Contacted via email at his Denver law office, South Carolina basketball legend John Roche was quick to respond to an inquiry concerning a March 24, 1968, late-night fire that destroyed the Carolina Field House on the USC campus.
THE PLAN SET OUT for Tiffany Mitchell, the shining light of the South Carolina women’s basketball team, prior to every game is simple. It will be the same one Dawn Staley and her staff relay to the two-time reigning SEC Player of the Year when the Gamecocks open play Friday night in the NCAA tournament.
A Albany. The Great Danes wear a patch on their jersey honoring the late mother of guard Peter Hooley, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Albany a 51-50 victory against Stony Brook and trip to the tournament.
ALL SEASON, Zach Norris talked about restoring the pride that comes with wearing a Keenan High basketball uniform. That meant winning a state Class 2A championship, which the Raiders did Saturday at Colonial Life Arena with a 69-46 victory over Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
As if junior guard Christian Hithe had not done enough in helping Spring Valley win the Class 4A state girls basketball championship Friday night, she also took it upon herself to pump up a strong contingent of Vikings fans at Colonial Life Arena.
Jo Jo English had no idea where his coaching career was headed – if anywhere – on Jan. 26, 2012. The former South Carolina basketball star who played parts of three seasons in the NBA was more intent on establishing his academic credentials by pursuing a master’s degree.
Clemson fielded, arguably, the nation’s best defense this past season, but has lost four first-team All-ACC players from that unit and six others who contributed mightily. Three starters return for next season.
ALEIGHSA WELCH does not have to look far at South Carolina women’s basketball home games to find the biggest influence in her life. Sharell Welch sits in Section 104 at Colonial Life Arena, usually attired in a custom-made replica USC jersey with her daughter’s No. 24 and the name “WELCH” on the back.
As attendance has dramatically increased this season to see her No. 2-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team play, Dawn Staley has entered the Colonial Life Arena court before each game and taken a mental snapshot of what the crowd looks like.
TO FULLY UNDERSTAND Dennis O’Keefe’s lasting mark on football, basketball, baseball and softball officiating in the state of South Carolina the past four decades, you need to seek the opinion of long-time coaches.
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