South Carolina (8-2) at Clemson (9-1)
Start time: 7 p.m.
Live stream: watchespn.com
Live audio: 107.5 The Game (Columbia)
The Gamecocks are returning to the court after a 10-day break for final exams. The last time South Carolina was in action, it survived a stiff challenge from Coastal Carolina at home, pulling out an 80-78 victory. Hassani Gravett was the unexpected hero with a late 3-point play, and Frank Booker (19 points, 3-of-7 from beyond the arc) and Chris Silva (15 points, nine rebounds) also stood out for South Carolina.
What to watch for
At 9-1 and lurking just outside of the Top 25 after its wins against Ohio State and Florida last week, Clemson will be a tough out. Five Tigers average double figures, led by Donte Grantham with 15.5 points per game. The Gamecocks have a slight rebounding edge (38.3 per game versus Clemson’s 36.9), but the Tigers are shooting 50.2% from the floor, good for third in the ACC, to the Gamecocks’ 44.5. At home and on a five-game winning streak, Clemson has a lot of early-season momentum right now despite being picked to finish 13th in the rugged ACC. South Carolina is well-rested, and the matchup between Silva and Grantham will be key.