The Official Tennessee @ South Carolina Game Thread, 6:00 PM ET, SEC Network

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Tennessee Volunteers: 14-10 (6-5 SEC)



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South Carolina Gamecocks: 15-9 (7-4 SEC)




GAME 25 | TENNESSEE at SOUTH CAROLINA - Feb. 15, 2020 | 6:01 p.m. ET | Colonial Life Arena (18,000)

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O/U: 136

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STORYLINES
• In SEC road games, senior guard Jordan Bowden leads the Vols in scoring with 15.6 ppg. Juniors John Fulkerson (11.4 ppg) and Yves Pons (10.2 ppg) also average double-digit scoring on the road in league play.
• With 173 career 3-point makes, senior Jordan Bowden ranks 10th on Tennessee's all-time list.
• True freshman Santiago Vescovi dished out a season-high eight assists in Tuesday's win over Arkansas. He owns a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio over UT's last five games.
• Tennessee averaged 14.3 turnovers through its first 17 games but has averaged only 10.6 turnovers in its last six outings.
• Vols freshman Josiah-Jordan James has missed Tennessee's last four games with a groin injury. He had started every game prior to this setback, and his current status is day-to-day.
 
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LAYUP LINES
• During SEC play, Tennessee leads the league in blocks (6.2 bpg) and owns the conference's best scoring defense (65.5 ppg).
• Junior forward Yves Pons has blocked at least one shot in every game this season. He leads the SEC and ranks 20th nationally with 2.6 bpg. His 2.8 bpg during SEC play also leads the league.
• Freshman point guard Santiago Vescovi has made at least one 3-pointer in every game in which he's appeared (12), averaging 2.3 made threes per game.
• Barring injury or illness, senior guard Jordan Bowden will finish his career in the top five on Tennessee's list for career games played. Saturday will be the 126th game in which he's appeared.
• For three games earlier this month, Tennessee's starting lineup featured four different nationalities (American, French, Serbian, Uruguayan).
 
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ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA
• After falling to Tennessee on Jan. 11 in Knoxville, South Carolina has reeled off wins in seven of its last nine contests, with notable victories at home over Kentucky and on the road at Arkansas. The Gamecocks currently sit at 15-9 (7-4 SEC).
• South Carolina head coach Frank Martin has the Gamecocks trending in the right direction as the 2019-20 regular season nears its conclusion. The 7-4 SEC mark has South Carolina in a tie for fourth place in the league and in the hunt for a double-bye at the conference tournament next month.
• Senior forward Maik Kotsar continues to be a force for South Carolina on both ends of the floor. He ranks third on the Gamecocks in scoring (10.3 ppg), second in assists (2.1 apg) and first in rebounding (6.4 rpg), blocks (1.1 bpg) and steals (1.6 spg).
• Sophomore guard A.J. Lawson continues to be the Gamecocks' main scoring threat. While the Toronto, Canada, native has seen his overall scoring average drop since last facing the Vols, he has strung together one of his best stretches of games in recent weeks. In the Gamecocks' last five contests, he is averaging 15 points (eclipsing the 15-point mark three times) while scoring a game-high 20 points in South Carolina's big win at Georgia Tuesday night.
• The University of South Carolina libraries currently house the world's largest collection of work from famous author Ernest Hemingway.
• South Carolina's undergraduate enrollment is 26,733.
 
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THE SERIES
• Tennessee leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 47-27, dating to 1927. The Vols are riding a five-game win streak against the Gamecocks.
• The series is deadlocked at 16-16 when contested in Columbia.
• Tennessee defeated South Carolina, 56-55, in Knoxville on Jan. 11.
They seem to be a different team than when we played the first time. Hate to say it but I’m seeing a double digit loss.
 
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This will be extremely tough one to win.

S.C. one of hottest teams around right now. I think this is as close to a "must" win situation as you can have. Lose this and we will almost have to win out for big dance.
 
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