Game preview: USC men vs. Bulldogs

March 13, 2013 

South Carolina's Brenton Williams soars over Mississippi State's Roguez Johnson during the Gamecocks final home game of the season at the Colonial Life Arena. Williams scored 38 points in the game.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

WHO: USC (14-17, 4-14 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (9-21, 4-14)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Nashville, Tenn..

TV: WOLO-TV

RADIO: WNKT 107.5 FM

SERIES: MSU leads 17-9 (USC leads 2-1 on neutral court)

COACHES: Frank Martin (14-17 in first season at USC, 132-70 in sixth season); Ricky Ray (9-21 in first season at Mississippi State)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 79-72 a week ago. In that game, Brenton Williams set a school SEC regular-season record with 38 points. After scoring 18 on Saturday at Vanderbilt, he earned several player of the week nods. ... Williams has led the Gamecocks in scoring in 13 games. … Michael Carrera reached double figures in rebounds for the sixth time this season when he grabbed 13 boards against Vanderbilt. He was named to the SEC all-freshman team Tuesday.

Patrick Obley

PROBABLE STARTERS

GAMECOCKS

POS.HT.NAMEPPG.
G5-9Bruce Ellington9.7
G6-5Brian Steele2.3
F5-11Eric Smith5.6
F6-5Michael Carrera10.0
F6-7Mindaugas Kacinas5.1

BULLDOGS

POS.HT.NAMEPPG.
G6-0Trivante Bloodman5.9
G6-5Fred Thomas9.3
G6-3Craig Sword10.3
F6-8Colin Borchet8.8
F6-9Gavin Ware8.6

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