SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: South Carolina at Arkansas

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South Carolina visits Arkansas on Wednesday 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
South Carolina 0.436 0.311 0.612 236 714 270 146 80 256
South Carolina OPP 0.386 0.298 0.722 187 654 218 109 68 286
Arkansas 0.445 0.314 0.737 139 623 243 163 86 225
Arkansas OPP 0.400 0.243 0.699 205 727 183 95 51 326

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Statistical Leaders

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 13.7 84 59 33
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 10.7 71 29 21
Jair Bolden South Carolina 9.9 67 15 29
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 9.2 76 23 0
Justin Minaya South Carolina 8.1 54 29 17
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 5.6 39 23 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 3.8 24 12 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 2.8 19 5 7
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 2.2 14 11 0

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Justin Minaya South Carolina 39 81 120 6.3
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 42 76 118 6.2
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 33 36 69 3.8
AJ Lawson South Carolina 7 51 58 3.1
Jair Bolden South Carolina 5 49 54 3.0
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 14 38 52 2.9
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 20 27 47 2.6
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 13 28 41 2.6
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 13 15 28 2.8
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 8 20 28 2.0
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 20 22 1.2
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 5 7 1.2
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0 2 0.3
Mike Green South Carolina 0 1 1 0.3

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones Arkansas 18.4 95 105 36
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 16.8 95 46 67
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 15.3 122 47 0
Desi Sills Arkansas 9.7 69 27 19
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 6.5 46 25 6
Jalen Harris Arkansas 4.3 25 22 10
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 4.1 30 6 0
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 1.4 9 2 2

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones Arkansas 17 93 110 6.1
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 24 72 96 5.1
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 24 68 92 4.8
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 13 71 84 4.7
Desi Sills Arkansas 10 47 57 3.0
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 16 31 47 2.9
Jalen Harris Arkansas 8 37 45 2.4
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 6 24 30 1.9
Ethan Henderson Arkansas 3 9 12 1.5
Emeka Obukwelu Arkansas 1 2 3 1.0

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NCAA RPI

South Carolina: 89

Arkansas: 28

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

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

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Scouting Report


Arkansas (15-4, 3-3 SEC) defeated TCU 78-67 on Saturday in Fayetteville. The Hogs built a 24-18 lead late in the first half and then headed to halftime up 33-29. In the second half the Razorbacks never trailed and led by as much as 15 points. Arkansas survived the foul fest down the stretch making most free throws seal the win. Three point shooting was probably the difference in this game. Both teams made six 3-point shots during this game. However, the Hogs were way more efficient and accurate making 6 of 9 attempts (66.7%) while TCU went 6 for 19 making just 31%. Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Mason Jones co-led the Hogs in scoring, each with each with 20 points. Kevin Samuel led the Horned Frogs with 24 points.

Guard Mason Jones (18.4 ppg) is the Hog’s leader in scoring. Sharp-shooting Isaiah Joe (16.8 ppg) is the second leading points producer. Joe has 67 made threes so far this season. Jones also leads the Hogs in rebounds (6.1 rpg).

Arkansas scores an average of 74.1 points per game (6th SEC). Defensively, they allow 63.2 points per contest (3rd SEC). The Hogs like to shoot threes. They have taken 446 attempts from beyond the arc so far this season. Only Alabama (551), Vandy (482) and Auburn (492) have taken more. The Hogs not only can shoot the three, they can defend it. Arkansas is No. 1 in the conference in 3-point shooting defense allowing just 24.3% of shots to be made. Arkansas also leads the league in steals averaging 8.6 of those per game.

South Carolina (11-8, 3-3 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt 90-64 on Saturday in Columbia. Vandy led for most of the first couple minutes of the game but with 17:38 remaining in the first half USC took a 7-6 edge. The Gamecocks, who would never trail again during the game, took a 45-35 lead into halftime. The lead hit 20 at 71-51 with 7:25 remaining. With 2:53 left the Gamecocks went ahead by 25 at 83-58. The Gamecocks showed little basketball chivalry, launching a three in the final minute for a rare eclipse of 90 points. At least the USC starters were out of the game by that time. Justin Minaya and AJ Lawson each had 14 points to lead the Gamecocks. Saben Lee’s 17 points for Vandy led all scorers.

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 13.7 points per game. Maik Kotsar pulls down a team leading 6.3 rebounds a game. South Carolina as a team averages 70.8 points per game while allowing opponents 66.7 points per contest. For the season, Carolina is making 44% from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 61.2% from the line.

Arkansas playing at home should be the favorite in this game. The Hogs are better both offensively and defensively. Barring the Razorbacks sleep walking into this one they should prevail.

South Carolina-Arkansas Prediction

Arkansas 73, South Carolina 68


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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