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Periscope: #23/24 Vanderbilt vs South Carolina

South Carolina comes to town looking for the regular season sweep while Vanderbilt looks to exact revenge for the Gamecocks OT win earlier this season in Columbia that saw them overcome a 14-point Commodore lead. South Carolina and Vanderbilt always seem to play close games, and seemingly split the regular season series year-in and year-out. Is another season split in the cards?

Game Page /// South Carolina's Worst Losses, I /// South Carolina's Worst Losses, II

Schedule Breakdown

According to Kenpom, Vanderbilt is the 32nd ranked team overall while South Carolina is 103rd. Vanderbilt has played the more difficult schedule between the two, with the Commodores SOS at 36 and the Gamecocks SOS at 97.

Based on their performances to date, Vanderbilt will be the 4th best offensive team and seventh best defensive team the Gamecocks will have played. South Carolina will be the fifth best offensive team and the seventh best defensive team that the Commodores will have played.

Statistical Breakdown

With regard to the tempo free statistics (in gray above), Vanderbilt has the stronger starting 5. South Carolina has a minimal bench advantage, though these individual numbers are not adjusted for the quality of opponents.

Four Factors: Vanderbilt has a clear edge in eFG% and FTRate. South Carolina has a major OReb% advantage. Both teams are somewhat careless with the ball and share TO%. Prediction: Vanderbilt will win TO%, eFG%, and FTRate. South Carolina will win OReb%.

Traditional Statistics - South Carolina Gamecocks


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Bruce Ellington 20 30.9 5.2 14.0 36.9 2.2 5.9 37.6 2.0 3.1 64.5 0.8 2.7 3.5 3.5 3.1 1.2 0.0 2.6 14.5
Sam Muldrow 20 28.2 4.0 9.6 41.4 0.8 2.3 32.6 2.1 3.0 71.2 2.6 4.7 7.3 0.4 1.4 0.6 3.6 2.3 10.8
Ramon Galloway 20 24.0 3.8 9.9 38.1 1.5 4.2 36.1 1.5 2.5 61.2 0.5 1.8 2.3 1.7 2.0 0.8 0.2 2.5 10.5
Lakeem Jackson 19 29.3 3.8 8.1 46.8 0.2 0.5 30.0 1.2 2.6 46.9 2.9 3.4 6.4 2.6 2.1 1.1 0.2 1.4 8.9
Malik Cooke 20 24.7 3.1 6.4 48.4 0.5 1.6 31.3 1.8 2.4 72.9 2.8 3.8 6.6 0.8 1.6 1.2 0.6 3.0 8.5
Brian Richardson 20 22.2 2.2 6.3 34.4 1.6 4.8 33.3 1.4 2.1 68.3 0.1 1.6 1.7 0.7 1.1 0.7 0.3 2.3 7.3
Damontre Harris 19 14.6 1.5 2.6 59.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.7 57.1 1.4 2.0 3.4 0.4 0.9 0.4 1.0 2.0 3.5
Johndre Jefferson 15 11.3 1.1 1.7 68.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.7 1.5 2.2 0.3 0.4 0.3 1.3 0.9 2.5
Stephen Spinella 16 10.3 0.8 2.3 36.1 0.4 1.1 38.9 0.3 0.6 55.6 0.5 0.8 1.3 0.1 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.5 2.4
Eric Smith 18 11.4 0.6 1.9 32.4 0.2 1.1 15.0 0.6 1.0 61.1 0.1 0.4 0.5 1.5 0.9 0.2 0.0 1.1 2.0
RJ Slawson 19 6.8 0.8 1.7 46.9 0.2 0.6 27.3 0.3 0.4 71.4 0.5 1.2 1.7 0.2 0.6 0.2 0.2 1.0 2.0


Game Previews

Garnet and Black Attack is the SB Nation affiliate for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Check out their game preview, where GABA predicts VU by 8.

Tipoff is scheduled for 1230 CT and the game will be televised on the SEC Network (Comcast ch. 14 or 236 HD), though the game will also be available on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. Our open gamethread will go live about an hour before tipoff. Also, don't forget to head over to Stat-King to submit your predictions for the game.