Nothin' But Rhett: Basketball Analysis is proud to introduce a new column by former USC basketball player Joe Rhett, where he will share his expert insight and analysis on the Gamecock basketball team. Read inside for Rhett's debut column, as he dissects USC's successful start in conference play and looks ahead to the next two games against LSU and Tennessee.

Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Coach Horn. After watching the Gamecocks perform in their conference opener against Auburn on Saturday night, you give me a lot of hope for the rest of the season. With the other conference foes being down this year, the Gamecocks have a really good chance of stealing a few games on the road this season, starting with LSU and Tennessee in the next week.

This week will definitely challenge the Gamecocks' heart and uptempo style. I think this year's team will do well at home feeding off the energy of the crowd. The Gamecock fans have been a little bored the past couple years with slowed down tempo under coach Odom, so they, along with myself, now find games more enjoyable to watch(Thanks Coach Horn).

I must say as we continue with league play, I have two major concerns that may hurt us in a couple games. Number one being the lack of assists we've been having the last few games. Although we have one of the best point guards in the nation, we can't put the blame solely on Devan Downey. The dribble entry offense in the half court sets doesn't allow the three guard set to create a lot for teammates. It's mostly run for the guards to create for themselves first.

My second concern is how we have been getting killed on rebounds, especially on the defensive boards. We've been giving up way too many offensive rebounds due to our lack of size inside, so hopefully with Sam Muldrow returning he can get in game shape and be a force on the boards. I believe if we can improve in these two areas we have a good chance of competing for the conference championship. With Devan Downey manning the ship, he gives the Gamecocks a chance to win every game they play. So good luck to the Gamecocks this week as they travel to two very hostile environments against teams that I think they can beat.

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