Gamecocks Travel To Princeton For Tuesday Non-Conference Matchup
Dec. 1, 2008
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
South Carolina rides the standout play of junior point guard Devan Downey, who leads the squad with 19.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, while sophomore forward Mike Holmes paces Carolina with 10.6 rebounds per contest. Princeton is led by freshman Doug Davis with 17.3 points per game. Davis is also the team's best 3-point threat, hitting 11-of-22 attempts from beyond the arc this season.
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Historically Versus The Ivy League
The Tigers began the 2008-09 campaign with consecutive home losses to Central Michigan (53-55) and Maine (55-58, OT), but rebounded with consecutive road victories at Army (55-43) and Fordham (73-61). Princeton averages just 59.0 points per contest and is 0-2 at home this season.
Doug Davis leads the squad with 17.3 points per game, while sophomore forward Kareem Maddox owns a team-best 3.3 assists and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
Princeton's keys to the game will be its offensive point production and rebounding. The Gamecocks' explosive offense (83.0) averages 24 more points per game than the Tigers (59.0). On the boards, Princeton has consistently held its opponent to fewer rebounds than the opponent prior, but South Carolina (44.0) averages well above the 28.8 rebounds Princeton's first four opponents have managed per contest.
Scouting South Carolina
Carolina looks to have a mighty offensive edge against Princeton, as five Gamecocks average double-digit point totals entering Tuesday's contest - Devan Downey, 19.2; Zam Fredrick, 15.6; Mike Holmes, 12.4; Evka Baniulis, 10.6; Dominique Archie, 10.0 - against just one averaging double-digit points for the Tigers (Doug Davis, 17.3).
Downey holds the hot hand from the field for the Gamecocks after five contests. He has led Carolina in its last two games, collecting 25 points against Gardner-Webb - sparked by an 8-of-12 (20 points) effort from the field in the second half - and posting 22 points in a valiant effort against College of Charleston. Fellow guard Zam Fredrick struggled against the Cougars, hitting just 2-of-11 attempts from the field, while he attempted just one shot from beyond the arc. His one attempt from 3-point range was only the second time in his Carolina career he has attempted fewer than three 3s in a contest.
Senior guard Branden Conrad is making the most of his heightened playing time and position in the starting lineup for Horn's Gamecocks. Conrad has steadily improved throughout the season, capped by a 10-point effort, his first double-digit total, against College of Charleston. Conrad knows how to take care of the basketball as well, he has posted a team-low seven turnovers against 17 assists and nine steals for the season.
Dominique Archie has played solidly for Carolina in his last two outings (9 points vs. Gardner-Webb; 12 vs. Charleston) after a disappointing four-point outing versus a much weaker opponent in USC Upstate on Nov. 22. Mike Holmes tallied his second double-double of the season against Charleston, posting 14 points and 12 boards, including nine on the defensive side of the court. Holmes has tallied double-digit points in four of five contests this fall.
South Carolina's keys to the game will be its rebounding effort and taking care of the basketball. Carolina has committed 36 turnovers in its last two contests, compared to just 39 in its first three games combined.
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