SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: South Carolina at Auburn

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South Carolina visits Auburn 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 0.427 0.309 0.613 217 638 234 133 75 233
South Carolina OPP 0.384 0.304 0.725 167 586 192 100 64 264
Auburn 0.445 0.309 0.654 231 702 228 109 102 222
Auburn OPP 0.408 0.310 0.685 184 612 171 113 47 248

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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 13.8 74 57 30
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 10.6 62 25 20
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 9.8 72 23 0
Jair Bolden South Carolina 9.7 58 15 24
Justin Minaya South Carolina 7.4 43 26 14
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 5.5 35 18 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 3.2 18 9 0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 3.0 16 7 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 3.0 18 5 7
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 2.1 12 9 0

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 40 68 108 6.4
Justin Minaya South Carolina 32 69 101 5.9
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 32 34 66 4.1
AJ Lawson South Carolina 6 47 53 3.1
Jair Bolden South Carolina 5 46 51 3.2
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 12 35 47 2.9
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 18 23 41 2.6
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 11 21 32 2.3
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 12 12 24 2.7
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 7 17 24 1.8
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 18 20 1.3
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 4 6 1.2
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0 2 0.3
Mike Green South Carolina 0 1 1 0.3

Auburn Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Samir Doughty Auburn 14.6 77 65 30
Isaac Okoro Auburn 12.8 80 48 9
J’Von McCormick Auburn 10.9 68 29 21
Austin Wiley Auburn 10.6 56 68 0
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 9.5 54 28 26
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 7.5 46 20 15
Jamal Johnson Auburn 5.1 25 14 23
Allen Flanigan Auburn 3.5 25 5 4
Devan Cambridge Auburn 3.1 21 3 7

Auburn Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Austin Wiley Auburn 53 104 157 9.2
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 26 60 86 5.1
Isaac Okoro Auburn 33 42 75 4.4
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 19 52 71 4.2
J’Von McCormick Auburn 18 48 66 3.9
Samir Doughty Auburn 14 48 62 3.6
Allen Flanigan Auburn 12 33 45 2.6
Devan Cambridge Auburn 9 21 30 1.8
Jamal Johnson Auburn 9 18 27 1.6
Tyrell Jones Auburn 4 6 10 1.0
Babatunde Akingbola Auburn 1 3 4 0.4
Jaylin Williams Auburn 1 3 4 0.5
Preston Cook Auburn 0 1 1 0.5
Javon Franklin Auburn 0 1 1 0.2

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Auburn Arena
Auburn Arena

NCAA RPI

South Carolina: 98

Auburn: 20

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

Auburn Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Tyrell Jones G 6′-1″ 170 FR Chicago, IL
1 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 195 SO Birmingham, AL
2 Jaylin Williams F 6′-7″ 230 FR Nahunta, GA
3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 SR Centreville, AL
4 Javon Franklin F 6′-7″ 218 SO Little Rock, AR
5 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 185 SR New Orleans, LA
10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 SR Philadelphia, PA
12 Lior Berman G 6′-4″ 205 FR Birmingham, AL
13 Babatunde Akingbola C 6′-10″ 236 FR Ogun, Nigeria
14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 200 SO Auburn, AL
20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 SO Madison, AL
21 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 SR Birmingham, AL
22 Allen Flanigan G 6′-5″ 200 FR Little Rock, AR
23 Isaac Okoro F 6′-6″ 225 FR Powder Springs, GA
24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 SR Warwick, GA
33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 175 SO Lakewood Ranch, FL
35 Devan Cambridge G 6′-6″ 190 FR Nashville, TN
50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 SR Hoover, AL
54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 SR Birmingham, AL

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Scouting Report


Auburn (15-2, 3-2 SEC) The Auburn Tigers fell to Florida 69-47 on Saturday in Gainesville. The Gators earned this win with superior shooting and good defense. The Gators out-shot the Tigers 50%-26% from the field, 47%-17% from 3-point range and 78%-71% from the line. The Gators jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and pretty never looked back. Auburn did tie the game at 15 later but the Tigers would never lead. Three back to back successful 3-point shots by the Gators in the final three minutes of the game made the deficit much worse. Forward Omar Payne led the Gators in scoring with 19 points. Payne was an amazing 9 of 9 from field goal range and 1 of 1 from the line. He also had 11 rebounds to earn a double-double. Danjel Purifoy led the Tigers with 10 points. Florida out-rebounded the Tigers 44-29.

Guard Samir Doughty leads the Tigers in scoring (14.6 ppg). Okoro is the next leading scorer with 12.8 points a game. Center Austin Wiley is the top Tiger in rebounds, bringing down over 9 per game. Auburn is third in the SEC in scoring offense (78.9 ppg) and second in the conference in scoring margin (+11.5). The Tigers are fifth in the league in rebounding margin (+5.5) and first in blocked shots (6.0 bpg).

South Carolina (10-7, 2-2 SEC) defeated Texas A&M 81-67 on Saturday in College Station. This game was simply a case of the Gamecocks raining threes on the Aggies. The Gamecocks hit on an amazing 16 of 30 shots from beyond the arc. A&M, meanwhile, made just three of 14 shots from 3-point range. Interestingly, as hot as Gamecocks were, the Aggies were able to hang around for quite a while. South Carolina led 39-33 at the half. With just under 10 minutes remaining in the game the lead was just 4 at 57-53. USC added three more 3-pointers in final 3 minutes of the game, including one with 35 seconds to play, to add to their margin of victory. Carolina had five different players make three or more three pointers. Jair Bolden led the Gamecocks in scoring with 19 points. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point land. Big man Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points, most of those points came at in the paint or at the line. A&M struggled in all shooting areas with just 40.9% (18/44) from the field, 21% from 3-point range (3/14) and 68.3% of free throws (28/41).

Guard AJ Lawson is the Gamecock’s leading scorer (13.8 ppg) so far this season. The 6-foot-3 Lawson is South Carolina’s biggest threat from 3-point range with 30 made 3-point shots. Maik Kotsar is the team’s top rebounder (6.1 rpg). Kotsar is a 6-foot-11, 270 pound monster from Estonia. USC is 10th in the SEC in scoring offense (69.9 ppg) and eighth in scoring defense (66.1 ppg). The Gamecocks are the worst free shooting team in SEC basketball hitting just 61.3% of those shots. USC is 11th in the SEC in 3-point shooting (30.9%) and 11th in field goal shooting (42.7%). Defensively, the Gamecocks are third in the league in field goal defense, holding opponents to just 38.4% makes. The Gamecocks are also third in steals with 7.8 per game.

South Carolina has had a heck of a run the past week or so knocking off Kentucky at home and beating Texas A&M in College Station. Conversely, Auburn, who seemed to be the apparent juggernaut of the SEC in the first couple weeks of the season, has now lost two in a row. Playing at home look for Auburn to end their losing streak along A&M’s winning streak. However, the Tigers can’t afford to sleep on the Gamecocks.

South Carolina-Auburn Prediction

Auburn 76, South Carolina 71


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

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