COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina opens a two-game road swing on Saturday at Texas A&M versus the Aggies. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at three games each.
> The Gamecocks open up the second half of SEC action by playing three of their next four games on the road, beginning Saturday at Texas A&M. Carolina is 4-3 in road contests this season and 2-2 in SEC matchups on the road.
> South Carolina looks for its third-straight road win on Saturday. Carolina began the stretch with a 64-57 win at Georgia on Jan. 13, followed by a 77-72 upset win over No. 20 Florida on Jan. 24 in Gainesville.
> Graduate student guard Frank Booker scored a career high 25 points vs. Mississippi State on Wednesday, connecting on five 3-point baskets and eight buckets overall. He has now connected on at least three 3-pointers in 11 games this season and paces Carolina from beyond the arc with a team high 52 makes.
> Junior forward Chris Silva was 10-of-13 at the foul line on Wednesday vs. the Bulldogs, marking his 12th game this season with 10 or more attempts at the stripe. Silva is third nationally with 199 free throw attempts on the year (9.04 per game).
> Junior guard Hassani Gravett dished an SEC season high seven assists against just one turnover in the matchup vs. Mississippi State onWednesday. He paces Carolina with 3.6 assists per game, and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0 is eighth in the SEC.
GAMECOCKS AND AGGIES PARTNER FOR AUTISM AWARENESS
The Texas A&M men’s basketball program will partner with Autism Speaks and local Bryan-College Station autism advocacy organizations during Saturday’s contest against South Carolina to spread awareness and support for families in their local community and across the country dealing with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The cause of ASD awareness is one that is close to the Aggie basketball family, as sports performance coach Darby Rich’s oldest son was diagnosed with ASD at a young age. Fans will notice on Saturday Aggie and Gamecock players wearing Autism Speaks shooting shirts during pregame warm-ups and on the bench as well as coaches and staff wearing special lapel pins.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
> South Carolina is 13-9 on the season and 4-5 in SEC play after suffering an 81-76 home loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday.
> The Gamecocks will play two-straight on the road beginning with Saturday’s matchup in College Station vs. the Aggies. Carolina will return to Columbia on Saturday evening, before traveling to Fayetteville on Monday for Tuesday’s contest vs. the Razorbacks. The two trips combined will be 2,920.54 air miles flown.
> Junior forward Chris Silva continues to pace the Gamecocks offensively through league play. His 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in conference action are team highs.
> Graduate student guard Frank Booker has hit eight of his last 17 attempts from 3-point range (47.0%) over the course of the last two games. He scored a career high 25 vs. MSU on Wednesday, hitting five 3s in the matchup.
> Rookie guard David Beatty matched a season high with six rebounds against Mississippi State. He also scored six points and collected a steal.
> In seven road games this season (overall games), Silva’s 15.6 points per game are a team high, while Booker adds 11.0 per outing.
> In road games this season, Carolina’s four wins have come by an average of 12.5 points per game.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
> Texas A&M is 14-8 on the year and 3-6 in SEC contests.
> The Aggies most recently posted a 80-66 home win over Arkansas on Tuesday night behind 15 points and 13 rebounds from junior center Tyler Davis.
> 11 of Davis’ 13 boards vs. the Razorbacks were on the offensive glass.
> Texas A&M is 10-2 in home games this season and 3-2 in conference road games.
> Davis leads the way with 14.5 points per game, and Robert Williams’ 9.6 rebounds per game are a team high.
> D.J. Hogg (12.1), Admon Gilder (11.5) and Williams (10.4) are also in double figures for the season.
> Graduate student guard Duane Wilson paces the Aggies with 3.9 assists per game this season. Wilson faced the Gamecocks last season while at Marquette in the NCAA Tournament first round in Greeville, S.C. He tallied four points and three rebounds in the contest.
> A&M leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with a +8.0 rebound margin on the year and Williams paces the league with his 9.6 rebounds per game.
> The Aggies are also one of the top shot-blocking teams in the SEC with 6.0 per game (3rd), which is ninth nationally.
> A&M is led by head coach Billy Kennedy in his seventh season.
> The all-time series between the Gamecocks and Aggies is tied at 3-3.
> Texas A&M holds a 2-1 advantage in games played in College Station.
> The Gamecocks have won two-straight in the series.
> Carolina posted an 81-78 upset win over the eighth-ranked Aggies the last time the two teams met in Reed Arena on Feb. 6, 2016, behind a 25-point, 9-assist, 3-steal performance from then-junior guard Sindarius Thornwell.
> South Carolina continues SEC action on the road when it travels to face Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET vs. the Razorbacks, with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Dalen Cuff (analyst) on the call for ESPN2.