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Game preview: Gamecock men set for rivalry battle with Clemson

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Better luck with this streak, I hope.

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South Carolina (6-4) at Clemson (5-4)

Start time: 5 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 107.5 The Game

Last game

The Gamecocks have been on a break, which is just as well — they caught a 76-56 beating from Houston their last time out. The Cougars led wire-to-wire and South Carolina had no answers to their offensive attack, allowing Houston to shoot 50% from the field and go 9-of-17 from 3. Correspondingly, the Gamecocks were ice cold, posting a 32% mark from the field and slogging through another miserable performance from distance (24%) and the free-throw line (63%). That last one, especially, is something South Carolina needs to make a priority. Maik Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 12 points, while A.J. Lawson added 10 in what was frankly a pretty demoralizing performance all around.

What to watch for

South Carolina will enter Littlejohn Coliseum looking to break a frustrating three-game skid to the Tigers, who haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire themselves this season. Clemson has lost three in a row, most recently to Florida State, and is already 0-2 in the ACC. Tevin Mack, a Dreher product who spurned the Gamecocks for Texas before transferring to Alabama, is now back in the Palmetto State as a grand transfer with Clemson, leading the way with 13.8 points per game. While the Tigers have struggled, they’re 4-1 at home this season and hitting at a solid 34% clip from 3. This should be another brawl.