Tennessee (14-10, 6-5) vs. South Carolina (15-9, 7-4)
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over South Carolina. Tennessee has won by an average of 9 points in its last five wins over the Gamecocks. South Carolina’s last win in the series came on Feb. 25, 2017, an 82-55 win.
STEPPING IT UP: The Gamecocks have scored 74.2 points per game to Southeastern opponents so far. That’s an improvement from the 69.5 per game they managed in non-conference play.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Santiago Vescovi has directly created 42 percent of all Tennessee field goals over the last three games. The freshman guard has 13 field goals and 15 assists in those games.
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SIGNIFICANCE OF 74: Tennessee is 0-6 when opposing teams score 74 or more points. South Carolina is a perfect 12-0 when its offense scores at least 74 points and has averaged 74.8 points per game over its last five.
STREAK SCORING: South Carolina has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 80.3 points while giving up 62.5.
STINGY DEFENSE: Tennessee has held opposing teams to 62.1 points per game, the lowest figure among all SEC teams.