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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Florida

The Gamecocks will host the Florida Gators this Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network (Channel 806 – Time Warner Cable, Columbia) with Dave Neal and Mark Gottfried on the call. Fans can also listen to Andy Demetra and Casey Manning on the Gamecock ISP Sports Network across the state.

South Carolina (13-9, 4-4) Notes

  • South Carolina is 10-2 in games played at Colonial Life Arena this season, scoring 80.0 points per game in those contests.
  • The Gamecocks are 3-1 in conference home games this season with wins over LSU, then-No.1 Kentucky and Georgia.
  • Devan Downey’s 3.0 steals per game lead the league and rank second in the nation (as of Feb. 8 NCAA stats)
  • In January’s contest in Gainesville, Downey dropped 36 on the Gators and has averaged 34.5 ppg against UF in the last two meetings
  • At the Colonial Life Arena in 2009, South Carolina defeated the Gators, 70-69, on a buzzer-beater layup made by Zam Fredrick.
  • Over the last 3 seasons, no game between UF and South Carolina has only been decided by more than 4 points, and 9 of the last 11 meetings between the two have been decided by six points.

Florida  (17-6, 6-3) Notes

  • Florida holds a 36-20 advantage in the all-time series with South Carolina, including a 17-12 upper hand in games played in Columbia
  • Chandler Parsons’ buzzer-beater 3 gave Florida a 58-56 win in the first meeting this season between the two schools just two weeks ago
  • Florida has won the last 10 match-ups between the two SEC East rivals
  • The Gators have been much more effective closing out games, and after last Thursday’s 66-65 win at Alabama, are 5-3 in games decided by 5 points or less
  • Chandler Parsons had his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 18 points and 12 boards against Mississippi State. He leads UF in rebounding in SEC play at 7.4 per game, including a team-high 22 offensive rebounds

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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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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Florida

The Gamecocks are prepared for an ESPN match-up against the Florida Gators in Gainesville this Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. This will be the first of two contests between the teams this season. You can watch the game live on ESPN, which will have Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes on the call, or you can listen to the Gamecock Radio Network where Andy Demetra and Casey Manning will present the action.

South Carolina (11-7, 2-2) Notes

  • South Carolina has not won at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center since a 71-67 victory on February 6, 2006.
  • Devan Downey enters Saturday’s game vs. Florida leading the SEC in scoring in overall games (21.2) and league games (30.5). Downey averages 10.2 points better than Florida’s Erving Walker, who is second in scoring with 20.3 points per game in SEC action.
  • Devan Downey averages 23.8 points per game in four career match-ups vs. Florida, including a high of 33 set last year in Gainesville.
  • The senior guard is ranked No. 1 in the nation in steals with 3.3 per game.
  • Evaldas Baniulis made his first start of the season against Ole Miss and is projected to start against Florida.
  • Freshman Ramon Galloway, who ranks eighth among SEC freshmen in scoring (8.2) and sixth in assists (1.5), led all bench players with 11 points vs. Ole Miss.

Florida (13-5, 2-2) Notes

  • UF has won 19 of the last 23 match-ups between the two SEC East rivals including three straight in Gainesville.
  • Florida finished 18-0 at home in 2006-07 and went 18-2 last season. Its’ 113 home wins since the 2002-03 season are the best in the SEC.
  • Florida is holding opponents to just 29.0 percent from three-point range.
  • Senior Dan Werner has four career double-doubles. He started all 36 games last season and has started 87 of the last 89 games.
  • UF is 106-11 over the last five seasons when holding opponents under 70 points (12-2 this year).

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Florida Gameday Need to Know

Time: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

TV Coverage: CBS
Broadcast Team: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson

TV Replay: SportsSouth, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Broadcast Team: Andy Demetra and Brad Muller

Radio Coverage: Gamecock ISP Sports 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 107.5 if you’re at the game to hear the Gamecock ISP Sports Network broadcast or E1 on your Live Sports Radio

ESPN Radio Broadcast Team: Bill Rosinski, Dennis Franchione, Joe Schad

Satellite Radio:XM 220/Sirius 199

Digital Coverage: Gamecocks Gameday Live

Weather: Hi 76/Lo 48/Chance of rain 10%

Important Gameday Times:

9:30 a.m. – Stadium Parking Office Opens (located under northwest ramp)
10:30 a.m. – Parking Lots Open
11:00 a.m. – Stadium Box Office Opens (located under the northwest ramp)
1:30 p.m. – Gamecock Walk (southwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium)
2:00 p.m. – Select Stadium Gates Open (Gates 4, 14, 16, 22, 25)
2:30 p.m. – Remaining Stadium Gates Open
3:30 p.m. – Kick-off

Note: Parking lots close 2 hours after the end of the game

Gamecock Village

  • Autograph signing by South Carolina baseball team
  • Nissan’s Heisman Trophy Tour will be on hand where fans can get their picture taken with the Heisman Trophy
  • Tailgate Tour featuring multiple free games for everyone
  • Coca-Cola will have a NASCAR vehicle and inflatable games for the kids
  • The Marines Ultimate Gamer competition continues
  • Addam’s Bookstore will be selling Wounded Warrior and other Gamecock merchandise


  • Allstate Mobile Tour (games for fans)
  • Donor Dual Registration Table with Free T-Shirts
  • Dunk Tank for Special Olympics
  • GMC and Hyundai will have newest models on display
  • Arthur State Bank giving away free croakies
  • Free Gamecock T-Shirts

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Gamecocks Gameday Live (Florida Edition)


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, tune your Live Sports Radio to E1.
  • Television – Look for the Gamecocks on your television.  Saturday’s game is available on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET

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The 411 on the No. 1 Florida Gators



What happened last week…The Gators beat Vanderbilt 27-3 to extend their winning streak to 19 games. Click here for recap

The last time they played the Gamecocks…The Gamecocks struggled offensively, losing 56-6 on the road at Florida Field. Click here for recap

Trivia tidbits going into Saturday’s game…

  • The Gators are in the midst of the nation’s longest active winning streak and the longest win streak in school history.
  • Since 2005, the Gators allow just 94.4 rushing yards per game. That’s best in the SEC and 6th best nationally in that time frame.
  • This season, Florida has allowed 10.1 points per game – good for tops in the nation. The Gators have the 2nd best defense in the country, allowing 232.4 yards per game.
  • Since 1990, the Gators have more wins than any other program (197).

Offensive Stats
Points Per Game:
Yardage Per Game: 438.67 (198 passing, 240.67 rushing)
Turnovers: 13 (9 fumbles, 4 interceptions)

Defensive Stats
Points Allowed Per Game:
Yardage Allowed Per Game: 232.4 (134.4 passing, 98 rushing)
Turnovers Forced: 18 (12 fumbles, 6 interceptions)

Offensive Leaders
Ryan Mallet – 11 TD, 4 INT, 1,531 yards, 65.9% completion rate; Averages 170.1 yards per game
Receiving: Aaron Hernandez 43 rec for 541 yards, 2 TD; Riley Cooper 32 rec for 481 yards, 5 TD
Rushing: Tim Tebow 155 carries for 578 yards, 9 TD; Jeffery Demps 70 carries for 545 yards, 6 TD; Chris Rainey 61 carries for 392 yards, 3 TD

Defensive Leaders
Ryan Stamper 53 (26 solo); Ahmad Black 50 (21); Joe Haden 44 (34)
Tackles for Loss: Jermaine Cunningham 8.5 for -31 yards; Carlos Dunlap 8 for -47 yards

Kicking Game
Field Goals:
Caleb Sturgis 22-23 XP; 17-20 FG, Long 56 yards
Punting: Chas Henry 25 punts, 42.88 yard average

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