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2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the
opening day of the 2004-05 Season.
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#73 South Carolina Gamecocks
2003-04: 23-11, 8-8, 5th
2003-04 postseason: NCAA
Carolina started the season off 18-2 before losing nine of their last
fourteen. Going .500 in the SEC is pretty good. The Gamecocks beat Alabama
and Vanderbilt, twice. In one week they lost by a total of five points to
top ten ranked Kentucky and Mississippi State. The schedule never gets much
easier in the SEC and they fell to a tough Memphis team in the first round
of the NCAA Tournament. While the Gamecocks lose a few key pieces of last
years’ team, there are plenty of experienced players ready to step into
Who’s Out: Playmaker
Michael Boynton will be the toughest to replace. The 6-2 point guard
averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists. His floor leadership and intelligence
were quite valuable for the squad. Rolando Howell was injured much of the
year, but managed 9.0 points and 5.4 boards per contest in 16 appearances.
Kerbrell Brown started 27 games for the Gamecocks as a small forward. The
6-8 Brown averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ivan Howell saw limited
minutes in 16 games for the Gamecocks.
Who’s In: Point guard
Stephen McDowell won’t be asked to replace Michael Boynton at the point, but
he will add more depth to the backcourt. Fellow incoming freshman Dwayne
Day will do the same. The 6-4 Day is a tremendous shooter who can play the
2 or 3 spot for Dave Odom’s squad. Junior college transfer Roderick Trice
is a solid all around player and should see time at either wing position.
Antoine Tisby will add some more depth to the frontcourt. At 6-8 and 225
pounds, Tisby is a strong presence in the post. He can play either the
power forward or center position for the Gamecocks.
Who to Watch: Carlos Powell
played in all 34 games, starting 31, for South Carolina. He led the team in
points and rebounds averaging 12.2 and 6.2, respectively. The 6-7 forward
loves to run the floor and will shoot from anywhere on the floor. Powell
has the ability to make those shots, but can be criticized for concentrating
too much on the jumper instead of using his skills more efficiently under
the basket. Powell started slumping from the floor late in the season. The
shots weren’t falling. He’ll need to get back into his early season form in
order to lead South Carolina back to the post season.
Projected Conference Rank:
The loss of point guard Michael Boynton will hurt. The other losses don’t
help either. If junior Tre Kelley can take over the point guard position
then it shouldn’t be that bad of a turnaround in Columbia. Another trip to
the big dance might seem out of reach at this point, but an 8th
finish in the SEC, and a visit to the NIT, aren’t out of the realm of
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