Men's Hoops Travels To No. 24 Tennessee For Saturday SEC Showdown|
Jan. 16, 2009
South Carolina at Tennessee
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009
Television Information The contest will be televised on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal calling play-by-play and Barry Booker handling color analyst duties. The contest at Tennessee marks the 13th of 22 televised regular-season contests for the Gamecocks.
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Tennessee played a solid non-conference schedule with contests against Georgetown, Gonzaga (twice) and Marquette. The Vols posted a 9-4 record in non-league play, dropping two games against Gonzaga, one in Orlando, Fla., (74-83) at the Old Spice Classic and the other in Knoxville in overtime (79-89) at Thompson-Boling Arena. UT also dropped a 72-88 contest at Temple and an 85-92 decision at Kansas earlier this season.
Junior forward Tyler Smith paces the Vols with 17.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Smith has led UT in points 10 times this season, including a 19-point effort in the loss to Kentucky.
Junior forward Wayne Chism provides 12.8 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing. Chism has recorded five double-doubles this season, in which UT owns a 4-1 record. Chism led the Vols with 23 points in the last meeting against South Carolina, propelling UT into the semifinal round of the SEC Tournament.
Freshman guard Cameron Tatum and junior guard Bobby Maze round out four Volunteers who average double figures entering Saturday's matchup with South Carolina. Tatum provides 10.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while Maze adds 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per outing.
Freshman guard Scotty Hopson had started 11 games this season for the Vols, in which he adds 8.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game.
Scouting South Carolina
Junior point guard Devan Downey rebounded from a tough SEC opener against Auburn where he managed just nine points - his first contest of the season without scoring at least 10 points - to match Zam Fredrick's 18 points to lead the Gamecocks against LSU. Downey matched a season-high eight turnovers in that contest. Downey paces four Gamecocks in double figures at 19.6 points per game - third in the SEC. He also contributes 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Senior guard Zam Fredrick has been on a tear of late, posting at least 18 points in four of his last five games, including a season-best performance of 27 in the SEC opener victory against Auburn on Jan. 10. Fredrick contributes 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Junior forward Dominique Archie had a solid game against LSU, despite the Carolina loss. Archie contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double for the season and fifth of his career. Archie provides 11.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Sophomore forward Mike Holmes made his way back into Darrin Horn's starting lineup against LSU where he provided just four points and four rebounds. He fouled out of the contest for the first time this season and just the third time in his career. Holmes contributes 11.5 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds entering Saturday's matchup with UT.
Junior guard Brandis Raley-Ross adds 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. Raley-Ross never found an offensive rhythm in the loss to LSU. He provided just two points on 1-of-3 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Evka Baniulis provided six points in the loss at LSU, but set a career high with four steals. Baniulis provides 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest for the Gamecocks.