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GAMECOCK-GAMEDAY THREAD: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt ***Jan. 25, 2020 at 8:00pm.***

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**Jan. 25, 2020 - Saturday, 8:00 p.m.**

v_qSWobmD1Cf4q9hlMLLzA_96x96.png South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Hxi7s5rghHDfMPnY45QwmQ_96x96.png
 
 
 

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South Carolina (10-8, 2-3 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt (8-10, 0-5) on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is 8 p.m. at Reed Arena. SEC Network will broadcast.

GAME INFO

Who: Vanderbilt (8-10, 0-5) at South Carolina (10-8, 2-3)

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Colonial Life Arena

TV channel: SEC Network

Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area

Series: Vanderbilt leads 30-28

Last meeting: Jan. 16, 2019 — South Carolina 74, Vanderbilt 71

KenPom prediction: South Carolina 79, Vanderbilt 70

USC vs. VANDERBILT WHAT TO FOLLOW

1. Get them while you can

The hardest stretch of South Carolina’s SEC schedule is over. To come out of an opening five-game gauntlet that included Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn — all ranked among the NET’s top 60 — at 2-3 is a mini-victory

The key now is for the Gamecocks to take advantage while they can.

Starting with Vandy (145), five of USC’s next six opponents are outside the NET’s top 75. USC, of course, has proven to be unpredictable when it comes to these kinds of games — see losses to Stetson (NET 310) and Boston University (182). But the Commodores, who lost Charleston native and leading scorer Aaron Nesmith to injury earlier this month, enter on a six-game skid. This feels like a must-get for Carolina.

2. Spotlight on 3-point line

No Nesmith means Vandy is playing without one of college basketball’s elite shooters. The sophomore leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (52.2%).

The Commodores felt his absence last Saturday against Tennessee when they missed all 25 of their attempts from beyond the arc, ending a program streak at 1,080 games with a 3. The performance prompted first-year coach Jerry Stackhouse to publicly apologize to fans.

South Carolina is a week removed from making a program-record 16 3s in a win over Texas A&M. It went 6 of 21 from deep in the Auburn loss, a showing that hindered the offense as the Gamecocks again struggled for free throw opportunities. Vandy is last in the SEC in both field goal percentage and 3-point FG percentage defense.

3. History on the line

Should South Carolina, which has taken the last two matchups with Vandy, win Saturday, it would extend the Commodores’ SEC regular-season losing streak to 24 games, tying for the longest in league history.

After USC, Vandy travels to No. 15 Kentucky.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Stackhouse recently told Vanderbilt reporters. “Right now, not being whole (due to injuries), the perception is what it is. We’ve got to find a way to fight through that perception.”

4. Bryant watch

South Carolina is 1-1 since Keyshawn Bryant exited the Texas A&M game with a head injury. Frank Martin said during his Gamecock Sports Network call-in show Thursday night that Bryant practiced in half-court situations that afternoon.

Bryant’s game status remains to be determined. The same goes for reserve freshman guard Trae Hannibal (sprained ankle).

Wildens Leveque started in Bryant’s place at Auburn and finished with four points, three rebounds, three steals and a block in 13 minutes. The Gamecocks mainly went with a smaller lineup that included Jair Bolden’s 21 minutes off the bench.

VANDERBILT

Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (First season at Vanderbilt — 8-10)

Projected starters: G Saben Lee (15.9 ppg), G Maxwell Evans (7.2), G Jordan Wright (4.0), F Dylan Disu (6.4), G/F Braelee Albert (1.5)

Last game: Lost to Alabama 77-62 at home on Wednesday

KenPom ranking: 177 (No. 133 in offensive efficiency, No. 228 in defensive efficiency)

NET: 145

SOUTH CAROLINA

Coach: Frank Martin (256-168 in 13 seasons overall; eighth season at USC — 139-114)

Projected starters: G A.J. Lawson (13.7), G Jermaine Couisnard (10.9), F Justin Minaya (7.8), Wildens Leveque (2.2), C Maik Kotsar (9.6)

Last game: Lost at No. 16 Auburn 80-67 on Wednesday

KenPom ranking: 99 (No. 132 in offense efficiency, No. 84 in defense efficiency)

NET: 101

 

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11 minutes ago, ConwayGamecock said:

Good news before tip-off: Keyshawn Bryant and Trae Hannibal have been ruled ready to go for the game tonight! We'll be a whole team......

Beat me too it.:high-five-smiley-emoticon:

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In SEC games today, the conference had our SEC/Big 12 Challenge this weekend - we were not one of the participants this season:

#1 Baylor beat Florida 72-61

#3 Kansas defeated Tennessee 74-68

#14 West Virginia beat Missouri 74-51

#15 Kentucky comes out on top against #18 Texas Tech 76-74 in overtime

#16 Auburn edged Iowa State 80-76

LSU won over Texas 69-67

Arkansas defeated TCU 78-67

Oklahoma edged Mississippi State 63-62

Oklahoma State beat Texas A&M 73-62

Alabama survives Kansas State 77-74

 

So the SEC/Big 12 Challenge concludes in a tie 5-5. Considering that the Big 12 have 4 teams in the top 25, compared to the SEC currently with only 2 teams ranked, that's pretty decent.

 

In the other non-Challenge SEC game tonight (besides ours and Vanderbilt's), Ole Miss defeated UGA in Athens 70-60

 

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Vanderbilt has dealt with some injury attrition this season, including losing league-leading scorer Aaron Nesmith, so they have circled the wagons and taken an "us against the world" attitude. They will come out swinging. Hopefully we won't be their first conference win on the season, in our own house. We won't be, will we???

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Vanderbilt is having to play a number of walk-ons tonight, but we're trying hard to even the playing field by fouling. Now 5 Gamecocks with 2 fouls each, with 6 minutes left to play in the half....

make that 6 with 2 fouls, with 5.5 minutes left.....we may actually see Henry play tonight.....

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Gamecocks lead 44-35 over Vanderbilt at the halftime break. Gamecocks on pace for 36 fouls for the game, with 18 in the 1st half. We've shot very well thus far for the game, with upwards to 70% completion for most of the half - while Vandy has shot 35% - but Vandy has been able to negate that with a huge disparity in free throws 15-23, compared to USC being 5-9. Coach Martin even got tee'd up in the 1st half from complaining about the uneven foul calling...

But it's a new game when the 2nd half begins, and we'll have all the team back available to play the final 20 minutes....

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Vandy starting to get into foul trouble - they now have 4 players with 3 fouls each early in the 2nd half, and they are short of players. It's not that there's been a ton of fouls called on Vandy - they just had all 4 of the players that had 2 fouls each in the 1st half, each get called for their 3rd. Everyone else just have 1 foul each....

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I think last season these two teams combined for 50+ fouls. Well, they have gotten to 50 fouls again - USC has 28 of them, plus a technical on Coach Martin. But we're playing a bit better, and the fouls have been slightly more evened out in the 2nd half.

Gamecocks lead 81-57 with just under 4 minutes left to play....

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Gamecocks win over Vanderbilt 90-64, and even their SEC record to 3-3, and improve to 11-8 overall. Five Gamecocks score in double digits, led by Justin Minaya with 14 points, and a career high 12 rebounds. AJ Lawson also added 14 points. Jair Bolden scored 13 pts, and Alanzo Frink also added 13 pts, his career high in 11 minutes of court time. Jalyn McCreary rounded out the five with 11 pts...

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3 minutes ago, gamecock88 said:

Mccreary looked pretty good vs the smaller defenders 

Yes he did, he shot 4-5 from the field. The Gamecocks overall shot 54%, had 43 rebounds, and dished out 20 assists. Any time a team combines for 50+%/40+/20+, that pretty much ensures a solid win against whoever. Although, Vandy's poor shooting and rebounding helped out, and the ton of fouls on South Carolina gave a lot of Gamecocks opportunities for a lot of minutes.  The bench scored a total of 46 points, and out-scored Vandy's bench 46-18.

Also, Trae Hannibal scored 4 pts, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in 16 minutes off the bench. Lots of good contributions tonight...

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Happy to get the win.  Except for the fouls, I thought we played well.   Impressed with Minaya, Hannibal, Frink, McCreary.   Best game as PG for Hannibal, imo.  Frink was very efficient, as was Jaylen.    We have a DEEP team.   If Frank can get them to not foul so much, I'm looking forward to the game at Arkansas.

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WatchESPN wouldn't stop buffering for me, so I listened to the second half on the radio.

Nice to get a rule-rather-than-exception win tonight.

Vandy goes to 0-24 and ties the wrong kind of SEC record tonight.  Jerry Stackhouse is gonna have to earn some coaching bucks this year for Vandy.

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4 hours ago, Gary said:

Happy to get the win.  Except for the fouls, I thought we played well.   Impressed with Minaya, Hannibal, Frink, McCreary.   Best game as PG for Hannibal, imo.  Frink was very efficient, as was Jaylen.    We have a DEEP team.   If Frank can get them to not foul so much, I'm looking forward to the game at Arkansas.

Good assessment. Tough road game ahead though.

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