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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (3-1) continues its non-conference homestand when it hosts intrastate rival Wofford (4-1) on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena.  The meeting is the first between the former Southern Conference foes since the 2018-19 season.  Dave Weinstein (play-by-play) and John Williams (analyst) will have the call for the 7 p.m. ET tipoff on SEC Network+, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will be over the air on the Gamecock Radio Network.

GAME INFORMATION
ARENA: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
BROADCAST: SEC Network+
  PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dave Weinstein
  ANALYST: John Williams
RADIO: Gamecock Radio Network
  IN COLUMBIA: 107.5 The Game
  PLAY-BY-PLAY: Derek Scott
  ANALYST: Casey Manning
  SIRIUS: - | XM: 190 | SXM APP: 961
WATCH: WatchESPN/ESPN App
LIVE STATS: GamecocksOnline.com
  SERIES: South Carolina leads 44-20
  IN COLUMBIA: Carolina leads 31-8
  SERIES TREND: South Carolina has won eight of the last 10 meetings
  LAST MEETING: 81-61 Wofford win, Nov. 26, 2018, at Colonial Life Arena
 

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4 hours ago, FeatheredCock said:

Gamecocks looking good in Nov. Best looking team Frank has had in a while. Maybe they can come out of Nov. and Dec. with only 2 losses. Could be.....

This is the best team we have had out of the blocks since the 2016-17 season and we know what happened then.

Having said that, I believe this team is much more balanced than that one and the home crowd senses it.  

Stevenson is easily the best perimeter shooter we have had since Frank has been here.  Sindarius had his moments, but was too inconsistent.

Reese and Carter both have quick pull-up jump shots.

The team is greatly improved since the disappointing Princeton loss and will continue to get better in December.

Wofford was off last year, but they are definitely a NCAAT-level team now.  I would say this is the best OOC game I have watched since the UVA upset and Michigan win in the 2016-17 season when Moe Wagner was an underclassman.  Frank didn't really bark at the guys that much.  They seem to know what's going on and what they need to do.

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Great stats for us, especially 21 points from the bench and 22 points off of turnovers.  6/11 from the perimeter in each half.

Team Summary FG 3PT FT
First Half 17-30 6-11 2-2
56.67 % 54.55 % 100.00 %
Second Half 14-22 6-11 9-13
63.64 % 54.55 % 69.23 %
Total 31-52 12-22 11-15
  59.6 % 54.5 % 73.3 %
Technical Fouls: none Second Chance Points: 11 Scores Tied: 8 time(s)
Points in the Paint: 20 Fast Break Points: 10 Lead Changed: 10 time(s)
Points off Turnovers: 22 Bench Points: 21
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Fantastic shooting night for the Gamecocks. Stevenson went off! The team shooting 60%, 55%, and 73% is probably the best shooting team effort for quite some time.

Now Bryant should be back for the next game, right? His suspension was 5 games only, and we're now 4-1. I still have big questions about the Georgetown, Clemson, and FSU games ahead, but those questions are getting smaller and smaller if we can continue this. Georgetown and Clemson hasn't really played anyone yet, and the two best opponents Clemson has played they lost to. We'll see. We've had up and down performances in the past - the team establishing consistency will tell us if they are legitimately stepping up. But tonight was a confidence-building effort...

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9 hours ago, FeatheredCock said:

Portal can transform a bad team into a tournament team over night and seems to do its magic on the gridiron as well. NIL also could become assets. 

Those are my thoughts exactly at this point in time.

We will get to where we need to be a lot sooner because of the portal if we do it right.

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