Auburn is 0-4 in true road games this year, but the Tigers also have a recent history of playing well in Columbia where they have won in their previous four road trips vs. the SEC East opponent.
Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CST and there is no television coverage scheduled as Auburn brings its 3-4 SEC mark and 13-9 overall record on the road to face a South Carolina team that is 12-7 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Auburn will be trying to bounce back from a 91-66 homecourt loss to No. 1 Florida. South Carolina started league play with four straight losses, but then surprised Arkansas (66-60) and Mississippi State (66-63) to take a pair of road wins in its last two outings.
South Carolina won its last meeting with Auburn 67-63, but the Tigers have had success vs. the Gamecocks. AU leads the series 16-11 and is 7-5 in games played at Columbia, including a 2-0 mark in the 18,000-seat Colonial Center.
South Carolina coach Dave Odom says he is expecting a test Wednesday night. "Well, I think in looking at the Auburn game and the Auburn team, I'm really impressed with what Jeff Lebo has done. He's taken the program very far in a short period of time, and now they can compete with the cream of the crop in this league.
Coach Dave Odom
"They're coming off a tough loss to Florida, but pretty much anyone that plays Florida at this time of year is most likely going to have a tough loss," Odom contends. "I think they're going to come to Columbia looking to bounce back.
"We've gotten better and more confident, but we're going to be hard-pressed to match them," Odom says. "They can play inside and they can beat you outside. It's going to be a tough game, but we're looking forward to it."
A key for the Tigers will be stopping 6-0, 190 senior guard Tre Kelly, who is averaging 17.2 points and 4.7 assists per game. Another USC player putting up strong numbers is 6-9, 203 senior center Brandon Wallace, who is averaging 10.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest.
For Auburn a win would put the Tigers at 4-4 in league play for the first time since the 2002-2003 season and keep pace with Arkansas, which is 3-4 in the conference. LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama are 2-4 and the other SEC West team, Ole Miss, is 2-5. All 12 SEC teams have overall winning records.
Quan Prowell leads Auburn in scoring at 12.6 points per game.