Thursday January 27, 2022

Who’s Playing

Florida @ South Carolina

Current Records: Florida 9-6; South Carolina 10-5

What to Know

After two games on the road, the South Carolina Gamecocks are heading back home. The Gamecocks and the Florida Gators will face off in an SEC battle at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. Neither of those teams managed to put together many points in their previous contests, so their meeting could be a low-scoring affair.

USC found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 66-46 punch to the gut against the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday. USC was surely aware of their 15.5-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result. Guard Erik Stevenson had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only five points on 2-for-10 shooting in his 27 minutes on the court.

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Meanwhile, Florida was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Wednesday as they fell 64-58 to the LSU Tigers. Florida’s loss came about despite a quality game from forward Colin Castleton, who had 19 points in addition to nine boards and three blocks.

The losses put USC at 10-5 and Florida at 9-6. Two stats to keep an eye on: The Gamecocks have allowed their opponents an average of 9.1 steals per game, the 352nd most in college basketball. To make matters even worse for USC, the Gators come into the game boasting the 20th most steals per game in college basketball at 9.5. In other words, USC will need to work extra hard to take care of the ball.

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How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Colonial Life Arena — Columbia, South Carolina
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Series History

South Carolina have won six out of their last nine games against Florida.

  • Feb 03, 2021 – South Carolina 72 vs. Florida 66
  • Jan 07, 2020 – Florida 81 vs. South Carolina 68
  • Jan 05, 2019 – South Carolina 71 vs. Florida 69
  • Feb 10, 2018 – Florida 65 vs. South Carolina 41
  • Jan 24, 2018 – South Carolina 77 vs. Florida 72
  • Mar 26, 2017 – South Carolina 77 vs. Florida 70
  • Feb 21, 2017 – Florida 81 vs. South Carolina 66
  • Jan 18, 2017 – South Carolina 57 vs. Florida 53
  • Feb 20, 2016 – South Carolina 73 vs. Florida 69

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