After a potentially devastating loss, South Carolina has a short turnaround to a huge game.
Kentucky's 31-point victory against Arkansas on Monday all but ensures that the Wildcats will be ranked No. 1 when they visit Columbia on Tuesday.
"It's just a great opportunity," USC senior guard Devan Downey said. "Don't nobody expect us to win. They're the No. 1 team in the country. We're going into that game with absolutely nothing to lose. So I'm excited about it."
It would be the second time a top-ranked team has visited USC. Michigan was No. 1, although coming off a loss earlier in the week, when it beat the Gamecocks in 1977.
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Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn said he wasn't worried about his players having to mentally recover.
"I wouldn't think you'd have to get anybody up to get the No. 1 team in the country at home," Horn said. "The more important thing is that as we continue to build our program, is understanding you do what you did tonight, you give yourself a chance to win."
Downey passed the 2,000-point mark for his career, including his freshman season at Cincinnati.