Year four of the Frank Martin era is (unofficially) underway today. The South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Allen Fighting Yellow Jackets (enrollment around 850) today at the Colonial Life Arena.
More than anything, it's a chance for us to see the team in game action before things really get going on Friday against the Norfolk State Spartans in the season opener. Of course, the Gamecocks are expected to steamroll their NAIA opponent, but Martin and the staff will be dissecting everything they see on the court and continue to tweak the game plan accordingly. We'll also get a look at P.J. Dozier and what he can do. From what we've heard, he's supposed to be pretty good.
Allen is led by a new face on the sideline in Nelson Jones after Shawn Jones resigned just over three weeks ago to take the reins of Sumter High's boy's basketball program. Jones comes over from Denmark Tech.
So, yes, it doesn't count, but there will be plenty to watch for. Let's talk about it here in our first live hoops game thread of the season.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Allen Fighting Yellow Jackets
Start time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: SEC Network+/WatchESPN