South Carolina will be looking to build on a big win and Texas A&M will attempt to bounce back from an overtime loss when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena. The Gamecocks are coming off a Wednesday night buzzer-beating win against Kentucky. Texas A&M lost a heartbreaker against LSU in overtime on Tuesday.
Gamecocks coming off big upsetSouth Carolina might be the hardest college basketball team to get a feel for this season. It only takes a quick glance at the Gamecocks’ last five games. They have lost to Florida and Tennessee, which were both reasonable losses. However, they also lost a stunner at home against Stetson. Bracketing those three defeats are wins against No. 9 Virginia and No. 10 Kentucky. The win against the Cavaliers came on the road right before Christmas. The victory over the Wildcats was a home game on Wednesday night. South Carolina banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to grab the win.
Sophomore guard AJ Lawson leads the team with 13.9 points per game and 2.3 assists per game. He leads South Carolina in made 3-pointers, connecting on 26 of 83 attempts from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard has really broken out of his shell of late. There was never more evidence of that than in his first collegiate start on Wednesday, as he poured in 26 points and hit the game-winner. He is scoring 10.1 points per game, despite coming off the bench in all but Wednesday’s contest. Senior big man Maik Kotsar is scoring 10.1 points per game and is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per outing.
Aggies fresh off brutal loss to LSUTexas A&M had recovered from a brutal start to the season, winning five of its last six games heading into Tuesday night’s matchup against LSU. The Aggies appeared poised to continue that hot stretch for most of the game. LSU jumped out to a 42-32 lead at halftime, but Texas A&M played well to open the second half. The Aggies grabbed a 77-71 lead on a 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining, but the Tigers drained a pair of 3-pointers in a 28-second span to tie the game and send it to overtime. Texas A&M missed an outside shot with 17 seconds remaining in overtime and LSU hit a pair of free throws to seal the deal.
Senior forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies with 12.1 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. The big man is not a threat from the perimeter, only attempting one 3-pointer this season. Junior wing Savion Flagg is scoring 11.3 points per game and is dishing out 2.3 assists per contest. He is by far the best 3-point shooter on the roster, making 24 of 63 from downtown. Freshman guard Andre Gordon is providing a spark in his first season, scoring 8.2 points per game. Senior guard Wendell Mitchell is scoring 7.6 points per game and is grabbing 3.1 rebounds.
South Carolina is:
- 4-0 ATS in its last four road games
- 5-2 ATS in its last seven Saturday games
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning record
Texas A&M is:
- 3-7 ATS in its last 10 home games