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Game preview: Gamecocks hit the road to Texas A&M

We’ll see if South Carolina can reverse its recent fortunes away from home.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina (13-9, 4-5 SEC) at Texas A&M (14-8, 3-6)

Start time: 2 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Live stream: watchespn.com

Last game

The Gamecocks closed their homestand on a disappointing note, dropping an 81-76 effort to Mississippi State. Frank Booker scored a career-high 25 points and Chris Silva added 18, but the two got little help from their teammates, and South Carolina was stuck trying to play catch up all night. Justin Minaya didn’t play with a sprained ankle, and Kory Holden still wasn’t ready to return from his hamstring injury. We’ll see if either of them can go against the Aggies, because depth issues have started to hit this team pretty hard.

What to watch for

South Carolina has been good on the road recently, beating Georgia and then upsetting Florida the last time it went on a two-game swing away from home. Texas A&M is coming off an 80-66 win over Arkansas after suffering a 79-68 loss to No. 5 Kansas. The Aggies, who went on a tear to open the season and climbed as high as No. 8 in the AP poll, took five consecutive losses at the start of SEC play and have since disappeared from the rankings.

Texas A&M is paced by Tyler Davis’ 14.5 points per game, and D.J. Hogg (12.1), Admon Gilder (11.5) and Robert Williams (10.4) also average double figures. The Aggies lead the SEC with a +8 rebounding margin and are third in the conference in blocked shots (6 per game).