That was fun, huh?
The Gamecocks were led by senior Maik Kotsar, who ended the game with a double-double (21 points and 11 rebounds) with 4 blocks.
He shot an astounding 88% from the field, while shooting 70% from the charity stripe.
Maik’s productivity boosted the entire team up, with both guards AJ Lawson and Jermaine Cousinard having double digits in scoring.
Lawson shot 50% from behind the arch and ended with 13 points, while Couisnard ended with 15 points and an impressive 6 assists, proving he can be a facilitator for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks offense was vigorous and rolled through Missouri, who could not hold a candle to South Carolina last night.
USC shot over 50% as a team from the field, showing their potential on offense when they put it all together.
Other than the offense, Carolina’s defense was smothering, while the team logged nine blocks and ten steals, converting to fast break points.
One player player got in the double digits in scoring for Missouri, guard Xavier Pinson.
The rest of the team struggled to make baskets, as they shot a collective 33% from the field.
I believe that if South Carolina can produce offensive numbers at a high energy pace for the rest of the season, they will be very successful come time to name March Madness teams and seedings.
If Kotsar can lead the team to a high performance night in the paint and on the offensive side of the ball, not only will every team have trouble stopping the Gamecocks, but he can likely earn himself a contract into the G-League for next season.
With a traditional big-man skillset, he can dominate opposing “small ball” offenses and can add value to any team with the mindset of grabbing boards and getting put-back baskets.