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Top of the Key: WBB vs. Alabama

The women’s basketball team is in Tuscaloosa this afternoon to face the Alabama Crimson Tide at 3 PM. You can listen live on 1320 AM (Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com.

South Carolina (7-7, 0-2) Notes

  • The Gamecocks are top of the league in free throw shooting in SEC action at 80.8 percent. Carolina is also third in the league in rebounding margin, edging opponents by 5 rebounds per game.
  • Freshman Kelsey Bone ranks among the top 30 in the nation in rebounding with 9.8 boards per game. She is 2nd in the league in rebounding.
  • Junior Valerie Nainima is 3rd in the SEC and 30th in the nation in scoring with 18.6 ppg.
  • A win over Alabama today would be Carolina’s second straight win over the Crimson Tide and their fifth in the last six meetings. It would also be the team’s first SEC win since defeating Alabama on Feb. 15, 2009.

Alabama (8-7, 0-2) Notes

  • Alabama receives a strong contribution from its bench, as the reserves have accounted for almost 38 percent of the team’s total points this season.
  • The Crimson Tide ranks second in the league in rebounding with 44 rebounds per game.
  • Junior Tierney Jenkins is the league’s leading rebounder with 9.9 boards per game.
  • Varisia Raffington (12.3 ppg) and Jenkins (11.1 ppg) lead the Crimson Tide in scoring.

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Tough Time in Tuscaloosa

Looking past the disappointment of Saturday night’s 20-6 loss to the Crimson Tide, there are still some positives to take away from the game:

  • Even though running back Mark Ingram managed to pick up 246 yards of rushing, the South Carolina defense battled all night to contain the Alabama offensive attack. The Tide had 356 yards of total offense, almost 100 yards lower than their season average.  Until the final touchdown with just under five minutes to play, the defense kept the Gamecocks within striking distance.
  • Alabama entered the game with just four turnovers all season.  The Gamecock defense picked QB Greg McElroy off twice in the first ten minutes and finished the game with four turnovers, doubling Alabama’s season total.
  • The 20-point output for the Tide was their lowest of the season.
  • Alabama finished with only 92 yards receiving – the second-lowest output for an opposing team against the Gamecocks this year.

Tailgate Travels

  • While The Editor hasn’t been to every SEC stadium (only Auburn and Missisippi State remain to complete the circuit), I feel comfortable saying that the Alabama gameday experience is one of the best in the conference.
    The people were friendly and the tailgating scene was incredible. The on-campus stadium creates a very different sort of atmosphere. Saturday was Homecoming at Alabama and despite the gray skies and cold weather, Alabama fans were in full force.
  • Stadium atmosphere – The ‘Bama fans are die-hard and they bring a lot of noise on gameday. The Crimson Tide are adding an end zone addition with over 30 new suites and almost 10,000 more seats.  Once that’s complete, it’ll be a huge wall of sound.

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  • The Paul W. Bryant Museum – Wow. Even if you aren’t an Alabama fan, it needs to be a stop on your tour. The place just oozes with history and tradition. The building is almost like a presidential library – there’s a full replica of the Bear’s office! The entryway to the museum has a huge bust of Bryant and behind it, a photo of every team he ever coached. More than just a look at program’s famous head coach, the museum is also a chronicle of the program’s overall history.  Every coach’s “era” has a booth with photos, videos and memorabilia. Another neat thing about the museum was a display that they change out for each game. The display had photos and original programs from all the games South Carolina played at Alabama.

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Alabama Gameday Need to Know

Time: Saturday at 7:45 p.m. ET

Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

TV Coverage: ESPN
Broadcast Team:  Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Erin Andrew

TV Replay: SportsSouth, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Broadcast Team: Andy Demetra and Brad Muller

Radio Coverage: Gamecock Radio Network – Flagship 107.5 FM (Click here for an affiliate in your area)
Broadcast Team: Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin
In-Stadium Radio Frequency: Tune to 89.9 if you’re at the game to hear the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast or E2 on your Live Sports Radio

Satellite Radio: XM 141/Sirius 121

Digital Coverage: Gamecocks Gameday Live – the game is also available on ESPN360.com.

Weather: Hi 56/Lo 39/10% chance of rain

If you’re making the trip, visit Alabama’s Gameday page at UAGameday.com for parking, traffic and gameday information.

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Gamecocks Gameday Live (Alabama Edition)

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Gamecocks Gameday Live will provide you with instant information, key stats, drive summaries and sideline updates during Gamecock football games.  Whether you’re in the stands, at home or out watching the game with a group of Gamecock fans, you can make sure you have the most up-to-date info on game day.  The best part of all – it’s free!

How can I access Gamecocks Gameday Live?

  • Twitter – Follow The Editor @SpursUpBlog for in-game tweets.
  • Text Messaging – Text “livefb” to 32391 to receive free in-game text messages (Standard carrier rates apply).
  • Facebook – Become a fan of GamecocksOnline to see game updates on Facebook.
  • Gametracker – Visit www.GamecocksOnline.com to get instant stats with Gametracker.
  • Radio – Tune your radio to the Gamecock Radio Network to hear Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin broadcast the game.  Click here for an affiliate in your area. If you’re in the stadium on Saturday night, tune your radio headset to 89.9 or tune your Live Sports Radio to E2.
  • Television – Look for the Gamecocks on your television.  Saturday’s game is available on ESPN at 7:45 p.m. ET.

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Do Elephants Live in Alabama?

Since the Tide isn’t a common opponent for the Gamecocks in football, a lot of people have asked me why Alabama has an elephant as their mascot. Here’s the official story from RollTide.com:

The story of how Alabama became associated with the “elephant” goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team.

On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, “That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes.

“Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.

“At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

“It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size.”

Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as “Red Elephants,” the color referring to the crimson jerseys.

The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The “Red Elephants” rolled over Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions.

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The 411 on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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What happened last week…The Tide rolled into Oxford and smothered Ole Miss with solid defense to win 22-3 and remain unbeaten.  Click here for recap

The last time they played the Gamecocks…Alabama rolled up 338 yards of rushing offense en route to a 37-14 win in Columbia on Sept. 17, 2005.

Trivia tidbits going into Saturday’s game…

  • Alabama’s defense has held their opponents to under 100 yards rushing in 17 of their last 20 games.
  • Teams have only a 24% conversion rate on third down against the Tide defense.
  • Alabama RB Mark Ingram is one of only three running backs in the country with 10 touchdowns and a 100+ yard rushing per game average this season.
  • The Crimson Tide ranks 7th in the country in time of possession, keeping the ball for an average of 34:08.
  • Cornerback and return specialist Javier Arenas needs 150 yards to be come the SEC’s all-time leader in punt return yardage. He needs 216 yards to break Wes Welker’s NCAA record of 1,761 punt return yards.

Click here for an Alabama roster

Offensive Stats
Points Per Game:
37
Yardage Per Game: 444.6 (221.17 passing, 223.5 rushing)
Turnovers: 4 (3 fumbles, 1 interception)

Defensive Stats
Points Allowed Per Game:
12.5
Yardage Allowed Per Game: 220.5 (154.83 passing, 65.67 rushing)
Turnovers Forced: 13 (4 fumbles, 9 interceptions)

Offensive Leaders
Passing:
Greg McElroy – 9 TD, 1 INT, 1233 yds, 60.8% completion; Averages 205.5 yds per game
Receiving: Marquis Maze 12 rec for 242 yds, 2 TD; Colin Peek 17 rec for 192 yds, 1 TD; Julio Jones 13 rec for 175 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: RB Mark Ingram 111 carries, 659 yds, 7 TD; Averages 109.83 yds per game

Defensive Leaders
Tackles:
Rolando McClain 42 (27 solo); Mark Barron 32 (17 solo); Javier Arenas 31 (22 solo)
Tackles for Loss: Eryk Anders 5.5 for -35 yds; Marcell Dareus 5.5 for -29; Rolando McClain 5.5 for -26

Kicking Game
Field Goals:
K Leigh Tiffin 14-16 FG, Long 49 yds; 22-24 XP
Punting: P P.J. Fitzgerald 27 punts, 42 yard average

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