Here's the season stats for South Carolina. Requires Adobe Acrobat (free download) to view). This is the best I can do... sorry.
The Gamecocks followed a nice road win at Mississippi State with a head scratching loss to the "War Eagles" of Auburn. South Carolina might be the worst team in the SEC right now... although Mississippi State should get consideration as well. Saying that, we can't afford to have an off night (day in this case) against them.
- 42% FG
- 32.6% from 3
- rebound margin of -2.3 per game
- 63.5 PPG average... they have problems scoring
This is another small team that we should dominate inside. Hopefully we see a repeat of the effort in Baton Rouge. Tre Kelley is their scorer (16.9 PPG). He should be as he's taken 100 more shots than anyone else on the team. Brandon Wallace is the only other 'Cock averaging double digits in points. Wallace is also their rebounder (at 9.5 RPG).
This is a game we should dominate from beginning to end. South Carolina can't shoot from beyond the arc and have serious problems on the offensive side. They defend well and take care of the ball (roughly 11 turnovers a game).
Prediction- Alabama by 18... maybe Torrance and Coleman see the court in the last 3 minutes of the game.
Since I have nothing to do at work and am bored, I decided to prognosticate the at-large teams going to the NCAA tournament. I'm limiting myself to "major" conferences as I won't pretend to know much about the "mid majors." Heck, I'll predict the tournament winners in the major conferences as well (denoted in green).
(EDIT... I forgot about the ACC.)
ACC: UNC, Duke, Clemson, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Atlantic Ten: GW, Xavier
Big East: Pitt, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, West Virginia, Louisville
Big 12: Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State
Big 10: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State
CUSA: Memphis *
MWC: UNLV *, Air Force, BYU, Colorado State
PAC 10: UCLA, USC, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, Washington
SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee
Fee free to call me retarded for my conference tournament winners.