Coach Dave Odom’s success in the post-season continued as Carolina cruised by Mississippi State 59-44 in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
The Gamecock defense was tenacious in this low-scoring, half-court battle. USC forced the Bulldogs into 17 turnovers, while limiting their own to a season-low four.
The Gamecocks were in the midst of a great post-season run. They followed up this win with victories over Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC Tournament. Carolina was edged out by eventual national-champion Florida 49-47 in the championship game.
Undeterred by the disappointing loss to Florida, they went on to claim their second consecutive NIT Championship, defeating Michigan 76-64 in the NIT title game.