South Carolina Basketball: 5 Positive Signs For 2014-15 Season

By Taylor Sturm

South Carolina Basketball: Positive Signs For 2014-15 Season

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The South Carolina Gamecocks disappointed in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but look to turn things around going into this season. The Gamecocks boast a plethora of returning players and have a legitimate opportunity to do damage in the SEC. Here are five positive signs for South Carolina basketball going into the 2014-15 season.

No. 5 Defense Will Have Improved

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No. 5 Defense Will Have Improved

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South Carolina was awful defensively last season, but competed in several games. The young team almost defeated the Baylor Bears early in the season and defeated the Kentucky Wildcats towards the end. A better defense could mean better outcomes for the Gamecocks.

No. 4 Frank Martin Has Had Time

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No. 4 Frank Martin Has Had Time

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We’ve finally come to a point where former Kansas State coach Frank martin has had time to work on his top players. Martin, although a little crazy at times, gets the most out of each and every player.

No. 3 Tough Non-Conference Games

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No. 3 Tough Non-Conference Games

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A tough non-conference schedule includes games against Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa State and Clemson. Although South Carolina shouldn’t be favored in any of these, the Gamecocks will gain valuable experience that they can take into SEC play.

No. 2 Lithuanian Duo

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No. 2 Lithuanian Duo

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Arguably the most underrated pair in the SEC, Mindaugas Kacinas and Laimonas Chatkevicius provide valuable minutes for the Gamecocks. These two players play extremely well together and can help lead this team to unexpected victories.

No. 1 Sindarius Thornwell

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No. 1 Sindarius Thornwell

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Thornwell was limited as a freshman, but still averaged the second most points per game on the team. With Brenton Williams gone, Thornwell will be given a loose leash and allowed to take control of a game. Don’t be surprised if he has several 30-plus point games this season.

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