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Gamecocks Host Gators Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 9, 2018

South Carolina vs. Florida


 

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina welcomes Florida to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, marking the second matchup between the two schools this SEC season. Carolina posted a 77-72 win in Gainesville in the first meeting on Jan. 24.

STARTING FIVE

> South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday after playing its last two contests on the road. The Gamecocks aim to snap a four-game losing streak, which is the longest of the season.
> In Carolina's most recent outing, three scored in double figures, led by junior guard Hassani Gravett's 12, but the Gamecocks suffered an 81-65 loss at Arkansas on Tuesday. Junior guard Kory Holden, who missed 11 games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, matched his season high with 11 points off the bench vs. the Razorbacks.
> Saturday's matchup is the second between the Gamecocks and Gators this season. Carolina posted a 77-72 victory over Florida on Jan. 24 in Gainesville, which marked the first Gamecock road win over a ranked opponent since the 2016 league campaign.
> In that victory at Florida, Carolina matched a season high with 11 made 3-point baskets, paced by a career high five 3s from graduate student guard Wes Myers. Myers tallied a season high 22 points, making eight shots overall, in the win at the O'Connell Center. He also matched a career high with four steals.
> Junior forward Chris Silva was strong in the earlier matchup against the Gators this season. He scored 18 points (11 in the second half) and pulled down a team high 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. He was also 8-of-9 at the free throw line in the contest.

AUTISM AWARENESS - COACHES POWERING FORWARD

> This year, coaches from around the country will be raising money for autism through Coaches Powering Forward for Autism benefiting Autism Speaks. Coaches will be wearing the blue puzzle piece pin on their suit jackets during games this weekend. This is part of college basketball's autism awareness weekend, an effort started by Towson head men's basketball coach Pat Skerry and USF assistant men's basketball coach Tom Herrion. It has since gone national with support from the NABC and Autism Speaks.

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS

> South Carolina is 13-11 on the season and 4-7 in SEC contests. The Gamecocks look to snap a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season.
> The Gamecocks are 7-4 in home games in 2017-18, most recently suffering an 81-76 loss to Mississippi State on Jan. 31.
> Two average double-figure points for Carolina, led by junior forward Chris Silva's 14.5 points per outing. Graduate student guard Frank Booker is the other player averaging double figures at 11.0 per game.
> In SEC games, Silva's 16.2 points per game are a team high, followed by Booker's 11.2 and fellow graduate student guard Wesley Myers' 10.1 points per outing.
> With his six made free throws at Arkansas, Silva is now tied for 10th all-time in Carolina history for a single season with 160 made free throws thus far in 2017-18.
> Junior guard Hassani Gravett led Carolina with 12 points in the matchup at Arkansas. He and rookie forward Justin Minaya also paced the team with four assists each.
> Gravett is averaging 5.0 assists per game over the course of the last three contests.
> The Gamecocks are 9-0 when leading at the half this season.
> Carolina is averaging 73.2 points per game in home contests this season, holding opponents to 67.7 points per game.
> Junior guard Kory Holden scored 11 points off the bench in just 15 minutes at Arkansas. He missed 11 games earlier this season (Dec. 27-Jan. 31), and returned to the court in nine minutes of action at Texas A&M last Saturday. Including his two seasons at Delaware, Holden has 45 career double-figure scoring games.
> As a team, Carolina dished 17 assists on 21 made baskets at Arkansas. The 17 helpers marked the most in SEC play for Carolina and the most since dishing 16 in the league opener at Ole Miss on Dec. 31.

SCOUTING THE GATORS

> Florida is 16-8 on the year and 7-4 in SEC games.
> The Gators are led by head coach Mike White in his third season.
> UF is 2-3 in its last five games, with wins vs. Baylor (Big 12/SEC Challenge) and LSU, and losses to the Gamecocks, on the road at Georgia and home vs. Alabama.
> Four average double-figures for UF, led by junior guard Jalen Hudson's 15.8 per game. Egor Koulechov (14.2), Chris Chiozza (11.9) and KeVaughn Allen (11.3) also average double-figures on the year.
> Koulechov's 91.2 percent at the foul line leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally. Allen's 90.9 percent from the line is also among SEC leaders and is 11th nationally.
> Florida averages just 10.1 turnovers per contest, which is an SEC high. In the earlier matchup vs. UF, Carolina forced the Gators into 12 giveaways.
> Florida is 3-2 in road games this season, with all of those coming in SEC action. The Gators have road victories at Texas A&M, Missouri and at Kentucky.

THE SERIES

> Florida leads the all-time series 44-26.
> In Columbia, UF leads 21-15.
> The Gamecocks have won two straight and four of the last five.
> Carolina has won two straight at home, dating back to a 73-69 OT win over the Gators on Feb. 20, 2016.

BY THE NUMBERS

1.1 - Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar's 1.1 steals per game this season are a team high.
2 - Junior forward Chris Silva is just two blocks away from cracking the Gamecock career top-10 in the category. He has 106 for his career.
3.6 - Junior guard Hassani Gravett paces Carolina with 3.6 assists per game this season. He has 13 games this season with at least three assists, and six with five or more, most recently dishing seven assists vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 31.
+6.3 - Carolina holds a +6.3 rebound margin over its opponent in home games this season.
8-5 - South Carolina is 8-5 vs. ranked opponents dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
8+ - South Carolina has posted at least eight made 3-pointers in 12 games this season, most recently posting 11 vs. No. 20 Florida on Jan. 24.

UP NEXT

> South Carolina travels to No. 15/14 Tennessee on Tuesday for its second matchup this season vs. the Vols. UT posted a 70-63 victory over the Gamecocks on Jan. 20 in Columbia. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU and will tip at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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