom prediction: Florida 70, South Carolina 66 USC-FLORIDA STORYLINES 1. Starting fresh Christmas was great for the Gamecocks. New Year’s wasn’t. South Carolina’s odd split of holiday games — a massive win over then-No. 9 Virginia on Dec. 22 followed by a head-scratching loss to Stetson on Dec. 30 — puts USC in an intriguing position heading into SEC play. Which team shows up against the Gators? If it’s the one that grabbed a rare road victory at UVa, then the Gamecocks could easily be 1-0 in the league for the fourth time in five years. But should that Stetson performance linger, South Carolina is facing a talented-enough roster to get blown out at home. Florida, after all, was picked in the preseason to finish second in the SEC. “The start of conference play is a big opportunity,” said sophomore guard A.J. Lawson. “If we can come out here and play to the best of our abilities and come out strong, that’ll set the tone for the rest of conference play.” 2. Martin vs. White The last time South Carolina began SEC play against the Gators, it stole a memorable win. Felipe Haase threw to Chris Silva, who dunked home the go-ahead basket with 2.5 seconds left to cement the Gamecocks’ come-from-behind 71-69 victory in Gainesville last January. It was all the latest example of Carolina coach Frank Martin’s edge over Florida coach Mike White. The Gamecocks lead the series over White’s Gators (since White’s 2015 hire), 5-2, including USC’s Elite Eight win in 2017. 3. Team Canada Florida, a team of high expectations coming off an offseason that included the addition of coveted Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear, had a relatively disappointing non-conference showing as it went from preseason No. 6 to out of the polls. The Gators rallied back from 21 down to beat Alabama on Saturday in their SEC opener, perhaps the kind of finish to a game that gets them rolling through January. Andrew Nembhard led the charge with 25 points and four assists. Nembhard is the Gators’ point guard, meaning it’s likely he gets the matchup with fellow Canadian A.J. Lawson. Longtime friends, the 6-foot-5 Nembhard had 10 points and seven assists in last year’s USC game. The 6-6 Lawson, who is coming off a season-low 13 minutes in the Stetson loss, was held to six points in Gainesville. “We’re just talking about moving on to the next game, playing how I should play, playing to the best of my abilities and not holding back,” Lawson said of the message he received from Martin following the Stetson loss. “And giving it maximum effort.” 4. Couisnard’s availability South Carolina sixth man Jermaine Couisnard hasn’t practiced since last mid-week due to a back strain. That was Martin’s Monday update. The plan from there was to try practicing Monday afternoon in anticipation for Tuesday’s game. Couisnard is fifth on the team in minutes (21.8) and fourth in scoring (8.5 points per game). His absence could mean more time for Trae Hannibal or T.J. Moss. 5. Defending Blackshear South Carolina will get its first crack at Blackshear, the SEC’s preseason player of the year, in an actual game. The Gamecocks are familiar with him, however, from past scrimmages with Virginia Tech. “I remember him being a good player,” Maik Kotsar said of the 6-10, 241-pound Blackshear. “We never did any proper scout on them just because it was a scrimmage game and we just went at them. “But we’ve just got to stay solid on defense, got to do everything I can just to stop him.” Blackshear is averaging nearly 15 points and nine rebounds a game. The senior is an 84 percent free throw shooter. FLORIDA Coach: Mike White (199-97 in nine seasons overall; fifth season at Florida — 98-57) Projected starters: G Andrew Nembhard (10.6 points per game, G Noah Locke (10.2), F Keyontae Johnson (13.0), F Kerry Blackshear (14.9), F Omar Payne (4.3) Last game: Beat Alabama 104-98 (two overtimes) at home on Saturday KenPom ranking: 29 (No. 38 in offense efficiency, No. 33 in defense efficiency) NET: 53 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (254-165 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 137-111) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (15.5), G Jair Bolden (9.4), F Keyshawn Bryant (7.6), F Justin Minaya (7.2), C Maik Kotsar (9.7) Last game: Lost to Stetson 63-56 on Dec. 30 at home KenPom ranking: 105 (No. 161 in offense efficiency, No. 86 in defense efficiency) NET: 118
  11. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Stetson***Dec. 30, 2019 at 3:00pm.*** **Dec. 30, 2019 - Monday, 3:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Stetson Hatters Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV ----------------------------------------
  12. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Virginia ***Dec. 22, 2019 at 3:00pm.*** **Dec. 22, 2019 - Sunday, 3:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Virginia Cavaliers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Face Virginia On The Road Sunday ------------------------------------------ GAME INFO Who: South Carolina (7-4) at No. 9 Virginia (9-1) When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia TV: ABC Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: South Carolina 13-7 Last meeting: Dec. 19, 2018: Virginia 69, South Carolina 52 KenPom prediction: Virginia 63, South Carolina 51 STORYLINES 1. A grand opportunity Frank Martin is 0-4 all-time as head coach of a team facing the reigning national champions. His one try while in charge of South Carolina came during Season No. 1, a 77-55 loss to Kentucky on Feb. 5, 2013. Enter Virginia, which lost three key players to the NBA off its title team (Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter combined for 48 points in UVa’s win over USC last December), but has kept a top 10 ranking and already owns wins over Syracuse and North Carolina. The Gamecocks haven’t topped a reigning national champ since sweeping Kentucky in 1996-97. “To be on ABC,” Martin said, “playing the defending the national champions in a great environment that they have there at the University of Virginia, it’s a great moment for our players to be able to showcased there.” 2. Road challenge South Carolina has started a season 2-0 in true road game for the first time since 2015-16. But winning at UMass and Clemson is one thing, upsetting the Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena is another. UVa has taken the last 22 games on its home floor against non-conference opponents. The last visiting team to leave Charlottesville happy was West Virginia, coached by Martin’s pal Bob Huggins, on Dec. 3, 2016. 3. Solving the Pack-Line The offensive tweaks that sparked USC’s win over Clemson — see A.J. Lawson moving to point guard, Jair Bolden shifting to the wing — are expected to continue in Charlottesville, but how much will it matter against one of the nation’s premier defenses? Tony Bennett’s famed Pack-Line is as suffocating as ever in 2019-20. Virginia ranks No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to kempom.com, and is allowing all of 44.2 points per game. Switching Lawson to PG was a move intended to get the Gamecocks more transition opportunities. Problem is, a strength of Bennett’s system has long been to limit an opponent’s chances in the open floor. In other words, Carolina must execute in the half-court — and make long jump shots. USC enters 320th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (28.8). VIRGINIA Coach: Tony Bennett (332-123 in 14 seasons overall; 11th season at Virginia — 263-90) Projected starters: G Kihei Clark (9.0 points per game, G Casey Morsell (4.9), G Kody Stattmann (5.3), F Mamadi Diakite (13.2), F Jay Huff (9.5) Last game: Beat Stony Brook 56-44 on Wednesday at home KenPom ranking: 12 (No. 164 in offense efficiency, No. 1 in defense efficiency) NET: 39 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (253-164 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 136-110) Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (16.3), G Jair Bolden (9.1), F Keyshawn Bryant (8.0), F Justin Minaya (6.8), C Maik Kotsar (10.1) Last game: Beat Clemson at Clemson on Sunday KenPom ranking: 103 (No. 146 in offense efficiency, No. 80 in defense efficiency) NET: 145
  13. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Houston ***Dec. 08, 2019 at 12:00pm.*** **Dec. 08, 2019 - Sunday, 12:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Houston Cougars Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Host Houston On Sunday At Noon ---------------------------------------
  14. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs.UMASS ***Dec. 04, 2019 at 7:00pm.*** **Dec. 01, 2019 - Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UMass Minutemen Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Carolina Travels To UMass For Midweek Matchup ------------------------------------------ It’s been nearly three weeks since South Carolina basketball experienced its last winning streak. So excuse Frank Martin — and his language — for not getting overly excited Sunday after the Gamecocks held off George Washington, 74-65, at Colonial Life Arena. “I really like our team,” Martin said. “It’s just like our children. I really love them, but that doesn’t mean they don’t (tick) me off on a regular basis. My team has been aggravating me for three weeks.” After a 3-0 start — in which USC was beating team by an average of 28 points — the Gamecocks are 2-3. They snapped a two-game skid against GW, but not before allowing the Colonials (3-5) to whittle a 19-point deficit down to eight in the second half. It wasn’t a complete performance, but it was enough to give Martin’s team a little momentum heading toward a real challenging part of the schedule. USC travels to UMass (5-3) on Wednesday before facing Houston (3-2), Clemson (5-2) and No. 5 Virginia (7-0) on consecutive Sundays. The Minutemen figure to provide the lightest of these tests, but it’s still Carolina’s first true road game of the season — and the Gamecocks are still trying to find consistent footing. Here are four things to watch: 1. DOES KEYSHAWN BRYANT PLAY? Keyshawn Bryant’s practice load was expected to increase Monday in anticipation of a game appearance this week. Chance No. 1 for the injured swingman comes Wednesday. Bryant had knee surgery last month and has yet to debut in 2019-20. A return would be timely as Martin is struggling with frontcourt depth. Asked how he decides on the No. 3 “big” after Maik Kotsar and Wildens Leveque, Martin acted like he was flipping a coin between Alanzo Frink and Jalyn McCreary, a pair that combined for four points in 11 minutes against GW. An available 6-foot-5 Bryant can bump Justin Minaya down to the “four” or power forward position alongside Kotsar or Leveque. “When we get Keyshawn back, it gives us the ability to play Justin more at the four (power forward) and not lose the size and athleticism at the three,” Martin said. “We’ll figure that out.” 2. CAN LEVEQUE CONTINUE GOOD PLAY IN HIS QUASI-HOMECOMING GAME? Leveque has started the last four games, progressing in Martin’s eyes with each opportunity. The 6-11, 230-pound freshman had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the GW win. “They went to a really small lineup and they put Wildens in a ball-screen and Wildens did exactly what he was coached to do,” Martin said. “I’m so happy with that kid right now. “You learn about people when you’re in crisis. And in our business, any time you lose two in a row, you’re in some kind of crisis. Losing a game happens. When you lose two in a row, three of four, your team is in a little crisis. Why? Because negative habits are hard to break. Losing becomes the cancer of the sport. And you learn about the kids you’re coaching in difficult moments. “And for Wildens to come in and play (Saturday) in practice and then shoot-around today and then what he did for us on the court today, for a kid that’s (eight) games into his college career, I’m really, really excited about him.” Leveque is from Brockton, Massachusetts, a two-hour drive from Amherst and UMass. He was recruited by the Minutemen. 3. CAN THE GAMECOCKS STRING TOGETHER SHOTS? South Carolina is averaging 71.3 points per game, a number typical of a Martin-coached team. But where does that number go when (if?) the Gamecocks snap out of this shooting funk? USC is now 22 for its last 84 on 3-pointers (26.1%) and 24 for its last 46 (52.2%) from the foul line. “Offensively, we’re a work in progress,” Martin said. “Eventually those guys are going to make 3s. And we’re scoring 74,70, we’re always around that number, without making 3s — and missing free throws.” UMass enters Wednesday 43rd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.7%). 4. EXPERIENCE EDGE Kotsar aside, South Carolina has relied pretty much on freshmen, sophomores and Jair Bolden, a junior in his first season playing at South Carolina after transferring from George Washington. All the inexperience is a big reason for the early struggles, Martin has said, particularly when faced with older teams. The Gamecocks won’t have such an excuse Wednesday. UMass starts two freshmen and plays seven of them. The Minutemen rank as the 345th-least experienced team in the country, according to KenPom.com. USC is No. 325 on that list. T.J. Weeks is the best of the UMass rookies. The 6-4 guard is averaging over 15 points and shooting better than 54% from 3-point range.
  15. GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs.George Washington ***Dec. 01, 2019 at 2:00pm.*** **Dec. 01, 2019 - Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. George Washington Colonials Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Back Home Sunday, Host George Washington COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (4-3) returns to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday when it hosts George Washington (3-4) at 2 p.m. for a non-conference matchup vs. the Colonials. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.
  16. **Nov. 27, 2019 - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UNI Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Face Wichita State Tuesday In Cancun South Carolina (4-1) continues action in the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday when it faces Wichita State (5-0) at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun at 6 p.m. ET. The matchup, which marks the first meeting between the two schools, will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network along with the Gamecock Radio Network. ---------------------------------------------------------
  17. **Nov. 22, 2019 - Friday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Men's Hoops Hosts Gardner-Webb Friday Night
  18. **Nov. 15, 2019 - Friday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Boston U Terriers Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV Gamecocks Host Boston U Tuesday Night
  19. **Nov. 15, 2019 - Friday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Cleveland State Vikings Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------------------------------- Men's Hoops Back In Action Friday Night COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (2-0) is set to host Cleveland State (1-2) on Friday evening at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, with the contest set for broadcast on SEC Network+ with Burch Antley (play-by-play) and Carey Rich (analyst) on the call, as well as with Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) over the air on the Gamecock Radio Network. The meeting between the Gamecocks and Vikings is only the second all-time, and the first since the 1980-81 campaign.
  20. **Nov. 10, 2019 - Sunday, 12:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Wyoming Cowboys Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------------------------------- Gamecocks Host Wyoming Sunday At Noon On The SEC Network SCOUTING THE COWBOYS> Wyoming is led by head coach Allen Edwards in his fourth season in Laramie. Edwards was a standout performer during his college career at Kentucky, helping lead the Wildcats to two national championships.> R-sophomore guard Hunter Maldonado is Wyoming's top offensive threat early this season. He scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting, and was 8-of-10 at the free throw line in Wyoming's season-opening win over Idaho State.> Maldonado missed the final half of last season due to injury, but he did start and play 37 minutes in the matchup with the Gamecocks in Laramie, scoring nine points, with four assists and three steals.> Wyoming held Idaho State to just 31.9 percent from the field, and just 16.7 percent from 3-point range.
  21. **Nov. 06, 2019 - Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.** South Carolina Gamecocks vs. NORTH ALABAMA Here you go free to listen if not near a radio or TV -------------------------------------------------------------- Predictions for South Carolina men’s basketball season South Carolina begins season No. 8 under Frank Martin when it hosts North Alabama on Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena. Here are six bold predictions for what could happen over the next four months: JERMAINE COUISNARD WILL FINISH SECOND ON THE TEAM IN SCORING A.J. Lawson scored 23 points in last Wednesday’s exhibition win over CIU — and that’s without taking a shot until South Carolina’s ninth possession. The sophomore was selective with his offensive aggression, and still wound up having eight more points than any of his teammates. With Chris Silva gone, expect Lawson’s scoring to go from 13 a game to in the 15-18 range. He’s a shoo-in to lead the Gamecocks in that category. The real question is who finishes behind Lawson. Here’s a vote for Jermaine Couisnard. While he’s yet to play in a college game, the redshirt freshman has received endorsements from the likes of Jo Jo English, Sindarius Thornwell and R.J. Barrett. He also had two 40-point games in the SC Pro-Am over the summer. Couisnard could begin the season as the sixth man, but expect major minutes for the East Chicago native. Frank Martin said last Wednesday that Lawson and Couisnard play “really, really well” together. A Gamecock hasn’t been selected in the first round of the NBA draft since Renaldo Balkman in 2006, but Lawson is trending to break that drought. He tested the professional waters after an All-SEC freshman season, but opted to return for another year with the Gamecocks. It should serve well both the player and program. Lawson had a great summer of exposure in leading his homeland of Canada to the quarterfinal round of the FIBA under-19 World Cup and then being selected as a participant in Chris Paul’s camp. Position versatility is key at the next level. The lanky guard can play anywhere from the point to the wing. His seven assists against CIU — the second-most of his career, if the game counted — are a sign of an improved skill set. By the end of this season, Lawson will have a good feel for where he stands with NBA prospects. He’ll face six players — including Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, the potential No. 1 pick -- who are among Sports Illustrated’s first round mock draft. FRANK MARTIN WILL GET HIS FIRST WIN AT CLEMSON Martin has two wins in seven years against the Tigers, neither of them coming on Clemson’s campus. South Carolina won as the road team in 2015-16, but the game was played in Greenville as Littlejohn Coliseum was being renovated. Littlejohn will host the rivals Dec. 15. South Carolina should enter at 7-3 or better while Clemson, coming off a conference game at Florida State, figures to be 7-2 or worse. The Tigers, picked to finish 11th in the ACC, lost four starters off last year’s team. Adding Alabama transfer — and Columbia native — Tevin Mack helps Clemson, but USC has a deeper roster, particularly if Keyshawn Bryant returns from his knee injury by this time. This game, sandwiched between Houston at home and Virginia on the road, is part of Carolina’s most important stretch of the non-conference season. South Carolina needs it to boost an NCAA Tournament résumé. Expect the Gamecocks to break their three-game skid to the Tigers. SOUTH CAROLINA WILL THREATEN A SCHOOL RECORD FOR 3-POINT ATTEMPTS The Gamecocks are a guard-oriented bunch in Year 1 of the post-Silva era. Yes, they’ll still play inside-out offensively, but Martin knows where their strengths are — and he’ll coach accordingly. Lawson, Couisnard, Jair Bolden, Justin Minaya and T.J. Moss can all launch. With Couisnard out for an illness, the other four combined to go 8 of 12 from 3-point range against CIU, with Lawson and Bolden hitting three apiece. Even with Silva as the offensive centerpiece, South Carolina took an average of 21.5 and 20.6 3s per game the last two seasons, the highest marks of the Martin era. Take Silva — and his paint presence — out and the Gamecocks are likely to top those numbers. The school record for 3 attempts in a season is 760, which the 2001-02 team did over 37 games (20.5 average). If the Gamecocks average 22 3-attempts over 35 games — a projected four beyond the regular season — they’ll get to 770. WILDENS LEVEQUE WILL LEAD ALL TRUE FRESHMEN IN MINUTES, THE WHOLE TEAM IN BLOCKS In Martin’s seven seasons at South Carolina he’s had at least one true freshman average at least 19 minutes per game. There are really only two candidates to keep that tradition alive in 2019-20. Guard depth will make it difficult on Trae Hannibal or Trey Anderson to crack the rotation, but Wildens Leveque and Jalyn McCreary are in a good position. Bryant’s injury means Martin will shy away early from a small lineup, allowing a true “four” or power forward to start next to Maik Kotsar. Here’s to giving a slight edge to the 6-foot-11 Leveque over a 6-7 McCreary, 6-7 Alanzo Frink and 6-9 Micaiah Henry. Leveque’s defensive potential is better fit to fill the void left by Silva. SOUTH CAROLINA WILL WIN 21 GAMES, BE SWEATING OUT SELECTION SUNDAY Even with Bryant’s injury, a 20-11 (10-8 SEC) regular season seems doable. Add a 1-1 showing in the SEC Tournament and you’ll have an interesting résumé for the NCAA Tournament committee. How did the Gamecocks go 10-3 in the non-conference? Here’s to saying USC beats Wichita State in Cancun and then goes 2-2 against West Virginia, Clemson, Houston and Virginia. What’s included in the 10-8 conference record? Here’s to saying the Gamecocks win their home games against Florida and Tennessee, but road wins only come at Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. All enough to be back in the Big Dance? Here’s to saying yes — as an 11-seed sent to Dayton for a “First Four” game.

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