Tennessee vs. South Carolina: Full Game Preview
|Tennessee||J McRae 14.0||J Stokes 8.5||T Golden 3.9|
|South Carolina||L Page 11.7||M Carrera 6.9||E Smith 3.2|
On Sunday, Tennessee heads to Colonial Life Arena to take on South Carolina. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and you can catch it on FSN. The Volunteers are 8-0 against the Gamecocks over the last four years. The last time they met (Feb. 25, 2012) they won 73-64.
Tennessee is in 10th place in the conference, South Carolina is in 13th place.
The Volunteers fell 68-62 to Georgia on Feb. 6. Jordan McRae finished with 17 points in the loss. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 14 points per contest. For the Gamecocks, Michael Carrera finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in the 77-55 loss to Kentucky on Feb. 5. He is averaging 10.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. A key area of strength for South Carolina is offensive rebounding percentage at 39.7 percent, which ranks second in their conference (and 12th nationally).
South Carolina StatSmack
- Tennessee has more wins over the last 5 years than South Carolina (129 vs. 86).
- Diaper Dandies love Tennessee. Tennessee has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than South Carolina (7 vs. 3).
- Since 1998, Tennessee has recruited more Top 50 high school players than South Carolina (seven vs. three).
- Tennessee has a better record at home than South Carolina this season (9-3 vs. 8-5).
- Over the past 5 years, Tennessee has had more players drafted by the NBA than South Carolina (one vs. zero).
- The Tennessee assist leader (Trae Golden, 75 assists) has more assists than the South Carolina assist leader (Eric Smith, 71 assists).
- Trae Golden is ranked 5th in the SEC in assists.
- That must sting. Tennessee has blown out South Carolina by 20 points or more on five occasions since 1998.
- Tennessee is ranked higher than South Carolina in the SEC (No. 10 vs. No. 12).
- Tennessee beat South Carolina by 9 points the last time they played (Feb 25, 2012).
- The Tennessee blocks leader (Jarnell Stokes, 20 blocks) has more blocks than the South Carolina blocks leader (Lakeem Jackson, 17 blocks).