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Game previews: South Carolina men, women open SEC play

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The women host No. 22 Texas A&M, while the men hit the road to Ole Miss.

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No. 4 South Carolina (11-1) vs. No 22 Texas A&M (11-3)

Start time: 2 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

Live stream: watchespn.com

Live audio: 107.5 The Game (Columbia)

Last game

The Gamecocks traveled to Temple in a homecoming for Dawn Staley, handling the Owls 87-60 and netting Staley her program-record 232nd victory. A’ja Wilson led South Carolina with 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Ty Harris notched a double-double of her own with 13 points and 11 assists.

What to watch for

The South Carolina-Texas A&M series has been fiercely competitive, with five games being decided by single digits and the Gamecocks holding a 4-3 edge. Good news: Sharp-shooting guard Lindsey Spann, who had been sidelined with a knee injury, will return to the Gamecocks’ lineup.

This edition of the Aggies boasts the NCAA freshman scoring leader in Chennedy Carter, who is averaging 20.1 points per game, with 38 per game on the road after an incredible 46-point outburst against Southern California. In its only action against a ranked team this season, Texas A&M fell to No. 10 Oregon, 83-68.

South Carolina (9-3) at Mississippi (7-5)

Start time: 6 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Live stream: watchespn.com

Last game

The Gamecocks dispatched Division II foe Limestone 74-45 on Wednesday. Frank Booker led South Carolina with 17 points, hitting five of his nine 3-point attempts. David Beatty (16) and Maik Kotsar (13) joined him in double figures.

What to watch for

The Rebels have three players averaging double figures, led by Terence Davis’ 16.1 points per game and rounded out by Deandre Burnett (14.4) and Markel Crawford (10.5). Ole Miss averages nearly 18 assists per game, good for second in the SEC, and just shy of six blocks per game.