The South Carolina Gamecocks look to tip-off against the Bulldogs, trying to pick up a few more wins before SEC tournament time.
It’s no secret that the South Carolina Gamecocks have struggled this year. The Gamecocks are currently 5-11 and 12th in the SEC. Despite COVID issues, there is no excuse for why a team with this much talent has struggled so much. The Gamecocks enter on a five-game losing streak that started the last time they played the Bulldogs. With only three games left in the regular season, South Carolina will just look to finish strong on the road against Mississippi State.
To understand just how much South Carolina has struggled last year you have to look at the stats. The Gamecocks are currently averaging 74.3 points per game, 36.6 rebounds per game, and 13.4 assists per game. That ranks 125th, 129th, and 179th respectively in the country. The worst part about this is it’s unclear who to blame for this season. COVID has made it really hard to blame anyone for performances. South Carolina has been missing keyguard Jermaine Couisnard for the last few games, and there’s some optimism he could be back on Wednesday.
Mississippi State is currently 12-11 and 9th in the SEC. They aren’t a great offensive team, but they can put up some points. The Bulldogs are best at rebounding, and they only allow 66.4 points per game. Although Iverson Molinar is their leading scorer, the player to watch for is sophomore D.J. Stewart. Stewart has struggled the last few games, he put up a clinic in the last game against South Carolina. He’s shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc, so South Carolina will have to shut him down.
South Carolina hasn’t won at Humphrey Coliseum in four years. Frank Martin is also 3-4 all-time against Ben Howland. These two teams played back on February sixth, and South Carolina couldn’t defend the three-point shot. The Bulldogs shot 52.6 percent from beyond the arc, which is unacceptable for a Frank Martin defense. With the Gamecocks giving up 93 points in each of the last two games, something will need to change for South Carolina to win this game.