Projected Starters
Tennessee 11-12 (3-5 SEC)
G Skylar McBee            6.2
G Josh Richardson            2.8
G Cameron Tatum            8.2
F Jeronne Maymon        11.9
F Jarnell Stokes            8.9

South Carolina 9-13 (1-7 SEC)
G Bruce Ellington             10.5
G Damien Leonard        6.6
F Malik Cooke            12.3
F Anthony Gill            8.5
F Damontre Harris            6.9

How They Match Up:
UT            USC
68.6    Score O    62.5
65.9    Score D    64.3
43.8    FG %        41.3
35.3    3-Pt %    33.2
69.2    FT %        69.5
+3.3    Reb. Mar.    -0.6
4.5    BPG        5.1
12.8    APG        10.1
5.7    SPG        6.9
-1.68    T/O Mar.    +1.29

Last Year:
Feb. 16, 2011 in Knoxville - Tennessee 73-67

March 3, 2011 in Columbia, S.C. - Tennessee 73-69

How the Vols will win:
d Co. Ellington was the Cocks’Skylar McBee scored 10 points in his first career start at Tennessee, and he’s projected to start once again tonight. Whether that actually happens is yet to be seen. McBee took over point guard duties for Trae Golden, who came off the bench for the first time this season against Georgia for a team-high 16 points. If McBee actually starts, it might be coach Cuonzo Martin’s attempt to light a fire under Golden, which would help the Vols pull away in a game that they should win handily. UT has won nine straight games over the Gamecocks, and USC’s last win in Knoxville was in 2002.

How the Gamecocks will win: South Carolina hasn’t had a fun time in the SEC this season. The Gamecocks are ranked last in the conference, with a 56-54 home upset over Alabama as their only conference win. They haven’t had a road win since Dec. 4, a 58-55 victory at Clemson. While South Carolina scores a point more per game than Tennessee in conference play, they also allow 11 points more. Bruce Ellington is getting back into form after playing his first season of football with Steve Spurrier an leading scorer last season. Their best hope to win will be to improve their negative-four rebound margin, because Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon underneath help UT to a plus-four margin.