Vanderbilt seeks its sixth straight victory over South Carolina when it visits the Gamecocks on Thursday in an SEC matchup. The contest was scheduled to be played Wednesday, but was postponed because of a severe winter storm that swept through the region. The Commodores enter the contest on a down note after losing 77-75 at home to Arkansas on Saturday, snapping a four-game winning streak in devastating fashion. South Carolina knows a thing or two about losing streaks, as it dropped three in a row in December, six straight in January and has opened February with another three-game slide."Patience is something I always talk about, and I'm learning it first-hand this year," Gamecocks coach Frank Martin told reporters. "It's made me reflect back. This year's made me appreciate the freshmen I've had in the past, that I wanted them to do more, but I always had upperclassmen I could depend on." South Carolina has seven freshmen on its roster, while Vanderbilt fields an experienced team, albeit one that only has seven scholarship players at the moment. "I don't know if any coach has done a better job in the country than Kevin Stallings," Martin added, praising the Commodores' coach. "To overcome difficult moments, you need guys that are confident in what they do and have experience. They've got that."TV: 8 p.m. ET, SEC TV, ESPN3ABOUT VANDERBILT (13-9, 5-5 SEC): The Commodores' loss to the Razorbacks, which came on a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining, spoiled solid offensive showings by Rod Odom (22 points) and Kyle Fuller (20). Fuller has scored in double figures in five straight games and has notched at least four assists in eight of his last nine contests, although he also has averaged four turnovers per game during that stretch. While Vanderbilt came up short against Arkansas, it did mark the first time in seven games that the team surpassed 70 points.ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (8-15, 1-9): After suffering close losses to Mississippi and Auburn earlier this month, the Gamecocks were torched at Tennessee 72-53 on Saturday. South Carolina entered that game leading the SEC in 3-point percentage (37.8) but only made 3-of-14 versus the Volunteers. Brenton Williams (42.4 percent) has accounted for nearly half of the Gamecocks' 3-pointers on the season and also is one of the top free-throw shooters in the nation at 96.2 percent (75-of-78). TIP-INS1. Prior to shooting 1-of-4 from 3-point range against Tennessee, Williams was 26-of-47 (55.3 percent) from long range over his previous five games.2. Vanderbilt G Dai-Jon Parker played 32 minutes against Arkansas, due largely to foul trouble, after playing all 40 minutes in seven of his previous eight games.3. Odom has made at least three 3-pointers in four straight contests. PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 64, South Carolina 60
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