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Gamecock men travel to New York; women host Western Carolina

South Carolina’s basketball teams are back in action tonight, with the women kicking off a four-game homestand and the men playing in an Under Armour event.

Nov 27, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Maik Kotsar (21) is defended by Florida International Golden Panthers forward Jay Harvey (32) during the first half at FIU Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina (5-1) vs. Temple (3-1)

Start time: 9 p.m.

TV: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com

Last game

The Gamecocks traveled to Frank Martin’s alma mater, Florida International, and came away from Miami with a 78-61 win. Chris Silva scored a career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds, while Frank Booker chipped in 12 points as he continues to develop into a 3-point shooting threat.

What to watch for

South Carolina is participating in the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden, where it lost to Seton Hall last year. Temple already has an early-season tournament title under its belt, having won the Charleston Classic (and beating Clemson and Auburn along the way). Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. leads three Owls averaging double figures with 18.3 points per game, along with Quinton Rose (17.5) and Obi Enechionyia (15.5). This will be a stiff test for the Gamecocks.

No. 5 South Carolina (6-1) vs. Western Carolina (1-4)

Start time: 7 p.m.

TV: SEC Network+

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com

Radio: 107.5 FM (Columbia)

Last game

The Gamecocks suffered their first defeat of the season, a tough 92-85 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame in the Gulf Coast Showcase title game. After a hot start, South Carolina went ice cold from the field, at one point allowing a 37-12 run by the Irish. A’ja Wilson finished with a career-high 34 points and nine rebounds to just miss another double-double.

What to watch for

This should be a nice bounce back game for South Carolina. At just 1-4 on the season, the Catamounts were picked to finish last in the Southern Conference and did not place a player on the preseason team. Sophomore guard Lauren LaPlant leads Western Carolina with 9.2 points per game and has a team-high six 3-pointers.