After the three-point loss in NYC last Monday, the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-1) head south to take on the South Florida Bulls (5-3). This is the first of four out-of-conference matchups left for Carolina before SEC play begins. This is the second year in a row the Gamecocks and Bulls meet; USC won last season 81-63 in Columbia.
Game Start: 1 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network | Live Stream: None
Radio: 107.5 the Game in Columbia
Three Point Preview:
- In the loss to Seton Hall last Monday, the Gamecocks were dominated on the glass. South Florida enters the game ranked 185th in the country in rebounding. Carolina should be able to control the paint against the Bulls. After a strong four game stretch, Maik Kotsar has had a pair of rough games. It would be a big boost if Kotsar can get going again. Chris Silva has been steady so far this year, staying around double figures each game.
- Duane Notice has had a hot and cold start to the season. Through nine games, Notice has four games with 13 points or more and 5 games with seven points or less. After a four point game against Seton Hall, the Gamecocks need Notice to get rolling. With Sindarius Thornwell still out, the offense cannot continue to rest solely on the shoulders of P.J. Dozier. Until Thornwell returns, Dozier’s scoring may be enough some nights, but as Monday showed, against quality opposition, it likely will not be enough.
- The Bulls have had a rough start to the year. Following a overtime win against Bethune-Cookman at home, they moved to 5-3 on the season. Their three losses came against Elon, Florida Atlantic and George Washington. Only two of USF’s five wins so far have come against a team with a winning record, a five point win against Rider and six point win against Troy. The Gamecocks are the first “power-5” team they play this season. The player to watch on the Bulls is sophomore guard Jahmal McMurray. McMurray is USF’s leading scorer, averaging 18 points per game. The Bulls have also gotten solid minutes from freshman Tulio Da Silva. The 6’7” forward is averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his first season in Tampa.