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|"The Man" for USC, Carlos Powell|
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.
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)|