The season is over for South Carolina after a tough 76-59 loss to Ole Miss. This has been a season of pain and disappointment for Gamecock fans, but at least it’s over.
This game meant nothing for South Carolina, but it would’ve been nice to see some fight at the end of the year. Even without Jermaine Couisnard, Keyshawn Bryant and Seventh Woods, I would’ve liked to see more from this team in their final game.
Here’s what we learned from the loss:
The South Carolina offense is painful to watch.
The first half was abysmal, and the best shot of the half was one that didn’t even count. The Gamecocks were outplayed on all ends in the first half, and they couldn’t shoot very well at all.
South Carolina only shot 29 percent in the first half and 35.6 percent by the end of the game. They only shot 11 percent from beyond the arc in the first half and 18.2 percent by the end of the game.
Shot selection wasn’t even the issue. They just couldn’t knock down shots when it mattered, and that’s been the story all year.
They haven’t had the strength in the paint that they had in previous years. They also struggled heavily at the free throw line, which has been South Carolina’s kryptonite under Frank Martin.
If there’s one thing that was enjoyable to watch, it was hearing Martin yell again.
South Carolina’s defense just doesn’t work anymore.
Other teams in the SEC just shoot too well. South Carolina’s defense has struggled all year, but they didn’t play that poorly last night.
The issue was Ole Miss just knocked down their shots. They finished the first half shooting 75 percent from beyond the arc and 33.3 percent by the end of the game.
When you look at the stats, it’s hard to see where the issue is on defense. When you watch the game, the difference is just in who is making their shots.
South Carolina was fairly even in terms of turnovers, but other teams just shoot better. The Gamecocks were beat on the boards 41-33.
Frank Martin needs to recruit better
Let’s be honest. South Carolina’s best years were when Lamonte Evans cheated and recruited Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier to Columbia.
Since then, Martin has recruited one four or five star player. Sedee Keita, the one four star, transferred after his freshman year.
Martin hasn’t been able to recruit key players in South Carolina despite the overflow of talent in the state. It’s clear that this team just lacks talent that other teams have.
College basketball is a business, and Martin needs to treat it like that. I respect the hell out of him, but it is a business first.