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USC GAMECOCKS vs. W. KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena

TV: SportSouth (TWC 21/DTV 649/DISH 437)

RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5

RECORDS: USC 5-1, Western Kentucky 2-2

COACHES: Darrin Horn (26-11 in second season at USC, 137-59 in seventh season overall); Ken McDonald (27-11 in second season at Western Kentucky)

TICKETS: 1-800-472-3267, gamecocksonline.com

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The injury-riddled Gamecocks play their first game without forward Mike Holmes and their second full game without forward Dominique Archie. Where does that leave the inside game? And how much more will the team need from Devan Downey? USC's frontcourt is down to three players, and it will have 10 available overall.

STARTING LINEUPS

GAMECOCKS

POS. HGT. NAME, Yr. PPG

F 6-5 Lakeem Jackson 4.3

C 6-9 Sam Muldrow 6.8

G 6-2 Brandis Raley-Ross 11.7

G 5-9 Devan Downey 19.7

F 6-7 Austin Steed 3.0

OR

C 6-9 Johndre Jefferson 3.0

HILLTOPPERS

POS. HGT. NAME, Yr. PPG

F 6-5 Sergio Kerusch 16.3

F 6-5 Steffphon Pettigrew 9.5

F 6-9 Jeremy Evans 7.0

G 6-3 A.J. Slaughter 18.5

G 6-2 Anthony Sally 3.5

BOTTOM LINE

The injuries to Holmes and Archie make this a game that could go either way. A big game from Downey is imperative, but he will need more help than ever from his teammates.

- Seth Emerson

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