SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: South Carolina at Texas A&M

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South Carolina plays at Texas A&M on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
South Carolina 0.424 0.358 0.688 346 1052 373 178 134 398
South Carolina OPP 0.428 0.348 0.743 324 1066 364 195 109 431
Texas A&M 0.438 0.304 0.695 332 1072 341 183 132 394
Texas A&M OPP 0.415 0.321 0.699 348 1023 418 196 137 362

Statistical Leaders

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Chris Silva 14.2 127 145 14
A.J. Lawson 13.9 130 80 48
Hassani Gravett 11.4 111 51 58
Keyshawn Bryant 8.7 106 35 5
Maik Kotsar 7.1 81 28 3
Tre Campbell 7.0 67 24 44
Felipe Haase 6.3 54 46 28

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Chris Silva 73 133 206 7.1
Maik Kotsar 47 81 128 4.7
A.J. Lawson 27 97 124 4.4
Hassani Gravett 19 91 110 3.8
Keyshawn Bryant 31 78 109 3.8
Felipe Haase 38 68 106 3.7
Tre Campbell 9 41 50 1.7
Alanzo Frink 21 19 40 1.9
Justin Minaya 10 18 28 5.6
Evan Hinson 6 11 17 1.1
T.J. Moss 0 13 13 1.9
Jason Cudd 0 3 3 0.6
Nathan Nelson 0 1 1 0.5

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Wendell Mitchell 13.4 113 57 52
Savion Flagg 12.8 138 46 35
T.J. Starks 12.3 122 61 28
Christian Mekowulu 8.3 81 68 3
Josh Nebo 8.3 83 50 0
Jay Jay Chandler 7.8 73 51 13
Brandon Mahan 6.4 59 20 40
John Walker III 3.6 31 25 6
Chris Collins 0.8 3 9 2

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Savion Flagg 55 161 216 7.7
Christian Mekowulu 72 95 167 6.0
Josh Nebo 60 88 148 5.7
Wendell Mitchell 24 86 110 4.4
Brandon Mahan 18 70 88 3.1
Jay Jay Chandler 18 69 87 3.2
John Walker III 23 45 68 2.6
T.J. Starks 13 47 60 2.2
Chris Collins 1 27 28 1.3
Isiah Jasey 6 6 12 2.4
Mark French 0 2 2 0.2

NCAA RPI

South Carolina: 96
Texas A&M: 69

South Carolina Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#00 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 172 FR Toronto, ON
#1 T.J. Moss G 6′-2″ 193 FR Memphis, TN
#2 Hassani Gravett G 6′-2″ 188 SR Villa Rica, GA
#4 Tre Campbell G 6′-0″ 183 SR Washington, DC
#5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 202 FR East Chicago, IN
#10 Justin Minaya F 6′-5″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
#13 Felipe Haase F 6′-9″ 253 SO Osorno, Chile
#14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-5″ 174 FR Murfreesboro, TN
#20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-6″ 265 FR Jersey City, NJ
#21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 264 JR Tallinn, Estonia
#23 Evan Hinson G 6′-4″ 230 JR Deltona, FL
#24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-6″ 190 FR Winter Haven, FL
#30 Chris Silva F 6′-9″ 234 SR Libreville, Gabon
#31 Raymond Borup G
#33 Jason Cudd F 7′-1″ 263 SO Myrtle Beach, SC
#52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 210 JR Brooklyn, NY

Texas A&M Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Jay Jay Chandler G 6′-4″ 180 SO Katy, TX
#1 Savion Flagg G 6′-7″ 217 SO Alvin, TX
#2 TJ Starks G 6′-2″ 196 SO Dallas, TX
#3 Admon Gilder G 6′-4″ 199 SR Dallas, TX
#4 Mark French G 5′-8″ 160 JR Plano, TX
#5 Zach Walker G 6′-3″ 188 FR Deer Park, TX
#10 Everett Vaughn C 6′-10″ 237 FR Bellaire, TX
#11 Wendell Mitchell G 6′-3″ 185 JR Rockdale, TX
#12 Chris Collins G 6′-3″ 181 SR Friendswood, TX
#13 Brandon Mahan G 6′-5″ 200 SO Birmingham, AL
#15 Isiah Jasey F 6′-10″ 246 SO Killeen, TX
#20 John Brown F 6′-10″ 226 SO Magnolia, TX
#21 Christian Mekowulu F 6′-8″ 245 SR Lagos, Nigeria
#22 Frank Byers G 5′-10″ 180 SR Dallas, TX
#24 John Walker III F 6′-9″ 196 FR Houston, TX
#31 Luke McGhee F 6′-8″ 237 FR San Antonio, TX
#32 Josh Nebo F 6′-9″ 244 JR Houston, TX
#33 Cameron Alo G 5′-9″ 174 SO Houston, TX

South Carolina Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs USC Upstate W 65-52
9-Nov vs Stony Brook L 83-81
13-Nov vs Norfolk State W 81-64
Nov 17* at Providence L 76-67
26-Nov vs Wofford L 81-61
30-Nov vs C. Carolina W 85-79
5-Dec at Wyoming L 73-64
8-Dec at Michigan L 89-78
19-Dec vs UVA L 69-52
22-Dec vs Clemson L 78-68
31-Dec vs N Greenville W 97-46
5-Jan at Florida W 71-69
8-Jan vs Mississippi State W 87-82
13-Jan vs Missouri W 85-75
16-Jan at Vanderbilt W 74-71
19-Jan at LSU L 89-67
22-Jan vs Auburn W 80-77
26-Jan at Oklahoma State L 74-70
29-Jan vs Tennessee L 92-70
2-Feb at Georgia L 86-80
5-Feb at Kentucky L 76-48
9-Feb vs Arkansas W 77-65
13-Feb at Tennessee L 85-73
16-Feb vs Texas A&M W 84-77
19-Feb vs Ole Miss W 79-64
23-Feb at Mississippi State L 75-61
26-Feb vs Alabama L 68-62
2-Mar at Missouri L 78-63
5-Mar at Texas A&M
9-Mar vs Georgia

Texas A&M Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
7-Nov vs Savannah State W 98-83
9-Nov vs UC Irvine L 74-73
15-Nov at Gonzaga L 94-71
Nov 18* vs Minnesota L 69-64
Nov 20* at Washington L 71-67
23-Nov vs South Alabama W 74-62
3-Dec vs Northwestern St W 80-59
8-Dec vs Boston College Cancelled
Dec 15* at Oregon State W 67-64
19-Dec vs Valparaiso W 71-49
22-Dec vs Marshall W 92-68
29-Dec vs Texas Southern L 88-73
5-Jan vs Arkansas L 73-71
8-Jan at Kentucky L 85-74
12-Jan at Alabama W 81-80
16-Jan vs Auburn L 85-66
19-Jan vs Missouri L 66-43
22-Jan at Florida L 81-72
26-Jan vs Kansas State W 65-53
30-Jan vs LSU L 72-57
2-Feb vs Tennessee L 93-76
6-Feb at Ole Miss L 75-71
9-Feb at Missouri W 68-59
12-Feb vs Georgia W 73-56
16-Feb at South Carolina L 84-77
19-Feb vs Alabama W 65-56
23-Feb at Arkansas W 87-80
26-Feb at LSU L 66-55
2-Mar vs Vanderbilt W 64-57
5-Mar vs South Carolina
9-Mar at Mississippi State

South Carolina-Texas A&M Prediction

South Carolina has fully and clearly removed itself from bubble conversations. Their current losing streak has moved the Gamecocks into a five-way tie for fourth place in the conference. South Carolina must win the SEC Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, so the Gamecocks badly need to get the No. 4 seed. That would enable them to get a double-bye into the quarterfinals, requiring them to win only three games, not four, to make March Madness. South Carolina has to find some inspiration at Texas A&M. The Aggies have a chance to avoid playing on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament next week. They are tied with Arkansas for tenth in the conference. The No. 11 team in the league has to play on Wednesday. Given everything we have seen from these two teams the past 10 days, A&M has to be the choice. Texas A&M 68, South Carolina 65. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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