The losing continued for USC Saturday afternoon in Columbia. The Gamecocks were whipped in every aspect of the game by Florida 65-41, their third straight flogging in what has grown into a five game losing streak including four straight at the Colonial Life Arena. USC’s last victory was against the Gators in Gainesville January 24th.
Losing is one thing but what Frank Martin has to be concerned with now is the non-competitive nature of his team’s losses. The first two in the five game skid were close defeats at home. The last three have come by an average of 21 points.
How bad was this one? Florida had 41 points at the half, a total the Gamecocks could not surpass for the entire game. The 41 points are the fewest for the Gamecocks in a regular season SEC game since scoring 36 against Florida in 2013.
The Gamecocks missed their wake up call for the Noon tip. They didn’t score for the first four and a half minutes. Frank Booker’s five points were all the Gamecocks had on the board for nine and half minutes as they fell behind 12-5. The Gamecocks never led and only tied the game once at 5-5.
The stat box is full of ugliness for the Gamecocks. 28% shooting. Beaten 46-24 on the boards and 28-18 in the paint. They also suffered 9 turnovers and 10 blocked shots.
Booker and Chris Silva combined for 27 of the Gamecocks 41 points. No other Gamecock scored more than five points.
USC is now 13-12 and 4-8 in the SEC and plays at Tennessee Tuesday night.
Frank Martin post game press conference