DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Carolina Gamecocks – Friday, November 20th, 5:00 p.m. Central – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Television – CBS Sports Network
Radio – WSCR AM 670 (2nd half only)
DePaul (1-1) is coming off of a disappointing loss at Penn State that was certainly winnable for the Blue Demons.
DePaul’s biggest weakness has been their shooting from the perimeter. The Blue Demons have shot a paltry 15.4 percent in the first two games. To defeat South Carolina in St. Thomas, they sure will need to shoot a lot better than that.
South Carolina is coming off a season where the Gamecocks finished 17-16 and 6-12 in the SEC.
This is head coach Frank Martin’s fourth year in Columbia. When Martin was at Kansas State he went to the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons. At South Carolina, he has yet to make the postseason.
South Carolina is 2-0 so far following convincing wins over Norfolk State and Oral Roberts.
The Gamecocks have four players averaging in double figures all of whom are veteran players.
Senior forward Laimonas Chatkevicius is averaging 20 points and five rebounds per game and shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. He scored a career high 27 points in the win over Oral Roberts
The guy that DePaul will really need to look out for is junior guard Duane Notice. Notice is averaging 16 ppg and is a sharpshooter from beyond the arc. He’s gone seven of 13 on threes for the season so far.
Then there is junior guard Sindarius Thornwell with his 12.5 points and 4.5 assists per game.
The other half of South Carolina’s Lithuanian duo is senior forward Mindaugas Kacinas, who is averaging 10 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Former DePaul commit Raymond Doby has been a non-factor for the Gamecocks, having played only one minute this season.
This game will be a low scoring tough defensive battle. South Carolina is holding their opponents to 35.7% shooting, which is a trademark of Frank Martin’s teams.
This game represents an opportunity for DePaul to take down a top 50 team. South Carolina is presently ranked 47th in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings. DePaul is sitting at number 116.
The Blue Demons will face either Florida State or Hofstra in the second game in the Virgin Islands. If DePaul defeats South Carolina, their next game will be on Sunday night. If the Blue Demons should lose to the Gamecocks, then they will play on Saturday night.
This is DePaul’s second trip to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam. In 2009, the Blue Demons finished third in the tournament after beating Northern Iowa 60-52, losing to 10th ranked Tennessee 57-53, and then defeating St. Joseph’s 58-51. DePaul guard Will Walker was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Last Time
On, Nov. 27, 1999 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 19th ranked DePaul beat South Carolina 58-46 to capture a third place finish at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Paul McPherson scored 14 points to lead the way for DePaul.
Steven Hunter and Kerry Hartfield chipped in 12 points apiece, while Bobby Simmons added 10 points.
Quentin Richardson managed just five points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.
Aaron Lucas, Herbert Lee Davis and Tony Kitchings notched eight points each for South Carolina, who had no players reach double figures.
South Carolina Roster
No. Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown/High School/Last School Major
5 TeMarcus Blanton G 6-5 215 RS FR HS Locust Grove, Ga./Luella Sport and Entertainment Management
24 Michael Carrera F 6-5 214 SR 3VL Anzoátegui, Venezuela/Montrose Christian School Sociology
14 Laimonas Chatkevicius F 6-11 245 SR 3VL Klaipeda, Lithuania/South Kent School Hotel Management
23 Eric Cobb F 6-9 296 FR HS Jacksonville, Fla./St. Francis Academy (Baltimore) Undecided
2 Raymond Doby F 6-6 233 FR HS Cahokia, Ill./Montrose Christian School Undecided
15 PJ Dozier G 6-6 200 FR HS Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley Sport and Entertainment Management
4 Jamall Gregory G 6-2 202 FR HS Washington, D.C./Coolidge Sport and Entertainment Management
31 Jarrell Holliman F 6-7 200 RS SO 1VL Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta/Elmhurst College Music
25 Mindaugas Kacinas F 6-7 229 SR 3VL Klaipeda, Lithuania/Word of Life Fire Traditional School Hotel Management
20 Justin McKie G 6-4 197 JR 2VL Columbia, S.C./Irmo Political Science
10 Duane Notice G 6-2 218 JR 2VL Woodbridge, Canada/St. Michael's/St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) Broadcast Journalism
21 John Ragin G 6-2 177 FR HS Eastover, S.C./Cardinal Newman Undecided
30 Chris Silva F 6-9 220 FR HS Libreville, Gabon/Roselle (N.J.) Catholic Business
35 Brian Steele F 6-5 204 SR 3VL Greenville, S.C./Wade Hampton School Sport and Entertainment Management
1 Marcus Stroman G 6-2 185 SO 1VL Columbia, S.C./Keenan Sport and Entertainment Management
0 Sindarius Thornwell G 6-5 215 JR 2VL Lancaster, S.C./Oak Hill Academy Sociology