Dec. 19, 2008
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008
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Scouting The Citadel
The Citadel returns 11 letterwinners from last year's squad, including 2007-08 SoCon Freshman of the Year, Cameron Wells, who paces the Bulldog offense this season with 15.6 points and 1.5 steals per game. Wells also leads the team in rebounds with 6.2 per outing. Demetrius Nelson also averages double-digit points (12.3) for the squad, while Zach Urbanus is the team's best 3-point threat, hitting 19-of-48 (.396) attempts thus far.
South Carolina holds a significant edge over The Citadel in nearly every statistical category. The Gamecock offense averages nearly 20 more points per game than the Bulldogs, while also holding a dominating edge in rebounds (+10.6), opponent turnover average (+9.1) and steals (+7.5). The Citadel's keys to the game will be its rebounding effort and its play on defense.
Scouting South Carolina
Junior point guard Devan Downey averages 20.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals per contest after a stellar 23-point, six-assist, seven-steal effort against NC Central. Downey has tied his career high of seven steals twice this season (Princeton, NC Central) and currently leads the SEC in that category (3.5/game) by one steal over Chris Warren of Mississippi (2.5/game).
Senior guard Zam Fredrick averages 15.9 points, 2.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest. He's hit double digit points in seven games this season, with a season-high 23 in the victory over USC Upstate on Nov. 22. Fredrick contributed 18 points in the most recent Carolina win over NC Central on Tuesday.
Sophomore forward Mike Holmes (12.1) and junior forward Evka Baniulis (10.8) also average double-digits through the first eight games of the year. Holmes leads Carolina with 8.6 rebounds per contest, including 4.4 offensive boards per game, ranking fourth and first, respectively, in the SEC in those categories. Baniulis is on pace to break into the Gamecock all-time top-10 for 3-pointers made in a career. He has 19 made 3's this season and needs just 32 more for 115 in his career to tie for 10th all-time. Keep an eye on the Lithuanian shooter.
Junior forward Dominique Archie continues his quietly-consistent season. Archie averages just shy of double figures in both points (9.9) and rebounds (7.8) and ranks second behind Downey with 2.4 steals per contest, tied for third in the SEC.
Carolina's keys to the game against The Citadel will be cutting down its turnovers and its presence underneath the basket. Keep an eye on Holmes (7-9, 14 pts. vs. NC Central) in the paint and Austin Steed on the glass (12 boards vs. NC Central) against the Bulldogs.
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Downey On Naismith Watch List
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