South Carolina (15-14, 6-10 SEC) vs. LSU (16-12, 7-9)
Start time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Live stream: watchespn.com
South Carolina saw its modest two-game winning streak snapped in disappointing fashion against Mississippi State in Starkville, falling once again by a narrow margin to the Bulldogs in a 72-68 overtime loss. Point guard Hassani Gravett posted his best performance of the season, leading the Gamecocks with 19 points and hitting a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. Chris Silva, Maik Kotsar, and Felipe Haase also reached double figures with 11 points each.
What to watch for
It’s Senior Night for the Gamecocks, who will be honoring Frank Booker, Wes Myers, and former player-turned-assistant-coach TeMarcus Blanton. Booker and Myers, both grad transfers new to South Carolina this season, have helped anchor a younger and inexperienced roster throughout the season. Booker, in particular, has stood out: He has a team-leading made 65 3-pointers, is second on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game), third in field-goal percentage (41.6%) and free-throw percentage (74.4%), and has generally been one of the few consistent pieces in the Gamecocks’ lineup.
As for LSU, the Tigers are coming off a 93-82 loss to Georgia and haven’t won on the road since Jan. 10 at Arkansas (overall, they’re 2-6 in SEC away games this season). Tremont Waters paces LSU with 15.6 points per game, leads the league in steals with 2.1 per game, and is second in the SEC with 5.8 assists per game.