David Cloninger: Just because the Wolverines got picked for the 2016 Tourney while we were relegated to the NIT, the “revenge” angle doesn’t apply. But then David can’t seem to shake it, either:
Yet it’s hard not to think about. The Gamecocks had more wins than Michigan on Selection Sunday last year (24 to 22), a better RPI (56 to 58) and an 8-5 record vs. the RPI’s Top 100 (the Wolverines were 4-12). Yet Michigan, with a strength of schedule rated 44, was picked ahead of the Gamecocks (157). Perhaps it helped that it was the Wolverines (1989 national champs; five-time national runners-up) and the Gamecocks haven’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1973. Perhaps not.
Personally, I’m going with “perhaps” over “perhaps not.”
The Daily Gamecock: Tiger Burn!
Charlotte Observer: South Carolina rolling heading into rivalry game vs. Clemson. “Clemson has certainly opened the door at times this year for less-talented teams to hang in games at Memorial Stadium.”
SEC Country: 5 key things for South Carolina: Play the best game of the year. Plus - Tommy Bowden admits he stole signals from former South Carolina DC Charlie Strong. Maybe that’s why we always called Charlie “Third-and-long Charlie” Strong. Pick a winner, Tommy.
The Big Spur: Whittle says Gamecocks swiped signals, too. Well, so there.
Gene Sapakoff: Dabo Swinney, Will Muschamp are cut from similar cloth.
SportstalkSC: Will Muschamp keeping the focus on his team, not the rival in the Upstate.
Saturday Down South: Dabo Swinney praises Jake Bentley ahead of Saturday’s rivalry game.
Campus Insiders: Clemson vs. South Carolina Prediction, Game Preview. “South Carolina will come out with a fight, but the Tigers are too talented for the Gamecocks to stay in the game.“ Just like they were too talented for Pitt and State. (Note to self - we have a better kicker than the Panthers or the Wolfpack).
Gamecocksonline: Alaina Coates Named SEC Co-Player of the Week.
Spurs & Feathers: In Women’s soccer, Gamecocks excited for showdown with UNC on Friday at Stone Stadium. Hosting the Heels for a Final Four berth? At home? Sign me up.
Gamecock Toast: This is an old-school type anti-Clemson rant (from Monday).
Happy Thanksgiving. Beat Michigan. Beat Clemson.