Men’s pregame: USC vs. Missouri

February 27, 2013 

WHO: USC (13-14, 3-11 SEC) vs. Missouri (19-8, 8-6)

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena.

TV: ESPN2

RADIO: WNKT 107.5 FM

SERIES: Missouri leads 1-0

COACHES: Frank Martin (13-14 in first season at USC, 130-68 in six seasons); Frank Haith (49-13 in second season at Missouri, 178-114 in nine seasons)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: After playing sparingly for much of the season, USC freshman Laimonas Chatkevicius is averaging eight rebounds the past three games. … This is Missouri’s first visit to USC. … Laurence Bowers and Keion Bell missed the first meeting with USC. The duo combine to average 25.5 points. … Though their teams are meeting for the second time, Frank Martin is 6-5 against Missouri, and Frank Haith is 2-1 against USC. … USC is seeking its 10th home win of the season. … A Tiger victory would give the team 20 wins for a school-record fifth consecutive season.

Patrick Obley

PROBABLE STARTERS

GAMECOCKS

POS.HT.NAMEPPG.
G5-9Bruce Ellington9.9
G5-11Eric Smith6.0
F6-11Laimonas Chatkevicius4.1
F6-5Michael Carrera10.2
F6-5Lakeem Jackson8.2

BULLDOGS

POS.HT.NAMEPPG.
G5-11Phil Pressey12.4
G6-4Keion Bell11.4
G6-5Jabari Brown14.1
F6-8Laurence Bowers14.1
F6-9Alex Oriakhi10.6

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