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2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team

The 2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represented the University of South Carolina during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach, Frank Martin, was in his fifth season at South Carolina. The team played its home games at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 26–11, 12–6 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Alabama. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Marquette, Duke, Baylor and SEC member Florida to advance to their first final four in school history where they lost to Gonzaga. 26 wins is the most wins in school history.

2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational champions
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
2016–17 record26–11 (12–6 SEC)
Head coachFrank Martin (5th season)
Assistant coachMatt Figger
Assistant coachPerry Clark
Assistant coachBruce Shingler
Home arenaColonial Life Arena
Seasons
2016–17 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Kentucky 16 2   .889     32 6   .842
No. 20 Florida 14 4   .778     27 9   .750
Arkansas 12 6   .667     26 10   .722
South Carolina 12 6   .667     26 11   .703
Ole Miss 10 8   .556     22 14   .611
Alabama 10 8   .556     19 15   .559
Vanderbilt 10 8   .556     19 16   .543
Georgia 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
Texas A&M 8 10   .444     16 15   .516
Tennessee 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Auburn 7 11   .389     18 14   .563
Mississippi State 6 12   .333     16 16   .500
LSU 2 16   .111     10 21   .323
Missouri 2 16   .111     8 24   .250
2017 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Gamecocks finished the season 25–9, 11–7 in SEC play to finish in a three way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Georgia. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated High Point in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Georgia Tech.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Marcus Stroman 1 G 6'2" 183 Sophomore Columbia, SC Transferred to Louisiana–Lafayette
Raymond Doby 2 F 6'7" 230 Freshman Cahokia, IL Transferred to John A. Logan College
Jamall Gregory 4 G 6'4" 180 Freshman Washington, D.C. Transferred to Jacksonville State
Laimonas Chatkevičius 14 F 6'11" 251 Senior Klaipėda, Lithuania Graduated
Eric Cobb 23 F 6'10" 275 Freshman Jacksonville, FL Dismissed from the team due to BB gun incident[1]
Michael Carrera 24 F 6'5" 212 Senior Anzoátegui, Venezuela Graduated
Mindaugas Kačinas 25 F 6'7" 227 Senior Klaipėda, Lithuania Graduated
Brian Steele 35 F 6'5" 195 Senior Greenville, SC Graduated

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Kory Holden 1 G 6'2" 180 Junior Salisbury, MD Transferred from Delaware. Under NCAA transfer rules, Holden had to sit out the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of eligibility left.
Hassani Gravett 2 G 6'2" 180 Sophomore Douglasville, GA Junior college transfer from Pensacola State College; was immediately eligible.
Ran Tut 14 F 6'9" 210 Junior Melbourne, Australia Junior college transfer from Monroe College; was immediately eligible.

RecruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Sedee Keita
#22 PF
Philadelphia, PA 22ft Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nov 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Rakym Felder
#70 PG
Fort Mill, SC Lincoln High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Mar 6, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPN: 
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
PF
Tallinn, Estonia Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Mar 7, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 28   Rivals: 23  ESPN: 23
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "South Carolina 2016 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  • "2016 South Carolina Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016.

RosterEdit

2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Sindarius Thornwell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 211 lb (96 kg) Sr Oak Hill Academy Lancaster, SC
G 1 Kory Holden (I)   6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Jr J.B. Bennett
Delaware
Salisbury, MD
G 2 Hassani Gravett 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) RS So Alexander
Pensacola State College
Villa Rica, GA
G 4 Rakym Felder 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Lincoln Brooklyn, NY
G 5 TeMarcus Blanton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) RS So Luella Locust Grove, GA
G 10 Duane Notice 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr St. Thomas More School Woodbridge, ON
F 12 Khadim Gueye 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Victory Rock Prep Dakar, Senegal
G 13 Tommy Corchiani (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 173 lb (78 kg) Fr Ravenscroft Raleigh, NC
F 14 Ran Tut (W) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Edison Academy
Monroe College
Melbourne, Australia
G 15 P. J. Dozier 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Spring Valley HS Columbia, SC
G 20 Justin McKie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Sr Irmo HS Columbia, SC
F 21 Maik-Kalev Kotsar 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Tallinn, Estonia
F 24 Sedee Keita 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr 22ft Basketball Academy Philadelphia, PA
F 30 Chris Silva 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 223 lb (101 kg) So Roselle Catholic HS Libreville, Gabon
F 31 Jarrell Holliman (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 206 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Alpharetta HS
Elmhurst College
Alpharetta, GA
G 34 John Ragin (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 kg) So Cardinal Newman HS Eastover, SC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Source: [1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/06/2016*
4:00 PM
Newberry W 107–89 
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
Non-conference games
11/11/2016*
6:30 PM
Louisiana Tech W 85–76  1–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,344)
Columbia, SC
11/13/2016*
6:00 PM
Holy Cross W 81–49  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (9,270)
Columbia, SC
11/15/2016*
6:30 PM
Monmouth W 70–69 OT 3–0
Colonial Life Arena (9,779)
Columbia, SC
11/18/2016*
6:30 PM
South Carolina State W 92–50  4–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,159)
Columbia, SC
11/23/2016*
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 25 Michigan W 61–46  5–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,051)
Columbia, SC
11/26/2016*
2:00 PM, ASN
vs. No. 18 Syracuse
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 64–50  6–0
Barclays Center (8,733)
Brooklyn, NY
12/01/2016*
6:30 PM, SECN+
No. 20 Vermont W 68–50  7–0
Colonial Life Arena (11,579)
Columbia, SC
12/04/2016*
2:00 PM, SECN+
No. 20 FIU W 70–54  8–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,587)
Columbia, SC
12/12/2016*
9:00 PM, FS1
No. 16 vs. Seton Hall
Under Armour Reunion
L 64–67  8–1
Madison Square Garden (7,558)
New York City, NY
12/17/2016*
1:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 16 at South Florida W 77–66  9–1
USF Sun Dome (2,489)
Tampa, FL
12/21/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 22 Clemson
Rivalry
L 60–62  9–2
Colonial Life Arena (17,026)
Columbia, SC
12/27/2016*
7:00 PM, SECN
Lander W 90–62  10–2
Colonial Life Arena (10,088)
Columbia, SC
12/30/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
at Memphis L 54–70  10–3
FedEx Forum (10,812)
Memphis, TN
SEC regular season
01/04/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Georgia W 67–61  11–3
(1–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (8,856)
Athens, GA
01/07/2017
1:30 PM, CBS
Texas A&M W 79–68  12–3
(2–0)
Colonial Life Arena (14,249)
Columbia, SC
01/11/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
at Tennessee W 70–60  13–3
(3–0)
Thompson–Boling Arena (13,794)
Knoxville, TN
01/14/2017
6:30 PM, ESPNU
Ole Miss W 67–56  14–3
(4–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,202)
Columbia, SC
01/18/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
No. 24 No. 19 Florida W 57–53  15–3
(5–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,638)
Columbia, SC
01/21/2017
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 24 at No. 5 Kentucky L 69–85  15–4
(5–1)
Rupp Arena (24,389)
Lexington, KY
01/24/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
No. 23 Auburn W 98–69  16–4
(6–1)
Colonial Life Arena (14,356)
Columbia, SC
01/28/2017
8:30 PM, SECN
No. 23 at Missouri W 63–53  17–4
(7–1)
Mizzou Arena (10,190)
Columbia, MO
02/01/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
No. 19 at LSU W 88–63  18–4
(8–1)
Maravich Center (6,478)
Baton Rouge, LA
02/04/2017
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 19 Georgia W 77–75  19–4
(9–1)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
02/07/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
No. 19 Alabama L 86–90 4OT 19–5
(9–2)
Colonial Life Arena (14,450)
Columbia, SC
02/11/2017
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 19 at Mississippi State W 77–73  20–5
(10–2)
Humphrey Coliseum (7,635)
Starkville, MS
02/15/2017
6:30 PM, SECN
No. 21 Arkansas L 76–83  20–6
(10–3)
Colonial Life Arena (13,001)
Columbia, SC
02/18/2017
8:30 PM, SECN
No. 21 at Vanderbilt L 62–71  20–7
(10–4)
Memorial Gymnasium (10,471)
Nashville, TN
02/21/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 13 Florida L 66–81  20–8
(10–5)
O'Connell Center (11,051)
Gainesville, FL
02/25/2017
1:00 PM, SECN
Tennessee W 82–55  21–8
(11–5)
Colonial Life Arena (16,117)
Columbia, SC
02/28/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Mississippi State W 63–57  22–8
(12–5)
Colonial Life Arena (15,230)
Columbia, SC
03/04/2017
8:30 PM, SECN
at Ole Miss L 70–75  22–9
(12–6)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss (7,161)
Oxford, MS
SEC Tournament
03/10/2017
3:30 PM, SECN
(4) vs. (5) Alabama
Quarterfinals
L 54–63  22–10
Bridgestone Arena (18,130)
Nashville, TN
NCAA Tournament
03/17/2017*
9:50 PM, TBS
(7 E) vs. (10 E) Marquette
First Round
W 93–73  23–10
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,180)
Greenville, SC
03/19/2017*
8:40 PM, TNT
(7 E) vs. (2 E) No. 7 Duke
Second Round
W 88–81  24–10
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (14,216)
Greenville, SC
03/24/2017*
7:29 PM, TBS
(7 E) vs. (3 E) No. 12 Baylor
Sweet Sixteen
W 70–50  25–10
Madison Square Garden (20,047)
New York, NY
03/26/2017*
2:20 PM, CBS
(7 E) vs. (4 E) No. 20 Florida
Elite Eight
W 77–70  26–10
Madison Square Garden (20,047)
New York, NY
04/01/2017*
6:09 PM, CBS
(7 E) vs. (1 W) No. 2 Gonzaga
Final Four
L 73–77  26–11
University of Phoenix Stadium (77,612)
Glendale, AZ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region, W=West Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR NR 20 19 16 22 RV NR RV 24 23 19 19 19 21 RV NR NR Not released 
Coaches NR NR NR 23 18 15 20 25 RV RV 24 24 20 16 19 4

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit