CATEGORY: Basketball



Guard-wary: Having seen first-hand how South Carolina's guards can dominate a game, Alabama coach David Hobbs said the Gamecocks are a team to watch in the NCAA Tournament.

"When you advance to the Sweet 16 you have all kinds of teams," Hobbs said. "When you get past that the teams with good guards tend to take over. There's probably not another team in the country with a better guard threesome than South Carolina. They could possibly go a long way."

Carolina's B.J. Mckie, Larry Davis and Melvin Watson combined for 42 points in the Gamecocks' 72-61 win over Hobbs' Crimson Tide.

Pointless guard play: Ole Miss point guard Michael White and Vanderbilt point guard Howard Pride cancelled out one another in Friday's game. White was 0-for-7 from the floor. He scored one point and had two assists and three turnovers in 30 minutes.

Pride did not attempt a field goal or free throw. He had two assists, one turnover and one foul in 15 minutes.

A first: South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler said he's never coached a team that won a game with only one offensive rebound, until now that is.

The Gamecocks had 29 of their 30 rebounds on the defensive end in their 72-61 win over Alabama.

Radio van stolen: The Auburn radio network broadcast the Tigers' first round win over Tennessee Thursday with equipment on loan from the Alabama broadcast team.

Approximately $10,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the Auburn network Thursday when a man posing as a parking valet told chief engineer Larry Wilkins he'd park Wilkins' 1994 Chevy Blazer.

The Blazer and all equipment were gone when Wilkins returned from inside his hotel, the downtown Radisson.

Odds and ends: South Carolina is making its first trip to the SEC Tournament semifinals in its sixth year in the league. ... Ole Miss is in the semis for the first time since 1990 when it lost 70-51 to Alabama in the championship game. ... Carolina's B.J. McKie scored 22 points, giving him 1,008 for his career. He is the 27th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark.

- Compiled by Parrish Alford

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