|South Carolina Gamecocks|
|University||University of South Carolina|
|Head coach||Frank Martin (8th season)|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina|
|Arena||Colonial Life Arena |
|Colors||Garnet and Black|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1971, 1972, 1973, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2017|
|NIT Tournament Champions|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|SoCon: 1927, 1933, 1934, 1945|
The South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks won Southern Conference titles in 1927, 1933, 1934, and 1945, and then they gained national attention under hall of fame coach Frank McGuire, posting a 205–65 record from 1967–1976, which included the 1970 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, the 1971 ACC Tournament title, and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1971–1974. The program also won the 1997 SEC championship, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) titles in 2005 and 2006, and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern division title. Most recently, the Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. Frank Martin is the current head coach, and the team plays at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.
Southern Conference years
South Carolina achieved a measure of regional prominence during its tenure in the Southern Conference, winning regular season championships in 1927, 1933, 1934, and 1945. The program also won the conference's tournament championship in 1933. During World War II, the basketball team's success was partially attributed to being assigned outstanding athletes by the U.S. Navy as part of the V-12 program. However, the Navy leaders kept the teams focus towards the war effort, and USC declined an invitation to the Southern Conference Tournament in 1944.
Frank McGuire era (1965–1980)
The hiring of Frank McGuire before the 1964–65 season propelled South Carolina to its most successful period to date. McGuire's 16-year tenure was highlighted by an undefeated ACC regular season in 1970, an ACC Tournament championship in 1971, and three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances from 1971 to 1973. USC also posted a 69–16 overall record from 1968 to 1971, and John Roche won consecutive ACC Player of the Year Awards (1969–1970). In November 1968, the Gamecocks began playing at the 12,401 seat Carolina Coliseum, which became known as the "House that Frank Built." The success South Carolina achieved on the court brought resentment and anger from fellow ACC schools, especially those on "Tobacco Road," as the conference members of the state of North Carolina were known. The hostility of the road crowds, the unfriendly behavior of coaches and athletic directors in the conference, and the discrepancies in eligibility standards led McGuire to support South Carolina becoming an Independent before the 1971–72 season.
As an Independent, the program gradually declined, and the University sought entrance into an athletic conference. This proved problematic because most conferences required schools to have a single athletic director, and South Carolina had multiple directors at the time. McGuire served as Athletic Director for the basketball program, and he would not relinquish his position. The University made several attempts to obtain McGuire's resignation, but ultimately honored his contract through 1980. McGuire finished with a 283–142 overall record at South Carolina and continues to be held in high regard by Gamecock fans. His six consecutive 20-win seasons from 1969 to 1974, which produced a 137–33 record, remain the benchmark for USC Basketball.
Metro Conference and SEC
In 1983, the University became affiliated with the Metro Conference. The basketball program was placed on probation by the NCAA in the spring of 1987 for two years because of recruiting violations and the sale of complimentary player tickets. From 1987 to 1991, George Felton led the Gamecocks to an 87–62 overall record, which included a 1989 NCAA Tournament appearance and a 1991 NIT berth. For three of Felton's five seasons (1987–1989), Tubby Smith served as an assistant coach before leaving to join Rick Pitino's staff at Kentucky. South Carolina joined the SEC before the 1992 season and initially struggled, posting a combined 20–35 record in 1992 and 1993.
Eddie Fogler era (1994–2001)
Eddie Fogler was hired away from Vanderbilt before the 1994 season and within a few years returned the Gamecocks to respectability. Under Fogler, South Carolina posted an impressive 66–28 record (34–14 SEC) during the 1996–1998 stretch, which included the school's first SEC championship in 1997. The 1997 Gamecocks posted a 15–1 record in SEC play and defeated league rival Kentucky twice, but lost in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Fogler stepped down after the 2001 campaign, going 123–117 in eight seasons as the Gamecocks' head coach. His tenure included two NCAA Tournament appearances (1997, 1998) and two NIT appearances (1996, 2001). Fogler retired as one of the most successful head coaches in SEC Basketball history, having won regular season conference championships at both Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
Dave Odom era (2002–2008)
Subsequent coach Dave Odom posted four 20-win seasons during his tenure at South Carolina. He led the Gamecocks to an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament and consecutive NIT championships in 2005 and 2006. Odom's tenure also saw USC begin play at the 18,000 seat Colonial Life Arena during the 2002–2003 season. Following the 2007–2008 campaign, Odom resigned with a 128–104 overall record at USC.
Darrin Horn era (2009–2012)
On April 1, 2008, Darrin Horn was named the new head basketball coach at USC. In his first season, Horn led the Gamecocks to a 21–10 record (10–6 SEC), two victories over Kentucky, and a share of the 2009 SEC Eastern Division title. After a 10–21 campaign in 2011–12, his third straight losing season, Horn was fired on March 13, 2012, finishing his tenure at Carolina with a 60–63 overall record and a 23–45 mark in the SEC.
Frank Martin era (2012–present)
Frank Martin came to USC from Kansas State, where he had enjoyed five winning seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance with the Wildcats in 2010. After losing records in his first two seasons with the Gamecocks, he achieved a winning season in 2015, then reached the NIT in 2016, and then broke through into the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the program's first appearance in the event since 2004. On March 17, 2017, USC achieved its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1973 with a 20-point win over the Marquette Golden Eagles. Two nights later, the Gamecocks upset the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils to advance to their fourth Sweet 16. South Carolina then beat #3 seed Baylor Bears to advance to their first-ever Elite 8, two days later they upset Florida to advance to their first ever Final Four.
|1911–1912||James G. Driver||3–4||—|
|1912–1913||James G. Driver||2–3||—|
|1915–1916||Charles C. Farrell||4–6||—|
|1921–1922||Lana A. Sims||7–12||—|
|1926–1927||Branch Bocock||14–4||9–1||SoCon Champions|
|1932–1933||Billy Laval||17–2||4–0||SoCon Champions; SoCon Tournament Champions|
|1933–1934||A.W. Norman||18–1||6–0||SoCon Champions|
|1942–1943||Frank Johnson (first 2 games)
Rex Enright (last 17 games)
|1943–1944||Lt. Henry Findley||13–2||1–2|
|1944–1945||Johnnie McMillan||19–3||9–0||SoCon Champions|
|1945–1946||*** Anderson (first 12 games)
Frank Johnson (last 8 games)
|1963–1964||Chuck Noe (first 12 games)
Dwane Morrison (last 12 games)
|1968–69||Frank McGuire||21–7||11–3||NIT Second Round|
|1969–70||Frank McGuire||25–3||14–0||ACC Champions|
|1970–71||Frank McGuire||23–6||10–4||ACC Tournament Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1971–72||Frank McGuire||24–5||—||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1972–1973||Frank McGuire||22–7||—||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1973–1974||Frank McGuire||22–5||—||NCAA First Round|
|1974–1975||Frank McGuire||19–9||—||NIT Second Round|
|1977–1978||Frank McGuire||16–12||—||NIT First Round|
|1982–1983||Bill Foster||22–9||—||NIT Third Round|
|1988–1989||George Felton||19–11||8–4||NCAA First Round|
|1990–1991||George Felton||20–13||5–9||NIT Second Round|
|1995–1996||Eddie Fogler||19–12||8–8||NIT Third Round|
|1996–1997||Eddie Fogler||24–8||15–1||SEC Champions; NCAA First Round|
|1997–1998||Eddie Fogler||23–8||11–5||NCAA First Round|
|2000–2001||Eddie Fogler||15–15||6–10||NIT First Round|
|2001–2002||Dave Odom||22–15||6–10||NIT Runners-up|
|2003–2004||Dave Odom||23–11||8–8||NCAA First Round|
|2004–2005||Dave Odom||20–13||7–9||NIT Champions|
|2005–2006||Dave Odom||23–15||6–10||NIT Champions|
|2008–2009||Darrin Horn||21–10||10–6||SEC East Co-Champions; NIT First Round|
|2015–2016||Frank Martin||25–9||11–7||NIT Second Round|
|2016–2017||Frank Martin||26–11||12–6||NCAA Final Four|
NCAA tournament results
The Gamecocks have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 8–10.
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1972||Round of 25
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1973||Round of 25
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1974||Round of 25||Furman||L 67–75|
|1989||#12||Round of 64||#5 NC State||L 66–81|
|1997||#2||Round of 64||#15 Coppin State||L 65–78|
|1998||#3||Round of 64||#14 Richmond||L 61–62|
|2004||#10||Round of 64||#7 Memphis||L 43–59|
|2017||#7||Round of 64
Round of 32
The Gamecocks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 times. Their combined record is 22–9. They were NIT champions in 2005 and 2006.
|1978||First Round||NC State||L 70–83|
|2009||First Round||Davidson||L 63–70|
- 1927 SoCon (season) – South Carolina went 14–4 overall and 9–1 in Southern Conference play.
- 1933 SoCon (season & tournament) – South Carolina posted a 17–2 record (4–1 SoCon) and won the Southern Conference tournament.
- 1934 SoCon (season) – South Carolina went 18–1 overall and 6–0 in Southern Conference play.
- 1945 SoCon (season) – South Carolina went 19–3 overall and 9–0 in Southern Conference play.
- 1970 ACC (season) – South Carolina went 25–3 overall and 14–0 in ACC play.
- 1971 ACC (tournament) – South Carolina posted a 23–6 overall record and defeated North Carolina for the ACC Tournament title.
- 1997 SEC (season & division) – South Carolina posted a 24–8 record (15–1 SEC) to win the SEC championship and Eastern Division title.
- 2009 SEC East (division) – South Carolina went 21–10 overall and 10–6 in SEC play to win a share of the SEC East title.
|James G. Driver||1911–1913||2||5||7||.417|
|Charles C. Farrell||1915–1916||1||4||6||.400|
|Lana A. Sims||1921–1922||1||7||12||.368|
|A. Burnet Stoney||1927–1928||1||8||12||.400|
|Lt. Henry Findley||1943–1944||1||13||2||.867|
|Freddie Thompkins||1934||Converse Yearbook|
|Jim Slaughter||Center||1951||Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press|
|Grady Wallace||Forward||1957||Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, Converse Yearbook, UPI, International News Service|
|Skip Harlicka||Guard||1968||Converse Yearbook|
|John Roche (3)||Guard||1969, 1970, 1971||United Savings Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, Converse Yearbook, UPI, Basketball Weekly, Look Magazine, The Sporting News, NABC, NBA Coaches|
|Tom Riker||Forward||1972||National Association of Basketball Writers, United Savings Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI, The Sporting News, NABC|
|Kevin Joyce||Guard||1973||United Savings Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI, NABC|
|Brian Winters||Guard/Forward||1974||Citizen Savings Athletic Foundation|
|Alex English||Forward||1975||Citizen Savings Athletic Foundation, Independent All-America|
|Zam Fredrick||Guard||1981||Citizen Savings Athletic Foundation|
|Larry Davis||Guard||1997||Basketball Weekly, Associated Press|
|Melvin Watson||Guard||1997||Associated Press|
|BJ McKie (3)||Guard||1997, 1998, 1999||Basketball Weekly, Associated Press|
|Devan Downey (2)||Guard||2009, 2010||Associated Press, The Sporting News|
|Source: South Carolina Media Guide|
National Scoring Leader
ACC Player of the Year
- John Roche – 1969, 1970
All-ACC First Team
- Grady Wallace – 1957
- Art Whisnant – 1962
- Ronnie Collins – 1964
- Skip Harlicka – 1968
- John Roche – 1969, 1970, 1971
- Tom Owens – 1970, 1971
All-ACC Second Team
- Grady Wallace – 1956
- Art Whisnant – 1960, 1961
- Scott Ward – 1963
- Gary Gregor – 1967, 1968
- Jack Thompson – 1967
- Frank Standard – 1968
- Tom Owens – 1969
ACC Tournament Outstanding Player
- John Roche – 1971
Metro Conference Newcomer of the Year
- Linwood Moye – 1985
All-Metro First Team
- Jimmy Foster – 1984
All-Metro Second Team
- Linwood Moye – 1986
- Michael Foster – 1987
- Darryl Martin – 1987
- John Hudson – 1988, 1989
- Jo Jo English – 1991
SEC Player of the Year
- Sindarius Thornwell – 2017
SEC Rookie of the Year
- BJ McKie – 1996
SEC Coach of the Year
- Dave Odom – 2004
SEC Defensive Player of the Year
- Sam Muldrow – 2011
- Chris Silva – 2018
SEC Sixth Man of the Year
- Duane Notice – 2016
All-SEC First Team
- Larry Davis – 1997
- BJ McKie – 1997, 1998, 1999
- Tre' Kelley – 2007
- Devan Downey – 2008, 2009, 2010
- Michael Carrera – 2016
- Sindarius Thornwell – 2017
- Chris Silva – 2018
All-SEC Second Team
- Jamie Watson – 1993, 1994
- Larry Davis – 1996
- Melvin Watson – 1997, 1998
- Tarence Kinsey – 2006
- Dominique Archie – 2009
- Zam Fredrick, Jr. – 2009
All-SEC Third Team
- Emmitt Hall – 1993, 1994
- Melvin Watson – 1996
- Marijonas Petravičius – 2001
- Jamel Bradley – 2002
- Carlos Powell – 2004, 2005
- Brandon Wallace – 2007
NIT Most Valuable Player
- Carlos Powell – 2005
- Renaldo Balkman – 2006
Gamecocks in the NBA
- Alex English – member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 8x All-Star, accumulated a career total of 25,613 points, 6,538 rebounds, and 4,351 assists
- Renaldo Balkman – drafted 20th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks, retired
- PJ Dozier – Dallas Mavericks
- Mike Dunleavy Sr. – drafted 99th overal in the 1976 NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers Former head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers
- Sindarius Thornwell – drafted 48th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers
- Jim Slaughter – drafted 31st overall in the 1951 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, retired
- Jim Fox –drafted 67th overall in the 1965 NBA draft to the Cincinnati Kings, retired
- Gary Gregor – drafted 8th overall in the 1968 NBA draft to the Phoenix Suns, retired
- Skip Harlicka – drafted 13th overall in the 1968 NBA draft to the Atlanta Hawks
- John Roche – drafted 14th overall in the 1971 NBA draft to the Phoenix Suns, retired
- Tom Owens – drafted 58th overall in the 1971 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, retired
- Tom Riker -drafted 8th overall in the 1972 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, retired
- Kevin Joyce – drafted 11th overall in the 1973 NBA draft to the Golden State Warriors, retired
- Brian Winters – drafted 12th overall in the 1974 NBA draft to the Los Angeles Lakers
- Tom Boswell – drafted 17th overall in the 1975 NBA draft to the Boston Celtics, retired
- Cedrick Hordges – drafted 49th overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, retired
- Mike Brittain -drafted 29th overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, retired
- Jo Jo English – undrafted 1992 NBA draft, signed with Chicago Bulls, retired
- Jamie Watson – Only draft pick by the Utah Jazz in the 1996 NBA draft Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat, retired
- Ryan Stack – drafted 48th overall in the 1998 NBA draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers, retired
- Tarence Kinsey – undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft, signed with Memphis Grizzlies, retired
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