Gamecocks Remain on Road, Face Ole Miss Tuesday
Carolina looking to win its fourth true road game of the season
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina (14-10, 5-7 SEC) is on the road again to start the week with a trip to Oxford to face Ole Miss (12-13, 3-9 SEC). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) tomorrow night at The Pavilion.
Kevin Fitzgerald (pxp) and Joe Kleine (analyst) will be on the call remotely for the ESPNU broadcast.
The Gamecocks are seeking just their third win all-time in Oxford and second under head coach Frank Martin.
VENUE: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
BROADCAST: ESPNU (remote)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Kevin Fitzgerald
ANALYST: Joe Kleine
RADIO: Gamecock Radio Network
IN COLUMBIA: 107.5 The Game
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Derek Scott
ANALYST: Casey Manning
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SERIES: Ole Miss leads, 23-20
in Oxford: Ole Miss leads, 15-2
Neutral: SC leads, 6-5
SERIES TREND: The Rebels have won three-straight dating back to Feb. 5, 2020
LAST MEETING: 76-59, Ole Miss win on March 11, 2021 at Bridgestone Arena
SCOUTING OLE MISS
> The Rebels are led by Jarkel Joiner, who averages 14.4 points per game ; the CSU Bakerfield transfer was also a double-digit scorer last season for the Rebels as well
> Daeshun Ruffin (12.6 ppg) and Matthew Murrell (10.9 ppg) also average double figures for Ole Miss
> Nysier Brooks is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.9 boards per game, good for sixth in the SEC ; Brooks also averages 9.4 points per game and 1.2 blocks per contest ; his 2.8 offensive rebounds per game are third in the SEC
> The Rebels have been solid at home with a 10-5 record ; two of the team’s three league wins of come at The Pavilion
GAMECOCKS LIKE BULLDOGS (JUST KIDDING)
> The Gamecocks snapped a three-game losing skid in league play with an 80-68 victory at Georgia on Saturday. It was the program’s 12-straight win over the Bulldgos dating back to Jan. 4, 2017. Carolina used another big run, this time in the first half, to take control of the game. Georgia built a seven-point lead, 21-14, with 11:18 to go in half one. Carolina then went on a 20-0 run to take a 13-point lead, 34-21, with 6:46 remaining on the clock in the opening half. Keyshawn Bryant continued his standout play, leading the team with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. It was his first 20-point outing of the season. Devin Carter came off the bench and scored 21 points. It marked just the second time all season the Gamecocks had a pair of 20-point scorers in the same game (last happened vs. Army back on Dec. 22). Carolina shot 51.6 percent (32-of-62) in the game, improving its record to 12-0 this season when out-shooting its opponent.
HAD A SHOT VS. TOP-FIVE CATS
> South Carolina battled from start to finish in a tough, 86-76 home loss to No. 5/4 Kentucky (Feb. 8). The Gamecocks trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and battled back to make it a five-point game at the break. Carolina tied the game at 43-43 with 16:04 remaining but was unable to take the lead as Kentucky went on a 15-4 run over a 5-minute stretch to retake control of the game. Keyshawn Bryant led the team with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds (7 offensive, 7 defensive). Jermaine Couisnard added 17 off the bench. Wildens Leveque had his best game in a long stretch finishing with 16 points (8-for-9 FGs) and seven rebounds. UK shot 56.7 percent and was lights out in the final 20 minutes, going 18-of-29 (62.1 percent). Carolina was 31-of-82 (37.8 percent) and just 5-of-20 (25.0 percent) from behind the arc.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
> When Keyshawn Bryant (6-1) and Jermaine Couisnard (7-2) score 10 or more points this season the Gamecocks are a combined 12-2. The duo has scored in double figures in the same game three times (vs. Rider, vs. Georgia, at Texas A&M and vs. Kentucky).
RARE TOUGH FINAL 20 AT HOME VS. THE VOLS
> The Gamecocks were outscored 48-28 in the second half in a 81-57 loss to No. 22/20 Tennessee on Saturday. Carolina led 28-26 with 4:48 to go in the first half, which was a back-and-forth, physical affair. The Volunteers made 14 3s and shot 51.9 percent from behind the 3-point line. Carolina was just 17-of-54 in the game, shooting a season-low 31.5 percent. Tough shooting has been a consistent theme in the team’s seven league losses. The Gamecocks are a combined 159-for-435 (36.6 percent) in those games. Carolina is 0-8 when shooting less than 39 percent this season.
THERE’S NO WRONG WAY TO PLAY A REESE
> In a recent three-game stretch from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, James Reese averaged 18.0 points and 2.3 assists per game. He was 20-for-30 (64.5 percent) from the field and 7-for-14 from behind the arc. He averaged 33.7 minutes per contest and had just one turnover. Reese leads the team in points (11.8) and minutes (31.4) in nine SEC games.
FAMILY ROAD TRIP
> The Gamecocks traveled 1,845 air miles over the course of a five-day road trip (Jan. 28-Feb. 1) through College Station and Starkville.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
> South Carolina used a late 16-1 run to pull within 12 with 38 seconds remaining but it was too little too late as Mississippi State snapped the Gamecocks’ three-game win streak with a 78-64 win at Humphrey Coliseum on Feb. 1 ; the Bulldogs led 45-23 at the break on the heels of 60 percent shooting (18-30) the opening 20 minutes of the game
BOUNCE BACK TO GET .500 IN THE LEAGUE
> The Gamecocks won three-straight in league play from Jan. 22-29 vs. Georgia, vs. Vanderbilt and at Texas A&M to bounce back from a 1-4 start ; it marked the first three-game win streak in SEC action since 2019-20 when the team did it twice that year winning six-of-seven games from Jan. 25-Feb. 15.
RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING
> South Carolina used three big second half runs in the team’s recent three-game win streak (Jan. 22-Jan. 29) to take control in winning efforts ; after trailing by as many as 11 with 14:04 remaining vs. Georgia (Jan. 22), the Gamecocks went on a 24-0 run, outscoring the Bulldogs 30-6 the final 10:23 ; Carolina used a 15-1 run from the 13:28 to 8:35 in the second half vs. Vanderbilt (Jan. 26) ; after trailing by double digits the first half at Texas A&M (Jan. 29), the Gamecocks used a 17-1 run over a 4:21 stretch to build an 11-point lead, 54-43, with 9:27 to go at Reed Arena
> In the team’s recent three-game win streak (Jan. 22-29), Carolina outscored its opponents by an average of 17.0 points in the final 20 minutes of the game ; the Gamecocks are 46-of-93 (49.5 percent) from the field and 16-for-34 (47.0 percent) from 3 in the stretch
> In home wins against Georgia (Jan. 22) and Vanderbilt (Jan. 26), South Carolina outscored its foes 59-20 in the final 10 minutes of the second half ; the team shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) in the stretch while limiting the Commodores and Bulldogs to just 38.9 percent (7-of-18) and forcing 11 turnovers
> South Carolina grabbed its first lead of the game at Texas A&M, 46-43, on a made 3 by Jermaine Couisnard with 11:34 remaining and did not look back, winning the team’s third-straight (sixth overall over the Aggies) at Reed Arena, 74-63 on Jan. 29 ; James Reese scored a season high 20 points ; Couisnard (13), Erik Stevenson (13) and Keyshawn Bryant (12) finished in double figures as well as the Gamecocks shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from downtown the final 20 minutes ; after going 3-of-8 at the FT-line the first half, Carolina was 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) in half two
FIVE-STRAIGHT OVER VANDY AT COLONIAL LIFE
> The Gamecocks notched the team’s fifth-straight win at Colonial Life Arena (dating back to 2014) over Vanderbilt, 70-61, on Jan. 26), James Reese V led the team with 19 points after going 3-of-6 from long range, his eighth game of the season with three or more makes from downtown ; Jermaine Couisnard (14) and Erik Stevenson (13) joined Reese in double figures ; Couisnard scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half off the bench ; as a team, the Gamecocks had just two turnovers and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the second half
SECOND HALF TRIO
> South Carolina was dominant in the second half en route to a 83-66 comeback victory over Georgia (Jan. 22) ; Erik Stevenson (20), Keyshawn Bryant (19) and Jermaine Couisnard (15) scored in double figures and combined for 39 of the team’s 47 second half points ; the trio scored all the points during the team’s 24-0 run as well ; it was the team’s 11th-straight victory over Georgia dating back to 2017, the longest win streak in the series all-time
> The Gamecocks lost their third-straight in league play at Bud Walton Arena, falling 75-59 to Arkansas on Jan. 18 ; Carolina led 40-33 at the half but was outscored 42-19 the final 20 minutes ; the team shot 33.9 percent marking the third-straight contest shooting below 35 percent ; true freshman Devin Carter was a bright spot with 20 points in his first career start
> Carolina fell at home in the team’s last game at CLA, 71-63, to Florida (Jan. 15) ; the Gamecocks had another tough day shooting the ball, finishing the game 26-of-75 (34.7 percent) ; Carolina had just nine turnovers (season low against NCAA D1 competition) and pulled down 21 offensive rebounds in the game (season high against NCAA D1 competition)
> The Gamecocks had a tough second half on the road at No. 22/23 Tennessee on Tuesday (Jan. 11), falling 66-46 after trailing by only six at halftime ; outside of James Reese V (15 points, 6-of-11 FG), Carolina struggled shooting the ball (17-for-49, 34.7 percent) ; the team also was plagued by 23 turnovers
GRITTY IN THE MUSIC CITY
> South Carolina bounced back with a big road win, 72-70 at Vanderbilt (Jan. 8) ; it was a balanced effort for the Gamecocks as all 11 players who saw action in the game scored and had a rebound ; the team shot 54.9 percent (28-for-51), the highest percentage under head coach Frank Martin on the road in league play (second highest in SEC play under Martin only trailing 57.7% vs. Arkansas on 1/26/13) ; Carolina improved to 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or higher this season with the win ; James Reese V limited the SEC’s leading scorer, Scotty Pippen Jr., to just 4-of-11 shooting while forcing seven turnovers
LEAGUE PLAY BEGINS
> The Gamecocks fell at home, 81-66, to No. 9 Auburn in the team’s first league game earlier this week (Jan. 4) ; Carolina trailed by as many as 21 and rallied late to pull within eight but fell short ; Erik Stevenson matched his season high with 25 points ; he was 5-for-8 from downtown while also pulling down five rebounds and leading the team with four assists
CASH MONEY CARTERS
> South Carolina bounced back with a 105-75 win over Army on Dec. 22 ; the team eclipsed the century mark for the second time this season (first time to score 100+ on multiple occasions since 1995-96) ; the Carters (Devin and Chico) combined for 42 points as the team shot 58.6 percent from the floor (41-of-70) ; the team’s 61 points in the first half marked the team’s first time scoring 60+ in a half since tallying 65 in the Second Round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament vs. Duke in Greenville, S.C.
SHORTHANDED IN THE UPSTATE
> The Gamecocks fell on the road at in-state rival Clemson, 70-56, on Dec. 18 ; Carolina limited the Tigers to just 33.3 percent shooting, but also struggled offensively with a 32.7 percent shooting clip (second lowest of season) and a season-low four assists ; Chico Carter Jr. led the team with a season-high 21 points (2-for-4 3FGs, 9-for-10 FTs) ; the Gamecocks were shorthanded missing several key players in COVID protocols
YOU GET A BUCKET, YOU GET A BUCKET AND YOU GET A BUCKET…
> South Carolina scored the most points in the Frank Martin era and its most points in a game since 1995 (won 112-61 vs. The Citadel on 12/21/95) in a 110-51 victory vs. Allen (Dec. 14) ; the 15 players suited up for Carolina each scored in the game ; Brandon Martin had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds – he also had a career-high five assists ; the Gamecocks dished out 31 assists total, the second best mark in program history (school record is 33 in win over Georgia Southern in 1976)
> Rookie guard Devin Carter had 16 points and he pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, while James Reese V scored 13 – all in the second half – as South Carolina overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to post a 66-65 win over Florida State on Dec. 12 at the No Room For Racism Classic in Rock Hill ; Reese turned the tides in the game with a 10-0 run all by himself ; following his standout performance in the win over the Seminoles, Devin Carter earned his first-career SEC Freshman of the Week award on Monday, Dec. 13
> Carolina posted a convincing 80-67 win over Georgetown at Colonial Life Arena Dec. 5 in non-conference action ; the Hoyas never led in the contest, and the Gamecock defense held Georgetown to just 32.9 percent (23-70) from the floor
AN OFF NIGHT IN CONWAY
> The Gamecocks fell 80-56 in their first true road contest of the season at Coastal Carolina on Dec. 1 ; CCU led for the majority of the first half, before the Gamecocks pulled to within one at halftime, however, the Chanticleers out-scored Carolina 44-21 in the second half to capture the non-conference win
FOUR-STRAIGHT IN NON-CON
> The Gamecocks trailed for the majority of their contest with Rider at Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 28, but a 3-pointer from senior forward Keyshawn Bryant tied the contest at 36-all with 12:30 to go, and Carolina was able to maintain its lead the remainder of the game to close the 65-58 non-conference win for it’s fourth-straight
> Erik Stevenson hit five 3s to lead Carolina to an 85-74 victory at home over Wofford (Nov. 23)
> Rookie guard Devin Carter was clutch at the free throw line, hitting all four of his attempts in the final five seconds of play to clinch a 66-63 Gamecock win over UAB Nov. 18 at CLA ; the Blazers, who are the preseason pick to win C-USA this season, battled back from a 16-point deficit to make it a one-point game with a minute remaining in the matchup
> Following its first loss of the season, Carolina rebounded with a 75-64 victory over Western Kentucky on Nov. 14 in its final contest at the inaugural Asheville Championship ; Jermaine Couisnard and Devin Carter led Carolina with 16 points each, and James Reese V tallied a season high 14 points behind four 3s
THEY WERE HOT… WE WERE NOT…
> The Gamecocks suffered their first loss of the season on Nov. 12, falling 66-62 to Princeton in a neutral site matchup at the Asheville Championship; Carolina struggled from the field, hitting just 36.2 percent overall, and just 15.4 percent (4-26) from 3-point range ; Princeton made 11 3-pointers in the win ; Wildens Leveque posted his first career double-double in the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-6 shooting
THAT WINNING FEELING
> The Gamecocks improved to 84-30 all-time in season openers with a 78-60 victory over USC Upstate on Nov. 9 at Colonial Life Arena ; Jermaine Couisnard and Wildens Leveque led the Gamecocks with 14 points each, while Couisnard dished out a game high seven assists in the win
PRESEASON QUICK HITTERS
> Head coach Frank Martin is in his 10th season leading the Gamecocks ; he’s is assisted by associate head coach Chuck Martin (fifth season), assistant coaches Will Bailey (second season) and Brian Steele (first season), and the director of operations is Andy Assaley (10th season)
> The 2021-22 campaign is the 20th season of South Carolina basketball at Colonial Life Arena ; the facility opened just prior to the 2002-03 campaign
> South Carolina returns three of its top five scorers from a season ago in senior forward Keyshawn Bryant (14.4 ppg), junior guard Jermaine Couisnard (10.1 ppg) and junior forward Wildens Leveque (6.1 ppg)
> The Gamecocks welcome nine newcomers to the team this season, including a trio of freshmen in Devin Carter, Ta’Quan Woodley and Jacobi Wright ; six transfers are also in their first season at Carolina in Chico Carter Jr. (Murray State), Josh Gray (LSU), Brandon Martin (USC Upstate), James Reese V (North Texas), Erik Stevenson (Washington) and AJ Wilson (George Mason)
DID YOU KNOW?
> First-year assistant coach Brian Steele is one of 28 assistants nationally who are 30 or younger. Steele just turned 28 on Nov. 10. A three-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks on the hardwood (2012-15), Steele saw action in 50 career games in the Garnet and Black, with four starts. After knee injuries dotted his first three seasons on the court, Steele opted to serve as a student assistant coach during the 2015-16 campaign. He did the same during the historic 2016-17 season that saw Carolina reach the Final Four, and then was a graduate assistant manager the following year.
BY THE NUMBERS
3,018 – South Carolina’s six incoming transfer student-athletes combined to score 3,018 points during their college careers prior to joining the Gamecocks, led by Erik Stevenson’s 826 career points.
212 – AJ Wilson saw action in 114 games during his career at George Mason. As a junior, Wilson set GMU’s all-time record for blocks in a single season with 92, and he concluded his career as the school’s all-time record holder in the category with 212 blocks.
87.3% – James Reese V entered action this season having hit 62 of his 71 career attempts at the foul line, 87.3 percent. Reese was 15-of-16 (93.8%) at the line as a freshman at Buffalo, 23-of-24 (95.8%) as a junior at North Texas, and he was 24-of-31 (77.4%) at the free throw line for the Mean Green last season.
62.5% – Wildens Leveque is 70-for-112 from the field so far during the 2021-22 season, good for nearly 63 percent. He leads the team with 22 dunks.
97.8% – Erik Stevenson is 45-for-46 at the FT-line so far this season. He had a streak of 34-straight makes at the foul line dating back to last season that was snapped in the team’s win vs. Georgia (Jan. 22).
8-for-8 – Rookie guard Devin Carter was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the win vs. WKU (Nov. 14). He had 16 points, dished out a team high four assists and also had eight rebounds.
32 & 45 & 41 – Carolina made 32 field goals against Georgetown (Dec. 5), then a season high, and followed that up with 45 made shots vs. Allen (Dec. 14), the most ever in the Frank Martin era. The team then made 41 shots vs. Army (Dec. 22), the second most in the Martin era.
20 – The Gamecocks dished out 20 assists in the win over the Hoyas, the most since posting 20 in a road win at Georgia last season (Feb. 27, 2021).
31 & 59 – Carolina had 31 assists in the win over the Yellow Jackets on Dec. 14, the most in the Frank Martin era and second most in program history. The team also had 59 rebounds, which was the most in the Martin era by six.
110 – Carolina’s 110 points vs. Allen were its most since 1995.
15 – 15 different Gamecocks scored in the Allen win, including five players in double figures: D. Carter (12), Leveque (12), Green (11), Bryant (10) and Martin (10).
105 – Carolina scored 105 points in a 30-point rout vs. Army (Dec. 22), marking the first time since 1995-96 the team has scored 100 or more on multiple occasions.
22 – Devin Carter scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting vs. the Black Knights.
11 – South Carolina has held 11 opponents below 40 percent shooting this season.
54.9% – South Carolina shot 54.9 percent (28-for-51) from the floor in its win at Vanderbilt (Jan. 8). That marks the highest FG percentage in league play on the road under head coach Frank Martin. It’s the second highest FG percentage under Martin in SEC play behind only 57.7 percent in a 75-54 win over Arkansas on Jan. 26, 2013 – his first season in Columbia.
11 – All 11 players scored and had a rebound for South Carolina in the team’s win against the Commodores. Six different players recorded an assist, eight different players tallied a steal and five different players recorded a block in the team victory.
24-0 – The Gamecocks used a 24-0 second half run in the team’s comeback victory over Georgia (Jan. 22). The team ended the game on a 30-6 run the final 10 minutes after trailing by double-digits with just over 14 minutes to play.
39 of 47 – Erik Stevenson (15), Keyshawn Bryant (14) and Jermaine Couisnard (10) scored 39 of the team’s 47 points in the second half of the 83-66 victory over the Bulldogs (Jan. 22).
59-20 – In back-to-back league wins over Georgia (Jan. 22) and Vanderbilt (Jan. 26), the Gamecocks outscored their opponents 59-20 the final 10 minutes of the game.
14 – After pulling down just one offensive rebound the first 20 minutes, Carolina had 14 offensive rebounds in the second half of its win over the Commodores (Jan. 26).
22 – The Gamecocks had a season-high 22 offensive rebounds vs. No. 5/4 Kentucky (Feb. 8), led by Keyshawn Bryant’s seven.
21 – The team dished out 21 assists in an 80-68 win at Georgia (Feb. 12), a season-high against NCAA Division I competition.
13.5 – Carolina is averaging 13.5 offensive rebounds per game this season, which leads the SEC and is eigth in the country.
11-1 – The Gamecocks have lost just once when scoring 70 or more points this season.
12-0 – South Carolina is 12-0 this season when out-shooting its opponent from the field. The team is 5-0 when shooting greater than 50 percent from the floor.
6-0 – The Gamecocks are 6-0 when scoring 80 or more.
FATHER AND SON DUOS
> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, and his son, senior forward Brandon Martin, are one of 23 father-son coach-player duos in Division I this season. See below for the full list (school: head coach, son):
Boise State: Leon Rice, Max Rice
UConn: Dan Hurley, Andrew Hurley
Detroit Mercy: Mike Davis, Antoine Davis
Illinois-Chicago: Luke Yaklich, Griffin Yaklich
Iowa: Fran McCaffery, Connor/Patrick McCaffery
Liberty: Ritchie McKay, Gabriel McKay
Memphis: Penny Hardaway, Jayden Hardaway
Michigan: Juwan Howard, Jace Howard
Michigan State: Tom Izzo, Steven Izzo
Milwaukee: Pat Baldwin, Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Miss. Valley State: Lindsey Hunter, Caleb Hunter
Nebraska: Fred Hoiberg, Sam Hoiberg
Oklahoma: Porter Moser, Jacob Moser
South Carolina: Frank Martin, Brandon Martin
South Carolina State: Antonio Madlock, Antonio Madlock Jr.
USC Upstate: Dave Dickerson, Dave Dickerson III
Southern: Sean Woods, DeSean Woods
Syracuse: Jim Boeheim, Buddy/Jimmy Boeheim
Texas Southern: Johnny Jones, John Jones
Utah State: Ryan Odom, Connor Odom
Western Illinois: Rob Jeter, III Rob Jeter IV
WKU: Rick Stansbury, Noah Stansbury
Wright State: Scott Nagy, TJ Nagy
> South Carolina will be back at Colonial Life Arena for its next two games. The Gamecocks first host LSU (18-7, 6-6 SEC) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on SEC Network. Kevin Fitzgerald (pxp) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will be on the call remotely. It’s Legends Weekend for Carolina and the team will honor program greats, with special recognition for the 1971 ACC and 1997 SEC Championship teams.