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South Carolina vs. No. 1 Tennessee, Round 2: How, what to watch for

Against Tennessee, the Gamecocks ‘gotta make their jumpshots’

Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin gives his thoughts on what the team has to do to beat Tennessee
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Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin gives his thoughts on what the team has to do to beat Tennessee

Game info

Who: South Carolina (12-11, 7-3 SEC) at No. 1 Tennessee (22-1, 10-0)

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville

TV: SEC Network

Radio: 107.5 The Game in Columbia area

Series: Tennessee leads 45-27

Last meeting: Jan. 29, 2019 — Tennessee 92, South Carolina 70

KenPom prediction: Tennessee 87, South Carolina 69

TENNESSEE

Coach: Rick Barnes (683-359 in 32 seasons overall; fourth season at Tennessee — 79-45)

Projected starters: G Jordan Bone (13.3 points per game), G Lamonte Turner (11.8), F Admiral Schofield (16.5), F Grant Williams (19.9), F Kyle Alexander (8.5)

Last game: Beat Florida 73-61 on Saturday at home

KenPom ranking: 5 (No. 3 in offense efficiency, No. 40 in defense efficiency)

NET: 4

Notes: Tennessee is on a program-record 18-game winning streak. Its only loss came Nov. 23 against Kansas in overtime. ... Reserve guard Jordan Bowden missed the first USC game with an injury. He’s returned for the three games since, averaging close to 14 points. ... The Vols have shot 50 percent or better 16 times this season and rank second in the country with a .516 field goal percentage. UT shot 56 percent against the Gamecocks in January.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Coach: Frank Martin (242-155 in 12 seasons overall; seventh season at USC — 125-101)

Projected starters: G Tre Campbell (6.3), G A.J. Lawson (13.7), F Keyshawn Bryant (9.3), F Chris Silva (13.7), F Maik Kotsar (8.0)

Last game: Beat Arkansas 77-65 on Saturday at home

KenPom ranking: 94 (No. 99 in offense efficiency, No. 108 in defense efficiency)

NET: 99

Notes: South Carolina is 6-0 this SEC season when Hassani Gravett scores 10 or more points. He had four points in the first Tennessee matchup. ... In SEC play, Bryant has a better field goal percentage (49.4) than free throw percentage (23.1). ... Lawson is averaging nearly 16 points an SEC road games, tops on USC.

Andrew Ramspacher has been covering college athletics since 2010, serving as The State’s USC men’s basketball beat writer since October 2017. His work has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. At a program-listed 5-foot-10, he’s always been destined to write about the game. Not play it.

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