We normally save the "worst losses" previews for SEC season, because at that point nearly every team in the conference has a loss on their ledger by the time they play Vanderbilt. That's not the case for No. 22 South Carolina. Not only are they 14-0, they've won all but two of those games by a double-digit margin.
Those wins haven't exactly come against a murderer's row of opponents. The Gamecocks haven't yet played a ranked team this winter. They've had games against foes from high-major conferences like the ACC and the Big East, but the aggregate record of their Division I opponents comes out to 85-112. Halfway through the 2015-16 season, five of their non-conference rivals have five wins or fewer.
Vanderbilt will be the most talented team they've played this season, but the Commodores are in the middle of a spiral that threatens to derail their NCAA Tournament hopes. The team has lost five of their last seven games, and their only two wins came against traditional basketball powers Wofford and Western Michigan. A win over the Gamecocks would give Vandy their first quality victory of the season, but they need to overcome the mistakes that sunk them against Arkansas (26 turnovers) to get there.