The Gamecocks host the Richmond Spiders Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. It’s $1 Hot Dog Night! Click here for tickets.
Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network – the game is also televised on SportSouth.
If your Gamecock fandom goes back over ten years, then Wednesday’s opponent might ring a bell for you. In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the No. 14 seeded Richmond Spiders upset No. 3 seed South Carolina 62-61 in Washington, D.C. In the team’s most recent meeting in 2003, the Gamecocks defeated the Spiders 67-61.
South Carolina (6-2) Notes
- The Gamecocks return to the court after a 10-day exam break.
- Devan Downey leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game and ranks fourth in the SEC.
- Downey’s streak of 24 straight games of scoring in double figures was snapped he scored only eight points in South Carolina’s loss at Clemson.
- In the game against Clemson, two freshmen – Lakeem Jackson (10) and Ramon Galloway (11) – posted double figures in the same game for the first time since Brandis Raley-Ross and Dominique Archie did it against Tennessee in 2007.
- South Carolina ranks third with the SEC with 7.4 blocked shots per game. Sam Muldrow leads the team with 3.4 blocks per game – good for second in the SEC and eighth in the nation.
- The all-time series between the Gamecocks and the Spiders is tied at 8, with South Carolina holding a 4-1 advantage in Columbia.
Richmond (7-2) Notes
- Guards Kevin Anderson and David Gonzalvez pace the Spiders in scoring. Anderson leads the team with 17.3 points per game and Gonzalvez averages 13.3 per game. Both players were preseason all-conference selections in the A-10 this year.
- The Spiders are looking for their second straight win over an SEC team this season. Richmond defeated Mississippi State 63-62 in the South Padre Invitational on November 27. The Spiders defeated Missouri in the title game to win the tournament.
- Five of Richmond’s wins this season have come against teams that competed in the postseason last year.
- The Spiders are 9th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.366).
- Richmond is rated at No. 32 in the latest RPI poll from RealTimeRPI.com.