WBB Preview: Gamecocks Think Pink vs. Auburn

South Carolina's women's basketball team hosts Auburn in a match-up between two teams tied for fifth in the SEC. The loser will almost surely be out of the running for an NCAA Tournament berth. Sunday is also "Think Pink" Day for breast cancer awareness, a disease that hits close to home as senior Jewel May's mother has battled breast cancer.

Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena
TV: FSN (Dave Baker and Christy Winters-Scott)
Radio: WISW 1320 AM (Brad Muller and Marcy Girton); GamecocksOnline.com
Tickets: $7 General Admission
Auburn Series: Auburn leads 20-14; In Columbia: SC leads 8-7; In Auburn: Auburn leads 11-5; At Neutral Site: Auburn leads 2-1

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From Rivalry Week to Bracket-buster Week, you name it and ESPN has it.

When South Carolina (15-11, 7-6 SEC) hosts Auburn (14-12, 7-6 SEC) Sunday at the Colonial Life Arena on "Think Pink" Day to raise awareness to breast cancer, the slogan is simple - Elimination Day.

Barring a big run in the SEC Tournament the loser of this game will have to settle for a WNIT berth. The Gamecocks and Tigers make up two-thirds of the three-way tie for fifth in the SEC, along with LSU. Auburn defeated Carolina, 54-47, on January 30th. Ashley Bruner had a stellar game, finishing with 15 points, while Ieasia Walker added 12. That was not enough as Auburn's Morgan Toles scored the last nine points of the game to give the Tigers the win.

Carolina has been considerably better at home this season, owning a 12-3 record at the Colonial Life Arena while scoring 64 points per game. Auburn is 4-4 in true road games this season with wins over Chicago State, Alabama, Mississippi State, and Arkansas and losses to South Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and LSU. The Tigers average just 47 points per game on the road.

The Gamecocks entered the week with an RPI of 48 and strength of schedule of 24 according to the rankings the NCAA selection committee uses. The RPI rating is sixth best in the conference while the strength of schedule is second only to Tennessee. Auburn has a lot of work to do with an RPI that is only 79th and a strength of schedule of 57. LSU entered the week with an RPI of 45 and strength of schedule of 39. Arkansas, despite just a 5-8 conference record, is still in conversations of an NCAA Tournament berth thanks to a weak non-conference schedule. The Razorbacks are 52nd in RPI with a strength of schedule of 53. LSU and Arkansas square off Sunday in Fayetteville.

Sunday Schedule

Auburn at South Carolina
LSU at Arkansas
Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Ole Miss at Alabama
Mississippi State at Florida


Georgia at Tennessee

SEC Standings

Tennessee - 13-0
Georgia - 10-3
Vanderbilt - 9-4
Kentucky - 8-5
LSU - 7-6
South Carolina - 7-6
Auburn - 7-6
Arkansas - 5-8
Florida - 4-9
Alabama - 3-10
Mississippi - 3-10
Mississippi State - 2-11

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