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Previewing USC vs. Gardner-Webb

This should be a busy week for this here blog: Monday we preview Gardner-Webb, Tuesday is the game, Wednesday we preview College of Charleston and ol' Bobby Cremins, Friday is that game, and there's also some football game Saturday.

In addition to all that, yours truly will spend Thanksgiving morning at the Boys and Girls Turkey Day Run, a 5-miler that starts at the Colonial Life Arena. While this blogger is an avid, every-day runner, it'll be our first competitive race since middle school, so it has the potential to be very personally embarrassing.

But anyway ...

Darrin Horn met with the media this afternoon, so here are some fresh tidbits on the hoopsters:

- Sam Muldrow is still out with those unspecified academic issues. As we're written before, the word from sources is the sophomore center is out for the fall semester, and could return for the Dec. 16 game against NC-Central. But Horn and the team have not confirmed that or elaborated further.

- Gardner-Webb is "a really dangerous basketball team," acccording to Horn, and he's not channeling Lou Holtz. Never mind last year's upset of Kentucky. This year G-W lost by three at Virginia Tech, and by four at No. 12 Oklahoma, and led the Sooners for much of that game.

The Bulldogs aren't a tall team, which should be good news for the Gamecocks, although they have a 6-foor-8 center who's averaging more than 10 points a game. They like to play up-tempo and force other teams to shoot 3s, so the game could rest on whether the outside shot is falling for the Gamecocks. (Stop me if you've heard that one before.)

"You get lulled into playing their game," Horn said of Gardner-Webb, "and that's just something that we've got to be careful about. That doesn't mean we've gotta be running up and down and all over the place. But at the same time I think you've got to be conscious of how the game is moving."

More in a bit ... have to go out to football practice.