Start time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Kevin Fitzgerald, Chris Spatola)
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia (Derek Scott, Casey Manning)
Live Audio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network
Three Point Preview
1. With a win today, the Gamecocks will improve to 4-0 in SEC play. The last time they did that? 1997. That just so happened to be the year that they won their first and only SEC regular-season title. They’d end up advancing to the NCAA Tournament as a two seed before being upset by 15th-seeded Coppin State in the first round. Carolina fans would certainly take the former scenario without the latter in this case. (The Gamecocks also swept the season series against Kentucky that year, who ended up losing to Arizona in the national championship.
2. The Rebels will have the dubious distinction of being the second straight Gamecocks opponent to kick a player off the team before facing South Carolina. Freshman Nate Morris is gone after speeding with a suspended license. This comes after a DUI arrest in November for which he was suspended for a team rules violation. Along with that, Deandre Burnett (the team’s leading scorer at 18.0 ppg) is a “game-time decision”, according to Jon Rothstein. Needless to say, things are suboptimal for our friends from Oxford.
3. Pretty obvious to point this out, but this team flows so much better with Sindarius Thornwell in the lineup. Sin’s averaged 19 points and 7.6 rebounds in the first three games of the SEC slate. They haven’t gotten that much production from PJ Dozier, who’s slumped over the past couple of games (24 at Georgia, but just eight points against Texas A&M and six versus Tennessee). If the Gamecocks can get him, Thornwell and Duane Notice (who’s coming around a little) clicking at the same time, they’ll be tough to beat.