First-year coach Eddie Fogler led his Gamecocks into SEC battle for the first time, and was rewarded with a victory. Carolina defeated Alabama 82-66.
USC had built an 11-point lead by halftime, and saw it swell to 18 with nine minutes left. The Crimson Tide was able to cut the lead down to nine, but back-to-back great assist passes by Carey Rich thwarted the comeback. Ultimately, the 1-for-19 three-point shooting by Alabama was the difference.
It was a good start to the SEC season, but it was a tough year overall. Carolina struggled to a 9-19 record in Fogler’s initial season, but things would soon turn around for the program in a big way.