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Men's College Basketball
Lipscomb at South Carolina
When: 2:00 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina looks to continue its best start in more than a decade when the undefeated Gamecocks host Lipscomb on Friday. The Gamecocks return home after claiming the Paradise Jam title and aim to move to 6-0 for the first time since starting the 2003-04 campaign with eight straight wins.

The Gamecocks’ turnaround has been apparent entering coach Frank Martin’s fourth season, as they’ve trailed in only two of their first five games and were behind for only 36 seconds during three games in the Paradise Jam. While Martin points out the season is only one-sixth complete, he is pleased with the progress his team has made. “Our upperclassmen, their offseason work and preparation have allowed them to start the season off the right way,” Martin told reporters. “It’s been fun to be a part of. It’s been fun to watch those kids grow and go out there and compete.” Lipscomb is looking for its first back-to-back wins of the season.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, SEC Network Plus.

ABOUT LIPSCOMB (3-4): The Bisons went 1-2 in the Men Against Breast Cancer Challenge last week but capped the event with a 79-65 victory over Florida Atlantic. Two of their four losses have come by six points or fewer, as the Bisons have had difficulty closing out games – they’ve outscored opponents by 16 points in the first half but have been outscored by eight in the second half. J.C. Hampton (14.9) leads a trio of guards who average double-digit scoring, and Lipscomb has some size in the frontcourt with 7-2 center David Wishon and 6-8 forward Eli Pepper to try to combat South Carolina strong post players.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (5-0): The Gamecocks have bought into Martin’s defense-first style of play, but they’re also starting to put things together at the offensive end and have shot 50 percent or better in consecutive games. Getting the ball to big men Laimonas Chatkevicius (16.2 points) and Mindaugas Kacinas (14.4 points, seven rebounds) has been a major part of the offensive success, but swingman Sindarius Thornwell (13 points) has been outstanding at both ends of the floor and earned MVP honors at the Paradise Jam. South Carolina also has been strong on the boards, averaging an SEC-best 15.6 offensive rebounds per game and outrebounding its foes by an average of 11.6 per contest.


1. Both teams have shot well from 3-point range, with South Carolina hitting 41.8 percent and Lipscomb connecting on 39.5 percent.

2. The Bisons average 26.4 attempts from 3-point range per game, the most in the nation.

3. South Carolina has outscored its opponent in the paint in every game this season and by an average of 13.6 points overall.

PREDICTION: South Carolina 81, Lipscomb 67

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Lipscomb 3-4 W1 1-0 1-1 1-3 1-3 2-1 0-0
South Carolina 5-0 W5 2-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 5-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Lipscomb South Carolina
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/19/06 LIP 68 SCAR 75 68 19 43.4 75 30 53.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Lipscomb T. Williams 24 53.3 1
South Carolina D. Archie 20 88.9 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Lipscomb E. Ard 4 2 2
South Carolina D. Archie 10 9 1
Assists Player  
Lipscomb T. Williams 4
South Carolina D. Archie 2
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Lipscomb J. Hampton 104 41.6 25
South Carolina L. Chatkevicius 81 54.4 16
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Lipscomb E. Pepper 56 10 46
South Carolina M. Kacinas 35 16 19
Assists Player  
Lipscomb N. Moran 35
South Carolina S. Thornwell 20
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Lipscomb Off vs  red bar South Carolina Defense
blue bar 68.8 Points For
red bar 71.0 Points Against
blue bar 40.6 FG%
red bar 41.8 FG%
blue bar 35.2 Reb
red bar 27.2 Reb
red bar South Carolina Off vs  blue bar Lipscomb Defense
red bar 84.2 Points For
blue bar 71.7 Points Against
red bar 44.6 FG%
blue bar 40.4 FG%
red bar 27.2 Reb
blue bar 36.5 Reb