Jan 16, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) back on defense against Missouri Tigers guard Wes Clark (15) during the regular season game at Colonial Life Arena. Gamecocks win 81-72 over the Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

SEC HOOPS PREVIEW: South Carolina at Mizzou

The South Carolina Gamecocks (21-4) are headed to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers (9-16) tonight in men’s college basketball.

Feb 2, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin reacts with his players during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia defeated South Carolina 69-56. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina and Mizzou are 3-3 against each other after the Gamecocks beat the Tigers at Missouri earlier this year.

Third in the SEC standings, Carolina is coming off of an embarrassing loss to Kentucky at home. Gamecock head coach Frank Martin says that he’s sure that Mizzou is excited to play them again.

Meanwhile, Missouri head coach Kim Anderson says that his team is feeling good after beating Tennessee and is playing with more energy than he’s seen in the past few weeks.

Rookie forward Kevin Puryear averages double figures for Mizzou at 11.5 points per game. However, junior guard Wes Clark and sophomore guard Namon Wright follow close behind. Clark is averaging 9.0 per game and Namon averaging 9.8 points per game.

Feb 13, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Ryan Rosburg (44) celebrates after the second half of a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won 75-64. Mandatory Credit: Timothy Tai-USA TODAY Sports
Timothy Tai-USA TODAY Sports

The hottest Missouri player though is forward Ryan Rosburg, the only senior on the roster.  Rosburg is averaging 20.7 points per game over the course of his last three games.

South Carolina was nationally ranked last week but got knocked out of the AP Top 25 poll after its loss to Kentucky.   Still, the Gamecocks are 21-4 overall on the season.

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