Hopefully, you have read the takeaways from the South Carolina loss to Florida in their recent basketball clash. Now here are the video highlights:no comments
The South Carolina Gamecocks lost to the Florida Gators by the score of 79-65. The loss moves USC's overall record to 8-9 and 0-3 in SEC play.
So what did we learn in the defeat, here is our takeaways:
1. USC needs one more offensive threat to emerge: Bruce Ellington had 17 points and Malik Cooke had 10 points. No one else was in double-digits. The Gamecocks need at least three threats.
2. USC must not live beyond the three point line: USC shot 9-of-24 from 3 ball land. Maybe make the extra pass or drive the lane to get a closer shot. No need to put the fate of the game on a long-range shot.
3. USC has to play better perimeter defense: UF shot 12-of-24 from 3 ball land and all three starting guards for the Gators had double-digit scoring games. USC needs to put forth a more solid effort defensively. USC is rebounding well this year and shooting better but needs to play better defense.
Football season is over now and there is no reason for fans not to show up tonight for the SEC home opener against Vanderbilt. Well there are actually two reasons - the game is on TV and tipoff is at nine o'clock eastern.
There has been plenty of talk about ESPN putting east coast games on at nine o'clock during the week and I understand the reasoning (money). I don't think people would be complaining if the Gamecocks basketball team was having a better season. If the team was winning and a good team like Vandy was coming to town, it would usually bring a pretty good crowd out to the Colonial Life Arena.
Well they aren't winning so I don't know how many people will show up tonight but it probably won't be that many. I was at the game last week against SC State and there couldn't have been more then 400 people at the game. The students were still gone on holiday break and the band was still returning from Orlando.
I guess it all comes down to how good of a product you can put on the floor and this year it hasn't been a very good product. Look for attendance to continue to decline until the Gamecocks can start winning some games.
The team still needs your support so if you have the chance go support our Gamecocks and keep those fingers crossed that USC pulls a upset tonight against the 'Dores.
The South Carolina men's basketball team (8-6) travels to face No. 2 Kentucky (14-1) on Saturday to open up SEC play. The game will take place at Rupp Arena with a tip scheduled for 4 p.m.
Kentucky holds a 44-10 advantage in the all-time series against South Carolina, including a 23-2 upperhand in games played in Lexington. The Gamecocks face a tall task in attempting to defeat the mighty Wildcats but it can be done.
For it to happen, the Gamecocks must execute these three things:
1. Ellington and Cooke Have to Carry the Team - Sophomore guard Bruce Ellington has been stellar from beyond the arc over the course of the last two games, hitting 8-of-9 attempts from 3-point range. He has to have a hot hand today versus UK. If he can get hot from beyond the arc, then the Gamecocks have a chance to keep up with UK. Underneath, Malik Cook has to play his best game of the season. He must be aggressive in his rebounding and get the easy baskets to fall.
2. SC must out-rebound UK - it is a mighty feat but stranger things can happen. South Carolina ranks first in the SEC in rebounding defense, as Carolina opponents collect just 31.9 rebounds per game. The Gamecocks have out-rebounded nine of 14 opponents this season. If USC can do this, it limits the second chance opportunities for UK and that is a plus in this game.
3. Help from UK - Let's be honest, for USC to straight up defeat UK is hard to accomplish so the Gamecocks need help. They need UK to be cold in their shooting, turn the ball over, making mental mistakes and USC must capitalize off these errors.
So, will the upset happen? Doubt it but hoping for a miracle. Look for UK to win by 13.
Give a listen to South Carolina head basketball coach Darrin Horn talk about his team heading into SEC conference play:no comments
The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Wofford Terriers by the score of 72-66 to move their record to 7-6 overall.
Here is video highlights of the win:
The South Carolina Gameoccks basketball team square off in a home game against the USC-Upstate Spartans. Tip-off is noon today at the Colonial Life Arena.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Wofford Terriers by the score of 57-45. This win gives USC is fourth win in the past five games, the lone loss was against second ranked Ohio State.
Nailing the three point shots is what contributed to the win as USC hit a season high 11 three-pointers.
The Gamecocks were paced by guard Bruce Ellington, who scored a season-high 17 points. Ellington, who will fly down to Orlando Thursday to join the Gamecock football team, hit five of Carolina’s season high 11 three pointers.
The win puts USC at an even record as it now stands at 6-6 overall.
Let’s look at five things we learned from the win:
The South Carolina basketball squad (5-6) will battle with the Wofford Terriers (7-5) in the Colonial Life Arena at 7 p.m. in what will be a crucial test for both teams as both are in need of win out-of-conference.
USC is 4-3 at home this year but they face a Wofford team that has a 2-3 road record so the home court advanatage is not as strong for USC in this game. For the series, USC has won 24 of the last 25 meetings between the two schools. So USC, based on history, should win this game.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions by the score of 62-43. The win moves the Gamecocks to a overall record of 5-6 and now they will have a week off before facing Wofford next week in a home game at the Colonial Life Arena.
So what did we learn from this win? Here are five things: