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Nov. 21, 2008


South Carolina vs. USC Upstate | 1 p.m.
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GAME INFORMATION – South Carolina vs. USC-Upstate

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tipoff: 1:04 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Series: First Meeting
Television: SportSouth (Time Warner Columbia, ch. 21)
Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Eddie Fogler (analyst)
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
Derek Scott (play-by-play), Casey Manning (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets ranging in price from $12-$15 remain at the Gamecock ticket office. Call 803-777-4274 or online at

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Game Preview
Saturday’s contest between South Carolina and USC Upstate marks the first between the two schools. The squads did meet in an exhibition contest in November 2004, when Carolina managed an 81-63 victory over the Spartans, who then competed in the NCAA Division II ranks. South Carolina enters the game with a 2-0 record, having defeated Jacksonville State (89-76) in its season opener last Friday and Winthrop (86-63) in a Sunday matinee. The Spartans are 0-2 thus far in 2008, dropping a 72-48 contest to Georgia in their season opener, and falling 94-58 to ninth-ranked Notre Dame last Sunday.

Television Information
Saturday’s contest will be televised by SportSouth with Mike Morgan calling play-by-play and Eddie Fogler, former South Carolina head coach (1994-2001), handling color analyst duties. SportSouth, the nation’s sixth-largest regional sports network, reaches more than nine million cable and satellite homes across a six-state region. Through its affiliates and other Fox Networks Group-owned networks, FSN reaches more than 70 million homes through 16 owned-and-operated networks. The contest against USC Upstate marks the third of 22 televised South Carolina contests this season, including 14 home matchups.

Radio Broadcast Information
The game will also be broadcast on the ISP Gamecock Radio Network with Derek Scott on the call with play-by-play and Casey Manning handling color analyst duties. The Gamecock Radio Network reaches throughout the state of South Carolina.

Series Information – USC UPSTATE
Saturday marks the first meeting between the USC Upstate Spartans and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Both schools are part of the University of South Carolina system.

By The Numbers
South Carolina has dominated its opponents on the offensive side of the court during its first two games of the season. Carolina owns a +18.0 scoring margin, while scoring an average of 87.5 points (currently ranks third in the SEC) per outing. In comparison, opponents are shooting just 36 percent, and averaging just 69.5 points per game. To compare, South Carolina held a +1.2 scoring margin last season, averaging 72.3 points per contest.

On The Boards
Sophomore forward Mike Holmes currently leads the SEC in offensive rebounds with 5.50 per game. Holmes pulled down four offensive boards against Jacksonville State in the season opener, and followed with a team-high seven against Winthrop.