2009–10 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball team

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2009–10 South Carolina Gamecocks men's basketball
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division East
2009–10 record 15–16 (6–10 SEC)
Head coach Darrin Horn
Assistant coach Neill Berry
Assistant coach Michael Boynton
Assistant coach Cypheus Bunton
Home arena Colonial Life Arena
Seasons
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009-10 South Carolina men's basketball team represented University of South Carolina during the 2009–10 college basketball season. The head coach was Darrin Horn who was in his second season with the Gamecocks. The team played its home games at the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. All games were produced and broadcast locally by the Gamecock Sports Radio Network. They finished the season 15–16, 6–10 in Southeastern Conference play and lost in the first round of the 2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament to Alabama. The Gamecocks were not invited to a post season tournament. The highlight of the season was a home upset of #1 Kentucky on January 26.

Regular season[edit]

On December 21, 2009, it was announced that senior starting forward Dominique Archie would miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery required to repair an injury he suffered early in the Miami game. The Gamecocks played all games in the month of December without Archie and junior starter Mike Holmes after he suffered facial injuries during Thanksgiving break.[1] Holmes was subsequently dismissed from the basketball team on January 1, 2010, for a repeated violation of team rules.[2]

On January 26, 2010, Carolina won their first game in school history over a #1 ranked team, beating the undefeated (19-0) Kentucky Wildcats, 68-62.[3]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Ht. Wt. Position Year Hometown
21 Dominique Archie 6'7" 216 F SR Augusta, Georgia
31 Evaldas Baniulis 6'7" 215 F SR Vilnius, Lithuania
15 Malik Cooke 6'6" 210 F JR Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Devan Downey 5'9" 170 G SR Chester, South Carolina
12 Ramon Galloway 6'1" 170 G FR Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
24 Mike Holmes 6'7" 230 F/C JR Bishopville, South Carolina
Lakeem Jackson 6'5" 225 SF FR Charlotte, North Carolina
32 Johndre Jefferson 6'9" 210 F JR Santee, South Carolina
44 Sam Muldrow 6'9" 220 F JR Florence, South Carolina
5 Brandis Raley-Ross 6'2" 194 G SR Gastonia, North Carolina
1 Stephen Spinella 6'4" 190 G FR Colts Neck, New Jersey
25 Austin Steed 6'8" 235 F JR Hephzibah, Georgia
14 Robert Wilder 6'1" 188 G SR Chapin, South Carolina
Tobias watson 5'9 175 G Jr Richland northeast

2010 Commitments[4][edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Bruce Ellington
PG
Moncks Corner, SC Berkeley HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 11, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Damontre Harris
PF
Fayetteville, NC Trinity Christian School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sep 21, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Brian Richardson
SG
Wilson, NC Greenfield School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 21, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
R.J. Slawson
PF
North Charleston, SC Fort Dorchester HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 16, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Eric Smith
PG
Arden, NC Christ School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Aug 28, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10   Rivals: 13
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Thurs, Nov. 5*
7:00pm
Kentucky Wesleyan
Exhibition
W 78–55 
Colonial Life Arena (5,493)
Columbia, SC
Regular Season
Fri, Nov. 13*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Alabama A&M W 88–50  1–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,769)
Columbia, SC
Mon, Nov. 16*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Georgia Southern W 90–66  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (10,212)
Columbia, SC
Thu, Nov. 19*
9:30pm, ESPNU
vs. La Salle
Charleston Classic
W 78–68  3–0
Carolina First Arena (2,115)
Charleston, SC
Fri, Nov. 20*
9:30pm, CSS
vs. South Florida
Charleston Classic
W 69–66  4–0
Carolina First Arena (2,391)
Charleston, SC
Sun, Nov. 22*
6:00pm, ESPN2
vs. Miami
Charleston Classic
L 70–85  4–1
Carolina First Arena (2,531)
Charleston, SC
Fri, Nov. 27*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Jacksonville W 97–93  5–1
Colonial Life Arena (10,318)
Columbia, SC
Wed, Dec. 2*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Western Kentucky W 74–56  6–1
Colonial Life Arena (10,707)
Columbia, SC
Sun, Dec. 6*
1:00pm, FS Carolinas
at No. 18 Clemson
Carolina-Clemson Rivalry
L 61–72  6–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Wed, Dec. 16*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Richmond W 76–58  7–2
Colonial Life Arena (9,640)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Dec. 19*
7:00pm, SportSouth
at Wofford L 61–68  7–3
Benjamin Johnson Arena (3,500)
Spartanburg, SC
Mon, Dec. 21*
7:00pm, SportSouth
Furman W 81–57  8–3
Colonial Life Arena (9,674)
Columbia, SC
Wed, Dec. 30*
9:00pm, ESPNU
at Boston College L 76–85  8–4
Conte Forum (6,846)
Boston, MA
Sat, Jan. 2*
12:00pm, FS Carolinas
Baylor L 74–85  8–5
Colonial Life Arena (11,312)
Columbia, SC
Tue, Jan. 5*
7:00pm, FS Carolinas
Longwood W 88–58  9–5
Colonial Life Arena (8,652)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Jan. 9
1:30pm, SEC Network
at Auburn W 80–71  10–5 (1–0)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (5,638)
Auburn, AL
Wed, Jan. 13
8:00pm, SEC Network
LSU W 67–58  11–5 (2–0)
Colonial Life Arena (12,103)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Jan. 16
6:00pm, CSS
Vanderbilt L 79–89  11–6 (2–1)
Colonial Life Arena (13,166)
Columbia, SC
Wed, Jan. 20
9:00pm, CSS
at No. 24 Mississippi L 57–66  11–7 (2–2)
Tad Smith Coliseum (6,824)
Oxford, MS
Sat, Jan. 23
6:00pm, ESPN
at Florida L 56–58  11–8 (2–3)
O'Connell Center (12,094)
Gainesville, FL
Tue, Jan. 26
9:00pm, ESPN
No. 1 Kentucky W 68–62  12–8 (3–3)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Jan. 30
7:00pm, FSN
Georgia W 78–77  13–8 (4–3)
Colonial Life Arena (14,013)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Feb. 6
6:00pm, ESPN
at No. 14 Tennessee L 53–79  13–9 (4–4)
Thompson-Boling Arena (21,003)
Knoxville, TN
Wed, Feb. 10
8:00pm, SEC Network
Florida W 77–71  14–9 (5–4)
Colonial Life Arena (12,774)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Feb. 13
4:00pm, SEC Network
at Georgia L 61–66  14–10 (5–5)
Stegeman Coliseum (7,597)
Athens, GA
Wed, Feb. 17
9:00pm, CSS
at Arkansas L 79–92  14–11 (5–6)
Bud Walton Arena (13,175)
Fayetteville, AR
Sat, Feb. 20
1:30pm, SEC Network
No. 18 Tennessee L 55–63  14–12 (5–7)
Colonial Life Arena (15,622)
Columbia, SC
Thu, Feb. 25
9:00pm, ESPN
at No. 2 Kentucky L 61–82  14–13 (5–8)
Rupp Arena (24,355)
Lexington, KY
Sat, Feb. 27
6:00pm, ESPN
Mississippi State L 63–76  14–14 (5–9)
Colonial Life Arena (13,834)
Columbia, SC
Wed, Mar. 3
7:00pm, ESPNU
Alabama L 70–79  14–15 (5–10)
Colonial Life Arena (11,109)
Columbia, SC
Sat, Mar. 6
2:00pm, ESPN2
at No. 19 Vanderbilt W 77–73  15–15 (6–10)
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
SEC Tournament
Thu, Mar. 11
1:00pm, SEC Network
vs. Alabama
First Round
L 63–68  15–16
Bridgestone Arena (15,152)
Nashville, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Awards[edit]

Devan Downey

Dominique Archie

  • Preseason Second Team All-SEC

References[edit]