South Carolina faces their second ranked opponent of the week as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the #18 Syracuse Orange. After a big win at home over #25 Michigan, a win against the Orange would be another boost to the resume.
The Gamecocks leave Colonial Life for the first time this season for a neutral site game at the Barclays Center. With the game being in New York, it will be anything but neutral as Syracuse fans are likely to pack the house. It is a win that would be a potential centerpiece of a tournament resume. The Orange could be the highest ranked team the Gamecocks play, outside of Kentucky.
Start time: Saturday, November 26, 2016. 2pm ET
Radio: 107.5 The Game/Gamecock IMG Sports Network
Commentators: Derek Scott (pxp); Casey Manning (analyst)
Last time out: Carolina knocked off #25 Michigan 61-46. Syracuse beat South Carolina State 101-59.
Three Point Preview
- Before the game against South Carolina State, the Gamecocks big men, Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar, had trouble staying on the floor because of foul trouble. In the last two games, both Silva and Kotsar have hit double figures. Their performance in the paint has been key for the Gamecocks. Another good performance by the bigs would give Carolina a great chance to pull off the upset. They will have to be on their game to get past Syracuse rim protector Paschal Chukwu. The 7’2” center comes off the bench for the Orange but averages 2.5 blocks per game.
- The closest game Syracuse has played this season was a 21 point home win over Monmouth. Syracuse has been playing team basketball so far this season as they currently have five players averaging nine points or more. Guard Andrew White III leads the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game. His partner in the backcourt, Frank Howard, currently sits in the top ten for assists per game with 7.3.
- The Orange surprised the college basketball world last season, making a run to the Final Four. After getting one of the last tournament bids over the Gamecocks, ‘Cuse knocked off Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, Gonzaga, and Virginia before losing to North Carolina in the semi-final. In coach Jim Boeheim’s 41st season as coach, the Orange are one of six teams currently ranked from the ACC.