Frank Martin enjoyed his best season at USC last season winning 25 games, including 11 in the SEC, and just missing out on an NCAA Tournament bid. The Gamecocks return two of their top three scorers in Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice, but they lost their top three rebounders.
The fear of the unknown bigs apparently led the SEC media members to vote the Gamecocks 8th in the pre-season poll. Even more surprisingly, neither Thornwell nor Notice landed a spot on the SEC pre-season team
Martin, Thornwell and Notice were at the media session in Nashville Wednesday and to a man shrugged off the predication as a day in the life of Gamecock basketball where league and national expectations remain cautious.
Check out what each had to say at Bridgestone Arena:
Frank Martin reacts to pre-season poll and more
Sindarius Thornwell SportsTalk Exclusive
Duane Notice SportsTalk Exclusive