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The Dodie by the Numbers

The Dodie is scheduled to be dedicated later this afternoon (GamecocksOnline will have video and coverage of the event). Here’s a look at the new building by the numbers:

  • 40,500 square feet – size of the building
  • 160 feet x 80 feet – overall dimension of the building
  • 2,650 square feet – size of the dining room (seats 200)
  • 2,000 square feet – size of the full service kitchen
  • 2,400 square feet – size of the largest study lounge
  • 500+ – number of student athletes impacted by facility
  • 54 feet – height of the building at tallest point
  • 15 – months of construction work
  • $13 million – total project cost
  • 20 – tutor rooms
  • 21 – offices
  • 12 – seminar rooms
  • 3 – computer labs
  • 3 – number of floors
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Follow the Gamecocks on Signing Day

It’s February 3rd and it’s National Signing Day around the country. We’ve got you covered on GamecocksOnline with coverage of all new Gamecocks.

Football

Men’s and Women’s Soccer

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Top of the Key: WBB vs. Florida

The women’s basketball team is in Gainesville this afternoon to take on the Florida Gators at 1 p.m. The Gamecocks are hoping to rebound from their loss at LSU on Thursday. Listen live on 1320 AM (in Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com.

South Carolina (10-8, 3-3) Notes

  • South Carolina’s RPI is 25 – good for 4th best in the league.
  • The Gamecocks are 6-2 when they dish out 10 or more assists.
  • South Carolina is ranked No. 2 in SEC play in 3-point field goal percentage (.473)
  • The team’s leading scorer Valerie Nainima (17.8 ppg) failed to score in double digits for the first time this season in South Carolina’s loss to LSU.
  • Kelsey Bone leads the league and the team in rebounding with 9.6 boards per game.
  • A win would double South Carolina’s SEC win total from last season.

Florida (10-9, 3-3) Notes

  • The Gators hold an 18-8 edge in the all-time series versus South Carolina.
  • Florida is led in scoring by Jordan Jones (10.4 ppg) and Sharielle Smith (9.0 ppg).
  • Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler was an assistant on the U-19 USA World Championships team that won a gold medal in Thailand this summer. South Carolina freshman Kelsey Bone was a member of that team also.
  • Jordan Jones played her freshman season for South Carolina, leading the team in scoring with 13.1 ppg before transferring to Florida.

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MBB Post-Game: “A Work in Progress”

Key Factor

South Carolina’s 89-79 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night showed the team still has work to do to be a finely tuned machine.

“We’re a work in progress. We have to continue to understand how we have to play to be successful,” said Horn. “Sometimes the flow of games can make that tough…you have to find a way to fight through those things sometimes.”

At times, the Gamecocks were able to pressure the Commodores into mistakes and put points on the board. However, for some stretches of play, South Carolina was unable to generate much offense or slow down Vanderbilt.

“It starts on the defensive end. You’re not going to beat anyone when they shoot 60% against you. There was some spots with the energy and aggressiveness we need to have, but it wasn’t enough. That’s the bottom line,” said Horn.

The Commodores scored a number of points on transition after breaking South Carolina’s press.

“In the second half, it was a result of they got a couple of easy ones when we lost focus of what we need to do,” said Horn. “It still goes back to individually not doing what they need to do and as a team not being locked in on stuff. We talked about not giving up layups on the press.”

Senior guard Devan Downey agreed that more intensity on defense was needed to stop Vanderbilt.

“I don’t feel like the defensive intensity was there on the press at times,” he said. “We were a step late to everything.”

Downey finished with a season high 35 points for the Gamecocks. Lakeem Jackson and Brandis Raley-Ross finished with 11.

The Gamecocks struggled to get points from outside the starting five as the bench accounted for just seven points.

“[Downey] can’t score 100 himself,” said Jackson. “Myself, the other big men, everyone off the bench – we have to put the ball in the hole too. We’ve just got to be ready for those opportunities.”

Key Box Score

Total FG-FGA 3 pt FG-FGA FT-FTA Rebs Pts Assts TO Blk Stl Min
G Devan Downey 12-21 3-6 8-9 5 35 4 2 0 6 37

With his season-high effort of 35 points, Downey moved past Carlos Powell on the all-time scoring list at South Carolina into sixth place. The guard now has 97 points in the first three league games of the season – that’s a 32.3 point average in SEC play.

Despite the impressive scoring performance, Downey spoke after the game more about improving defensively.

“I did a bad job setting the tone on the defensive end. We just can’t come out that flat on defense,” he said. “I’m the point guard and I didn’t do a good job setting the tone. The team feeds off my defense and i just didn’t provide it for them tonight.”

Key Stats

  • The Gamecocks fall to 9-4 this season when scoring at least 70 points.
  • Vanderbilt’s 89 points was the second most allowed by South Carolina this season.
  • For just the fourth time in 20 games under Darrin Horn, the Gamecocks lost when collecting at least 10 steals. (South Carolina finished with 15).
  • The Gamecocks forced 20 turnovers – the 8th time this season they have forced 20 or more in a game.
  • Vanderbilt’s depth proved effective for the Commodores as their bench outscored South Carolina’s bench 30-7.

Key Quotes

“We need to give a complete performance. Collectively we weren’t good defensively tonight to give ourselves a chance to win.” – Head Coach Darrin Horn


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Tyler Ruthven Prepares for Pro Draft

Gamecock senior men’s soccer player Tyler Ruthven is hoping to hear his name called by a Major League Soccer team this Thursday when the league holds its annual SuperDraft in Philadelphia at the NSCAA Convention. A defender from Alpharetta, Ga., Tyler played three seasons for the Garnet & Black after transferring from the University of San Francisco. Tyler was named to the All-Conference USA First Team in 2009 and also garnered third team All-South Region honors.

What’s the experience been like as far as getting noticed for the draft and putting yourself out there to start your career as a professional?

MLS is only about 16 years old, so there’s not a lot of money invested yet into identifying players. After my sophomore year, I worked out with the Colorado Rapids and after my junior year, I worked out for the Chicago Fire. So that was good for me to get myself out there and have a chance to get invited to the combine. [Editor’s Note – In the summers between his sophomore year and junior year, Tyler played in the USL Premier Development League which gives college soccer players a chance to play high level soccer during their break while still maintaining their college eligibility. An appropriate comparison would be the wood bat summer leagues for college baseball players.]

What’s the next step to getting drafted?

The league invited 60 players to Fort Lauderdale for the MLS Player Combine. Everyone thought I would get an invite, but I didn’t and was named an alternate. A few clubs do private combines where they invite 30-60 players that they would like to see in a more private setting. D.C. United invited me to their combine and then a couple weeks later, the Seattle club [Sounders FC] invited me to Las Vegas. There’s also a team in Portland that will begin playing in MLS next year and they’ve contacted my agent and are interested in signing me.

How’s draft day going to be?

I’m just hoping that someone will pick me up – it would probably be towards the end. The draft is only 4 rounds – 64 players. I’d love a shot to go to preseason. If I don’t get drafted, there’s always a shot I could get invited to preseason as a free agent.

What have you been doing since South Carolina’s season ended to prepare for a pro career?

I took a week off and I didn’t even move just to give my body a break. After that I started working out with Billy [Anderson, assistant strength coach at South Carolina] on a lot of fitness-based stuff. I’ve been working out at least 4 times a week ever since and doing a lot of running on my own as well.

What do you think you can bring to the table for a professional team?

I’m a 6’2 center back – to play that position in this country, you have to have some size. I think my athleticism as well, I’ve always been told that for a big man, I move pretty well.

Do you have a particular professional club you’ve always followed?

Not really any one team – I try to watch the game abroad as more of a student of the game and not as a fan. I’ve always loved the way Arsenal plays, but I’m not necessarily a fan of them.

Is there a professional player that you’ve seen that you admire and try to model your game after?

The last couple of years, [Nemanja] Vidic from Manchester United is a player I’ve followed. He’s someone who has a similar body type and style of play.

Editor’s Note – see video of Vidic in action below:

The MLS Draft will be held on Thursday with preseason training scheduled to begin on Feb. 1. Good luck to Tyler!

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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Wofford

The Gamecocks travel to Spartanburg, S.C. Saturday evening for a road game against the Wofford Terriers at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportSouth. You can also listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

South Carolina (7-2) Notes

  • The Gamecocks are on the road for the second time this season. Their first true road contest was to Clemson.
  • South Carolina is 6-1 when they score over 70 points in a game.
  • The team is 5-0 at home this season, averaging over 85 points a game. South Carolina started our last season 8-0 at home.
  • South Carolina’s starters average 55 points per game while the bench averages over 23 points per game.
  • Saturday’s game marks Head Coach Darrin Horn’s 200th career game as a head coach. He is 139-60 over seven seasons.

Wofford (5-6) Notes

  • The Terriers are led by Noah Dahlman with 18.3 points and 6 rebounds per game. Dahlman also leads the Southern Conference in scoring.
  • Wofford’s last win in the series came in 1939 – South Carolina has won 21 straight against the Terriers.
  • Gamecock assistant coach Mike Boynton was a member of Wofford’s coaching staff in the 2007-08 season.
  • The Terriers are picked to finish second in the Southern Conference this season.

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The Week Ahead for the Garnet And Black

Monday

7 p.m. – Inside The Roost – Host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman talk Gamecock Athletics live from Staybridge Suites on Huger Street in Columbia. Monday’s guests are men’s assistant basketball coach Cypheus Bunton and women’s basketball assistant coach Carla McGhee. Listen live on 107.5 FM or online at www.1075thegame.com.

Wednesday

7 p.m. – Men’s basketball returns from exam break to face the Richmond Spiders at Colonial Life Arena. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network or watch on SportSouth.

Thursday

7 p.m – Women’s basketball faces the second of three straight ACC opponents when they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Colonial Life Arena. Listen live on 1320 AM in Columbia or on GamecocksOnline.com. The game will also be televised on SportSouth.

7 p.m. – Carolina Calls with Darrin Horn is live from Wild Wing in the Vista. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network.

Saturday

7 p.m. – Men’s basketball takes a short road trip to Spartanburg to play the Wofford Terriers. Listen live on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network or watch on SportSouth.

Sunday

3 p.m. – Women’s basketball travels to Myrtle Beach to face the North Carolina Tar Heels. Listen live on 1320 AM in Columbia or on GamecocksOnline.com.

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