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#24 South Carolina vs. #19 Florida: Preview, start time, how to watch and more

Frank Martin and crew play host to the rising Gators on the Gamecocks home floor Wednesday evening.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Start time: 6:30 p.m. est

TV: SEC Network

Live stream: WatchESPN

Radio: 107.5 The Game (Columbia)

Three Point Preview:

  1. In what could very well be a defining two-game stretch in terms of who finishes where at the end of the season in the SEC East standings, South Carolina hosts the top-20 Florida Gators Wednesday evening before traveling to Lexington, KY to take on John Calipari’s Wildcats Saturday. The Gamecocks are 4-0 to begin conference play this year, marking their most successful start to the SEC schedule in a decade. However unlikely a 6-0 start may seem given South Carolina’s next two opponents, fans around the program, and even head coach Frank Martin, should be pleased if the Gamecocks enter next week at 5-1. That said, a win tonight against Florida is their best shot at that reality.
  2. Be prepared for what could be an ugly offensive outing tonight. As fun as it is watching the Gamecocks consistently shut down opposing team’s offenses with a suffocating and relentless defensive pressure, South Carolina may get a taste of its own medicine with Florida. Second year head coach Mike White has the Gators locked in on the defensive side of the floor of late, forcing at least 18 turnovers in its last four games to go along with an average of over eight steals a night.
NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

3. South Carolina forward Chris Silva may finally be coming into his own on offense for the Gamecocks, and the coaching staff couldn’t have asked for better timing as the team enters the thick of conference play. The second year Gabon native has bested previous career highs for points in a game three different times this year, with his latest milestone getting set at 16 against Ole Miss over the weekend. While a polished low-post game is something fans and coaching have been wanting more of out of Silva, the sophomore hasn’t forced it and continues to grow as an efficient option for South Carolina down low. Silva has been showing signs of consistent improvement on offense averaging nearly 58% shooting from the field and over 70% from the foul line. Look for the big-bodied sophomore to serve as the Gamecocks’ x-factor in these next two match-ups.