Countdown to Tip: Carolina vs. USC Upstate

South Carolina will be looking to land a three-game worse on Friday when they welcome USC Upstate at Colonial Life Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will stream on SEC Network+.

The Gamecock (2-3) lost to Furman 79-60 while the Spartans (2-3) lost to Air Force 83-56. Forward GG Jackson led the Gamecocks to the loss to the Paladins with 19 points and six rebounds. The Gamecocks had a rough outing in the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic as they would fall in all three of their games.

Here’s how to get in the mood for Friday afternoon’s matchup between the Gamecocks and the Spartans.

Game Information

Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Time: 4 p.m
Train station: SEC Network+
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Transmission: Dave Weinstein and John Williams
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Live Stats: click here
Series: South Carolina leads the all-time series 6-1

Gamecock Notes:

— After starting the season 2-0 with victories over South Carolina State and Clemson, South Carolina struggled at the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic, falling in all three games. The Gamecocks fell to Colorado State, Davidson and Furman.

— In the loss to Furman, South Carolina shot 45 percent from field and 32 percent from three on 7-of-22 shooting. The Gamecocks continued to struggle with turnovers as they turned the ball over 17 times against the Paladins.

— Guard Chico Carter Played well in South Carolina’s last two games as he scored 26 points against Davidson and then 17 points against Furman. Against the Wildcats on Friday, Carter made 6-of-8 shots from behind the three-point line and on Sunday against the Paladins he made 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc.

— Jackson would have double digits in all three Gamecocks games in Charleston as he would have 20, 12 and 19. Jackson was also the lead rebounder in each of the Charleston games.

– After South Carolina completes its matchup with USC Upstate, it will travel to Washington, DC to take on George Washington on November 30th. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Gamecocks will remain in Washington DC during their December 3 matchup with Georgetown.

Scout out the Spartans

– USC Upstate is managed by a head coach David Dickersonwho is in his fifth season as head coach of the Spartans.

– The Spartans are led by guard Jordan Gainey, who is averaging 14.4 points per game. The Spartans also have two other players scoring double figures as guards Justin Bailey and Trae Broadnax an average of 11 and 10.8 points per game respectively.

– This season, USC Upstate is shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from three. The Spartans fight from the free throw line as they shoot just 59 percent on 48 of 82 shots. The Spartans are also averaging double-digit turnovers per game as they turn it over 12.8 times per game.

— The Spartans’ loss to the Falcons was led by Gainey, who scored 19 points in 31 minutes of the game. Broadnax was also in double figures as he scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds. As a team, the Spartans shot 43 percent from the field and 20 percent from the three-point line. USC Upstate was outrebounded 44-22.


“A big part of that is staying the course. I say it in many different ways. determination. Don’t get discouraged easily. I talk about it all the time. Don’t let anything discourage you easily. Don’t get discouraged easily whether you’re catching a wing or staying in front of the ball. That’s the biggest part of learning how to win I think. Then also real, real belief in how what you do affects it because I’ve seen it and done it. Just seeing it often is not enough. You have to do it and feel it and be uncomfortable with what you’re doing to make some of those things happen.” South Carolina head coach Lamont Paris learn in his team how to win

“Part of that is the ability to endure at the end of the day. Part of this is throwing and completing a pass to the same intended target that you had. We talked a little bit about what they do defensively. They really help with the ball. They have to play some from behind and throw jumps. We’ve been talking about throwing skip passes all season, and maybe they’ll throw a single skip pass once every few games. In this type of game, you have to do that. They are loaded up to the ball side. They will bring help. You have to play something from behind. These decisions must be made quickly. If you don’t, recover and this has happened a few times. Other times it’s just sloppy with the ball. I think if you look back in history I don’t know how many teams would be able to turn the ball over as many times as we did.” Paris on his team’s revenue woes