South Carolina visits Tennessee on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
By 14Powers Hoops
Team Statistical Comparison
|South Carolina OPP||0.388||0.318||0.728||135||476||163||84||44||217|
South Carolina Scoring Leaders
Tennessee Scoring Leaders
Tennessee Rebounding Leaders
South Carolina: 128
South Carolina Roster
|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|
|0||Davonte Gaines||G||6′-7″||178||FR||Buffalo, NY|
|1||Lamonte Turner||G||6′-2″||187||SR||Florence, AL|
|3||Drew Pember||F||6′-9″||207||FR||Knoxville, TN|
|4||Jacob Fleschman||G||6′-3″||176||JR||Austin, TX|
|5||Josiah-Jordan James||G||6′-6″||208||FR||Charleston, SC|
|10||John Fulkerson||F||6′-9″||212||JR||Kingsport, TN|
|12||Victor Bailey Jr.||G||6′-4″||186||JR||Austin, TX|
|13||Jalen Johnson||G||6′-6″||196||JR||Durham, NC|
|21||Olivier Nkamhoua||F||6′-8″||224||FR||Cumberland, MD|
|23||Jordan Bowden||G||6′-5″||193||SR||Knoxville, TN|
|30||Brock Jancek||F||6′-8″||222||SO||Knoxville, TN|
|33||Zach Kent||F||6′-11″||235||SO||Magnolia, DE|
|34||Uros Plavsic||F||7′-0″||240||FR||Chattanooga, TN|
|35||Yves Pons||G||6′-6″||215||JR||Paris, FR|
South Carolina (8-6, 0-1 SEC) fell to Florida 81-68 on Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. In that game the Gators built a 3-point lead by halftime. The Gators led by just six with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. However, Florida outscored Carolina 15-8 for the remainder of the game to seal the win. The difference in this game was the Gators superior shooting, rebounding and defense. The Gators made 46.7% of shot from field goal range compared to USC’s 38.3%, 37.5% of 3-point shots to just 26.7% for the Gamecocks. Florida out-rebounded South Carolina 42-30. Maik Kotsar, a 6-foot-11 forward, led the Gamecocks in scoring with 18 points. His 10 rebounds also led the Gamecocks, giving him a double-double.
Guard AJ Lawson is the Gamecock’s leading scorer (15.5 ppg) so far this season. The 6-foot-3 Lawson is South Carolina’s biggest threat from 3-point range with 26 made 3-point shots. Maik Kotsar, the team’s second leading scorer (10.3 ppg) and top rebounder (6.1 rpg), is a 6-foot-11, 270 pound monster from Estonia. USC is 11th in the SEC in scoring offense (69.4 ppg) and 8th in scoring defense (65.9 ppg). The Gamecocks are the worst free shooting team in SEC basketball hitting just 61.5% of those shots. The Gamecocks are 13th in the SEC in 3-point shooting (28.5%) and 11th in field goal shooting (43.3%). Defensively, the Gamecocks are fourth in the league in field goal defense, holding opponents to just 38.8% makes. The Gamecocks are also third in steals with 7.7 per game.
Tennessee (9-5, 1-1 SEC) evened its SEC record on Tuesday night with a solid 69-59 win over Misouri in Columbia, Mo. This game was tied at 15 halfway through the first half. However, the Vols would build a modest 32-28 lead by the half. With 13:45 remaining in the second half the Tigers tied the score at 40 on a jumber by Tray Jackson. The game would be tied four more times before the Vols pulled away. Trailing 64-56 with 2:26 remaining, the Tigers resorted to fouling. The Vols made 5 of 5 free throws in the final moment to seal the win. Guard Jordan Bowden led the Vols in scoring with 13. Tennessee had four players, including Bowden, make at least two 3-point shots.
Guard Lamonte Turner leads Tennessee in scoring (12.3 ppg) followed by fellow guard Jordan Bowden (12.2 ppg). Bowden is the team’s top 3-point shooting threat with 26 made 3-point shots. 6-foot-6 Josiah-Jordan James is the team’s top rebounder (6.0 rpg). Tennessee is 12th in the SEC in scoring offense (67.1 ppg) and second in the league in scoring defense (59.6 ppg). The Vols are fourth in the league in 3-point shooting accuracy (33%) and 12th in the conference in field goal shooting (43.2%). The Vols are second in the conference in both blocked shots (5.6 bpg) and assists (15.6 apg).
Tennessee should be the favorite playing in Knoxville. They have more offensive weapons and are playing better defensively than the Gamecocks.