Countdown to announcement: Carolina v Auburn
South Carolina is back in action this week after a nearly two-week layoff that saw the team take a break for the holidays, but then a game against SC State was postponed due to Covid protocols . The Gamecocks (9-3) open the conference game against the Auburn Tigers, number 9 (12-1, 1-0) on Tuesday. Tipoff is set at 6.30 p.m. on the SEC network. The Tigers are coming off a 70-55 victory over 21st LSU on December 29. The Gamecocks will look to break a three-game losing streak against the Tigers.
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Arena: Arena of Colonial Life (18,000)
Broadcast: SEC Network
Game by game: Dave neal
Analyst: Daymeon fishback
Radio: Gamecock radio network
In Colombia: 107.5 The game
Game by game: Derek scott
Analyst: Casey manning
Look: Watch ESPN / ESPN App
Series: Auburn leads 14-21
In Colombia: Auburn leads 7-9
Trend series: Auburn has won the last three meetings
Last meeting: 109-86 victory for the Tigers on January 23 in Colombia
– South Carolina welcomes Auburn as the Gamecocks begin their SEC conference list. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Tigers won 109-86 on January 23.
– In the Gamecocks’ last game before the break, the team recorded a 105-75 win over Army. They shot 58.6% from the line and 53.3% from the three point line. The Gamecocks were run by a freshman Devin Carter who scored 22 points and junior Chico Carter Jr. who scored 20 points.
– According to Kenpom, the Gamecocks are ninth nationally in field goal defense at 2 points, No. 13 nationally in overall field goal defense percentage and No. 14 nationally in rebounds per game at 41. 9.
– The Gamecocks will then travel to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday. Tipoff is set at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.
– Auburn is 12-1 this season and 1-0 in conference. The Tigers are led by Bruce Pearl, who has coached the Tigers since 2014. Auburn has played six away games at Auburn Arena and is 5-1 in those games with the only loss to UConn in the Bahamas.
– Auburn has four players who are averaging double digits every game and are led by freshman Jabari Smith who is averaging 16.2 points per game. Behind Smith are three sophomores who are also in double digits. Former Georgia Bulldogs goaltender KD Johnson is averaging 12.8 points per game, Wendell Green Jr. is averaging 12 points per game and Kessler Walker is averaging 10 points per game.
–Kessler and Smith are also the Tigers’ top rebounders, averaging 7.5 and 6.9 rebounds per game respectively.
“The keys are quite simple, in attack, it is better not to take bad shots and not to turn it over. If you do that they will come towards you downhill and they are a top team on the open court. High level up to the foul line in the open court. They obviously have a freshman who is a top player, youngster (Jabari) Smith. He can really shoot it, a skillful and long playmaker. He’s playing at a high level right now. He’s an elite defender and elite shot blocker. On the perimeter, they have two brand new guards, in Wendell Green and the young man from College of Charleston (Zep Jesper), who are both older and fearless. Young (Lior) Berman, who really knows how to shoot basketball and is an incredible competitor. KD Johnson, who we played last year in Georgia, is an incredible competitor as well. They are ultra-aggressive on the perimeter. – South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin facing Auburn
“Since I’ve been training in Auburn we’ve struggled in South Carolina. Played well a few times, but I don’t have a good record there. Won last year, but we lost the previous three. Defense and rebound, we’re talking about winning championships, South Carolina is one of the best defensive and rebounding teams in our league. They average 14.5 offensive rebounds per game, which has been a problem for us at times. They are eleventh in field goal percentage defense. They are big, physical, difficult to manage. Frank is one of the best defensive coaches in the country. Still, they scored 105 in their last home outing, they play great at home, they shoot great at home. – Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl against South Carolina