The South Carolina Gamecocks finished twelfth in the SEC with a 4-14 record in the SEC and a 14-18 record overall. Despite finishing twelfth, South Carolina played like one of the worst teams in the SEC. Unlike the other low-level SEC teams, the Gamecocks didn’t even look close to competing in most of their games and lost by at least nine in twelve games in the 2012-2013 season.
South Carolina started off strongly in their nonconference schedule. But once SEC play began, they started to fall short. Their best wins all season were arguably an early SEC win against the LSU Tigers and a win against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Gamecocks even lost to the 13th seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first round of the SEC tournament.
The Gamecocks were lacking a talented big man. It is impossible to compete in an extremely talented and physical SEC without a big man that is capable of a few double-doubles throughout the season. Defensively, they are far from ready to compete anytime soon. Hopefully the incoming recruiting class will be able to aid the Gamecocks in the future, because last season was extremely disappointing.
Frank Martin is an excellent coach, as he proved during his time as head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats. The Gamecocks are on their way to contending in the SEC, but they need a little more talent and defensive presence. South Carolina is still one or two years away from being a mid-level SEC team, so expect another disappointing season in 2013-2014.