The South Carolina Gamecocks go on the road to take on the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday, January 11th. Tipoff from Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee is set for 6:30 p.m. ET with the game airing on the SEC Network.

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The Gamecocks (10-4, 1-1 SEC) were able to get back into the win column against Vanderbilt in their last game. They are 3-2 over their last five games and they scored over 100 points in two of those wins. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hang with then-No. 9 Auburn earlier this month and it shows the disparity in the programs in the SEC. If Carolina hopes to have any hope in this one, they will need the guard duo of Devin Carter and Chico Carter Jr. to heat up early.

South Carolina and Tennessee were projected to finish at opposite ends of the SEC, but both own a 10-4 record through the first two months of the season.

The South Carolina women’s basketball squad currently ranks first in the AP Poll, but the men’s team hasn’t found the same success.

Frank Martin hit the reset button after finishing 6-15 last season — his worst record since joining the program. He’s been able to install his hard-nosed defense with the team, which has proven effective early in the season.

Tennessee has taken a different path to its 10-4 record, with all its losses coming to teams that rank inside the top 20 in the country. The program played just two games over a 22-day span during the holidays, which took a toll on the offense.

There is value on the total in this matchup between two teams that are struggling to get back into their offensive groove.

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It’s too early to call a game a must-win. But Tennessee would be in a less-than-ideal position with a loss. It would drop the Vols to a 1-3 start in SEC play with the lone win being an overtime victory against Ole Miss in which they did not lead in regulation.0-4, 1-2 SEC) have struggled in SEC play after getting out to a hot start to their season. They are 2-3 in their last three games with losses to Alabama and LSU, and a narrow overtime victory over Ole Miss. The Volunteers have some big wins this season, especially over then-No. 6 Arizona, but they need a win in this game to get ready for No. 18 Kentucky in their next one. Look for senior John Fulkerson to have a big game against the Gamecocks who will struggle to contain his size and strength.

By katuli