March 8, 2018
South Carolina vs. Arkansas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina tallied an 85-84 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday evening in the opening round of the SEC Tournament to advance to Thursday's second round where the Gamecocks will face the Arkansas Razorbacks. The two teams met just once in the regular season, with Arkansas posting an 81-65 win in Fayetteville on Feb. 6.
> South Carolina posted its first SEC Tournament win since 2015 on Wednesday night in an 85-84 victory over 14th-seeded Ole Miss. Junior forward Chris Silva scored 21, while pulling down 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, and graduate student guard Frank Booker matched a career high with six made 3s, en route to 21 points, to lead Carolina in the win. With his 13th point of the night, Silva became the 45th member of the Carolina 1,000-point club. He now has 1,008 for his career.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
> South Carolina is 17-15 overall this season after posting an 85-84 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday night to open SEC Tournament action.
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
> Arkansas is 21-10 overall on the year and is the No. 6 seed in this week's SEC Tournament after posting a 10-8 record in league play this season.
> Arkansas owns a 19-13 upperhand in the all-time series with South Carolina.
> The winner of Thursday's matchup between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks advances to the quarterfinals on Friday to face third-seeded Florida. Carolina split its regular-season series with the Gators, first posting a 77-72 win in Gainesville, before UF posted a 65-41 win in Columbia. The team's have met just three times in the SEC Tournament, with the Gators holding a 2-1 edge in those contests. The last meeting between the two schools in the postseason event came in the Finals in 2006. The eventual national champs posted a 49-47 win in that game, which was held in Nashville.
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