South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Start time: Monday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m. ET
Stream: BTN2Go ($) | Announcers: Nate Rubinstein, play-by-play; Dylan Tyrer, analyst
Radio: 107.5 The Game | Announcer: Brad Muller
Last time they met: These two programs opened up the 2015 season last year with an 88-80 South Carolina victory in Colonial Life Arena. A 10-0 run led by A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates helped the Gamecocks pull away late and seal the season opening victory. The all-time series between these two teams is tied, with the home team winning every game.
- All-Americans A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates will lead the way this year for a Gamecocks team returning just two starters from last year. Wilson, who is entering just the third year of her already illustrious South Carolina career, provided consistent scoring and rebounding service last year, averaging 16.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. Wilson’s steady production was complimented with a double-double average from the senior Coates, who put up just over 12 points and 10 rebounds an outing last season.
- Fresh faces look to help lead the Gamecocks, with junior transfers Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis making their South Carolina debuts after transferring from North Carolina and Georgia Tech, respectively. Both bring with them a sense of seasoned leadership and experience as both have over 1,000 career points. Both guards should provide a steady support system to surround Bianca Cuevas-Moore.
- South Carolina is 30-12 all-time in season openers, but has struggled on the road in those games (posting a 9-8 record). Under Staley, the Gamecocks are 27-10 overall against ranked opponents the last three seasons, with only five of those losses in the past two seasons combined. A win tonight would get a non-conference slate with three top-10 match-ups in three weeks off on the right foot.