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Top of the Key: WBB vs. Mississippi State

South Carolina hosts Mississippi State tonight at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. The acrobat, Red Panda, will perform as the halftime act. The game will not be televised, but you can listen live on 1320 AM (in Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com. Brad Muller and Marcy Girton will have the call.

South Carolina (13-10, 6-5) Notes

  • Freshman Kelsey Bone is averaging 14.5 points per game, and ranks second in the SEC in rebounding with 9.3 a game.
  • The Gamecocks hold a 7-4 edge over the Lady Bulldogs in games played in Columbia.
  • In Sunday’s game against No.14 Georgia, South Carolina tied its season low for points, but also yielded a season-low points in collecting a 52-42 win.
  • Valerie Nainima was the only Gamecock to reach double-figures in Sunday’s contest, netting 21 points.
  • A win against Mississippi State would bring head coach Dawn Staley within four wins of her 200th as a head coach.
  • The Gamecocks only need to win two more at home to clinch their 100th all-time home win.

Mississippi State (15-9, 6-5) Notes

  • Mississippi State is 3-2 in its last five games and is 3-2 in conference road games this season.
  • As a team, the Lady Bulldogs are averaging 73.5 points per game while limiting opponents to 60.6.
  • Mississippi State is shooting 41 percent from the field.
  • Senior Alex Rack leads the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 19.2 points per game.
  • Mississippi State holds a 15-9 advantage in the overall series. The Lady Bulldogs have won seven of the last 10 meetings.

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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. No. 14 Georgia

The Gamecocks head to Athens today for the first of two contests against the Georgia Bulldogs. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. Listen live on 1320 AM (in Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com. Brad Muller and Marcy Girton will have the call. The game is also televised on CSS.

South Carolina (12-10, 5-5) Notes

  • South Carolina’s RPI is among the highest in the SEC at 32 (as of Feb. 5). Ahead of the Gamecocks are Tennessee (3), Georgia (14), Kentucky (22) and Vanderbilt (24).
  • Dawn Staley chose to use November and December as a building block for success in January by having contests against challenging teams. As a result of this, the Gamecocks’ schedule is currently ranked as the eighth-toughest in the nation. Tennessee is the only team in the SEC that has faced a more strident challenge than South Carolina this season.
  • South Carolina center Kelsey Bone has proven to be among the SEC’s top freshmen, leading the conference in rebounding (9.5) and ranking seventh in scoring (14.8). Bone’s rebounding average ranks 39th in the nation and fourth nationally among freshmen.
  • The Gamecocks are shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range in SEC play to lead the league.
  • South Carolina has scored in the 70s five times this season and is a perfect 5-0 in those games. Since Dawn Staley took the reins of the program, South Carolina is 10-3 in games in which it scores at least 70 points.

No. 14 Georgia (19-4, 6-4) Notes

  • The Lady Bulldogs lead the series 28-4, including victories in the last nine meetings. The last time South Carolina defeated Georgia was a 64-59 decision on Feb. 7, 2002, to close out a season sweep of the Lady Bulldogs.
  • The No. 14-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs look to build upon the momentum gained from a Thursday victory over No. 19 LSU. The win came after a three game losing streak.
  • Georgia’s 16-0 start to begin the 2009-10 season was the Lady Bulldogs’ best opening to a campaign ever.
  • Ashley Houts has played more career minutes than any other active Division I player entering 2009-10. She played 34 minutes against LSU on a sprained left ankle, and her amount of time on the court today is TBD.
  • The Lady Bulldogs fell to Auburn last weekend by 14 points. The Gamecocks swept their series with Auburn this season.

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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Tennessee

The Gamecocks travel to Knoxville to face the No. 14 Tennessee Volunteers at 6 p.m. You can watch the game live on ESPN or ESPN360.com. Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes will have the call. You can also listen to the Gamecock ISP Sports Network with Andy Demetra and Casey Manning.

South Carolina (13-8, 4-3) Notes

  • Senior guard Devan Downey has scored 30 or more points in his last three games and in five of the seven SEC contests this season.
  • Downey (22.9 ppg) leads the team and the league in scoring. He ranks 4th in the nation in points per game.
  • In his 70th career game, junior Sam Muldrow picked up his first double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in South Carolina’s win over Georgia.
  • The Gamecocks are 10-4 when they score at least 70 points.
  • Downey’s 3.0 steals per game leads the league and ranks third in the nation.

Tennessee (17-4, 5-2) Notes

  • Scotty Hopson leads the Vols with 13.3 ppg and is shooting .476 from behind the arc.
  • Wayne Chism averages a double-double in SEC play with 14.1 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per game.
  • Tennessee is 69-6 when scoring 80 or more points under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bobby Maze’s 2.8 assist/turnover ratio leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally.
  • The Vols are 16-1 when they hold their opponent to under 50 percent shooting.
  • Tennessee leads the league with a +5.4 turnover margin.

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Top of the Key: WBB vs. Auburn

The Gamecocks begin their week on the road tonight against Auburn at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m. Listen live on 1320 AM (in Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com. Brad Muller and Marcy Girton will have the call.

South Carolina (11-10, 4-5) Notes

  • The Gamecocks have a winning record of 5-3 against Auburn’s Head Coach Nell Fortner.
  • A South Carolina victory would give the Gamecocks five SEC victories, the most since the 2008 squad collected six.
  • The Gamecocks have a 4-3 edge in the last seven meetings including the 63-49 victory in Columbia to start this season’s series.
  • La’Keisha Sutton, who is hitting an SEC-best 64.7 percent from behind the arc through nine SEC contests, led the Gamecocks in points against Tennessee with 19.  Sutton is third on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game, 24th best in the SEC.
  • South Carolina guard Valerie Ninima has been the Gamecocks’ leading scorer 10 times this season, during which the team has a 6-4 record. She has scored in double figures in all but one game this season.

Auburn (12-10, 3-6) Notes

  • The Tigers lead the series 19-13 and are 10-4 at Auburn.
  • The Gamecocks have not defeated the Tigers at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum since February 16, 2006.
  • Auburn is coming off a 67-53 win over ninth-ranked Georgia.
  • Tonight marks the fourth time head coach Nell Fortner has had to face another Olympic coach. She has also coached three of the four members on South Carolina’s coaching staff.
  • Junior guard Allie Smalley had 12 points and 4 rebounds at South Carolina on Jan. 17, and has scored more than 20 points in each of the last two games.
  • Center senior KeKe Carrier leads the SEC in conference-only games with 3.2 blocks per game, and is coming off a 15 point, 9 rebound, 4 block effort against Georgia. She led the Tigers with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the last contest against USC.

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Top of the Key: WBB vs. No. 5 Tennessee

The Gamecocks look to knock off fifth-ranked Tennessee this Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. You can listen live on 1320 AM (Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com. Tickets are still available – visit GamecocksOnline.com or stop by the Colonial Life Arena box office. Single game tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for youth.

South Carolina (11-9, 4-4) Notes

  • The Gamecocks had a 64-50 win over Ole Miss Thursday night, South Carolina shot 47.4 percent for the game, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
  • Facing a Rebel team fresh off a road win over No. 8 Georgia, South Carolina took a 7-6 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back. The Gamecocks would lead by as much as 20 points.
  • Valeria Nainima hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 17 points. La’Keisha Sutton’s 13 points were just ahead of Charenee Stephens’ 12 and Kelsey Bone’s 11, who tied for team-high honors with six rebounds each.
  • Thursday’s win doubled South Carolina’s conference win total from last season.
  • South Carolina has stepped up its outside game since SEC play began and has three players among the league’s top 10 3-point percentage shooters in the conference play.

Tennessee (18-2, 6-1) Notes

  • Angie Bjorklund broke a shooting slump and scored 20 points as No. 5 Tennessee beat Auburn 85-56 on Thursday night.
  • Glory Johnson scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen added 17 points, and Alyssia Brewer had 11 points
  • Tennessee comes back home with three road wins in conference play already when last year they only had two all season long.
  • Fresh off its only SEC loss so far at Georgia last Thursday, Tennessee regrouped and pulled away down the stretch on the road against the Lady Tigers, who happened to be the coaches’ pick to finish second in the league.
  • The Lady Vols have played 101 ranked opponents while they were the nation’s number one ranked team.

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Top of the Key: MBB vs. Georgia

After a stellar game against Kentucky on Tuesday, the Gamecocks look to improve their conference record to 4-3 tonight against the Georgia Bulldogs. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. You can watch the game on FSN where Dave Neal and Eddie Fogler will have the call, or listen live to the Gamecock Radio Network with Andy Demetra and Casey Manning.

South Carolina (12-8, 3-3) Notes

  • The Gamecocks are 9-2 in games played at Colonial Life Arena this season – averaging 80.2 points per game in those contests.
  • Sam Muldrow (11)  and Austin Steed (6)  combined for 17 rebounds vs. Kentucky.
  • Brandis Raley-Ross scored an SEC season-high 17 points on Tuesday night.
  • Devan Downey has registered double figures in 19 of 20 games this season and has topped the 20-point mark 11 times, including eight of the last nine games, and the 30-point mark five times this season, including four of the last six games.
  • Tuesday’s sellout was the fourth for men’s basketball in Colonial Life Arena history. Two of the previous three sellouts came during the 2008-09 season against Georgia and Tennessee.
  • The all-time series between South Carolina and Georgia is tied at 46-46. The Gamecocks own a 28-15 advantage in games played in Columbia.

Georgia (9-9, 1-4) Notes

  • The Bulldogs enter the contest in search of their first road win of the season.
  • Georgia will be looking for senior guard Ricky McPhee to make big plays from outside the arc. McPhee is the team’s most frequent 3-point shooter having made 39 of 93 tries.
  • Sophomore forward Trey Thompkins leads the Bulldogs in both points and rebounds. He is known to be each opponent’s primary defensive target.
  • In the last match up between the teams, Trey Thompkins and Chris Barnes led the Bulldogs in scoring with 10 points each, but the Gamecocks were still able to clinch a 68-51 victory.

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