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  1. For those that can’t make it to Colonial Life Arena, the bulk of USC’s November and December games will be available to watch on SEC Network Plus, the complementary streaming service that comes with every SEC Network subscription. Eight of USC’s 13 non-conference games will stream online. However, fans will be able to watch key early-season matchups on ESPN’s family of TV networks, starting with the Asheville Championship that runs Nov. 12-14 and including a neutral site matchup against Florida State in Rock Hill. High-profile games against Georgetown and Clemson will air on SEC Network and ACC Network, respectively. The majority of USC’s conference games will air on SEC Network this season. On Feb. 5 and Feb. 8, the Gamecocks will play for a national audience with home games against Tennessee (CBS) and Kentucky (ESPN/ESPN2). SOUTH CAROLINA BASKETBALL RADIO AFFILIATES Games will be broadcast in the Columbia area on 107.5 FM, in Charleston on 98.9, in Greenville on 104.9 and on various radio networks around South Carolina. You can also download the official South Carolina Gamecocks app. Nov. 9: home vs. USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 12, vs. Princeton at Asheville Championship, 9 p.m. (ESPNEWS) Nov. 14, vs. Western Kentucky/Minnesota at Asheville Championship, TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU) Nov. 18: home vs. UAB, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 23: home vs. Wofford, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Nov. 28: home vs. Rider, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 1: at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN Plus) Dec. 5: home vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m. (SEC Network) Dec. 12: vs. Florida State at No Room For Racism Classic in Rock Hill, 12 p.m. (ESPN2) Dec. 14: home vs. Allen, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 18: at Clemson, 8 p.m. (ACC Network) Dec. 22: home vs. Army, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Dec. 29: home vs. SC State, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus) Jan. 4: home vs. Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 8: at Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. (ESPNU) Jan. 11: at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 15: home vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 18: at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Jan. 22: home vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Jan. 26: home vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Jan. 29: at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 1: at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Feb. 5: home vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS) Feb. 8: home vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2) Feb. 12: at Georgia, 1 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 15: at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Feb. 19: home vs. LSU, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 23: home vs. Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network) Feb. 26: at Alabama, 6 p.m. (SEC Network) March 1: home vs. Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPNU ) March 5: at Auburn, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
  2. Revamped South Carolina Gamecocks hosted Benedict in a Thursday night exhibition, defeating the Tigers 101-76 Men's Basketball | 11/4/2021 | USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF Story Links BOX SCORE Box Score COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Gamecock men's basketball team posted a 101-76 victory over Benedict on Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena in exhibition play. Columbia native James Reese V led all scorers with 21 points behind nine made field goals in the contest. Senior guard Erik Stevenson added 14 points for the Gamecocks behind four makes from beyond the arc, and rookie guard Devin Carter added 13. Tajh Green led four Tigers in double figures with 16 points and nine rebounds. The teams traded buckets in the early going before a 3 from Ja'Von Benson gave Carolina a 19-15 upper hand at the 12-minute mark of the first half. Back-to-back makes from beyond the arc by Reese would push the Carolina lead to double figures at 34-22 with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, and solid play on both ends of the court would see the Gamecocks hold a 54-39 advantage at the half. Carolina hit 22-of-39 (56.4%) of its attempts from the floor in the opening half, with Reese V connecting on 7-of-8 from the floor, including a trio of 3s. The Gamecock lead grew in the second half behind another strong offensive performance, as Carolina connected on 21-of-37 (56.8%) attempts from the field. Sophomore forward Josh Gray had 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the contest, and freshman guard Jacobi Wright dished out a game-high six assists for Carolina. THE FUTURE COULD BE PROMISING A graduate transfer from North Texas who once starred locally at A.C. Flora High School, Reese put on a show in his first action for his hometown Gamecocks. Reese was hands down the most productive player on the court for USC, especially in the first half, when he scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting, 3-for-4 from the 3-point line, and recorded two steals on the defensive end. Reese finished with 21 points. Martin said Monday that Reese is “an elite defender” with the potential to be one of the best defenders he’s ever coached, and Reese showed Thursday that he can shoot the ball as well. Adding to his 3-pointers, Reese electrified the crowd with a put-back dunk early in the contest and an alley-oop later in the first half. THE GAMECOCKS HAVE SIZE AROUND THE RIM USC’s The frontcourt was perilously thin a year ago, especially after forward Alanzo Frink was ruled out for the season due to medical reasons. Adding size was one of the priorities for Martin and his staff this offseason, and those big men smothered Benedict at times Thursday night. In particular, 7-foot LSU transfer Josh Gray played every bit as big as his listed size, racking up three blocks, four offensive boards, and 12 rebounds overall to go along with his 10 points for a double-double. Transfer A.J. Wilson, known as a defensive maven at George Mason, also tallied a pair of blocks and showed some scoring feel in the low post. Returner Wildens Leveque caught fire at the end of last season and scored with efficiency Thursday, making all four of his field goals, but he did draw the ire of Martin at times with turnovers and fouls. THE STARTERS ARE UNCLEAR Leveque, Wilson, Erik Stevenson, Reese, and Chico Carter Jr. comprised Thursday’s starting lineup, but that group might not necessarily be the starting five for the season opener Nov. 9 against USC Upstate. Martin said this week that he would use the exhibition as an opportunity to mix and match. The Gamecocks were also somewhat short-handed Thursday. Veterans Jermaine Couisnard and Keyshawn Bryant didn’t play due to minor injuries. (Martin said they could have played in a regular-season game.) Forward Tre-Vaughn Minott also didn’t play due to strep throat. All three of those players could conceivably start in the regular season, with Couisnard and Bryant being the most likely. With the additions of Reese, Stevenson, Carter Jr., and the freshmen Jacobi Wright and Devin Carter, the Gamecocks have a diverse group of guards who bring different skill sets to the table. Stevenson and Reese both displayed their shooting acumen Thursday, while the freshman Carter showcased an explosive slashing ability toward the basket.
  3. Gamecocks' Keyshawn Bryant earns preseason All-SEC honors from conference coaches Oct. 26, 2021 South Carolina senior forward Keyshawn Bryant earned preseason second team All-SEC honors in a coach’s poll released by the conference on Tuesday. The athletic 6-foot-6 forward is coming off his best season with Frank Martin’s Gamecocks, serving as a consistent bright spot on a 6-15 USC team that struggled with COVID-19 shutdowns. Though primarily playing off the bench as Martin’s go-to sixth man, Bryant averaged 27 minutes in his 18 games and is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder at 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Bryant elevated his game in SEC play last year, averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, while also showing an improved mid-range jumper to go along with his high-flying dunking ability. Martin praised Bryant’s emergence as a leader late in the season, and Bryant should serve as a key scorer on this year’s revamped Gamecocks squad. SEC COACHES PRESEASON TEAMS First Team All-SEC Jaden Shackelford – Alabama Jahvon Quinerly – Alabama JD Notae – Arkansas Allen Flanigan – Auburn Colin Castleton – Florida Sahvir Wheeler – Kentucky Darius Days – LSU Iverson Molinar – Mississippi State John Fulkerson – Tennessee - Scotty Pippen Jr. – Vanderbilt Second Team All-SEC Davonte Davis – Arkansas Jabari Smith – Auburn Keion Brooks Jr. – Kentucky - Kellan Grady – Kentucky Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky Xavier Pinson – LSU Garrison Brooks – Mississippi State - Keyshawn Bryant – South Carolina
  4. Not bad some toughies, but over all could win more then lose in the month of Dec. Could have a good win lost between the 2 months before heading into SEC play. Coastal Carolina (Dec. 1 at Coastal) The Chanticleers (18-8, 9-5 Sun Belt) were a middle-of-the-road Sun Belt team last year that lost conference player of the year Devante’ Jones to Michigan. The Gamecocks are playing the Chanticleers for the first time since 2018 and are 2-0 against them all-time. Georgetown (Dec. 5 at Colonial Life Arena) An NCAA tournament team a year ago, Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas made the big dance by virtue of winning the Big East tournament as a No. 8 seed, but Georgetown (13-13) was shredded by Colorado in the first round. The Hoyas are bringing in a strong recruiting class this season, highlighted by Big East preseason freshman of the year Amniu Mohammed, and a revamped squad could provide a challenge for the Gamecocks. Florida State (Dec. 12 at Rock Hill) The Gamecocks will travel to nearby Rock Hill for a unique inaugural No Room for Racism Classic that will also feature several HBCUs. The USC-FSU matchup is the clear marquee matchup of the event, and the Seminoles will almost assuredly be viewed as a favorite after advancing to the Sweet 16 last season. Head coach Leonard Hamilton, 73, was a mentor for Martin early in his career and one of the more widely respected coaches in the game, turning FSU into a national power. “Obviously, Florida State has established itself as a top 15, top 10 caliber program over the last five, six, seven years,” Martin said when the tournament was announced. “Leonard has been unbelievably influential in my career and one of the guys I respect the most in the business.” Clemson (Dec. 18 at Clemson) Last year’s rivalry bout between the Gamecocks and Tigers was one of the casualties of the many COVID-19 cancellations USC experienced. The rivalry returns this season, and it represents one of the toughest matchups the Gamecocks will face on the non-conference docket. Brad Brownell’s Clemson squad lost leading scorer Aamir Simms to the NBA but returns a trio of regulars in Al-Amir Dawes, Hunter Tyson and Nick Honor on a team that finished in the Top 50 in both RPI and NET a year ago. Army (Dec. 22 at Colonial Life Arena) Army is coming off a middling season (12-10, 8-7 Patriot League), but Jimmy Allen’s team is defensively sound and was one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the Patriot League last season.
  5. Gamecocks men's could have a good month in November. Before I get to excited here, let's see how they do in the easy part of there Schedule. Nov. 4: home vs. Benedict/exhibition, 7 p.m. USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus (Nov. 9 at Colonial Life Arena) Coming off a 5-18 season, the Spartans shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge in Gamecocks season opener at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup will be a reunion for Martin’s son Brandon Martin, who transferred to the Gamecocks from the Spartans this summer. Nov. 12, vs. Princeton, 9 p.m. at Asheville Championship (ESPN News) Nov. 14, vs. Western Kentucky/Minnesota, time TBD at Asheville Championship (ESPN2 or ESPNU, TBD) UAB (Nov. 18 at Colonial Life Arena) A clash with the Blazers should make for an intriguing collision course between Martin and Andy Kennedy, whom Martin coached with at Cincinnati under Bob Huggins. Kennedy steered UAB to a 22-7 record in his first season with the program and has added six transfers this offseason, including Tulane guard Jordan Walker. Picked to win Conference USA in the league’s preseason poll, the Blazers are by no means an easy win. Wofford (Nov. 23 at Colonial Life Arena) Coming off a 15-9 season, the Terriers could make some noise in the Southern Conference this year but should be an opponent the Gamecocks can dispatch. The one wild card: Wofford ranked seventh in the country last year in 3-pointers made per game. The Terriers shoot from deep often, and if they get hot from outside, there’s upset potential. Rider (Nov. 28 at Colonial Life Arena) The Broncs (6-17) ranked 294th out of 340 teams in scoring margin last season as one of the worst defensive teams in the country.
  6. Per John Whittle of TheBigSpur, Gamecocks' have two basketball official visits this weekend, 6-5 Desmond Claude of Oakdale, CT and 6-7 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte.
  7. Gamecocks offered 6-7 Keyshawn Hall of Cleveland. He attends The Skill Factory Prep in Atlanta. Illinois also recently offered. He also has East Carolina and Duquesne offers among others.
  8. Gamecocks offered 6-8 Daniel Hankins-Sanford of Charlotte. He also has offers from Tennessee, Charlotte, Appalachian State, Winthrop, East Carolina and others.
  9. Felipe Haase will be entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal and intends to transfer from the South Carolina April 25, 2019 Felipe Haase will be entering his name into the NCAA transfer portal and intends to transfer from the South Carolina basketball program, the school confirmed Thursday. Haase will have two years of eligibility left. According to a report from The Big Spur, Haase could end up at Mercer, where his high school coach just accepted an assistant coaching position. The Big Spur was the first to announce Haase’s departure.Haase joins Jason Cudd as the second Gamecock player to transfer. USC also will lose Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett and Tre Campbell to graduation. A.J. Lawson submitted his name for the NBA Draft but has the option to return to school. The 6-foot-9 Haase appeared in 32 games this season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. He had a season-high 14 points against Missouri. Haase was a three-star recruit out of Miami Christian High School in Florida.
  10. Big man headed to Gamecocks right now STR / January 8, 2021 USC basketball coach Frank Martin Thursday night had to announce another stoppage in his season due to Covid. But his recruiting continues and he landed a commitment from 6-11 Tre-Vaughn Minott, a native of Montreal who last attended the NBA Academy Latin America. And not a commitment for next season, but a commitment that starts immediately. Minott arrived in Columbia earlier this week and enrolled in school Wednesday. He will be eligible right away to play for the Gamecocks during the rest of this season. “This is a great opportunity and I’m excited to be down in Columbia putting in the work with their great coaching staff,” Minott told North Pole Hoops. “Above all, I want to get better and help this team win a championship.”
  11. South Carolina Falls to Auburn, 109-86 1/23/2021 | Men's Basketball | Box Score FROM USC SPORTS | GCF STAFF COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Allen Flanigan scored a career-high 24 points with four 3-pointers, Sharife Cooper had a double-double by halftime and Auburn resoundingly thwacked South Carolina 109-86 on Saturday for its first win on the Gamecocks home floor since 2014. Auburn put up its most points in a Southeastern Conference road win in program history. Cooper, a freshman who was granted eligibility by the NCAA Jan. 9, scored 16 points and had 12 assists for his second career double-double. He already had 10 points and 11 assists in the books in the first 20 minutes. Jaylin Williams scored 18 points with seven rebounds, JT Thor added 14 points and seven rebounds and Devan Cambridge scored 10 as the Tigers (9-7, 3-5) made 40 of 77 field goals (52%), including 14 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Tigers made 15 of 16 free throws to round out the dominating scoring effort. Cooper's impact was felt in Auburn's breakaway 11-1 run taking a little over two minutes of the first half. Though he took only one shot, and missed, he had four assists and a blocked shot during the run. The Auburn outburst included back-to-back dunks from Javon Franklin and Williams bracketed around Cooper's block of South Carolina's Trae Hannibal. The dunks pushed Auburn's lead into double digits, 25-14, where it stayed most of the way to halftime and all of the second half. The Tigers opened the second half with six straight points. Keyshawn Bryant scored 24 points for South Carolina (3-5, 1-3), with AJ Lawson adding 23 and Jermaine Couisnard 16. Couisnard had six assists. The Gamecocks were outrebounded 46-34, outscored on second-chance points 21-9 and 46-30 in the paint. Auburn next plays back-to-back games against teams in the Top 25: hosting No. 19 Missouri on Tuesday before traveling to No. 2 Baylor on Jan. 30. South Carolina plays host to Georgia on Wednesday. KEY STATS > Auburn shot 52 percent from the field (40-for-77) and behind the arc (14-for-27). > The Tigers were plus-16 in points in the paint (46-30). NOTABLES > Junior Keyshawn Bryant led South Carolina for the third-straight game with 24 points. Since returning at LSU (Jan. 16), Bryant has averaged 23.0 points per game. > Junior AJ Lawson scored 23 points after matching a career high with six made 3s. > Redshirt sophomore Jermaine Couisnard was the final Gamecock in double figures as he finished with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. UP NEXT Carolina remains at home and will host Georgia (9-4, 2-4 SEC) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for a 7 p.m. ET matchup. The contest vs. the Bulldogs will be broadcast on ESPN2. South Carolina has won eight straight meetings against Georgia, dating back to the 2017 season.
  12. 70 South Carolina 3-4,1-2 SEC 81 Missouri 9-2,3-2 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 34 36 70 Missouri 45 36 81 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/19/2021 | BRIAR NAPIER - Associated Press Tilmon leads efficient No. 19 Missouri past South Carolina Anderson scores career-high 17 points off the bench for Gamecocks Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Auburn 1/23/2021 | 12 p.m. ESPN2 LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Jeremiah Tilmon had 19 points and 10 rebounds in another efficient performance, and No. 19 Missouri beat South Carolina 81-70 on Tuesday night. Tilmon, who came in shooting a Southeastern Conference-leading 74% from the floor, improved on that mark by going 8 of 11. Missouri (9-2, 3-2 SEC) had its best shooting performance overall at 58.3%. Mark Smith scored 18 points and went 3 for 5 from 3-point range for the Tigers. Dru Smith added 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Reserve Keyshawn Bryant scored 19 points for South Carolina (3-4, 1-2) and Trey Anderson had 17, also off the bench, as 45 of the Gamecocks' points came from substitutes. Missouri jumped out to a 10-0 lead and didn't allow South Carolina to get closer than five points the rest of the way. The Tigers committed 19 turnovers, but the Gamecocks only scored 18 points off them. South Carolina tied its season high with 70 field goal attempts, but shot 38.6% from the field. The Gamecocks also struggled from the free-throw line, going 8 for 19 (42.1%).KEY STAT > Missouri shot nearly 60 percent from the field (28-for-48).NOTABLES > Junior Keyshawn Bryant had another solid offensive performance coming off a career night at LSU on Saturday. He led the team with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. > Sophomore Trey Anderson scored a career-high 17 points off the bench, marking his first ever game at South Carolina in double figures. > Redshirt junior Justin Minaya had his third double-double (fifth career) in the team's last four games as he finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.UP NEXT The Gamecocks return home to face Auburn (8-6, 2-4 SEC) on Saturday. It's a noon ET tip on ESPN2.
  13. 80 South Carolina 3-3,1-1 SEC 85 LSU 10-2,5-1 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 38 42 80 LSU 34 51 85 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/16/2021 | FROM USC SPORTS | GCF STAFF REPORT Thomas, Watford rally LSU past South Carolina 85-80 Keyshawn Bryant scored a career-high 26 points for the Gamecocks BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) POSTGAME: KEYSHAWN BRYANT AND BRUCE SHINGLER Next Game: at Missouri 1/19/2021 | 7 p.m. SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE WATCH LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Cameron Thomas scored 25 points, Trendon Watford had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and LSU rallied to beat South Carolina 85-80 on Saturday night. The Tigers (10-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed for nearly 34 minutes of game time but went on a 20-4 run during the final eight minutes with Thomas scoring the last six points to make it 84-76 with 34 seconds left. The Gamecocks (3-3, 1-1) missed 11 straight shots from the field while the game slipped away. Javonte Smart added 15 points and Darius Days scored 11 for LSU.Keyshawn Bryant had 26 points and seven rebounds, and AJ Lawson had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, scoring 18 in the first half for South Carolina. Wildens Leveque and Justin Minaya added 12 points each, Minaya with 10 rebounds and Leveque with eight. Due to COVID-19 protocols, South Carolina coach Frank Martin, assistant coach Chuck Martin, and Doug Edwards, who handles student-athlete development, were not in attendance. Assistant coach Bruce Shingler made his head coaching debut as the acting coach. South Carolina has had eight games cancelled or postponed this season.KEY STATS > The Gamecocks were shooting the ball above a 50 percent clip for most of the game, but didn't make a field goal the final 7:47 of regulation. > LSU was 24-of-32 at the free throw line tonight (Carolina 10-of-14).NOTABLES > Junior Keyshawn Bryant returned to action for the first time since a road contest at No. 10 Houston (12/5) and scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He also pulled down seven rebounds. It marks Bryant's third career 20-point game. > Junior AJ Lawson finished with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. It marks his third straight contest with 20 or more points. > Redshirt junior Justin Minaya and sophomore Wildens Leveque each finished in double figures with 12 points apiece. Minaya also had 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.UP NEXT South Carolina remains on the road as it travels to face Missouri (8-2, 2-2 SEC) on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. ET tip on the SEC Network.
  14. Men's Basketball Travels To LSU Saturday 1/15/2021 | Men's Basketball | FROM USC SPORTS | BY GCF STAFF COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (3-2, 1-0 SEC) travels to face (RV/-) LSU (9-2, 4-1 SEC) on Saturday night in Baton Rouge in an SEC matchup at the Maravich Center. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will handle the call over the air on the Gamecock Sports Network. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Maravich Center (13,215) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Mike Morgan Analyst: Mark Wise Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 381 | Internet: 971 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com LSU Series: Carolina leads 18-17 In Baton Rouge: LSU leads 8-6 Series Trend: The Tigers have won two-straight in the series Last Meeting: 86-80 LSU win on Feb. 22, 2020, in Columbia TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina resumes SEC play when it travels to face LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge. Tip time vs. the Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. > Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, assistant coach Chuck Martin, and Doug Edwards, who handles student-athlete development for the team, will not be in attendance in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Assistant coach Bruce Shingler will be the acting head coach for the matchup vs. the Tigers, along with assistant coach Will Bailey, video coordinator Brian Steele, and special assistant to the head coach John Reynolds. > Carolina opened SEC play on Jan. 6 with a 78-54 win over visiting Texas A&M at Colonial Life Arena. Junior guard AJ Lawson scored a career high 30 points in the win, R-sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard added 15 points and sophomore forward Wildens Leveque scored a season high 10 points for the Gamecocks. > The Gamecocks posted a 78-71 win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2 in their home opener, using a 9-2 run over the final five minutes to secure the win. Junior guard AJ Lawson's then-career high nine made field goals saw him post a team best 25 points in the win, sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard added 15, and junior forward Justin Minaya posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a team high 10 rebounds. The Gamecocks had nine players available for the contest. > South Carolina returned to the court for the first time since Dec. 5 when it hosted Florida A&M on Jan. 2. The contest marked the Gamecocks' first game in 28 days due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the South Carolina program. > The Gamecocks held a halftime lead on the road at No. 10 Houston (Dec. 5), however, the Cougars battled back in the second half and closed a 77-67 win. Junior forward Justin Minaya hit all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and led Carolina with 13 points in the loss. > On Nov. 29, Carolina held Tulsa scoreless for 9+ minutes in the second half and used a 15-0 run to close a 69-58 win over the Golden Hurricane at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. The win was Carolina's first on the year, and improved the Gamecocks' record to 1-1 after opening action in Kansas City with a 78-62 loss to Liberty (Nov. 28). > Junior guard AJ Lawson was named to the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team after a pair of double-figure scoring outings at the event. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 12 vs. Liberty, before a 17-point outing behind four 3s in the win over Tulsa. On the weekend, Lawson was 6-of-13 (46.2%) from range, while also dishing out three assists and collecting three steals. > R-sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard led Carolina with 20 points in the win vs. Tulsa. It marked the third 20-point outing of his career. Dating back to the start of SEC play last season, he has now hit double-figures in 19 of his last 22 games. > Martin is 33-46 (.417) 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. > A pair of Gamecocks collected preseason honors from both the media and SEC coaches during the preseason. Junior guard AJ Lawson earned preseason All-SEC Second-Team accolades from the media, while Lawson (First Team) and Couisnard (Second Team) were honored by the SEC coaches on the preseason teams. SCOUTING THE TIGERS > The Tigers are led by head coach Will Wade in his fourth season in Baton Rouge > LSU is 9-2 on the year and 4-1 in SEC play > In home games, LSU is 7-0, including 3-0 in SEC home games. > Four average double-figure points for the Tigers, led by freshman Cameron Thomas' 21.8 points per game, which leads the SEC. Trendon Watford (18.3/4th in the SEC), Javonte Smart (15.2) and Darius Days (13.9) also average double figures. > Days paces the team with 8.5 rebounds per contest, which is second in the SEC. > The Tigers' offense is averaging 86.2 points per game, which is second in the league, and the LSU defense is holding opponents to 70.5 points per game, which is seventh in the SEC. > LSU leads the league, and is 23rd nationally at the free throw line, hitting 77.2 percent of its attempts. The Tigers also lead the league from the floor, hitting 49.4 percent of their attempts, which is 26th nationally. GAMECOCK NOTES TO KNOW > Head coach Frank Martin is in his ninth season leading the Gamecocks in 2020-21. He is joined by assistant coaches Will Bailey, Chuck Martin and Bruce Shingler, while Andy Assaley is the director of operations for the squad. > Junior guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after pacing the team with 13.4 points per game last season. He averaged the same during his rookie campaign, and is just 137 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career. > Five who started the majority of SEC games last season return to the court for Carolina. Lawson, sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard, who paced the team in league play at 12.1 points per game, junior forward Keyshawn Bryant, junior forward Justin Minaya (missed nine SEC games due to injury last season) and junior forward Alanzo Frink. > South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad that finished the shortened campaign with an 18-13 overall record. The Gamecocks return three of their top five scorers, including Lawson (13.4 ppg), Couisnard (12.1 ppg) and junior forward Keyshawn Bryant (9.1 ppg). Junior forward Justin Minaya, who missed nine games last season due to injury, added 7.8 points per game in 2019-20. > From last season, the biggest absence from the lineup will be graduated four-year starter Maik Kotsar. Kotsar had a career year, averaging 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while also leading the Gamecocks in blocks (1.1 per game) and steals at 1.5 per outing in 2019-20. Kotsar, who was a starter during his rookie season on Carolina's 2017 Final Four squad, also played a team high 30.4 minutes per game a year ago. GAMECOCKS ADD TRE-VAUGHN MINOTT > Tre-Vaughn Minott, a freshman center from Montreal, has joined the Gamecocks and is immediately eligible for competition. Minott has been at the NBA Academy Latin America since Sept. 2019. During his time at the Academy, his squad competed at the National Prep School Invitational in Rhode Island and at The Skill Factory Tournament of Champions in Atlanta in 2020. COMING UP NEXT > The Gamecocks have a quick turnaround and are back on the road when they travel to face No. 17/16 Missouri next Tuesday in Columbia, Mo. Tip time for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET with the broadcast set for the SEC Network. 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  15. Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M 1/2/2021 | Men's Basketball | FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF |Box Score w Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M Lawson Scores 25, South Carolina Defeats Florida A&M 1/2/2021 | Men's Basketball | FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF |Box Score COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- AJ Lawson scored 25 points and made two clinching free throws in the closing seconds as South Carolina held off Florida A&M 78-71 on Saturday, as the Gamecocks played for the first time in 28 days. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  16. Gamecocks Back In Action Hosting Florida A&M Saturday 1/1/2021 | Men's Basketball FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (1-2) hosts Florida A&M (1-5) on Saturday in the home opener for the Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. ET and the matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will be over the airwaves on the Gamecock Radio Network. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Colonial Life Arena (approx. 3,500) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald Analyst: Dane Bradshaw Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 381 | Internet: 971 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com Florida A&M Series: First meeting In Columbia: First meeting Series Trend: First meeting Last Meeting: First meeting
  17. Gamecocks Back In Action Hosting Florida A&M Saturday 1/1/2021 | Men's Basketball FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION | POSTED BY GCF STAFF COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (1-2) hosts Florida A&M (1-5) on Saturday in the home opener for the Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. ET and the matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will be over the airwaves on the Gamecock Radio Network. GAME INFORMATION Arena: Colonial Life Arena (approx. 3,500) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald Analyst: Dane Bradshaw Radio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 381 | Internet: 971 Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com Florida A&M Series: First meeting In Columbia: First meeting Series Trend: First meeting Last Meeting: First meeting TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina returns to the court for the first time since Dec. 5 on Saturday when it hosts Florida A&M in the home opener for the Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting, which is the first between the two schools, marks the Gamecocks' first game in 28 days due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the South Carolina program. > In it's most recent outing, the Gamecocks held a halftime lead on the road at No. 10 Houston (Dec. 5), however, the Cougars battled back in the second half and closed a 77-67 win. Junior forward Justin Minaya hit all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and led Carolina with 13 points in the loss. > On Nov. 29, Carolina held Tulsa scoreless for 9+ minutes in the second half and used a 15-0 run to close a 69-58 win over the Golden Hurricane at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. The win was Carolina's first on the year, and improved the Gamecocks' record to 1-1 after opening action in Kansas City with a 78-62 loss to Liberty (Nov. 28). > Junior guard AJ Lawson was named to the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team after a pair of double-figure scoring outings at the event. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 12 vs. Liberty, before a 17-point outing behind four 3s in the win over Tulsa. On the weekend, Lawson was 6-of-13 (46.2%) from range, while also dishing out three assists and collecting three steals. > R-sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard led Carolina with 20 points in the win vs. Tulsa. It marked the third 20-point outing of his career. Dating back to the start of SEC play last season, he has now hit double-figures in 17 of his last 20 games. > Martin is 33-46 (.417) 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. > A pair of Gamecocks collected preseason honors from both the media and SEC coaches during the preseason. Junior guard AJ Lawson earned preseason All-SEC Second-Team accolades from the media, while Lawson (First Team) and Couisnard (Second Team) were honored by the SEC coaches on the preseason teams. SCOUTING THE RATTLERS > Florida A&M is 1-5 on the season entering Saturday's matchup vs. the Gamecocks. > The Rattlers are led by head coach Robert McCullum in his fourth season. McCullum has faced the Gamecocks once during his career, when he was the head coach at South Florida, the team's met in non-conference action with Carolina posting a 72-70 win over USF on Dec. 14, 2004. Gamecock standout Renaldo Balkman hit 7-of-11 from the field and led Carolina with 17 points in that win. > Florida A&M last played on Dec. 18, suffering a 74-64 road loss at Georgia Tech. > The Rattlers lone win on the year came in a 76-70 road victory at Austin Peay on Dec. 15. > A&M has played all six of its games on the road this season. > Junior guard MJ Randolph paces the Rattlers with 16.2 points per game this season, while also leading the team in assists (4.0) and steals (2.0) per game. > Randolph scored a career high 27 points, hitting 11-of-15 attempts from the floor, in the win at Austin Peay. BY THE NUMBERS 10+ - Leading scorer Jermaine Couisnard has hit double figures in all three games this season. He had 10 vs. both Liberty and at No. 10 Houston, and led the Gamecocks with 20 in the Nov. 29 win vs. Tulsa. He paces the team at 13.3 points per game entering the Florida A&M matchup. 6.3 - R-sophomore guard TJ Moss has been strong on the offensive end to begin the season. He's hit 6-of-10 attempts from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and he has dished out a total of five assists. 22.0 - Through the first three games, the Carolina bench is averaging 22.0 points per game, led by Moss' 6.3 points per outing. 73.4% - South Carolina returns 73.4 percent of its scoring from last season, including leading scorer, junior guard AJ Lawson who averaged 13.4 points per game. UP NEXT > South Carolina opens SEC action when it hosts Texas A&M on Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time versus the Aggies is set for 9 p.m. ET, with the matchup set for broadcast on ESPNU. Related Links GAME DAY INFORMATION GAME NOTES WATCH LIVE STATS WEEKLY MEDIA AVAILABILITY
  18. Things to Watch for vs Florida A&M 1/01/2021 South Carolina is scheduled to host Florida A&M Saturday, its first game in a month. Will they play Will they actually play? There is a thin line between being able to play or not to begin with, and it’s even smaller for South Carolina since the team is already going through the various protocols. Not to mention the fact that Florida A&M has to stay healthy. About 11:00 am Friday, Frank Martin tweeted that the game is on. We will wait and see. Who will play? On Tuesday, Martin guessed that the Gamecocks would have nine available players. If nobody else is exposed (which could wipe out a total of four players. Cooper had been practicing with the scout team instead of learning the Gamecocks’ system Cooper is not very well-prepared, but there aren’t many alternatives now. Because the team had to quarantine twice, players weren’t able to work out for most of the last month. Nobody is in game shape, and yet, here comes a game. Practice Martin estimated that South Carolina will have had three full practices in the month between the Houston and Florida A&M games. That’s not good. Look at the Rattlers Florida A&M has played seven games, but has yet to play a home game. MJ Randolph leads Florida A&M in scoring at 16.2 points per game. The versatile 6-4 junior guard is a do everything player for the Rattlers, also leading the team in rebounds, assists, steals, and free throws. Randolph is a rarity these days - a player who still relies on a mid-range game (he is just 1-3 from three this season). Randolph scored a career-high 27 in the Rattlers’ lone win this season, a 76-70 victory over Austin Peay. Who: South Carolina (1-2) vs Florida A&M (1-5) When: Saturday, January 2, 1:00 pm Where: Colonial Life Arena Watch: SEC Network
  19. Frank Martin details his #Gamecocks battle with Covid-19 with Video 12/30/2020 USC basketball coach Frank Martin has his fingers, and toes, crossed that he can get his team back on the court for a scheduled game this Saturday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks have had their last five games cancelled due to Covid issues. And that means they’ve had very little practice as well. Meeting with the media Tuesday via Zoom, Martin said his team is healthy enough to practice, and his hope is enough players can make it thru the week to take the floor Saturday night.
  20. Cooper Eligible For Competition Men's Basketball | 12/18/2020 Story Links COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina sophomore guard Ford Cooper Jr. is immediately eligible to take the court for the Gamecocks this season after the NCAA Division I Council granted a blanket waiver allowing transfer student-athletes to compete immediately. "We're excited for Ford to compete this season," Gamecock head coach Frank Martin said. "He's worked hard in practice this fall to learn our system, and he is another experienced guard that adds to the depth we have in our backcourt. We are excited to see him in a Gamecock uniform in 2020-21." Cooper transferred to Carolina after spending his freshman season at Missouri State, where he played in 27 games with five starts. His 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio in Missouri Valley Conference contests ranked third in the league. His top scoring output of the season came in a seven-point performance versus Evansville, and his five assists in a matchup at Drake marked a season best. Cooper had 10 games with two or more assists last season as well. The Council granted a blanket waiver allowing immediate eligibility to student-athletes who meet certain criteria: the student-athlete must be enrolled full time at the school for the Fall 2020 term, it must be the first transfer from a four-year school, the student-athlete must have left their previous school in good standing academically and not facing disciplinary suspension, and both the head coach and student-athlete must certify that impermissible recruiting did not take place.
  21. Game Times, Broadcast Information Released For Upcoming SEC Schedule 12/8/2020 | Men's Basketball COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Southeastern Conference released on Tuesday morning tip times and broadcast information for the upcoming SEC campaign, which for the Gamecocks begins on Dec. 29, at Kentucky, in a 7 p.m. ET matchup on ESPN2. Games aired on an ESPN network (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network) will also be available through the ESPN App, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription through an authenticated provider. Conference play tips off December 29 and runs through March 3. No games were scheduled the weekend of March 6 to allow a window for makeup games. Each SEC team plays the other 13 teams at least once during league play. They will then play their three permanent opponents a second time with the remaining two games changing every year. The SEC Tournament returns to the Music City when Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., hosts the event from March 10-14, 2021. Below are the updated tip times and broadcast information for the Gamecocks: Tues., December 29 at Kentucky, ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. Wed., January 6 Texas A&M, ESPN2/U, 9:00 p.m. Sat., January 9 at Ole Miss, SEC Network, 6:00 p.m. Tues, January 12 Tennessee, ESPN2/U, 7:00 p.m. Sat., January 16 at LSU, SEC Network, 8:30 p.m. Tues, January 19 at Missouri, SEC Network, 7:00 p.m. Sat., January 23 Auburn, ESPN/2, 12:00 p.m. Wed., January 27 Georgia, ESPNU, 7:00 p.m. Sat., January 30 at Vanderbilt, SEC Network, 8:30 p.m. Wed., February 3 at Florida, SEC Network, 6:30 p.m. Sat., February 6 Mississippi, State SEC Network, 3:30 p.m. Tues, February 9 Alabama, SEC Network, 6:30 p.m. Sat., February 13 Ole Miss, SEC Network, 6:00 p.m. Tues, February 16 at Tennessee, SEC Network, 8:30 p.m. Sat., February 20 Missouri, ESPN2/U, 2/4:00 p.m. Wed., February 24 at Mississippi State, SEC Network, 7:00 p.m. Sat., February 27 at Georgia, SEC Network, 1:00 p.m. Tues, March 2 Arkansas, SEC Network, 6:30 p.m. home games listed in bold
  22. Gamecocks Suffer 77-67 Loss At No. 10 Houston Men's Basketball | 12/5/2020 FROM USC SPORTS INFORMATION BY GCF STAFF REPORT Story Links BOX SCORE UPDATED STATISTICS (PDF) Box Score HOUSTON (AP) Quentin Grimes had 23 points and seven rebounds, Tramon Mark added 18 points and No. 10 Houston rallied for a 77-67 win over South Carolina on Saturday night. Grimes scored 19 points in the second half, including 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Mark scored 11 points after the break, including 6 of 7 from the line. DeJon Jarreau finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Houston (4-0), which shot 38% and made 4 of 19 3-point attempts. Houston was helped by 31-for-38 shooting from the free throw line. Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and his son, assistant coach Kellen Sampson, missed the game because of COVID-19 and contact tracing protocols. The school said the Sampsons were isolating at their homes and not showing symptoms. Assistant coach Quannas White served as Houston's coach. Justin Minaya scored 13 points and Jermaine Couisnard and Keyshawn Bryant added 10 points apiece for South Carolina (1-2), which shot 44%. The Gamecocks made 17 of 29 shots from the line. Houston used a 14-2 run early in the second half and opened up a 48-42 lead on a jumper by Mark with 14 minutes remaining. After South Carolina closed within 50-49 on a free throw by Wildens Leveque, Houston used a 12-3 spurt and opened a 10-point lead on three free throws by Grimes with eight minutes left. South Carolina led 35-31 at halftime behind eight points each from TJ Moss and Minaya. Key Stats > After five makes from 3-point range in the first half, the Gamecocks were just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in the second half. > Nearly half of Houston's points in the second half came at the free throw line, as the Cougars were near perfect hitting 21-of-25 attempts at the line in the second half Notables > R-junior forward Justin Minaya led the Gamecocks with a season high 13 points in the matchup vs. the Cougars. Minaya was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the contest. > Sophomore guard Trae Hannibal led the Gamecocks with a career best seven rebounds on the night. He added six points and three assists. Up Next > South Carolina returns to Columbia to host Wofford in its home opener at Colonial Life Arena on Thursday. The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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