Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gamecocks Have NO Business Losing to Terriers

First let me say congrats to Wofford. 
They outplayed the South Carolina Men's Basketball team especially down the stretch.  They outrebounded Carolina and got to the charity stripe more often.  Basically it boiled down to the fact that the Terriers came to play and SC didn't bring the energy needed to overcome a good Southern Conference team in Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Wofford earns first victory against South Carolina since 1939 by the score of 68-61.  Wofford (6-6) played close the whole way, never trailed by more than four points, and surged ahead for good with about 10 minutes remaining. The Terriers held the Gamecocks without a field goal on seven straight possessions down the stretch to pull away.  Wofford outrebounded South Carolina, 43-33, and it was 22-11 on the offensive end. 
Carolina could not muster up enough fight to do the little things to get the edge on Wofford.  South Carolina had only three field goals (on nine tries) on its final 18 possessions. One of the buckets was a meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds by Devan Downey, who led the Gamecocks with 17 points but shot only 5-for-14, including 1-for-5 on 3-pointers, and had five turnovers compared to just one assist.

My hope is that Carolina learns from this and don't blame the loss on being down two starters.  Losing a game like this is not what we want to see every again.  Learn that there are no easy games.  Learn that you have to come hungry for a win every game.  Learn that you must do the little things like box out, dive for the loose balls and make the extra pass. 

I ask that the team look in the mirror and remember how a loss like this tastes.  Move on and don't let this hurt worse come Monday night vs Furman.  Realize that now there is work to do to get in the "Big Dance" and get to work.

1 comment:

Dev said...

Horn got that extension just in the neck of time huh?

Flounder please use different analogies you sound like a 1993 sports center loop... please find 21st century material for you classic "we have to be hungry," comments
or the weekly football game breakdown with the same key to victory "we have to play with Fire in the belly"

Now I know you like these phrases because you use them every other post but lets try to get some material shall we? or maybe you can eat something and add on to that 120 lbs frame... then you might not be so hungry and that fire in the belly might be gone... that is all thanks,