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Males’s Basketball | 11/17/2021 6:18:00 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Gamecocks (2-1) open a three-game homestand at Colonial Life Area on Thursday when Andy Kennedy’s UAB (3-0) Blazers go to Columbia.  The assembly is the fourth all-time between Carolina and UAB, and the primary assembly because the 1992-93 marketing campaign.  Dave Weinstein (play-by-play) and John Williams (analyst) could have the decision for the SEC Community+ broadcast, which ideas at 7 p.m. ET, whereas Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) could have the decision over the air for the Gamecock Radio Community.

GAME INFORMATION
ARENA: Colonial Life Area (18,000)
BROADCAST: SEC Community+
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dave Weinstein
ANALYST: John Williams
RADIO: Gamecock Radio Community
IN COLUMBIA: 107.5 The Sport
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Derek Scott
ANALYST: Casey Manning
SIRIUS: – | XM: 192 | SXM APP: 963
WATCH: WatchESPN/ESPN App
LIVE STATS: GamecocksOnline.com
SERIES: South Carolina leads 2-1
IN COLUMBIA: Carolina leads 1-0
SERIES TREND: The Gamecocks have received two straight within the collection
LAST MEETING: 75-68 Gamecock win on Dec. 28, 1992, on the Corridor of Fame Traditional in Springfield, Mass.

TIPOFF NOTABLES
> The Gamecocks open a three-game homestand at Colonial Life Area on Thursday when Andy Kennedy’s UAB Blazers go to Columbia.  The assembly is the fourth all-time between Carolina and UAB, and the primary assembly because the 1992-93 marketing campaign.
> Following its first lack of the season, Carolina rebounded with a 75-64 victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday in its closing contest on the inaugural Asheville Championship.  Junior guard Jermaine Couisnard and rookie guard Devin Carter led Carolina with 16 factors every, and graduate pupil guard James Reese V tallied a season excessive 14 factors behind 4 makes from 3-point vary.
> Carolina’s 45.6 % (26-57) from the sector within the win vs. WKU marked it is best capturing share of the season up to now.
> The Gamecocks suffered their first lack of the season on Nov. 12, falling 66-62 to Princeton.  Carolina struggled from the sector, hitting simply 36.2 % general, and simply 15.4 % (4-26) from 3-point vary.  Princeton made 11 3-pointers within the win.
> Junior ahead Wildens Leveque posted the primary double-double of his profession with a dominant 12-point, 10-rebound efficiency vs. Princeton final Friday.  Leveque, who was 6-of-6 from the sector, performed 32 minutes of motion, together with 18:52 of the second half.  4 of his rebounds have been on the offensive finish.
> The Gamecocks improved to 84-30 all-time in season openers once they posted a 78-60 victory over USC Upstate within the 2021-22 opener on Nov. 9 at Colonial Life Area.  Junior guard Jermaine Couisnard and junior ahead Wildens Leveque led the Gamecocks with 14 factors every, whereas Couisnard dished out a recreation excessive seven assists within the win.
> Head coach Frank Martin is in his tenth season main the Gamecocks.  He’s assisted by affiliate head coach Chuck Martin (fifth season), assistant coaches Will Bailey (second season) and Brian Steele (first season), and the director of operations is Andy Assaley (tenth season).
> South Carolina posted a 101-76 exhibition win vs. Benedict on Nov. 4. James Reese V led all scorers with 21 within the contest.
> The 2021-22 marketing campaign is the twentieth season of basketball at Colonial Life Area.  The power opened simply previous to the 2002-03 marketing campaign.
> South Carolina returns three of its prime 5 scorers from a season in the past, together with senior ahead Keyshawn Bryant (14.4 ppg), junior guard Jermaine Couisnard (10.1 ppg) and junior ahead Wildens Leveque (6.1 ppg).
> Junior guard Jermaine Couisnard is Carolina’s prime returning help maker after averaging 3.2 per recreation final season.  For his profession, Couisnard has 28 video games with three or extra assists, together with his profession excessive of 10, which he set in a house win over Mississippi State on March 3, 2020.
> The Gamecocks welcome 9 newcomers to the staff this season, together with a trio of freshmen in Devin Carter, Ta’Quan Woodley and Jacobi Wright.  Six transfers are additionally set for his or her first season at Carolina in Chico Carter Jr. (Murray State), Josh Grey (LSU), Brandon Martin (USC Upstate), James Reese V (North Texas), Erik Stevenson (Washington) and AJ Wilson (George Mason).

UAB – GAMECOCK CONNECTIONS

> There might be a number of acquainted faces at Colonial Life Area when the Gamecocks face UAB on Thursday.  Carolina head coach Frank Martin is a long-time pal and colleague of UAB head coach Andy Kennedy, who spent 11+ seasons as the pinnacle coach at Ole Miss.  Kennedy was assisted by Martin throughout his one season as head coach at Cincinnati (2005-06), whereas Andy Assaley – Carolina’s director of MBB operations – served as an assistant and Gamecock energy coach Scott Greenawalt held the identical place for the Bearcats. Ah, reminiscences!
> Gamecock assistant coach Will Bailey performed two seasons at UAB (1995-97) and served as staff captain of the 1996-97 squad that reached the NIT.  He was additionally chosen because the staff’s prime defensive participant in 1997.  Bailey’s head coach at UAB was Murray Bartow, who will function the analyst for the Blazer radio broadcast of Thursday’s matchup.

SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
> UAB is 3-0 this season with victories over UNC Asheville, Morehead State and Rhodes Faculty.
> The Blazers have been picked because the preseason favourite to win Convention USA this season.
> In its win over Rhodes Faculty, UAB tied a faculty document with 23 steals.
> Jordan Walker leads 4 Blazers averaging double-figures this season with 21.0 factors per recreation.  Quan Jackson (16.0), Michael Ertel (12.3) and Tavin Lovan (11.5) additionally common double digits.
> UAB’s 16.3 steals per recreation rank second nationally, and it is scoring common of 95.0 factors per recreation is tenth.

EXHIBITION RECAP
> South Carolina posted a 101-76 win over Benedict Nov. 4 at Colonial Life Area in exhibition motion.
> Gamecock guard James Reese V led all scorers with 21 factors, behind 9 made area objectives, together with a trio of 3s within the contest.
> Senior guard Erik Stevenson added 14, connecting on a recreation excessive 4 makes from 3-point vary. Rookie guard Devin Carter added 13, and sophomore ahead Josh Grey scored 10.
> Grey was dominant on the boards, amassing 12 rebounds together with 4 on the offensive glass.
> Returning junior ahead Wildens Leveque battled foul bother within the matchup, however he was 4-of-4 from the ground, with 4 rebounds and two blocks in quarter-hour of motion.
> As a staff, Carolina hit 56.6% from the ground, connecting on 43-of-76 makes an attempt.  The Gamecocks have been additionally stable on the free throw line, hitting 6-of-7 (85.7%) from the stripe.

DID YOU KNOW?
> First-year assistant coach Brian Steele is considered one of 28 assistants nationally who’re 30 or youthful.  Steele simply turned 28 on Nov. 10.  A 3-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks on the hardwood (2012-15), Steele noticed motion in 50 profession video games within the Garnet and Black, with 4 begins. After knee accidents dotted his first three seasons on the courtroom, Steele opted to function a pupil assistant coach through the 2015-16 marketing campaign.  He did the identical through the historic 2016-17 season that noticed Carolina attain the Ultimate 4, after which was a graduate assistant supervisor the next 12 months.

BY THE NUMBERS
:52 – Junior guard Jermaine Couisnard nearly gave the Gamecocks the successful edge vs. Princeton final Friday night time, because the East Chicago, Ind., native hit a trio of 3s within the closing 52 seconds of play to twice pull the Gamecocks to inside three of the Tigers.
12/10 – Junior ahead Wildens Leveque posted the primary double-double of his profession with 12 factors, and a recreation excessive 10 rebounds vs. Princeton.  Leveque was 6-of-6 from the ground, together with a pair of spotlight reel dunks within the matchup.
6 – Senior guard Erik Stevenson struggled from the sector vs. Princeton, however the Lacey, Wash., native made some large performs down the stretch within the contest.  He collected a profession excessive six steals, whereas additionally pulling in eight rebounds and doling out a recreation excessive 5 assists.
8-8 – Rookie guard Devin Carter was an ideal 8-of-8 from the free throw line within the win vs. WKU on Sunday.  He scored a season excessive 16 factors, dished out a staff excessive 4 assists and in addition had eight rebounds.

FATHER AND SON DUOS
> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, and his son, senior ahead Brandon Martin, are considered one of 23 father-son  coach-player duos in Division I this season.  See beneath for the total checklist (college: head coach, son):

Boise State: Leon Rice, Max Rice
UConn: Dan Hurley, Andrew Hurley
Detroit Mercy: Mike Davis, Antoine Davis
Illinois-Chicago: Luke Yaklich, Griffin Yaklich
Iowa: Fran McCaffery, Connor/Patrick McCaffery
Liberty: Ritchie McKay, Gabriel McKay
Memphis: Penny Hardaway, Jayden Hardaway
Michigan: Juwan Howard, Jace Howard
Michigan State: Tom Izzo, Steven Izzo
Milwaukee: Pat Baldwin, Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Miss. Valley State: Lindsey Hunter, Caleb Hunter
Nebraska: Fred Hoiberg, Sam Hoiberg
Oklahoma: Porter Moser, Jacob Moser
South Carolina: Frank Martin, Brandon Martin
South Carolina State: Antonio Madlock, Antonio Madlock Jr.
USC Upstate: Dave Dickerson, Dave Dickerson III
Southern: Sean Woods, DeSean Woods
Syracuse: Jim Boeheim, Buddy/Jimmy Boeheim
Texas Southern: Johnny Jones, John Jones
Utah State: Ryan Odom, Connor Odom
Western Illinois: Rob Jeter, III Rob Jeter IV
WKU: Rick Stansbury, Noah Stansbury
Wright State: Scott Nice, TJ Nice

COMING UP NEXT
> Carolina continues its homestand subsequent Tuesday, Nov. 23, when Wofford visits Colonial Life Area.  Tip time vs. the Terriers is ready for 7 p.m. ET.  Dave Weinstein (play-by-play) and John Williams (analyst) could have the SEC Community+ broadcast.





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