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

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Texas A&M plays at South Carolina on Saturday 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
Texas A&M 0.439 0.305 0.688 274 881 290 149 106 322
Texas A&M OPP 0.418 0.331 0.698 287 843 347 162 106 300
South Carolina 0.432 0.350 0.692 282 869 310 144 110 341
South Carolina OPP 0.423 0.353 0.743 279 881 304 167 77 359

Statistical Leaders

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
T.J. Starks 12.9 108 53 28
Wendell Mitchell 12.5 84 41 41
Savion Flagg 11.7 105 35 23
Josh Nebo 8.7 71 41 0
Christian Mekowulu 8.2 64 58 3
Jay Jay Chandler 8.1 62 45 9
Brandon Mahan 6.9 53 14 38
John Walker III 4.2 29 25 6

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Savion Flagg 41 133 174 7.6
Josh Nebo 52 74 126 6.0
Christian Mekowulu 58 77 135 5.9
Wendell Mitchell 23 64 87 4.4
Jay Jay Chandler 17 57 74 3.4
Brandon Mahan 14 56 70 3.0
John Walker III 20 39 59 2.8
T.J. Starks 13 43 56 2.4

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Chris Silva 13.9 104 115 10
A.J. Lawson 13.5 110 65 38
Hassani Gravett 10.8 86 42 46
Keyshawn Bryant 9.2 92 31 5
Maik Kotsar 7.8 71 26 3
Tre Campbell 6.8 55 18 36
Felipe Haase 6.6 45 46 22

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Chris Silva 59 116 175 7.3
Maik Kotsar 40 69 109 5.0
A.J. Lawson 21 82 103 4.3
Hassani Gravett 17 72 89 3.7
Felipe Haase 30 58 88 3.7
Keyshawn Bryant 25 59 84 3.5
Tre Campbell 7 31 38 1.6

NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 81
South Carolina: 97

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 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 Schedule/Results

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

South Carolina Schedule/Results

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

Texas A&M-South Carolina Prediction

The South Carolina Gamecocks spent the month of January outmaneuvering the rest of the SEC. Then they arrived at the SEC-Big 12 Challenge and lost at Oklahoma State. They haven’t been the same team since. South Carolina is still plucky and resilient at home. It dealt a blow to Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament chances a week ago, but South Carolina’s parade of February losses has substantially eroded the quality of its season. This is a game in which teams are more realistically playing for an NIT spot than an NCAA bid. South Carolina just finished playing Tennessee. There are two schools of thought when a team plays a game after taking on the No. 1 team in the country: One, the Gamecocks will suffer a letdown and be flat. Two, South Carolina will have a better understanding of how to play. I choose two. South Carolina 74, Texas A&M 63. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at Noon CT (1:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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