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Gamecocks Travel To No. 14/15 Auburn For Regular Season Finale
March 2, 2018

South Carolina at Auburn


 

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina travels to face No. 14/15 Auburn on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both schools. The Gamecocks posted an 84-75 win over the Tigers on Feb. 17, in Columbia in the first meeting between the two schools this season.

STARTING FIVE

> South Carolina enters the regular-season finale with a 16-14 overall record, and a 7-10 mark in SEC contests currently holding the 10th seed by virtue of tiebreakers for next week’s 2018 SEC Tournament in St. Louis.
> Saturday’s meeting against Auburn is the second between the Gamecocks and Tigers in the final two weeks of the regular season, as Carolina posted an 84-75 win over then-No. 10 Auburn in Columbia on Feb. 17.
> Graduate student guards Frank Booker (25) and Wesley Myers (23) combined for 48 points in Carolina’s OT win over LSU on Wednesday in the home regular-season finale. Booker matched career highs with 25 points and six made 3s, and Myers posted a season high 23 points, by way of a career high 11 made free throws in the win.
> After a six-game losing streak through the final games of January and beginning of February, Carolina has won three of their last four games, averaging 77.7 points per game in those wins.
> South Carolina is in search of its first road win since the Jan. 24 upset victory at then-No. 20/22 Florida in Gainesville. Over the course of the last two seasons, the Gamecocks have 10 true road wins, and a total of 17 wins away from home (road+neutral).

BOOKER, MYERS SHINE ON SENIOR NIGHT

> The senior duo of Frank Booker and Wesley Myers made the most of their Senior Night on Wednesday, scoring a combined 48 points to propel the Gamecocks to the OT win. Booker matched career bests with 25 points and six made 3s, while his 38 minutes were a new personal high. He was also stellar from the floor, again matching a personal high with eight makes. Myers capitalized at the free throw line, connecting on a career best 11-of-14 attempts, en route to a season high in points with 23, and his 38 minutes were also a season best. The duo also had a combined 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win.

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS

> South Carolina is 16-14 and 7-10 in conference contests entering Saturday’s regular-season finale at Auburn.
> After losing six straight, the Gamecocks have won three of their last four outings, with all three wins coming at home.
> Graduate student guards Frank Booker (25) and Wesley Myers (23) led the Gamecocks to a Senior Night OT win over LSU on Wednesday. Booker hit 80% from the field and was a stellar 6-of-7 from 3-point range to match a career high.
> Junior guard Hassani Gravett tallied six of Carolina’s 11 points in overtime of Wednesday’s contest vs. LSU, while he also assisted on a Maik Kotsar lay-up and blocked an LSU shot attempt. In his last three games, Gravett is averaging 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.
> South Carolina’s 77.5% (131-169) from the charity stripe in the month of February was third-best in the league during the stretch: 80.7% - Auburn; 78.4% - Vanderbilt; 77.5% - South Carolina; 74.8% - Tennessee; 73.0% - LSU.
> In the win vs. LSU, Carolina shot a blistering 60.9% (14-23) from the field in the second half, including 7-of-10 from 3.
> In away games this season, Carolina averages 66.5 points per game.
> South Carolina is 3-3 this season vs. ranked opponents.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

> Auburn is 24-6 and 12-5 in SEC contests entering Saturday’s regular-season finale.
> Auburn and Tennessee are both 12-5 entering Saturday’s games, and Auburn holds the SEC Tournament seeding tiebreaker over the Vols.
> Sophomore guard Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 28 points and eight rebounds in the loss at Arkansas on Tuesday. In Auburn’s past nine games, Heron is averaging 20.4 points per game.
> The Tigers are 14-1 at home this season, with the lone loss coming against Texas A&M on Feb. 7.
> Heron (16.7), Bryce Brown (15.9), Jared Harper (13.8) and Desean Murray (10.4) all average double-digits for the Tigers.
> In league games, Heron’s 17.4 per game are also a team high.
> Auburn leads the SEC in scoring offense (84.2 ppg), scoring margin (+11.0), free throw percent (78.7%) and is second in steals (7.3 spg).

THE SERIES

> Auburn leads the all-time series 23-18.
> The Tigers hold an 10-8 advantage in games played in Auburn.
> Carolina has twon three straight in the series and four of the last five meetings.

UP NEXT

> South Carolina awaits the final bracket reveal for the 2018 SEC Tournament, which will be held next week in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center. Gamecock fans should keep an eye out on Saturday night for the official Tournment bracket.

 

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