College Basketball Preview: Ole Miss at South Carolina

College Basketball Preview: Ole Miss at South Carolina
February 20, 2013, 5:57 pm
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by: Knox Bardeen
The Ole Miss Rebels travel to South Carolina Wednesday to take on the Gamecocks in Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on CSS. Matt Stewart and Kyle Macy will be calling the game.
Ole Miss (19-6, 8-4 SEC) is coming off an overtime, come-from-behind win over Georgia that stopped a two-game losing streak. Junior guard Marshall Henderson scored 25 points against the Bulldogs and sparked the comeback with 14 points in the final 3:36 of regulation.
South Carolina (12-13, 2-10 SEC) has lost its last six games and 10 of its last 12. The Gamecocks shot 50 percent from the floor Saturday against Alabama, but couldnt recover from handing the Crimson Tide an early 23-point lead.
Wednesdays meeting will be the 30th all-time between Ole Miss and South Carolina. Ole Miss leads by a slight margin, 15-14, but South Carolina has won nine of 10 in Columbia. The last time these two met was on Jan. 28, 2012 with the Rebels winning 66-62.
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With his 19.7 points per game, Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring. Early foul trouble and solid defense from Georgia slowed Henderson down before he exploded last in the game. Did the South Carolina coaching staff learn anything from game film on how to stop Henderson?
Ole Miss and South Carolina rank No. 1 and 3, respectively in offensive rebounds in the SEC. The Gamecocks have topped their last three opponents in points in the paint and will need to do so again Wednesday to have a shot at beating Ole Miss.
Ole Miss ranks No. 8 in the country with a 4.7 turnover margin and South Carolina is next-to-last in SEC play averaging 15.8 turnovers per game. This could be an area of exploitation for the Rebels.
Freshman forward Michael Carrera leads the Gamecocks in scoring with a 10.4 points per game average, but junior guard Brenton Williams pours in a considerable number of baskets off the bench. Williams led the team with 14 points against Alabama and scores 10.1 points per game.
Senior forward Murphy Holloway leads all active SEC players and is No. 8 in the country with 34 career double-doubles. Murphys last double-double was against Arkansas on Jan. 19 when he scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius averages just 3.9 points per game but poured in 11 points in his last game and added seven rebounds. If he were to play similarly on Wednesday it would be a huge boost to the Gamecocks.

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