They listened and won.
Frank Martin did everything he could to instruct his three guards to attack the opponent. The word has long been out – play zone and the Gamecocks go away – and Martin was finding it hair-losing frustrating to see his guys accept it.
It’s one thing to miss shots. It’s another to keep missing from the same spots and not do anything to give yourself a better chance of making it – like being aggressive and driving the lane.
On Saturday, the Gamecocks’ trio of Ty Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice attacked Mississippi State. They made some early 3-pointers and those turned into other 3s, but outside of one bad stretch in the first, USC quit relying on the 3. Laimonas Chatkevicius was tearing it up inside, Michael Carrera was camping under the basket, Mindaugas Kacinas had some great interior moves.
Then when it got close, USC kept doing it, driving the lane and taking what it was given when MSU fouled to stop the clock. The Gamecocks got their fifth SEC win and one more will match the highest league win total in six years.
Remember Bill Murray in “What About Bob?”
“Baby steps baby steps ”