Jan 11, 2017; Knoxville, TN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) moves the ball against Tennessee Volunteers forward Grant Williams (2) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. South Carolina won 70 to 60. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Men’s Basketball Preview: Gamecocks vs Gators

The Gamecocks will be facing back-to-back ranked opponents on Wednesday night for the second time this season, when they take on the Florida Gators.

South Carolina is currently ranked No. 24 while the Gators come in at No.19. The Gamecocks are two point favorites to win tonight’s matchup.

The team is 14-3 overall, 4-0 in the SEC and currently ranks eight nationally in scoring defense at 59.8 points per game. The team also ranks third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (36.4).

This is the second time this season the Gamecocks have jumped back into the AP Poll. The first time was on November 28 after posting wins over two ranked teams.

Nine of the Gamecocks’ players are averaging twelve minutes per game, and seven players are averaging at least five points per outing.

Sophomore Hassani Gravett and freshman Rakym Fleder have both been a huge contribution to the team coming off the bench for South Carolina. Gravett has led the team in points off the bench four times this season, and Felder five times.

How to Watch

Florida-South Carolina tips off from Columbus at Colonial Life Arena at 6:30 p.m. Tune in to SEC Network for television coverage.

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