Gamecocks likely booted from NCAA Tourney contention with loss to Alabama

South Carolina suffered a devastating loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide 68-62.

The score is honestly closer than it should be because South Carolina was just off their game last night. The Gamecocks went down by 13 early on in the game, and then they came back like they always do.

This time, South Carolina was struck by an unfortunate injury when AJ Lawson left the game in the middle of the second half. Coach Frank Martin doesn’t know the severity of the injury yet, but Lawson did injure his ankle.

Despite the injury, USC couldn’t shoot well at all, especially at the end of the game. South Carolina took the lead in the second half but only had six points in the last six and a half minutes. The Gamecocks only shot 30.8 percent throughout the whole game, and they shot an abysmal 21.1 percent of their three-pointers.

The only player who could make his shots was Chris Silva who put up 23 points and 12 rebounds. 11 of his points did come from free throws, and he was 0-3 from beyond the arc.

Hassani Gravett is South Carolina’s best bench player and a good three-point shooter, but he only made one out of his eight three-pointers.

South Carolina fans had so much hope for the Gamecocks to get to the tournament this year, especially with how they’ve played in SEC play. However, they failed to finish the last two games and have failed to finish at the end of the year.

An at-large bid is out of the picture and the Gamecocks will have to make it through the gauntlet which is the SEC Tournament for a bid.

Realistically, the Gamecocks will be a top seed in the NIT.

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