The South Carolina Gamecocks hit the road tonight to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers sit at 8-7 in Rick Barnes’ second year at the helm. After winning at Texas A&M in their SEC opener, the Vols dropped back-to-back games against Arkansas and on the road at Florida.
Start time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia
Three Point Preview:
- South Carolina heads into the contest off the back of a 79-68 win against Texas A&M. The two standout performers from the win over the Aggies were senior Duane Notice and freshman Rakym Felder. Notice scored 19 against A&M, his highest total since the FIU game in early December. Felder also scored 19, doing most of his work from beyond the arc. The freshman shot 3-3 from the three point line, bringing his season average to 51.5 percent (17-33). The two picked up the scoring as P.J. Dozer had a season-low eight points. Sindarius Thornwell has scored 19 and 16 in his first two games since returning. Chris Silva has also picked it lately, scoring 13 and 15, bringing his season average to 9.7 points per game.
- The Vols have had an up and down season so far. Aside from losing to Chattanooga in the opener by 13, Tennessee has played some good teams to close games. They played in the Maui Invitational and lost to Wisconsin by 12, after the Badgers put the game away from the foul-line. They also lost to Oregon by four during their trip to Hawaii. In December, they lost at North Carolina by a two after holding an eight-point halftime lead in Chapel Hill. They then lost to Gonzaga at home by ten. After winning their SEC opener at A&M, they then dropped a close one at home to Arkansas before losing at Florida by 13. Tennessee has played good teams tough but the Gamecocks have to win conference road games like this to stay away from the bubble in February and March.
- The player to watch for Tennessee is senior Robert Hubbs III. In his final season in Knoxville, Hubbs has career highs in points per game, field goal percentage, steals, rebounds per game and assists per game. He leads the Vols in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. The Vols also have two other players averaging double figures as Detrick Mostella and Grant Williams both average 10.5 points per game.
Mostella comes off of the bench, which has been key for Tennessee.In their last three games, the bench has scored 30 points or more, but they’ll be without Mostella as he has been kicked off the team for possession of drug paraphernalia. They currently have nine players averaging five points or more.