SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at South Carolina

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Florida visits South Carolina on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.440 0.315 0.713 146 503 147 84 49 157
Florida OPP 0.393 0.298 0.687 129 445 152 72 36 174
South Carolina 0.437 0.286 0.603 156 480 179 103 58 175
South Carolina OPP 0.381 0.314 0.726 123 434 150 77 41 206

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Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 14.9 53 76 12
Keyontae Johnson 13.0 65 27 12
Andrew Nembhard 10.6 48 27 15
Noah Locke 10.2 46 11 29
Scottie Lewis 8.7 34 30 6
Tre Mann 5.9 24 11 6
Ques Glover 5.5 30 6 5
Omar Payne 4.3 25 6 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 38 79 117 9.0
Keyontae Johnson 25 64 89 6.8
Scottie Lewis 15 41 56 4.7
Omar Payne 24 28 52 4.0
Noah Locke 3 40 43 3.3
Andrew Nembhard 1 35 36 2.8
Tre Mann 2 20 22 2.0
Ques Glover 4 11 15 1.2

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson 15.5 66 46 23
Maik Kotsar 9.7 55 16 0
Jair Bolden 9.4 47 10 18
Jermaine Couisnard 8.5 40 20 11
Justin Minaya 7.2 32 21 8
Alanzo Frink 6.2 33 14 0
Trae Hannibal 3.0 13 4 0
Jalyn McCreary 2.9 13 3 0
Wildens Leveque 2.6 11 9 0
TJ Moss 2.6 12 4 6

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar 28 48 76 5.8
Justin Minaya 26 46 72 5.5
Alanzo Frink 25 31 56 4.3
Jair Bolden 3 40 43 3.3
Jermaine Couisnard 11 29 40 3.1
AJ Lawson 4 36 40 3.1
Wildens Leveque 15 22 37 3.1
Jalyn McCreary 9 13 22 2.2
Trae Hannibal 4 13 17 1.7
TJ Moss 2 15 17 1.3

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NCAA RPI

Florida: 53

South Carolina: 118

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ques Glover G 5′-11″ 176 FR Knoxville, TN
1 Tre Mann G 6′-4″ 172 FR Gainesville, FL
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 193 SO Aurora, ON
3 Alex Klatsky G 6′-3″ 189 FR Colts Neck, NJ
4 Anthony Duruji F 6′-7″ 213 JR Germantown, MD
5 Omar Payne F 6′-10″ 223 FR Kissimmee, FL
10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 207 SO Baltimore, MD
11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 231 SO Norfolk, VA
12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 244 JR Sydney, NSW
21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 236 JR Oakland, CA
22 Tyree Appleby G 6′-1″ 163 JR Jacksonville, AR
23 Scottie Lewis G 6′-5″ 185 FR Hazlet, NJ
24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6′-10″ 241 SR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 FR Chattanooga, TN

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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Scouting Report


On Saturday Florida (9-4, 1-0 SEC) opened its SEC slate with an wild 104-98 double overtime victory over scrappy Alabama. The Gators rallied from an 8-point deficit with less than 2 minutes remaining to notch the win. In that game guard Andrew Nembhard led the Gators with 25 points. However, it was 6-foot-10 Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.’s double-double which consisted of 24 points and 16 rebounds that likely proved to be the difference in this game. It was a big win for Florida but keep in mind they were facing the worst defense in the SEC. Guard Noah Locke is the Gator’s biggest 3-point shooting threat this season. He’s made 29 threes already to lead his team. Blackshear, as expected, is the team’s Mr. Windex. He’s averaging 9 boards a game, good for 4th in the SEC. One thing that makes big man Blackshear even more effective is his free throw shooting ability (84%). No fouling this guy. Nembhard has been a solid ball handler for the Gators so far. He’s third in the SEC in assists with 75.

South Carolina (8-5, 0-0 SEC), has seen very good and very bad in its non-conference slate. The Gamecocks have an impressive win at Virginia but have lost to the likes of Stetson and Boston University. Both those losses happened in Columbia. The Stetson game came after the long Christmas break, on December 30. The game on Tuesday night will be just South Carolina’s second game since the win at Virginia. Guard A.J. Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring (15.5 ppg). He’s the only Gamecock that averages in double figures. South Carolina is a pretty solid team defensively, allowing just 64 points per game. However, one glaring weakness for the Gamecocks is shooting. They are dead last in the SEC in free throw accuracy making just over 60%. They are also 11th in field goal percentage (43.7%) and 13th in three point shooting (28.6%).

Playing in Columbia, this is a game that could go either way. I like the Gamecocks playing at home though. They are well rested and well coached. If they could win at Virginia they should be able to handle Florida. Also consider the fact that Florida is coming off a very thrilling win over Alabama. They may be a little deflated for this one.

Florida-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina 73, Florida 70


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT). TV: ESPNU.
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