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Raley-Ross has sprained knee

South Carolina junior guard Brandis Raley-Ross has a sprained knee and could miss up to a month, the team said Saturday.

Raley-Ross suffered the injury with 32 seconds left in the first half of Friday's win over Jacksonville State, the Gamecocks' season opener. Team spokesman Emily Feeney said the player will miss the next three to four weeks.

The injury further whittles USC's depth, as it was already without sophomore center Sam Muldrow for an indefinite period of time with what coach Darrin Horn has called academic issues. Until Muldrow or Raley-Ross returns, the Gamecocks will have just nine available players.

The Gamecocks might end up starting former walk-on Branden Conrad in Raley-Ross' place, or could go with forward Evka Baniulis. Conrad, a junior, started the second half of Friday night's game.

USC's next game is Sunday against Winthrop at the Colonial Life Arena.