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Gamecocks Open SEC Play Saturday at CLA Against Miss. State
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Gamecocks Open SEC Play Saturday at CLA Against Miss. State

South Carolina Athletics

Carolina seeking to improve to 13-1 for the sixth time in program history, extend home win streak to 10 games

­­­­COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (12-1) welcomes in Mississippi State (11-2) to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for the team’s SEC opener. Tip time is set for high noon (ET) with arena doors opening 1 hour prior.

John Sadak and Steve Lappas will be on the call for the nationally televised game on CBS.

The Gamecocks are seeking to improve to 13-1 for the sixth time in program history (1933-34, 1944-45, 1969-70, 2003-04 and 2015-16). A victory would also mark the team’s first 10-game home win streak since the 2015-16 season when the team started the year 13-0 at home. That tied the longest home win streak since the 1997-98 team won 13-in-a-row at home.

South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina Gamecocks
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Colonial Life Arena | Columbia, S.C.

Both teams have two of the best scoring defenses in the country so far this season. The Bulldogs lead the SEC and rank 17th in the nation, allowing just 62.7 points per game. The Gamecocks are second in the SEC and rank 21st nationally, allowing just 63.1 points per game.

Mississippi State also ranks 24th nationally (2nd in the SEC) in field goal percentage defense (38.7 percent) and seventh in the country (1st in the SEC) in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.3 percent).

The Bulldogs are led by graduate All-SEC forward Tolu Smith III. Smith missed the first 12 games of the season with a foot injury but returned in their last game against Bethune-Cookman, scoring a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds.

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VENUE: Colonial Life Arena


PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Sadak

ANALYST: Steve Lappas

RADIO: Gamecock Radio Network  

IN COLUMBIA: 107.5 The Game

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Derek Scott

ANALYST: Casey Manning

SIRIUSXM: 106 or 190 | SXM APP: 961



SERIES: Bulldogs lead, 29-17

IN COLUMBIA: Gamecocks lead, 11-10

SERIES TREND: Bulldogs have won three straight dating back to 2022 SEC Tournament.

LAST MEETING: 74-68 Bulldog win at The Hump on Feb. 28, 2023 ; Shakeel Moore had 20 points and Gregory “GG” Jackson II led Carolina with 22 points and eight rebounds.


Carolina hits the road for a pair of games next week, first traveling to Alabama (8-5) on Tuesday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m. (ET) on SEC Network. Dave Neal (pxp) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will be on the call for the broadcast. The Gamecocks are then at Missouri (8-5) on Saturday.