South Carolina (4-5, 2-3) vs. Vanderbilt (4-8, 0-6)
Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina looks to extend Vanderbilt’s conference losing streak to eight games. Vanderbilt’s last SEC win came against the South Carolina Gamecocks 83-74 on March 7, 2020. South Carolina won easily 83-59 at home against Georgia in its last outing.
LEADING THE WAY: Vanderbilt’s Scotty Pippen Jr. has averaged 21.6 points and 5.3 assists while Dylan Disu has put up 12.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. For the Gamecocks, AJ Lawson has averaged 16.8 points while Jermaine Couisnard has put up 12.8 points.
RAMPING IT UP: The Gamecocks have scored 83.8 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 69 per game they recorded in non-conference play.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Pippen has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Vanderbilt field goals over the last five games. Pippen has 35 field goals and 32 assists in those games.
COLD SPELLS: South Carolina has dropped its last three road games, scoring 72.3 points and allowing 81 points during those contests. Vanderbilt has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 74.7 points while giving up 89.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Gamecocks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Commodores. Vanderbilt has an assist on 28 of 71 field goals (39.4 percent) over its past three outings while South Carolina has assists on 45 of 88 field goals (51.1 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: South Carolina is ranked second among Division I teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 37.3 percent. The Gamecocks have averaged 15 offensive boards per game and 17 per game against conference opponents.
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