COLUMBIA, SC Jan. 9. 2015 – South Carolina travels to Ole Miss on Saturday, continuing Southeastern Conference play vs. the Rebels. The Gamecocks most recently suffered a loss to Florida in the SEC opener on Wednesday in Columbia, which broke a seven-game win streak for Carolina. Ole Miss lost its league opener in overtime at top-ranked Kentucky last Tuesday. Saturday’s matchup will be televised on FSN with Pete Pranica and Sean Tuohy on the call.
Game Date: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Game Time: 5 p.m. ET
Arena: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Talent: Pete Pranica (pxp), Sean Tuohy (analyst)
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
Talent: Andy Demetra (pxp), Casey Manning (analyst)
Sirius: N/A; XM: N/A
Series: Ole Miss leads 17-15
Last Meeting: 75-71 Ole Miss win on Feb. 1, 2014, in Oxford, Miss.
– South Carolina is in its 107th season of varsity basketball in 2014-15.
– The Gamecocks are led by third-year head coach Frank Martin. His associate head coach is Matt Figger, his assistant coaches are Perry Clark and Lamont Evans, and his director of operations is Andy Assaley.
– South Carolina is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls this week (Jan. 5 polls). It marks the first time that Carolina has received votes in the AP Poll since Jan. 2009, and the first time with votes in the Coaches Poll since March 2006.
– South Carolina suffered a 72-68 loss to visiting Florida on Wednesday in the SEC opener for both schools in Columbia. The Gamecocks had just one in double figures, with senior guard Ty Johnson posting 20 points. Carolina made just eight baskets in the second half, however, the Gamecocks hit 23-of-27 from the foul line (85.2%) in the contest.
– The loss to Florida snapped a seven-game South Carolina win streak. That streak was the longest for the Gamecocks since the opening of the 2003-04 campaign when Carolina won eight straight.
– South Carolina has only won once in 12 tries against the Rebels in Oxford. That was an 80-77 win on Feb. 2, 2008.
– South Carolina upset No. 9/9 Iowa State on Jan. 3 in a neutral site matchup vs. the Cyclones at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sophomore guard Duane Notice led three Gamecocks in double figures with 15 points, while senior guard Ty Johnson and sophomore guard Sindarius Thornwell posted 13 apiece. Thornwell notched six of those points in the final two minutes of the game, also collecting his lone steal of the contest to seal the win for Carolina.
– The Gamecocks, then-ranked fourth in the nation in opponent field goal percentage, held Iowa State to just 35.1 percent (20-57) from the field, which was 15 points below their average entering the game at 50.6 percent.
– Carolina and Iowa State combined for just three made 3s in the contest at the Barclays Center, with the Cyclones hitting just one – well below their season average of 8.7 made 3s per game entering the matchup.
– The Gamecocks are in their 24th season of competition in the Southeastern Conference in 2015. Carolina owns a 138-235 (.369) all-time record in SEC play.
– Frank Martin owns a 59-60 (.495) all-time record in conference games.
– In the Jan. 8 NCAA RPI rankings, the Gamecocks rank 119.
GAMECOCKS IN THE POLLS
South Carolina is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls this week after their 9-3 non-conference record, capped by an upset win over No. 9/9 Iowa State last Saturday. The Gamecocks appear in the AP poll votes for the first time since Jan. 2009, and in the Coaches poll votes for the first time since March 2006.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
The Rebels nearly defeated top-ranked Kentucky in their SEC opener on Tuesday in Lexington, taking the Wildcats to overtime. Junior guard Stefan Moody led the squad vs. the Wildcats and paces four Rebels averaging double-figures with 14.7 points per outing. He had 25 points vs. Kentucky before sidelined with cramps in his leg. Senior guard Jarvis Summers adds 14.0 points and a team-leading 3.8 assists per game, and senior forward LaDarius White provides 12.6 points per outing. The Rebels have lost two of their last three games entering Saturday’s matchup, having lost on the road at Dayton on Dec. 30, before concluding non-conference play with a victory over Austin Peay on Jan. 3. Ole Miss has key victories over Cincinnati and at Oregon, but has suffered losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky also this season. Head Coach Andy Kennedy is in his ninth season in Oxford. Ole Miss leads the nation in free throw percentage, hitting an impressive 78.9 percent from the charity stripe.