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  1. South Carolina an NCAA Tournament team? Frank Martin, Kermit Davis make the case February 20, 2019 Of the NCAA Tournament field Joe Lunardi projected and posted to ESPN.com on Tuesday morning, South Carolina has wins over five of those 68 teams. The latest came Tuesday evening when the Gamecocks rallied past Ole Miss 79-64 at Colonial Life Arena. “South Carolina’s got a really good team,” said Rebels coach Kermit Davis. “They looked like an NCAA Tournament team tonight, for sure.” For sure? Perhaps he’s got a point. USC, with a 9-4 record, is now into sole possession of fourth place in the SEC standings. That normally fits the profile for an at-large bid to the Big Dance. But then there’s the overall record (13-12 when you don’t include the Dec. 31 win over Division II’s North Greenville), something that doesn’t scream for a ticket to March Madness. Critics will nod to losses to Stony Brook (NET ranking: 151) and Wyoming (317) as reasons why Carolina shouldn’t yet be included in NCAA Tournament discussion. (Neither Lunardi nor CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm even list the Gamecocks on the bubble.) When presented a platform to discuss his team’s postseason chances Tuesday, USC coach Frank Martin first hesitated and noted the Gamecocks’ next game — “I’m on to Mississippi State, man” — but then came around. Sure, South Carolina didn’t perform well in November and December, but it wasn’t always at full strength. Home losses to national power Virginia and rival Clemson came without Maik Kotsar. The 20-point loss to Wofford came a day after Justin Minaya’s injury. Keyshawn Bryant, Minaya’s replacement, played that game with protective goggles to help with headaches. “Why don’t people give us credit, like they give other people, when their good players are hurt?” Martin asked. “But no one picked us to be where we’re at, so no one’s gonna give us credit for the other stuff. “Meaning, when you play Virginia and Clemson and your starting power forward is out. When you play Wofford and your starting small forward tears his knee 10 minutes to go (in practice) the day before the game and his backup hadn’t practiced in three days with headaches and has to play with sunglasses. No one ever says anything about that. They just say, ‘Yeah, they stunk. That’s why they lose. They don’t belong.’ “We had a bad game at Wyoming. I wish I could give you an example or a reason for why we played bad that day. We had a bad game there. But all those other games, we had adversity.” South Carolina missed the Big Dance in 2015-16 despite 24 regular season wins. Those Gamecocks went 11-7 in the SEC. These Gamecocks, starting with a trip to Starkville on Saturday to face the Bulldogs (18-7, 6-6), have five opportunities left. “Let me just throw a number out there,” Martin said. “(If a team wins) 12 league games in the SEC and doesn’t get in the NCAA Tournament, I think that would be a travesty. I think that would be as sad as sad can be.” KenPom.com gives Carolina at least a 41 percent chance to win four of its final five league games before the SEC Tournament in Nashville. USC’s only SEC losses have come against Tennessee (twice), Kentucky and LSU, all teams ranked in the top 13 of this week’s AP Poll. It’s beaten Auburn (projected No. 8 seed by Lunardi), Florida (No. 12), Mississippi State (No. 7), Norfolk State (No. 16) and the Rebels (No. 8). “If they can get to the (NCAA) tournament,” Davis said, “they sure can win games in the tournament.” A Big Dance trip would be Carolina’s second in three years. “That’s our goal,” said senior forward Chris Silva. “We’re trying to get there. It’s just going to take everybody, everybody on the same page. We want to get there. So everybody’s working. We’re hoping we make it there.
  2. 64 Ole Miss 18-8, 8-5 SEC 79 South Carolina 14-12, 9-4 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Ole Miss 32 32 64 South Carolina 40 39 79 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/20/2019 | By: JEFFREY COLLINS (Associated Press) GCF Staff Report Late Defense Leads South Carolina to, 79-64, Win Over Ole Miss With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More Gamecocks hold Rebels without a FG the final 6:44 of the game POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Ole Miss — 2/19/19 POSTGAME: Chris Silva, A.J. Lawson on Ole Miss — 2/19/19 BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Mississippi State 2/23/2019 | 6 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina keeps digging a hole and then the Gamecocks keep finding a way to pull themselves out. South Carolina (14-12, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth SEC game after trailing by double digits, beating Mississippi 79-64 on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks seem like they have been in a hole all year. They started the season 5-8 in nonconference, including losses to Stony Brook and 6-19 Wyoming. They have been down by at least 10 in nine of their 13 SEC games. And now they are fourth in a league with three teams in the top 13. ''They are taking me on an unbelievable ride,'' South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. Tuesday's ride for Martin started with the Rebels (18-8, 8-5) hitting their first five shots and taking a 13-2 lead less than four minutes in. The Gamecocks answered with 16 straight points, took their own 11-point lead before the half was over and never trailed again. Ole Miss did tie it at 61 with 6:18 left. But South Carolina scored on its next six possessions to put it away. Chris Silva led the Gamecocks with 18 points, including four points and an assist in that final push. ''Silva just kind of had his way during that last run,'' Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. Terence Davis had 18 points and Breein Tyree added 17 points for Ole Miss. A.J. Lawson had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Hassani Gravett added 15 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina. The win put the Gamecocks into fourth place in the SEC all by themselves, which could be critical for a team that might not want to lean on an unorthodox bubble resume. The top four teams get a double bye in the SEC Tournament and only need to win three games to get the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. South Carolina leads every other team by at least two games and now will have the tiebreaker over Ole Miss. KEY STATS> South Carolina's defense held Ole Miss without a field goal the final 6:44 after Breein Tyree made a jumper In the lane to pull the Rebels within a basket, 61-60.> After trailing 13-2 to start the game, the Gamecocks took control with a 38-19 run to end the first half. NOTABLES> Senior forward Chris Silva had 18 points to lead the Gamecocks – he's had 15 or more in eight of the team's last nine games. The Libreville, Gabon, native, went 6-of-6 at the FT line tonight and has made 16-straight at the charity stripe dating back to the first half at No. 1 Tennessee (1/29/19).> In SEC play, Silva is 64-for-111 (57.7%) from the field and 72-of-89 (80.9%) at the FT line, both career highs. He also had three more blocks tonight and now has 54 during the 2018-19 season, a new career-high. > Freshman guard A.J. Lawson continued his standout play with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and just one turnover in 37 minutes of action. > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett remained hot from behind the 3-point line, hitting four of his six attempts from deep en route to scoring 15 points off the bench. He's shooting 49.3 percent (33-for-67) from 3 in league action.> The Gamecocks are 9-1 in SEC games when Gravett scores 10 or more points.> After two tough outings, freshman wing Keyshawn Bryant bounced back with 10 points and six rebounds tonight. > South Carolina went 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) from 3 tonight. In the team's last four wins, the Gamecocks are 46-for-81 (56.8 percent) from downtown, averaging 11.5 made 3s per game.UP NEXTThe Gamecocks hit the road for a Saturday night matchup at Mississippi State. Tip time in Starkville is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan (pxp) and Pat Bradley (analyst) on the call. Carolina posted an, 87-82, overtime win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs on Jan. 8 in Columbia.
  3. Vandy got in at 17-14, they didn't win hardly any of their top 25 games. Also, Andy Katz says any SEC team that finishes.500 or better in league play is in including SC. I feel like 11-7 with at least 1 win in the tournament is the bare minimum to have a chance though personally. 16-14 just worries me quite a bit though.
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    Gamecocks Host Ole Miss Tuesday Night

    Gamecocks Host Ole Miss Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 2/18/2019 | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (13-12, 8-4 SEC) hosts (RV/RV) Ole Miss (18-7, 8-4 SEC) on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is the only between the two schools this SEC regular season. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina wraps a two-game homestand when it hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday night in the first and only meeting between the two schools this SEC regular season. The team's also met just once last season, with the Rebels winning what was the SEC opener for both schools, 74-69, at The Pavilion.> Senior forward Chris Silva had a monster week last week, averaging 19.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, while hitting 50.0 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from three and 90.9 percent at the line. He posted double-doubles vs. both top-ranked Tennessee and Texas A&M, pulling down a career best 15 rebounds, along with 17 points against the Vols, while playing a career high 39 minutes. He followed with 22 points and 14 rebounds – including five on the offensive glass – vs. A&M. He almost tallied a double-double in the second half alone, scoring 10 with nine rebounds over the final 20 minutes of action in the comeback win. It marked Silva's seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season and the first time this season he has posted double-doubles in consecutive contests.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell has been on a tear from 3-point range in conference contests, hitting 51.0 percent (25-49) from 3, including hitting 15-of-25 attempts (60.0%) over the course of the last five games. He's averaging 8.8 points and a team high 2.8 assists per game in SEC action.> Senior guard Hassani Gravett is having his best season in the Garnet and Black in 2018-19. The Villa Rica, Ga., native leads the Gamecocks with 50 3-pointers on the year, behind a team best 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. In his first two seasons combined at Carolina he was 43-of-156 (27.5%) FROM 3-point range.> After beginning league play with four-straight wins, the Gamecocks have traded wins and losses since. Carolina has gone 5-1 in its weekend SEC contests, most recently posting an 84-77 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Carolina has shot well overall, and from beyond the arc in league action, hitting 44.7 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from 3. The Gamecock defense has been strong in conference play, holding opponents to just 44.4 percent overall (seventh in the league), and just 33.8 percent from 3-point range (fifth). COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE > Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org. POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND > Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 25 GAMES... > The Gamecocks are 13-12 overall this season, with a 9-5 mark at home, a 3-6 record on the road and 1-1 in neutral-site matchups. > Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high 11 times this season, including his team best 23 in the win over A&M. > Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 16 games this season with multiple made 3-point baskets. > The Gamecocks are 6-2 when having 15 or more assists. > Carolina is 10-6 when making six or more 3-point baskets. > Senior forward Chris Silva has a team high 51 blocks, which already matches his career high for a season (51 in 37 games in 2016-17). > The Gamecocks are 10-3 when outrebounding their opponent, including a 6-0 mark when outrebounding opponents in SEC play. > Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the half. FRANK MARTIN > South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU. > Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000). > Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright. > Martin led team's are 103-99 (.509) all-time in league play. QUICK HITS > South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19. > Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations. > South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns. > South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round. > The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season. > Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18). > Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1. > Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate. SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS > It's a big one on Tuesday night in looking ahead to seeding for the upcoming SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Gamecocks and Rebels are locked in a tie for fourth place in the league standings with 8-4 records. > The Gamecocks are 5-1 in SEC home games and have won their last two at Colonial Life Arena (Arkansa, Texas A&M). > Three average double-figure points for Carolina, led by SEC Player of the Year candidate Chris Silva's 14.2 per game. That number jumps to 15.8 points per game in league play. > Rookie guard A.J. Lawson is also in double figures with 13.8 points per outing. He has a team high six 20-point scoring games this season. > In home games, Carolina averages 76.6 points per game, led by Silva's 15.6 points per game. > Seven active Gamecocks average at least 6.6 points or higher. > South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva. > Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward). SCOUTING THE REBELS > Ole Miss is led by head coach Kermit Davis in his first season with the Rebels and his 24th season overall as a head coach. He has never faced the Gamecocks before. > The Rebels ride a four-game win streak into Tuesday's meeting with Carolina, and have won two-straight on the road (at Georgia, Auburn). > Junior guard Breein Tyree (18.4) and senior forward terence Davis (15.6) are in double-figures in overall games this season. It's the same in league play, as those numbers rise to 19.2 and 15.7 points per game, respectively in conference contests. > One of Ole Miss' strengths is its free throw shooting, as the Rebels have hit 77.3 percent from the line this season, an SEC best (overall games). > Irmo native Devontae Shuler is averaging 9.7 points and a team high 1.9 steals per game this season. > Ole Miss is 5-3 overall on the road this season and 4-2 in league road games. COMING UP NEXT Carolina hits the road on Saturday, facing Mississippi State for the second time this season. Tip time in Starkville is set for 6 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. The Gamecocks posted an 87-82 overtime win over the 14th-ranked Bulldogs on Jan. 8 in Columbia.
  5. WATCH: Frank Martin Media Talking Monday February 18, 2019
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    Gamecocks And Aggies Meet Saturday Afternoon

    Gamecocks And Aggies Meet Saturday Afternoon Men's Basketball | 2/15/2019 |From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (12-12, 7-4 SEC) opens up a two-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8 SEC) at 1 p.m. Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina opens up a two-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M in the first meeting between the two schools this SEC regular season. The team's will face eachother again in College Station on March 5.> Despite a season high 14 3-point baskets, Carolina suffered an 85-73 loss on the road at top-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday night in Knoxville. Graduate student guard Tre Campbell was a flawless 5-of-5 from range, scoring a team high 19 points to go along with four assists, and senior big Chris Silva scored 17, while pulling down a career high 15 rebounds on the glass. It was Silva's seventh double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career.> Over the course of the last four games, Carolina has been on fire from 3-point range, hitting double-digit 3s in three of those contests, including a season high 14 vs. the Vols on Wednesday. During the stretch, the Gamecocks have connected on 40-of-71 from beyond the arc - 56.3 percent. Campbell (12-17), Gravett (10-17) and Lawson (8-14) have led the way for Carolina.> Senior forward Chris Silva continues to impress on both ends of the floor this season. With his 15 boards on Wednesday at Tennessee, he became just the seventh Gamecock all-time to have 800 rebounds, and just the second since the mid-80's (Michael Carrera (2012-16), 800 for his career). Silva continues to climb the blocked shots chart as well, he currently sits in sixth place with 172 for his career.> After beginning league play with four-straight wins, the Gamecocks have traded wins and losses since. Carolina has gone 4-1 in its weekend SEC contests, most recently posting a 77-65 win over Arkansas last Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Carolina has shot well overall, and from beyond the arc in league action, hitting 44.9 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from 3. The Gamecock defense has been strong in conference play, holding opponents to just 43.9 percent overall (fifth in the league), and just 33.2 percent from 3-point range (fourth). COACHES VS. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE> Frank Martin and the Gamecock men's basketball team has joined forces with the NABC and the American Cancer Society for the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which will take place during the month of February. During the month, every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make will help raise money to beat cancer. The 3-Point Challenge is a nationwide program that unites basketball teams and their fans for a common cause -- ending cancer. Fans can join the 3-Point Challenge and help beat cancer on the court by pledging a donation for every 3-pointer the Gamecocks make in February by visiting http://www.pledgeit.org/cvc19-south-carolina. During the month, Gamecock fans can keep up with the leaderboard at www.3pointchallenge.org.AUTISM SPEAKS COACHES POWERING FORWARD> South Carolina's staff will be wearing blue puzzle piece pins on their lapels during Saturday's contest vs. the Aggies as part of the Autism Speaks Coaches Powering Forward initiative. Autism Speaks Coaches Powering Forward was created in 2014 after NCAA Coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion embarked on a mission to raise awareness of autism. Autism currently affects 1 in every 59 children in the U.S and for most, is a lifelong condition.POWELL NAMED SEC LEGEND> Former South Carolina standout Carlos Powell has been named Carolina's 2019 SEC Legend. It was announced by the conference office on Friday, Feb. 15. Powell earned four letters in the Garnet and Black and ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,541 career points. He was part of Carolina's 2004 NCAA Tournament team, and helped the Gamecocks capture the 2005 Postseason NIT championship. His senior season he averaged 53.0 percent from the field, scoring 540 points and averaging 16.4 points per game. He led the Gamecocks in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior, while also leading the team in rebounds per game his final two campaigns. Following his career at Carolina, Powell has had a successful professional career on the hardwood. THROUGH 24 GAMES...> Carolina is 12-12 on the year, with an 8-5 mark at home, 3-6 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high 10 times> Senior forward Chris Silva has led or shared the team lead in scoring eight times, in rebounding 11 times, in blocks 17 times and he has 16 double-figure scoring games.> The Gamecocks are 4-2 this season in games decided by five points or less> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant paces the Gamecocks with a team high 22 dunks this season> In league games, Carolina is 5-0 when out-rebounding its opponent> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has 15 games with multiple 3-pointers this season> Lawson has five games with five or more assists, including an SEC season high of six at Tennessee on Wednesday> Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the half.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his seventh season leading the Gamecocks and 12th season overall as a head coach in 2018-19. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 11 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the seventh-highest (tied with Michigan's John Beilein) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Villanova's Jay Wright.> Martin led team's are 102-99 (.507) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-43 (.418) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> Carolina is currently tied for fourth in the SEC with Ole Miss, with each holding a 7-4 record in league play. The Gamecocks and Rebels meet next Tuesday in Columbia for the only matchup between the two schools this season.> South Carolina is 7-4 in games following a loss this season.> Senior forward Chris Silva is once again putting together an impressive resume in league play. He paces the Gamecocks with 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per league game. He's also averaging 61.2 percent from the floor and has hit 5-of-10 3-point attempts.> Seven of Carolina's eight players in a typical game rotation are averaging at least 40 percent from the field in league games this season.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell is providing 8.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 3-pointers per game in league action this season. Over the course of the last five games, he's hit 15-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc, 71.4 percent.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE AGGIES> The Aggies are 10-13 overall this season and 3-8 in league games.> After opening up league play at just 1-8, A&M has won its last two games, including a 73-56 home win over Georgia on Tuesday.> Three are averaging double-figures on the year, led by TJ Starks' 12.9 points per game. Wendell Mitchell (12.5) and Savion Flagg (11.7) are also in double figures.> A&M's league wins have come at Alabama, at Mizzou and vs. Georgia.> Flagg paces the squad with 7.6 rebounds per game.> As a team, the Aggies are averaging 43.9 percent from the field, but just 30.5 percent from 3-point range.> Mitchell paces the team with 14.4 points per SEC game.> Senior transfer, forward Christian Mekowulu led the team with 15 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Georgia on Tuesday.> In five SEC road games this season, A&M is averaging 73.2 points per game in those contests.COMING UP NEXTCarolina stays at home and welcomes Ole Miss to Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday night. Tip time vs. the Rebels is set for 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.
  7. It’s a 7-team race. Here’s why USC is best positioned for an SEC No. 4 seed February 15, 2019 If all conference tournaments ended Friday, South Carolina would be a No. 6 seed in the NIT. At least that’s the prediction from dratings.com, one of the few outlets that offers “bracketology” for college basketball’s second-tier postseason event. That wouldn’t be a bad outcome for a Gamecocks team that was 5-7 entering January. USC (12-12, 7-4 SEC) has rallied in conference action and now has a legitimate chance to be playing past the SEC Tournament for a third time in four years. After Carolina’s 85-73 loss at No. 1 Tennessee on Wednesday, the hard part seems over. There’s not a ranked opponent left on USC’s schedule. The Gamecocks host Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8) at 1 p.m. Saturday. “We gotta win out these games,” said senior guard Hassani Gravett. “We got real opportunities in front of us and we look forward to them.” While the Volunteers (11-0), LSU (10-1) and Kentucky (9-2) will fight for the title, there’s another race in the SEC where the Gamecocks sit in a favorable spot. South Carolina enters the weekend tied with Ole Miss for fourth place in the league standings. No. 4 is a coveted position because it means a double-bye in the conference tournament. The Gamecocks and Rebels, though, hold just a one-game lead on Alabama and a two-game lead on Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida. Of that group of seven, USC has the most favorable schedule. The combined SEC record of its final opponents is 28-49. Arkansas has the hardest final stretch of games, facing teams with a combined SEC record of 46-31. Team (SEC record)Combined SEC record of final seven opponents South Carolina (7-4)28-49 Ole Miss (7-4)39-38 Alabama (6-5)35-42 Mississippi State (5-6)35-42 Auburn (5-6)37-40 Arkansas (5-6)46-31 Florida (5-6)39-38 South Carolina has been consistent in beating the SEC opponents it should and falling to the league’s best this season, as all four losses have been to Tennessee, LSU and Kentucky. Should the Gamecocks stick with that pattern, they’re in good shape for this final month. Potential hurdles include three road games — at Mississippi State on Feb. 23, at Missouri on March 2 and at Texas A&M on March 5 — a flip in close game results and overall fatigue. USC, 5-1 in games decided by six points or fewer since Jan. 1, is down to an eight-man rotation after Evan Hinson’s departure. “(Alanzo Frink) and Felipe (Haase) both have to play some more,” Carolina coach Frank Martin, speaking on the impact of Hinson’s decision, told the Gamecock IMG Sports Network on Thursday night. “They both got to be available. And the guy that’s going to have to do more now is Maik Kotsar because that means Maik becomes an option at small forward for us.” Six Gamecocks logged at least 23 minutes Wednesday, including a career-high 39 for Chris Silva. GAME INFO Who: Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8 SEC) at South Carolina (12-12, 7-4) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area Series: Texas A&M leads 4-3 Last meeting: Feb. 3, 2018 — Texas A&M 83, South Carolina 60 KenPom prediction: South Carolina 75, Texas A&M 71 TEXAS A&M Coach: Billy Kennedy (358-290 in 21 seasons overall; eighth season at Texas A&M — 147-111) Projected starters: G Savion Flagg (11.7 points per game), G Wendell Mitchell (12.5), G Chris Collins (0.8), G Brandon Mahan (6.9), F Christian Mekowulu (8.2) Last game: Beat Georgia 73-56 on Tuesday at home KenPom ranking: 95 (No. 122 in offense efficiency, No. 100 in defense efficiency) NET: 81 SOUTH CAROLINA Coach: Frank Martin (242-156 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 125-102) Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.8), G A.J. Lawson (13.5), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.2), F Chris Silva (13.9), F Maik Kotsar (7.8) Last game: Lost to No. 1 Tennessee 85-73 on Wednesday in Knoxville KenPom ranking: 93 (No. 97 in offense efficiency, No. 107 in defense efficiency) NET: 97
  8. 73 South Carolina 12-12, 7-4 SEC 85 Tennessee 23-1, 11-0 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 36 37 73 Tennessee 49 36 85 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/13/2019 | By: STEVE MEGARGEE (Associated Press) | GCF Staff Report | GCF Staff Report Carolina Falls on the Road at No. 1 Tennessee, 85-73 Campbell scores 19, Silva finishes with 17 points and career-high 15 rebounds BOX SCORE POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Tennessee — 2/13/19 Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Texas A&M 2/16/2019 | 1 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Admiral Schofield had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Tennessee defeated South Carolina 85-73 on Wednesday for its school-record 19th consecutive victory. Tennessee owns the longest active winning streak of any active Division I team and is 11-0 in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time in school history. The Volunteers (23-1, 11-0 SEC) also earned their 23rd straight home win. Tennessee's last home loss was a 94-84 setback against Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018. South Carolina (12-12, 7-4) made a season-high 14 3-point baskets and shot 60.9 percent from beyond the arc but couldn't slow Tennessee's high-powered offense. Tennessee was 9 of 20 on 3-point attempts. Tennessee's superior accuracy from shorter range made the difference. Tennessee was 25 of 49, while South Carolina was just 12 of 40 on 2-pointers. Jordan Bowden scored 16 points for Tennessee. Kyle Alexander, Jordan Bone and Lamonte Turner added 10 points each. Grant Williams had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists with only one turnover. Tre Campbell had 19 points for South Carolina. Chris Silva provided 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Hassani Gravett added 15 points. Tennessee took command by going on a 26-6 run that turned a 15-12 deficit into a 38-21 advantage. The score was tied 15-all when Jalen Johnson hit a 3-pointer while getting fouled to start a four-point play that put Tennessee ahead for good. Tennessee reeled off 14 straight points later in that 26-6 stretch. The 14-0 spurt featured two dunks by Alexander and a 3-pointer from Bowden and Schofield.KEY STATS > Top-ranked Tennessee had a 40-33 advantage in the rebound column and outscored Carolina 38-16 in the paint. > Carolina shot it well from behind the arc, making a season-high 14 3s. The Gamecocks were just 12-of-40 (30 percent) inside the arc however.NOTABLES > Graduate transfer guard Tre Campbell scored a season-high 19 points. He was perfect from behind the arc (5-for-5) and his five 3s tied a single-game career high. > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett finished with 15 points in 31 minutes off the bench. He was 4-for-6 from 3-point range, marking his 15th game of the 2018-19 season with two or more 3s. > Senior forward Chris Silva played a career-high 39 minutes. He had 17 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds for his seventh (22nd career) double-double this season. > Freshman A.J. Lawson had nine points and led the team with six assists in 35 minutes of action. > Carolina's 61 percent (14-for-23) shooting from long-range marks the third time in SEC play it has shot 60 percent or better from deep. Tonight's percentage marks the fourth-highest in the Frank Martin era (minimum 10 attempts). > The 14 3s are the second-most under Martin in his tenure with the Gamecocks. Carolina made 15 3s at home in a nine-point win against No. 10 Auburn last season.UP NEXT Carolina opens up a two-game homestand when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the Aggies is set for 1p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) on the call.
  9. Gamecocks can’t match Tennessee’s firepower, fall to No. 1 Vols in Knoxville February 13, 2019 They crowded Admiral Schofield into a turnover on one possession, forced an air ball on the next and drew a foul on the next. The South Carolina Gamecocks knew what they were getting into Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. A main reason behind Tennessee’s No. 1 ranking was a roster stacked in offensive riches. The Volunteers, from Schofield on the wing to Grant Williams in the post to Jordan Boone on the perimeter, pose threats from every angle. But let the record state that USC made three consecutive stops Wednesday. It happened over a tiny stretch of the first half that easily gets lost in the Vols’ 85-73 win before an orange-clad crowd of over 20,000. South Carolina (12-12, 7-4 SEC) did a ton of things well Wednesday. It’s just that it needed a near-perfect performance to beat these Vols (23-1, 11-0). They’ve won 19 straight games because they don’t get fazed by a two-minute drought in a 40-minute game. It’s that kind of relentless pursuit that should serve UT well come the postseason. Five different Volunteers scored in double figures as they overcame a dazzling shooting performance by the Gamecocks. South Carolina made a season-best 14 3-pointers, but never were within single digits after the nine-minute mark of the first half. After being stopped three straight times, Tennessee exploded for a 15-3 run that established the game’s tone. The Volunteers over-powered the Gamecocks like they did in the first meeting, but they added new characters. Sixth man Jordan Bowdenm, who was injured for UT’s 92-70 win at Colonial Life Arena, had 16 points. Kyle Alexander, who fouled out in 10 minutes at CLA, had 10. Williams and Schofield, terrors in the first game, combined for 29. South Carolina was led by Tre Campbell’s 19 points. NEXT GAME Who: Texas A&M at South Carolina When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Colonial Life Arena TV: SEC Network
  10. USC has a blueprint to challenge No. 1 Tennessee. Can the Gamecocks execute it? February 13, 2019 THE STATE South Carolina on Wednesday will be the third team this season to get a second crack at No. 1 Tennessee. Missouri cut its margin of defeat by 12 points while Florida lost by more in its rematch with the Volunteers. USC coach Frank Martin spent Sunday bunkered in his office with assistant Bruce Shingler. The two watched again the Volunteers’ 92-70 win over the Gamecocks from last month. They’ve translated their notes to a scouting report and the Carolina players have prepared accordingly. So how will it impact the final result in Knoxville? Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) is given at least a 40 percent chance to win the remainder of its regular season games, according to KenPom.com. For Round 2 with USC, the Vols are given a 96 percent chance at victory. There’s a daunting challenge facing the Gamecocks (12-11, 7-3) at Thompson-Boling Arena. But at least there’s no mystery. USC knows exactly what it has to do better to have a shot at a stunning upset. The Jan. 29 experience gave the Gamecocks a blueprint. FINISH STRONG The 22-point loss masks the fact USC was within two with 13 minutes left. “We were locked in,” said Chris Silva. “We just had two mental breakdowns on defense that allowed them to go up.” Down 65-61 at the 10:44 mark, the Volunteers hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to begin their pull-away. It was a finish uncharacteristic of this Carolina team. Take the Tennessee contest out and the Gamecocks have outscored SEC opponents, 197-157, in the final 10 minutes of games. The Vols ended the Jan. 29 contest on a 21-9 run. “The wheels came off,” Martin said. “Missed shot, missed shot, missed shot. They score, score, score. So all of a sudden a four-point game becomes 14. And when it got away from us there, we never did a very good job of fighting to give us a chance coming down the stretch.” HIT JUMP SHOTS, A LOT OF THEM Keyshawn Bryant had 15 points in a half against Arkansas on Saturday. He failed to score against Tennessee. Hassani Gravett averages over two 3-pointers a game in SEC play. He didn’t make one against Tennessee. A.J. Lawson missed four 3s against the Volunteers and Felipe Haase didn’t attempt one. “When we made mistakes on the perimeter and they got open 3s,” Martin said, “they made them. When they made mistakes and we got open 3s, we missed them. “You’re not going to beat the No. 1 team in the country shooting layups. That’s the objective, but you gotta make jump shots. If you remember when we played Virginia, I said, ‘You’re going to beat Virginia, you gotta make 3s.’ If you’re going to beat Tennessee, you’re going to have to make your open perimeter shots. And you don’t have to make 100 percent of them — that would be nice — but you gotta make a good percentage of them.” Vanderbilt, which took the Vols to overtime on Jan. 23, made 10 of 21 of its 3-pointers against Tennessee. HELP A FRESHMAN Silva vs. Grant Williams was the featured matchup in Round 1 that lived up to the hype. Two of the SEC’s best post players put on a show, combining for 51 points and 19 rebounds. But where the Vols established their biggest edge was on the wing. Admiral Schofield (24 points, nine boards) dominated Bryant (no points, one board). The junior’s experience and size (238 pounds to Bryant’s 190) overwhelmed the rookie. Bryant hasn’t gotten much older since the last week of January. He certainly hasn’t gotten any bigger. Can the Gamecocks provide him with more assistance this time around? “It’s not just (Bryant),” Martin said. “It’s everybody that matches up with Schofield. He’s a hard matchup at the 3 for most people. So they understand what we try to do and we gotta fight to defend it a little bit better.” TURN SOMEONE INTO DUANE NOTICE Two years after he was a nonfactor against the Gamecocks in CLA (four points in an 82-55 Tennessee loss), Jordan Bone made his case as the most important player on the floor. UT’s junior was the equivalent of Schofield at point guard. Bone got anywhere he wanted to en route to a 19-point, nine-assist performance. “He got that ball downhill and into the paint way too easy and way too much,” Martin said. “That’s what he does. He came here as a freshman and there’s a guy named Duane Notice, who said ‘You’re not doing that.’ And he couldn’t do it. “He’s continued to get better. He’s fast. Our big guys have to do a better job of helping his matchup to keep him out of the paint.” The Volunteers scored 22 more points in the paint than the Gamecocks. NEXT GAME Who: South Carolina (12-11, 7-3 SEC) at No. 1 Tennessee (22-1, 10-0) When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Thompson-Boling Arena TV: SEC Network
  11. Take Chris Silva out, who do you trust getting a rebound? ‘Potluck,’ Frank Martin says February 12, 2019 THE STATE Shortly before Christmas, in a gym over 1,000 miles away from Colonial Life Arena, Wildens Leveque grabbed 20 rebounds to help Maine’s Gould Academy against Lee Academy. A few days later, eight South Carolina players not named Chris Silva totaled 24 boards in a loss to Clemson. Gould, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward, is signed as part of USC’s 2019 recruiting class. Perhaps he can step in right away and fix a likely issue facing the Gamecocks next season. Perhaps it takes him a while. Frank Martin can’t predict the future. The USC coach only knows what he sees now — a team that relies way too much on a senior to collect missed shots. “If anything kind of picks at my nerves a little bit on a consistent basis,” Martin said, “it’s that.” Silva is eight rebounds shy of becoming the seventh Gamecock in program history with 800 career boards. Such a feat could be achieved Wednesday when Carolina (12-11, 7-3 SEC) faces No. 1 Tennessee (22-1, 10-0) in Knoxville. But what will Maik Kotsar do on the glass against the Volunteers? Felipe Haase? Alanzo Frink? Martin was asked Monday which Gamecock he trusts most to get a rebound, Silva aside. His immediate response: “It’s potluck. ... Pretty much close my eyes and point. Whoever I point at has the same chance of anyone else on the team at getting the next rebound.” Later, he added: “Here I’ll surprise you, A.J. Lawson. He probably rebounds on the defensive end better than anybody but Chris.” Per Sports Reference, Silva leads South Carolina in rebounds per 40 minutes (11.1). No. 2 is the injured Justin Minaya (8.8) followed by Frink (8.2), Kotsar (8.0) and Haase (6.8). Kotsar, a three-year starter next to Silva in the frontcourt, is 6-11, 264 pounds. Yet the junior has fewer defensive rebounds in SEC play than guards Lawson and Hassani Gravett. Haase, a 6-9, 253-pounder, has six fewer than Kotsar. Related: The Gamecocks are No. 301 nationally in defensive rebound percentage, according to KenPom.com. That’s the worst of the Martin era. “That’s been disappointing to me,” Martin said. “Because that’s a desire thing, that’s a pride thing. Rebounding is a desire, it’s a pride thing. “You can coach it all you want. I can teach technique until I’m blue in the face. Some of the best rebounders I’ve ever coached couldn’t care less about technique. They figured out a way to go get the ball. And when they didn’t, you said, ‘Hey man, you gonna rebound?’ If they didn’t get it, somebody was being grabbed by the neck and being thrown to the ground because they took pride in rebounding. “That’s been the one thing that continues to tickle me in a negative way day-in and day-out.” South Carolina has been out-rebounded in four of its past six SEC games. The Gamecocks were minus-23 on the glass at Kentucky last Tuesday and minus-20 at LSU on Jan. 19. Putting himself aside, Silva referenced a different freshmen guard when asked for the Carolina player he trusts most to get a board. “I believe Maik can get a rebound, but I believe in Key,” Silva said of the 6-6 Bryant. “Key’s very aggressive regarding rebounds. ... How athletic he is, he always tries to put it back or come up with a defensive rebound.” Tennessee had 21 points off 13 offensive rebounds in its win over USC on Jan. 29. “We better rebound on Wednesday, I’ll tell you that,” Martin said. “We’re gonna have a long night in Knoxville if we don’t engage on the glass.”
  12. Gamecocks On The Road At Top-Ranked Tennessee Wednesday Men's Basketball | 2/12/2019 1:12:00 PM Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (12-11, 7-3 SEC) travels to face No. 1/1 Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) on Wednesday in Knoxville, marking the second meeting between the two schools this season. The Vols captured a 92-70 win in the first matchup on Jan. 29, in Columbia. Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Mark Wise (analyst) and Alyssa Lang (sidelines) will handle the call for the SEC Network broadcast.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 visiting http://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. COMING UP NEXTCarolina opens up a two-game homestand when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the Aggies is set for 1p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) on the call.
  13. Coach Martin provides an update on injured Gamecocks February 11, 2019 South Carolina’s 2018-19 basketball season summed up in six words: Nonconference losses, SEC wins, multiple injuries. The latter of those themes was brought up Monday during a news conference with Frank Martin at Colonial Life Arena. Two days after announcing Justin Minaya will be taking a medical redshirt, the Gamecocks coach said the same for Jason Cudd. Cudd, a sophomore center who hasn’t played since the win over North Greenville on Dec. 31, won’t be back this year because of a knee injury. He was hurt during a practice before USC’s win over Missouri on Jan. 13. “Cudd is off crutches,” Martin said. “He’s off crutches. He’s starting to move around. He’s not in a place where he’s jogging yet.” Cudd, a 7-footer from Socastee High, has logged 28 games in a Carolina uniform, but 23 of those came as a freshman. He has career averages of 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds. Cudd, Minaya and T.J. Moss are all officially out for the remainder of this season. Moss, a freshman point guard, suffered a high ankle sprain before the Virginia loss on Dec. 19. He’s also dealt with a foot injury that required surgery. “T.J.’s deal is like a five to six month thing for everything to completely heal where he’ll be allowed to get back out there,” Martin said of the former three-star prospect from Memphis. “But he’s close … he’s out of the cast, he’s in a boot now. He’s close to now being off that (scooter), where he can actually put his foot on the ground with the boot on. “We gotta be patient there.” Minaya, a starting swingman out since late November because of knee surgery, was thought to have a chance at returning this season. But when the final decision was made last Friday, it was the right one, Martin said. “Him going out there right now would be for one thing and one thing only — the University of South Carolina’s benefit,” Martin said. “That doesn’t benefit Justin Minaya in any way. So this allows him to catch his breath and not be in a rush to get out there and try to play in four games. Frank Martin News Conference — 2/11/19 Chris Silva News Conference — 2/11/19
  14. Bryant, Lawson spark South Carolina’s comeback win over Arkansas February 09, 2019 In a sloppy game, South Carolina found beautiful moments. Hassani Gravett grabbed a rebound, whipped an pass to midcourt for A.J. Lawson, who knew what was coming. He had a 2-on-1 break and the his open teammate was Keyshawn Bryant. Alley-oop. Colonial Life Arena rocked as it briefly forget the ugliness the Gamecocks flashed for large chunks of the contest with Arkansas. USC wasn’t perfect against the Razorbacks. It committed numerous turnovers and made some poor decisions, but it managed another SEC home win. Take a bow, Lawson and Bryant. USC’s electric freshmen willed the Gamecocks to a 77-65 win over Arkansas. The rookies combined for 41 points as South Carolina (12-11 overall) improved to 7-3 in the SEC. Arkansas dropped to 14-9 and 5-5 in the league. The Gamecocks trailed this game by 13 points in the second half before Lawson and Bryant spurred a 22-4 run — stamped by the oop — that put them up five. When Arkansas rallied back to tie things at 59, it was Bryant who scored Carolina’s next six points. He finished with 17. Lawson had 24. The duo totaled 31 of USC’s 45 second half points. Prior to Saturday’s tip, Frank Martin voiced his concerns about the randomness to Arkansas’ defense. The Razorbacks weren’t a threat in the way Kentucky was to USC a game earlier. Instead of physicality, Arkansas presented a mystery. The Hogs would press, trap and zone, affecting an offense’s flow. That all proved true in the first half as the Gamecocks committed 15 turnovers that the Razorbacks turned into 16 points. But despite the ugliness, USC was only down four at the break. The Razorbacks, playing a good chunk of the half without All-SEC big man Daniel Gafford (foul trouble), had enough offensive lulls to keep Carolina around. Arkansas led by 12 with 7:47 left, but was outscored 17-9 through the first half buzzer.
  15. 65 Arkansas 14-9, 5-5 SEC 77 South Carolina 12-11, 7-3 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Arkansas 35 30 65 South Carolina 31 46 77 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/9/2019 | By: JEFFREY COLLINS (Associated Press) | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Freshmen Duo Leads South Carolina to 77-65 Win Over Arkansas A.J. Lawson (16) and Keyshawn Bryant (15) combined for 31 second half points HIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas — 2/9/19 POSTGAME: A.J. Lawson, Keyshawn Bryant on Arkansas — 2/9/19 POSTGAME: Frank Martin on Arkansas — 2/9/19 BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Tennessee 2/13/2019 | 6:30 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina freshmen A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant live together as roommates. And they are getting to know what the other one is getting ready to do on the court. That connection helped the Gamecocks (12-11, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) overcome a 13-point second half deficit and beat Arkansas 77-65 on Saturday. The Gamecocks remain the SEC's biggest surprise in fourth place after going 5-8 in nonconference play. Lawson and Bryant scored 31 of South Carolina's 46 second-half points. Lawson started things with back-to-back 3-pointers after Arkansas went up 50-37 with 15:30 to go. Bryant then added some slashing drives. And when Lawson found Bryant soaring for an alley-oop, the Gamecocks were up 59-54 with 8:45 left and Colonial Life Arena was as loud as it has been this season. ''When he started doing something, I started doing something,'' Bryant said. Arkansas (14-9, 5-5) had one last run, taking a 61-59 lead with six minutes left. But Lawson, Bryant and senior Chris Silva helped South Carolina end the game on an 18-4 run. The Gamecocks made 16 of their last 22 shots. ''They did a good job of attacking us,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ''And we had a few guys who were spent.'' Jalen Harris led Arkansas with 17 points, while Mason Jones added 15 points. With Jones' early 3-pointer, Arkansas has hit a 3-pointer in each of its last 1,000 games, the fifth-longest streak in the country. UNLV is tops at 1,067 games. KEY STATS> Carolina's freshman duo of A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant couldn't miss in the second half, combining for 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (66.7 percent). > The Gamecocks, who shot 54.2 percent for the game (26-for-48), were 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) in the final 20 minutes.> Carolina had just six turnovers in the second half after coughing the ball up 15 times in the first half. The Razorbacks had 16 points off those turnovers in half one, and just two points off turnovers the last 20 minutes.NOTABLES> Lawson finished with 24, one-point shy of matching his career-high. His eight field goals matched a career high for the fourth time and his four 3s marked a new career high. Lawson also had seven rebounds and three assists.> Bryant exploded in the second half, scoring 15 of his 17 points thanks to 7-of-9 shooting. > Senior big man Chris Silva, who had some big buckets down the stretch, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He was clutch at the free throw line per usual, going 8-for-10. > The Gamecock defense held Arkansas to below 40 percent shooting for the first time in the Razorbacks last eight games.> Carolina held Arkansas scoreless the final 3:11, finishing the game on a 10-0 run. It marked the third impressive finish on the defensive end in league play for the Gamecocks (held Florida scoreless final 7:17 and Auburn the final 4:01).> The Gamecocks were 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) from behind the arc, the third best 3-point percentage in the Frank Martin era. Carolina was 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) in a road win at Georgia last Saturday, the second-best percentage from deep under Martin.UP NEXTCarolina is back on the road next Wednesday, set for its second meeting with top-ranked Tennessee in a 15-day span. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network in Knoxville with tip set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
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    Gamecocks Host Arkansas On Legends Weekend

    Gamecocks Host Arkansas On Legends Weekend Men's Basketball | 2/8/2019 |From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (11-11, 6-3 SEC) is set to host Arkansas (14-3, 5-4 SEC) on Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. It is Carolina's annual Legends Weekend, and all Gamecock Legends will be honored at halftime of the matchup, along with a special recognition for longtime equipment manager Mac Credille, who retired in January. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network.STARTING FIVE> Saturday's contest vs. Arkansas marks the annual Legends Weekend matchup for South Carolina. Former Gamecock men's basketball players, coaches, managers and support staff are invited back to participate in weekend activities, which includes a Friday night reception, a Tip-Off Club meeting, attending practice and more. All Legends in attendace will be honored at halftime.> Also at halftime, South Carolina will hold a special recognition for longtime equipment manager Mac Credille, who retired from the University after over four decades of service in January. Mac started his career working in the P.E. department in 1973, before moving to football and then basketball in 1993.> South Carolina suffered a road loss at No. 5/5 Kentucky on Tuesday night, falling to the Wildcats 76-48. Senior forward Chris Silva was in foul trouble for the majority of the contest, playing just 15 minutes. The Gamecocks started out hot from the field, thanks to a 3-of-3 start from 3-point range from graduate student guard Tre Campbell. However, UK held an 11-point advantage at halftime and the Gamecocks were unable to overcome the deficit.> Campbell has been on fire from beyond the arc over the course of the last three games, as he has hit 9-of-13 (69.2%) during the stretch. He has hit a trio of 3s vs. Tennessee, at Georgia and at Kentucky. On the year, he is averaging 6.4 points per game.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.THROUGH 22 GAMES...> The Gamecocks are 11-11 overall this season, which includes a 7-5 record at home, a 3-5 mark on the road and a 1-1 mark in neutral-site matchups> Senior forward Chris Silva paces Carolina in points (13.6), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (2.0) per game> Carolina is 5-3 this season in the next game following a loss> The Gamecocks hold a +1.1 turnover margin> Senior guard Hassani Gravett has hit a team high 39 3-pointers, A.J. Lawson has 32 and Tre Campbell has 30> Silva paces the Gamecocks with 54 offensive rebounds, 2.5 per game> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has led or shared the team lead in scoring a team high nine times> Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the halfFRANK 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 101-98 (.507) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-42 (.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> The Gamecocks look to avoid back-to-back losses on Saturday vs. Arkansas, after suffering a loss at No. 5/5 Kentucky on Tuesday.> Silva paces the Gamecocks in scoring in league play with 15.0 points per game, but the senior was held to just four points in 15 minutes at UK due to early foul trouble.> In SEC action, Carolina is averaging 44.5 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range.> Over the course of the last five games, Silva has scored a team best 19.6 points per outing, followed by Lawson with 11.8. As a team, Carolina is averaging 70.8 points per game, but opponents 79.8.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson paces Carolina with 1.2 steals per game this season.> 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 RAZORBACKS> Arkansas is one of the hotter teams in the SEC of late, currently riding a four-game SEC win streak, which includes home wins over Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt, and a road win at LSU.> Head coach Mike Anderson is in his eighth season at Arkansas.> Standout forward Daniel Gafford paces the Hogs in points (16.9), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.0) per game (overall games). In SEC play, he also paces the squad with 16.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per outing.> In the team's most recent win over Vanderbilt, Gafford scored 28, along with nine rebounds to lead the team in both categories.> Isaiah Joe (14.2) and Mason Jones (13.7) also average double figures for Arkansas. Joe leads the team from 3-point range, with 79 on the year, behind a 44.4 percent average from beyond the arc. His percentage ranks second in the SEC and his makes per game from 3 (3.6) lead the league.> Arkansas is third in the SEC with 8.1 steals per outing, as four average at least 1.0 steal per contest.> Jalen Harris is fifth in the league with 5.8 assists per game. In the win over Vandy, he had three helpers.COMING UP NEXTCarolina is back on the road next Wednesday, set for its second meeting with top-ranked Tennessee in a 15-day span. UT won the first meeting between the two schools in Columbia. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network in Knoxville.
  17. Can USC basketball earned a top-4 seed at the SEC Tournament? The opportunity exists February 07, 2019 At halftime of South Carolina’s game at Georgia last Saturday, USC assistant coach Chuck Martin pointed to what was written on a dry erase board in the visitors locker room. “5-2,” he told the Gamecocks. “You earned the right to be 5-2.” He then added two more numbers. “Let’s get to 6-2,” Martin continued. “You’re fighting for second place, man. You’re right there.” Carolina went out and turned a five-point halftime advantage into a six-point win over the Bulldogs, keeping its good spot in the SEC standings. The Gamecocks are cognizant of where they stand heading into the second half of the SEC season. Tuesday’s loss to No. 5 Kentucky was damaging by score — the 28-point margin was USC’s worst since taking a 77-43 drumming by the Wildcats on Feb. 14, 2015 — but not much beyond that. It’s clear that the SEC is mainly a three-team race at the top — and then everyone else. South Carolina, at 6-3, leads the pack after nationally ranked Tennessee (9-0), Kentucky (8-1) and LSU (8-1). It’s also clear that the Gamecocks aren’t close to the level of the Volunteers, Wildcats or Tigers. They’re 0-3 against that tier, dropping games by an average of 24 points. But finishing fourth place in the league and getting a double-bye for the SEC Tournament is a realistic goal. The combined SEC record for USC’s first nine league opponents is 41-40. The last nine? 33-48. Opportunity exists for Frank Martin’s program to get double-digit SEC wins for the third time in four years. That’s the same standard to get the Gamecocks (11-11 overall) in some form of the postseason for the third time in four years. A peek at what remains: ARKANSAS (5-4), SATURDAY The Razorbacks have quietly turned things around after a slow start to 2019. They’ve won four straight SEC games, including a 90-89 thriller in Baton Rouge that broke LSU’s 18-game home win streak. Arkansas is 38-20 all-time in February under Mike Anderson. It’s taken the last three matchups with the Gamecocks. But this game is at Colonial Life Arena, where USC has been tough to beat in SEC play. Chris Silva is averaging 19.3 points and 8.9 rebounds over the last seven home games. The senior’s performance is always critical, but particularly with Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford (a combined 51 points and 17 rebounds his last two games) on the other side. South Carolina’s win probability*: 46 percent AT TENNESSEE (9-0), FEB. 13 The Volunteers turned a close game into a rout of the Gamecocks in their Jan. 29 meeting. Tennessee is a legitimate national championship contender that has won all but one home game by at least 13 points. After USC, the Volunteers face Kentucky in the league’s most anticipated matchup of the season. Perhaps Carolina can catch the Vols looking ahead? South Carolina’s win probability*: 4 percent TEXAS A&M (1-8), FEB. 16 While South Carolina likely enters this game coming off a loss, the Aggies could be coming in with a little momentum. Texas A&M gets fellow league cellar-dwellers Missouri and Georgia before it arrives at CLA. TAMU, though, is 2-6 away from College Station this season. South Carolina’s win probability*: 66 percent OLE MISS (5-4), FEB. 19 Staying in the top four of the SEC requires those immediately behind the Gamecocks to stay away. This makes the home games with the Razorbacks, Rebels and Alabama all that more important. Ole Miss has cooled off considerably since a 13-3 start and a Top 25 ranking. It had dropped five of six games before beating Texas A&M on Wednesday. South Carolina’s win probability*: 42 percent AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-5), FEB. 23 Will Justin Minaya be back by now? A final decision on the injured sophomore’s status could come any day. More than likely, he takes a medical redshirt and isn’t available for key road games such as this one. Carolina isn’t a deep team and this contest would be No. 27 for freshmen Keyshawn Bryant and A.J. Lawson. How are they holding up at this point? South Carolina got a career night from Maik Kotsar to beat the Bulldogs in the first matchup, but the junior hasn’t scored more than nine points since. MSU is 10-2 at home this year. South Carolina’s win probability*: 14 percent ALABAMA (5-4), FEB. 26 The Tide is an interesting study. On one hand, it’s the only SEC team to beat Kentucky and give Tennessee a game in Knoxville. On the other, it’s lost to Texas A&M and got blown out by Auburn. This might be the biggest toss-up game left on Carolina’s schedule. South Carolina’s win probability*: 43 percent AT MISSOURI (2-7), MARCH 2 Should USC take care of business at home, the Gamecocks are 10-5 in the SEC entering a very winnable final three games. Carolina beat the Tigers in early January thanks to Silva dominating in wake of Jeremiah Tilmon’s foul issues. It’s not crazy to think the opposite could take place in the rematch. But if Silva stays on the floor and again dominates his post matchup, the Gamecocks are in good shape. If not, a winnable road game turns into a tall task. South Carolina’s win probability*: 33 percent AT TEXAS A&M (1-8), MARCH 5 The Gamecocks lost in College Station by 23 points last season, but that A&M roster featured All-SEC picks Tyler Davis and Robert Williams in the frontcourt. South Carolina’s win probability*: 41 percent GEORGIA (1-8), MARCH 9 South Carolina gets to close a regular season at home for the first time in 14 years. It’s Senior Day for Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell as the Gamecocks will try for a sixth straight win over the Bulldogs — and, perhaps, a top-4 SEC seed. Georgia, as of Feb. 7, is still seeking a road SEC win. South Carolina’s win probability*: 63 percent *According to KenPom.com’s calculations
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    Gamecocks Fall at No. 5 Kentucky

    South Carolina 11-11, 6-3 76 Kentucky 19-3, 8-1 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 28 20 48 Kentucky 39 37 76 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/5/2019 9:08:00 PM | By: GARY B. GRAVES (Associated Press) Gamecocks Fall at No. 5 Kentucky Carolina shoots under 40 percent for the first time in SEC play Feb. 06, 2019 | GCF Staff Report Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Arkansas 2/9/2019 | 3:30 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- PJ Washington scored 20 points, and No. 5 Kentucky routed South Carolina, 76-48, victory Tuesday night for its ninth consecutive victory. The Wildcats (19-3, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) shot just 41 percent but held the Gamecocks to just 28 percent in the second half and 36 percent overall. It was the seventh time in eight games they've held an opponent below 40 percent. Kentucky outscored Carolina 17-4 over the final 5:14 to lead 39-28 at the break and stretched its advantage to as many as 28 with just under five minutes remaining. Washington fell short of his fourth consecutive double-double but posted his fourth 20-point game in the past five. Tyler Herro, Reid Travis each added 11 points for the Wildcats. EJ Montgomery came off the bench to post career highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double. Kentucky dominated South Carolina 50-27 on the glass and forced 19 turnovers leading to 26 points. The Wildcats stayed within a game of the conference lead in the process and improved to 28-2 at home against the Gamecocks (11-11, 6-3 SEC). A.J. Lawson and Tre Campbell each had 12 points for South Carolina.KEY STATS> Kentucky outrebounded the Gamecocks 50-27, with 21 boards on the offensive end of the floor.> The Wildcats also scored 26 points off 19 South Carolina turnovers.NOTABLES> Graduate transfer guard Tre Campbell and freshman guard A.J. Lawson were the only Gamecocks to finish in double figures, each scoring 12 points.> Campbell went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and is 9-for-13 (69 percent) from deep the past three games.> Carolina shot 36 percent (19-for-53), marking its first time shooting below 40 percent in SEC play.UP NEXTSouth Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, welcoming in Arkansas. Tip is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. It's Legends Weekend for the Gamecocks and longtime equipment manager Mac Credille, who retired in January, will be honored at halftime of the game.
  19. Gamecocks Battle Wildcats Tuesday At Rupp Arena Men's Basketball | 2/4/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (11-10, 6-2) travels to face No. 5/5 Kentucky (18-3, 7-1 SEC) on Tuesday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, marking the fourth top-five opponent the Gamecocks will have faced already this season. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Wildcats, with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network. STARTING FIVE > Carolina looks for its fourth SEC road win on Tuesday when it travels to face No. 5/5 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The meeting is the only between the two former SEC East foes this year, and it marks the third top-five opponent the Gamecocks have faced this season. > The Gamecocks look for their third road win in the history of the series on Tuesday. The last Carolina win at Rupp came on Jan. 31, 2009, behind a turnaround jumper from Gamecock great Devan Downey with three seconds remaining in the contest. The only other Carolina win in Lexington came in a 72-66 overtime contest on March 2, 1997, a win which captured the outright SEC title for Carolina. BJ McKie's 22 points, anchored by a 13-of-14 mark at the free throw line, led the Gamecocks in the win.> Carolina won its third SEC road game of the season, and held steady in fourth place in the league standings with a wire-to-wire 86-80 win at Georgia last Saturday. Senior forward Chris Silva was dominant, especially in the opening half, sharing game-high honors with rookie guard A.J. Lawson, as the duo scored 19 points each. The Gamecocks shot 56.9 percent from the field, including an 11-of-16 (68.8%) mark from 3-point range, with Tre Campbell, Hassani Gravett and Felipe Haase each connecting on a trio of 3s in the win.> Senior forward Chris Silva has been a force in league play to date. He paces the Gamecocks with 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest. He's also averaging 65.1 percent from the field, and 79.3 percent from the line (46-58), along with three double-doubles. In SEC road contests, Silva is averaging 11.5 points per outing.> In last season's victory over the Wildcats, Silva led three Gamecocks in double figures with a then-career high 27 points, hitting nine shots from the field and nine at the stripe. The Carolina defense forced 16 Kentucky turnovers, turning those into 15 points on the opposite end. Holding UK to just 1-of-11 from 3-point range was another key in the victory, which broke a string of four-straight Wildcat wins in the series.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.THROUGH 21 GAMES...> Carolina is 11-10, which includes a 7-5 mark at home, a 3-4 record on the road and a 1-1 mark in neutral site matchups> The Gamecocks are 2-3 against ranked opponents this season, with wins over No. 14/14 Mississippi State and No. 16/15 Auburn> Carolina is 4-2 in games decided by five points or less> The Gamecocks are 4-1 playing on Tuesday's> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson and senior forward Chris Silva have led or shared the team lead in scoring eight times each this season> Silva has 12 games with two or more blocks> Gravett has 12 games with multiple 3-pointers this season and leads Carolina with 39 on the year> Rookie forward Keyshawn Bryant's 19 dunks on the year are a team high> Carolina is 8-2 this season when leading at the halfFRANK 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 101-97 (.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 31-41 (.430) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> Senior forward Chris Silva was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by both the media and coaches; and also named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List, the Naismith Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS> Carolina looks for its seventh SEC win of the season on Tuesday at Kentucky. Should the Gamecocks win, it would be just the 10th time Carolina would hit the seven-win mark since joining the SEC for the 1992 campaign.> Carolina's NET is listed at 103 (as of Feb. 4) and the Gamecocks have five combined Q1 and Q2 wins. South Carolina's strength of schedule is listed at 21.> Senior forward Chris Silva paces Carolina in several categories, including points (14.1), rebounds (7.0), and blocked shots (2.0) per game, and also in total free throws made (102) and attempted (136).> Over the course of the last five games, Silva paces Carolina with 20.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per outing. Gravett is averaging 2.2 3-pointers made as well.> Also over the last five, Gamecock opponents have hit just 29.1 percent from 3-point range (32-110).> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell has hit a trio of 3s in each of his last two outings, and also dished a career best seven assists (against just two turnovers) in the road win at Georgia.> Of Carolina's roster, only Silva, Gravett, Kotsar and Hinson have played at Rupp Arena during their career. > 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 WILDCATS> Kentucky is 18-3 on the season, and the Wildcats are 12-0 at home.> Head coach John Calipari is in his 10th season at Kentucky.> UK rides an eight-game win streak into Tuesday's matchup, with their last loss coming in the SEC opener at Alabama on Jan. 5.> In homes games, Kentucky averages 80.6 points per game.> Four average double-figures on the year, led by Keldon Johnson's 14.2 per game. Tyler Herro (13.5), PJ Washington (13.5) and graduate transfer Travis Reid (12.0) are also in double digits.> Washington was named the SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after leading the team in road wins at Vanderbilt and Florida last week. He averaged 20.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and two assists per game during the stretch.> Kentucky holds a +9.3 rebound margin over its opponents, and Washington's 8.4 rebounds per game are a team high.COMING UP NEXTCarolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Arkansas on Legends Weekend. Tip time for that contest is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Longtime Gamecock equipment manager, Mac Credille, who retired in January will be honored on Saturday at halftime.
  20. Chris Silva, Gamecocks hold on to beat Georgia, move to 6-2 in the SEC February 02, 2019 ATHENS, GA. Chris Silva sprinted to the scorer’s table and hardly slowed on his turn toward the court. He barely slapped hands with Alanzo Frink before officially replacing the freshman and giving South Carolina stability again. The Gamecocks aren’t a deep team, but they’re a capable one when their best player is available. USC beat Georgia, 86-80, on Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum to improve to 11-10 overall and 6-2 in the SEC. Silva had 19 points and six rebounds. Carolina, up by as many as 15 in the first half, never trailed in this game. It only looked vulnerable when Silva was watching from the bench. Georgia had cut the advantage to five with 7:28 left when Frank Martin gave his senior the look. The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder rose without hesitation and checked back in, despite three fouls. USC was up 10 less than three minutes later. Silva’s mere presence helped an open 3 for Hassani Gravett at the 4:52 mark that made it an 80-70 game. Gravett hit another two minutes later to make it 83-75. The Gamecocks shot 69 percent from deep, including three in a row from Felipe Haase in the middle of the second half to give Carolina a 13-point lead. But Georgia never went away. Two free throws by Turtle Jackson with 1:06 left cut things to 83-80. On USC’s ensuing possession, Silva help keep alive an offensive rebound that was collected by A.J Lawson near mid-court. He was fouled and made both FTs to put Carolina up five. Lawson made one more with 4.7 seconds left to stamp the final score. The freshman had 19 points. South Carolina led by as many as 15 in the first half before the previously cold-shooting Bulldogs caught fire with Silva on the bench. After missing 19 of its first 23 field goal attempts, Georgia made nine of its last 12 to cut USC’s advantage to 45-40 at the break. Over that seven-minute stretch, Silva logged just 14 seconds of action. The All-SEC forward got a blow at the 9-minute mark with the Gamecocks up 10. When he returned over six minutes later — and with USC up 40-31 — he quickly picked up his second foul. He sat the remainder of the period. Georgia closed within five with 1.8 seconds left thanks to Nicolas Claxton’s free throw following an A.J. Lawson shooting foul with 1.8 seconds left. NEXT GAME Who: South Carolina at Kentucky When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky TV: SEC Network
  21. 86 S. Carolina 11-10, 6-2 80 Georgia 10-11, 1-7 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F S. Carolina 45 41 86 Georgia 40 40 80 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 2/2/2019 | By: BLAKE GILES (Associated Press) | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks beat Georgia to go 6-2 in SEC play up next No. 7 Kentucky on the road Gamecocks shot 65.2 percent in the second half (15-for-23 FG, 5-for-5 from 3) Next Game: at Kentucky 2/5/2019 | 7 P.M. SEC Network BUY TICKETS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A.J. Lawson and Chris Silva scored 19 points apiece as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-80 win over Georgia on Saturday. Derek Ogbeide led Georgia (10-11, 1-7 SEC) with 16 points. Tyree Crump added 14. The Gamecocks (11-10, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) never trailed, but had to fight off repeated comeback attempts by Georgia. The last one climaxed when a pair of free throws by Georgia's William Jackson made the score 83-80 with just 1:06 to play, but the Bulldogs could not get the rebound off a missed shot by Carolina's Hassan Gravett. Georgia fouled Lawson, who hit two free throws. Georgia then missed three 3-point attempts on its next possession and ran out of time. South Carolina scored the first seven points of the game and built a 14-4 lead when Lawson hit a 3-pointer from the corner at 14:02 of the first half. It was 22-8 by the time Silva scored on a breakaway dunk with 9:39 to play in the half. The Gamecocks' man-to-man defense was stifling. All of Georgia's first eight points were second-chance points. The Bulldogs had failed to generate a point off its offense until 9:00 to play when Okbeide hit two free throws after being fouled on a drive. The Gamecocks briefly pushed the first-half lead to 15 on another 3 by Lawson with 6:42 to play. It was still a 14-point lead with 3:27 to go in the half after a 3 by Tre Campbell. But Georgia scored nine straight points, capped by an acrobatic tip-in by Jordan Harris with 1:47 to play for cut the margin to 40-35. It was 45-40 at halftime. Jackson opened the second half for Georgia with a 3-pointer to cut the margin to two points, but the Bulldogs could get no closer. South Carolina's lead expanded and contracted until 6-9 sophomore forward Felipe Haase nailed three straight 3s in 95 seconds to make it 69-56 with 9:41 to play, prompting a Georgia timeout. Georgia did not rally immediately. The Bulldogs were still down 10 with 4:09 to play, but cut it to five on another acrobatic tip by Harris with 3:07 to go. Gravett, a Georgia native, hit a step-back 3 with 2:41 to play, which proved to be the Gamecocks' last field goal. KEY STATS > South Carolina shot 56.9 percent (33-for-58) and was 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) in the second half alone on Saturday. The hot shooting day was the fifth highest field goal percentage in the Frank Martin era. > The Gamecocks were 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from 3, the second-highest percentage under Martin at Carolina since the team shot 73.3 percent (11-for-15) vs. Auburn on March 12, 2014. > South Carolina built a 15-point lead in the first half, holding Georgia to 3-of-19 (16 percent) shooting the first 11 minutes. NOTABLES > Senior Chris Silva had 19 points and six rebounds, his 12th double-figure outing in the last 14 games. > Freshman A.J. Lawson also tied with Silva for a game-high 19 points. The Toronto, Ontario, native had a team-high seven rebounds in 34 minutes. His 19 points mark his second highest scoring output in eight SEC games (had 24 in win at Vanderbilt (1/16/19). > Redshirt senior guard Hassani Gravett had 13 off the bench. The Villa Rica, Ga., native went 3-of-4 from behind the arch in his return to his home state. Gravett now has 13 games this season with multiple 3s. > Freshman Keyshawn Bryant also finished in double-figures with 11 in 30 minutes. > Graduate transfer point guard Tre Campbell had nine points (3-of-5 from 3) and a career-high seven assists. > Sophomore forward Felipe Haase had nine points (3-for-4 from deep). The Osorno, Chile, native went on a 9-0 run all by himself, putting Carolina up 13, 69-56, with 9:42 to go after making three consecutive shots from deep. > The Gamecocks improve to 8-1 during the 2018-19 season when scoring 80 or more points. UP NEXT South Carolina travels to No. 7/6 Kentucky next Tuesday for its lone matchup of the season vs. the Wildcats. The Gamecocks are seeking their first win at Rupp Arena since 2009. The conference clash will be broadcast on the SEC Network and will tip at 7 p.m. ET with Tom Hart (pxp) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) on the call.
  22. Gamecock men's basketball team still has a viable path to NCAA bid February 01, 2019 So they lost, probably an expected result considering the opponent, and limp into Georgia on a two-game losing streak. At 10-10, South Carolina can’t afford to look at potential postseason possibilities, just as much as they couldn’t afford to when they were 10-8. It’s still faintly glowing, but finishing in the top half of the SEC is the ticket toward lighting the room. The Gamecocks pick up that path Saturday at Georgia. USC remains in fourth place in the league, a game back of Kentucky and ahead of Ole Miss, Alabama and Florida (with a tiebreaker over Alabama). A top-four finish in the league would mean a double-bye in the SEC tournament, which would be a large advantage. On selection weekend, the sooner a team stops getting discussed, the worse it’s going to be. With a top-four finish in the conference, the Gamecocks wouldn’t even start play in the SEC tournament until Friday, and one win gets them to Saturday. Win that one, and it’s anybody’s ballgame Sunday; and if they win Sunday, nobody can keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. Every game from here until the end is to make it as advantageous as they can to win that final weekend. The only way to do that is to win the next game, then go win the one after. They won’t be replaying Tennessee on Saturday (although they’ll have to face the Volunteers again over the next month). Georgia is also a 10-10 team but a mere 1-6 in the league. What does USC have to do to win? Play defense.
  23. Men's Hoops On The Road At Georgia Saturday Afternoon Men's Basketball | 2/1/2019 | GCF Staff Report | From USC Sports Information Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TWITTER UPDATES COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (10-10, 5-2 SEC) begins a two-game road swing when it travels to face Georgia (10-10, 1-6 SEC) on Saturday afternoon in Athens. Tip time for the matchup between the former SEC East foes is set for 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network with Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) on the call.STARTING FIVE> South Carolina looks to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday when it travels to face Georgia in Athens. The meeting is the first of two between the two schools this season, as UGA will make the return trip to Columbia on March 9 for Senior Day at Colonial Life Arena.> It'll be a sideline reunion for Gamecock assistant Chuck Martin, who served as an assistant coach for Tom Crean for three seasons at Indiana (2014-17). During those three campaigns, the Hoosiers advanced to two NCAA Tournaments and captured the 2016 Big Ten title.> Senior forward Chris Silva put together another standout performance against top-ranked Tennessee on Tuesday. 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, and second straight at home. Silva paces the Gamecocks in overall games with 13.9 points per contest, and also in league play, with 16.0 points per game.> Carolina has won four-straight in the series against the Bulldogs, this coming after UGA had won the four previous meetings. The Gamecocks have also won three of the last four meetings at Stegeman.> Graduate student guard Tre Campbell connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the matchup against Tennessee on Tuesday, marking his eighth game of the season with multiple makes from beyond the arc. In SEC contests, he has hit 10-of-24 atttempts (41.7%) from 3-point range.> Carolina's lone Georgia native, senior guard Hassani Gravett, is having his best year in the Garnet and Black from a statistical standpoint. He's one of three averaging double-figures at 11.1 per contest, and that number improves to 13.4 points per SEC game. He's also Carolina's top 3-point threat, as he has hit a team high 36 3-pointers, he has 12 games with multiple made 3s, and he is also 41-of-48 (84.6%) at the free throw line.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.THROUGH 20 GAMES...> The Gamecocks are 10-10 this season overall, which includes a 7-5 mark at home, a 2-4 record on the road an a 1-1 mark at neutral sites. > Both of Carolina's road wins have come in SEC play, at Florida and at Vanderbilt.> Senior forward Chris Silva paces Carolina with 13.9 points per outing. He has 13 double-figure scoring games this season, six double-doubles and 11 games with two or more blocks.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson adds 13.0 points per game. He has led or shared the team lead in scoring for the Gamecocks seven times, and in assists 12 times.> The Gamecocks are 7-1 when scoring 80 or more points, but just 1-6 when scoring 69 or less.> As a team, the Gamecocks have taken 15 charges on the year, led by Silva's eight.> The Gamecocks have connected on eight or more 3-point attempts seven times this season, holding a 5-2 record in those games.> Carolina is 7-2 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 100-97 (.507) all-time in league play.QUICK HITS> South Carolina is in its 111th season of varsity basketball in 2018-19.> Gamecock head coach Frank Martin is joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Perry Clark (6th season), Bruce Shingler (3rd season) and Chuck Martin (2nd season). Andy Assaley is in his seventh season as the director of operations.> South Carolina is one of 13 DI schools nationally that have two or more former DI coaches serving as an assistant coach. Perry Clark served as the head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Chuck Martin was the head coach at Marist for five campaigns.> South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tounament win since the 1973 campaign when it talied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.> The Gamecocks are 24-14 (.631) in neutral-site contests under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, including a 3-3 mark last season.> Carolina was 15-18 (.454) over the course of the last three seasons in away contests (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18).> Martin is 31-41 (.430) 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> The Gamecocks look to stay among SEC leaders on Saturday, as Carolina is currently one of only four teams with more than four SEC wins through the first seven games.> Senior forward Chris Silva became the first Gamecock in school history to have at least 500 made free throws and 700 rebounds for his career when he hit his first of 10 made free throws vs. No. 1 Tennessee on Tuesday.> Rookie guard A.J. Lawson has been Carolina's top scorer on the road this season, averaging 14.2 points per game. His highest scoring output on the road came in a 24-point performance at Vanderbilt, which included hitting the game-winning free throws.> In the SEC statistics (overall games), Carolina is seventh in free throw percent (71.3), and seventh in turnover margin (+1.5); in strictly league games, Carolina is seventh in field goal percent (43.9), bolstered by Silva's 64.2 percent from the field.> South Carolina returns seven letterwinners from last season's 17-16 squad, including senior guard Hassani Gravett and senior forward Chris Silva.> Carolina welcomes nine newcomers to its roster this season, including transfers and six freshmen student-athletes. Jair Bolden (transfer/George Washington/guard), redshirt-junior Raymond "Quad" Borup (r-junior/forward), graduate transfer Tre Campbell (transfer/Georgetown/guard), Keyshawn Bryant (freshman/guard), Jermaine Couisnard (freshman/guard), Alanzo Frink (freshman/forward), A.J. Lawson (freshman/guard), T.J. Moss(freshman/guard) and Nathan Nelson (freshman/forward).SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS> UGA is led by head coach Tom Crean in his first season in Athens.> The Bulldogs are 10-10 on the season, with eight of those wins coming at home.> In SEC action, UGA is just 1-6, with their lone win coming at home against Vanderbilt on Jan. 9.> Georgia posted a 98-88 win over Texas last Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at home. In that contest, Tyree Crump hit six 3s, and led five in double-figures with 21 points.> UGA is one of the top rebounding teams in the country, averaging 41.0 per game and holding a +6.0 rebound margin over opponents.> Rayshaun Hammonds paces the team with 13.0 points per game, while Nicolas Claxton adds 12.9 points, pulls down a team high 9.3 rebounds (SEC leader in overall games) and also blocks a league-leading 2.9 shots per outing.> Five different Bulldogs have registered 35 or more assists this season, and six have double-digit steals.COMING UP NEXTSouth Carolina travels to No. 7/6 Kentucky next Tuesday for its lone matchup of the season vs. the Wildcats. The Gamecocks look for their first win at Rupp Arena since 2009. The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network and will tip at 6:30 p.m. ET.
  24. Like his hair, Hassani Gravett has bloomed for the Gamecocks this season February 01, 2019 THE STATE Beyond Hassani Gravett’s improved jump shot and perimeter defense, Pete Pena has enjoyed zeroing in on the little things about the South Carolina guard this season. “I watch his body language at timeouts,” said Pena, Gravett’s junior college coach at Pensacola State. “It’s as different as it’s ever been. There’s a lot more confidence in the kid.” Jason Slate was driving back to Georgia from Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday night when he led a discussion with fellow Alexander High School basketball coaches about the change in Gravett’s demeanor. “What I see is a matured young man,” said Slate, Gravett’s high school coach. “Of course physically, but also mentally.” Talk of Gravett in 2018-19 — whether coming from those who know him best or from casual onlookers — usually starts with the same observation, however. What’s up with the hair? “Oh God,” Pena said while laughing. “My wife and daughter ask me that all the time.” “Crazy,” Slate said. “It’s crazy!” Gravett on Saturday will return to play in his home state for the the final time as a Gamecock. USC (10-10 5-2 SEC) tips with UGA (10-10, 1-6) at 1 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. At Alexander, located just over 100 miles away from Athens in Douglasville, Gravett had a steady rise from what Slate called a “very, very skinny, not super-athletic” sophomore to a senior who dropped 46 points in his final high school game. A dedication to the weight room led to a jump in production. “His dad helped him — enthusiastically — buy in,” Slate said. At South Carolina, where Gravett came after one year at Pensacola State, Gravett has gone from a sophomore getting fewer than 17 minutes a game to a senior who’s second on the team with 13.4 points an SEC contest. A specific dedication to the gym has led to a jump in production. “I think part of it is not so much getting up shots, but maybe taking higher quality shots, more game-like shots,” Gravett said. “And I think that’s helping me when game-time comes to nail the shots that need to be hit, whether it’s in the clutch or throughout the game.” Slate said Gravett would report to him last offseason about his travels for high-quality pickup games. “He did some stuff where he was playing with college players from North Carolina, from Georgia,” Slate said. “A lot of guys that are currently playing the SEC, ACC, some other conferences in the south. And he was holding up, playing well against them. “I think he was like, ‘Hey, I’m ready to roll.’” And let grow. Gravett’s hair was perhaps best described by the Florida student section on Jan. 5. The Rowdy Reptiles mocked Gravett with chants of a popular dish from Outback Steakhouse. “Blooming onion,” Gravett said, acknowledging what he and many others heard — television watchers, included — that night in Gainesville. “Hey, it’s all good to me. That’s what fans are for, right?” The playful heckling never irked Gravett as he scored 22 points in a 71-69 win at Exactech Arena. The locks — light-red and floppy — are symbolic to Slate. “I can show some pictures where his hair was shaved in high school,” Slate said. “But it seemed like as his game got better and better, the hair did get bigger. He was kind of like Samson. “His hair would grow more and more. Not to the level that it is now, but it was long.” Slate was at CLA on Tuesday for USC’s 22-point loss to No. 1 Tennessee. In an odd way, the result showed Gravett’s value. When the Gamecocks have won SEC games this year, he’s averaged 16.2 points. In losses, he’s averaged 6.5. Gravett had four points and a season-high five turnovers against the Volunteers. “He was (ticked),” Slate said of a post-game conversation. While at Alexander, Gravett got interest from Georgia, but the Bulldogs, according to Slate, never pulled the triggered on an offer. He signed with Gardner-Webb before deciding on a prep school route with Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. “A lot of times kids have offers and they feel like they could get something bigger,” Slate said. “When you sit there and you break the state scoring record for points in a state semifinal game, you think, ‘Hey, I can play somewhere higher. I can play in the SEC.’” Five years later, he’s fashionably wrapping a career with the Gamecocks. “If you look at his numbers at high school and in college,” Slate said, “everything you see is a late bloomer.”

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