Nov. 14, 2017
South Carolina vs Illinois State
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina travels to the beach this week for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach. Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico, the event was relocated to the HTC Center in Conway. The Gamecocks begin Tournament action on Thursday versus Illinois State at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
> South Carolina enters Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach action undefeated after posting wins over Wofford (73-52) and Western Michigan (78-60) to begin the 2017-18 campaign.
> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his sixth season leading the Gamecocks and 11th season overall as a head coach in 2017-18. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins a season ago. In his 10 seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times, including a combined 51 wins for the Gamecocks the past two seasons. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
> South Carolina aims to continue its winning ways when it faces Illinois State on Thursday in the first of three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach this week.
SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE
> Illinois State is led by former Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller in his fifth season. Muller is an ISU alum.
> South Carolina will face either Boise State or UTEP in the second round of action at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach on Friday. The Gamecocks are 0-1 all-time vs. the Broncos, having suffered an 80-54 loss to Boise State at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in December 2013, while the Gamecocks are 1-0 all-time vs. UTEP, having posted a 67-64 win over the Miners on Dec. 28, 1989, competing in the Sun Carnival Classic in El Paso.
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