Gamecocks Set To Host Mississippi Valley State
South Carolina men's basketball team will host Mississippi Valley State
on Tuesday, continuing play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas
Invitational. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena, with
the contest to be televised on SportSouth.
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena
Series: First Meeting
Television: SportSouth (check local listings)
Talent: Andy Demetra (pxp), Daymeon Fishback (analyst)
Radio: Derek Scott (pxp), Casey Manning (analyst)
Carolina Quick Hits
- South Carolina is in its 104th season of basketball.
- The Gamecocks are led by fourth-year head coach Darrin Horn.
South Carolina began play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas
Invitational with a 64-63 loss to Tennessee State on Sunday at Colonial
- South Carolina sophomore guard Eric Smith tallied a
career high 18 points in just 18 minutes vs. Tennessee State. The
Mullins, S.C., native hit 6-of-10 from the floor, including a stellar
5-of-7 from 3-point range. Smith's previous career high was nine points.
Several Gamecocks were in foul trouble early in the contest vs.
Tennessee State. Freshman forward Anthony Gill played just two minutes
in the opening half, while fellow starter Damontre Harris played just
- Tuesday's contest vs. Mississippi Valley State marks the
second in a stretch of four games in seven days. Carolina played
Tennessee State on Sunday, MVSU on Tuesday and will play top-ranked
North Carolina on Friday before a matchup between either Southern
California or UNLV on Saturday.
- Tuesday's game marks the first meeting between South Carolina and Mississippi Valley State.
- The Gamecocks have out-rebounded their opponent in all three games this season.
Looking ahead, should North Carolina still be ranked as the No. 1 team
in the AP poll when the two teams meet next week, it would mark the
ninth time the Gamecocks would play the AP No. 1. The last time South
Carolina faced the top-ranked team the Gamecocks earned a thrilling
68-62 victory over Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena on Jan. 26, 2010,
for their first win over a No. 1. The Gamecocks have played UNC when
the Tar Heels have been ranked as the AP No. 1 three previous times,
all during the 1957 calendar year.
- South Carolina is 78-30 (.722) all-time in the month of November. Carolina went 4-1 last season during the month.
South Carolina earned a 75-50 victory over Western Carolina in the
season opener on Nov. 11. Freshman forward Anthony Gill paced Carolina
with 14 points, while sophomore guard Brenton Williams impressed,
scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, while collecting
By The Numbers
18 - South Carolina sophomore
guard Eric Smith doubled his career high with 18 points in Tuesday's
contest vs. Tennessee State. Smith's previous high of nine points came
earlier this season when he tallied nine vs. Western Carolina in the
season opener on Nov. 11 (entering the season his career high was eight
points vs. Kentucky on Feb. 19, 2011).
32.0 - South Carolina is
averaging 32.0 points in the paint per game through three games this
season. To compare, Gamecock opponents are averaging just 14.0 points
in the paint per game.
MVSU enters Tuesday's
contest with an 0-3 record after most recently suffering a 101-75 loss
at top-ranked North Carolina on Sunday ... Freshman guard Brent
Arrington tallied 33 points off the bench for MVSU vs. the Tar Heels,
hitting 12-of-18 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range ... Senior
center Paul Crosby with 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds a year ago, and
junior guard Terrence Joyner with 10.1 points last season are the top
returners for MVSU ... MVSU also suffered an 80-67 loss at Notre Dame
and an 80-70 loss at DePaul earlier this season.