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South Carolina vs. Texas A&M: Preview, start time, how to watch, live stream and more

It’s a nationally-televised showdown at the CLA.

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Start time: 1:30pm

TV: CBS | Live Stream:

Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia (Derek Scott, Casey Manning) | Live Audio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network

The Gamecocks welcome in a Texas A&M team that is winless in its first two SEC games of the season. Despite winning the SEC Tournament last season, the Aggies, who lost six seniors to graduation, are spinning their wheels a little - going 8-5 overall and opening its conference slate with a loss to Tennessee at home and a 42-point beatdown at Rupp Arena at the hands of Kentucky. Needless to say, this is a far cry from the A&M team that went 28-5 last year and advanced to the Sweet 16.

The Aggies are looking for someone to fill the holes that Danuel House and Jalen Jones left. They may have found it in Tyler Davis, a reigning all-freshman team selection that averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a game in 2015-16. This year, he’s off to a good start - averaging 14.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Behind him are fellow sophomores Admon Gilder (12.5/4.4 a contest) and DJ Hogg (12.5/4.8). This is a very young team, and when you’re starting three sophomores (with five freshman, eight sophomores, one junior, one senior, and a grad transfer on the roster), you’re bound to have some growing pains. It will be interesting to see how this unit gels as the rest of the season progresses.

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South Carolina is looking to make it 2-0 on the young conference slate, and the Aggies look to be a perfect opponent for a group that is still trying to find their legs after welcoming back previously-suspended Sindarius Thornwell to the fold. Thornwell finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds (thirteen of those points in the second half) as the Gamecocks ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia with a 67-61 win at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. P.J. Dozier had another magnificent game with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. If those two can continue to keep the wheels turning, if Duane Notice can snap out of this weeks-long funk he’s been in, and if Chris Silva can stay out of foul trouble (he’s starting to slip into bad habits once again) - while getting contributions from their youngsters - this could be a team that is tough to beat as the conference schedule wears on. Probably not an SEC championship squad, but certainly one that can make it to the NCAA Tournament, which would be the most we can hope for right now.