NC State travels to Columbia

NC State (5-1) becomes the first Tobacco Road team to travel to USC (9-1) since the Wolfpack went to Columbia in 1971. Game time is set for 2:00 and will be televised by FSNS. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=> Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

USC is 12-0 in non-conference games in the Colonial Center

NC State (5-1) vs. South Carolina (9-1)
Columbia, South Carolina
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South Carolina Outlook for 2003-04: Having lost four seniors, all starters, Dave Odom has looked to a talented group of returnees and a stellar recruiting class to run their early season record to 9-1. This after the 2002-03 season marked a 12-16 record. After last year's dissapponitment, the Gamecock basketball team took just one week off before they started preparing for the 2003-04 basketball season. In both the weight room and their individual work-outs, the coaches and players 'turned it up several notches' in hopes their hard work would pay off this year.

Head Coach Dave Odom: In his 28th year as a collegiate coach and his 17th year as a head coach, USC's Dave Odom in in his third season at the helm of the Gamecock basketball program. Odom is 34-31 in his two seasons at Carolina. Including his tenures at South Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina, Odom's career head coaching record is an impressive 312-205 (a 60.3 winning percentage).

Early Season: South Carolina's schedule started off fast. They played five games in eight days and won them all. The Gamecocks were looking for their first 9-0 start since 1970-1971, but fell to John Chaney's Temple Owls 71-61. USC blew out Charleston Southern in their last game 71-36.

Probable Starting 5: F – Carlos Powell, (Jr 6-7 220), 14.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2 spg... G – Tarence Kinsey, (So 6-6 189), 13.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg... G – Mike Boynton, (Sr 6-2 180), 10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg... G – Josh Gonner, (Jr 6-2 181), 9.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg... F – Kerbrell Brown (Sr 6-8 220), 8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg

USC's Top Gun: Junior Forward Carlos Powell has found most of his time primarily in the high post area. He is best when playing the wing forward position. He has the ability to shoot perimeter shots (3 pt shots 9-28 .321). The things he does best offensively are shoot outside shots and run, catch, and finish on the break. Look for his rebounding (leads tem in rebounding-7.7 rpg) and defense (Has 18 steals and 11 blocks for the season) against NC State to be a key for a USC victory.

Fast Break Points
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The Gamecocks are 11-7 at home against NC State and 27-48 overall. This is the Wolfpack's first trip to the Capital City of South Carolina since February 17, 1971. That year was South Carolina's last year in the ACC.
Nationally USC is in the top 25 in three categories: scoring defense (ranked No. 21), field goal percentage defense (ranked No. 10) and steals per game (ranked No. 10).
In Carolina's nine wins this season, four have been by 21 points or more.
The Colonial Center is a $65 million facility, which was funded in large part by the Athletics Department, is the largest building ever constructed at USC, with more than 330,000 square feet. The Colonial Center is the 10th largest on campus basketball arena in the country.
Long Ranger Bomber: Point Guard Mike Boynton is averaging 10 points per game. Boynton is especially dangerous from 3-point range, where he has hit 23-of-49 shots (46.9 %). If he is not shooting the three, he is dishing out assists where he leads the Gamecocks with 4.0 apg.

Swarming defense: The most telling statistic for the gamecocks can be found in looking at the defensive numbers. They have collected 121 steals and have blocked 60 shots for the year. This compares to their opponents who have only managed 70 thefts and 22 blocks.

How deep are you?: USC's top five players log less time on the court than the NC State's iron five. The starting five for the Gamecocks are averaging 27.2 minutes per game. The Wolfpack players are averaging 28.9 minutes per game.

Key Match-Up: Sportscenter vs USC: After being benched for NC State's last game against Hartford, look for Julius Hodge to have a "statement game". Hodge didn't enter the Hartford game until midway through the opening half. Coach Sendek stated the reason for the benching that the starting line-up has all to do with excelling in practice. Look for Hodge to respond and the challenge will be on the Gamecocks to keep Hodge off the ESPN highlight reels.

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Jordan Collins returns to the playing rotation against USC.

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
34 Renaldo Balkman F 6-7 198   FR Tampa, Florida (Laurinburg Institute)
30 Mike Boynton, Jr. G 6-2 180   SR Brooklyn, N.Y. (Bishop Loughlin)
32 Kerbrell Brown F 6-8 220   SR New Orleans, La. (O.P. Walker)
54 John Chappell C 6-10 247   JR New Berlin, Wisc. (Fork Union Military Academy)
20 Sheldon Everett G 5-7 148   JR Lexington, S.C. (Lander College)
31 Josh Gonner G 6-2 181   JR Fort Worth, Texas (Hutchinson Community College)
4 Ivan Howell F 6-7 215   SR Columbia, S.C. (Lower Richland)
55 Rolando Howell F 6-9 242   SR Columbia, S.C. (Lower Richland)
13 Paulius Joneliunas C 6-10 243   FR Vilnius, Lithuania (Roanoke Catholic High)
1 Tre Kelley G 6-0 170   FR Washington, D.C. (Dunbar HS)
21 Tarence Kinsey G 6-6 189 SO Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson HS)
15 Carlos Powell G 6-7 220   JR Florence, S.C. (Wilson HS)
33 Brandon Wallace F 6-9 185   FR Jackson, S.C. (Silver Bluff HS)

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