Originally created 01/19/00

Gamecocks face tough test at Auburn



Assessing the damage following a 64-48 loss to Kentucky, South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler said his team was "dominated," and said it could happen again.

There might not be a greater likelihood of such an occurrence than tonight, when the Gamecocks travel to No. 4 Auburn for an 8 p.m. contest at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers (15-1, 3-0 SEC) have won 13 games in a row overall and 25 straight at home, and they're coming off Sunday's 51-45 victory at Mississippi State.

The Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2) will close out a daunting five-game stretch in which they will have played four ranked teams. South Carolina took then-No. 7 Syracuse to the wire in a 77-74 overtime defeat two days before their forgettable performance against the then-No. 20 Wildcats.

CLEMSON:

A break in ACC play isn't as appetizing as Clemson would prefer. The Tigers (6-10) play host to Southern Conference leader Appalachian State (11-5) at 7 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak while the Mountaineers enter winners of their last six. Clemson sophomore guard Will Solomon's 22.3 scoring average leads the ACC while Mountaineer junior guard Rufus Leach paces the Southern Conference with his 17.6 average.

GEORGIA:

The last time LSU beat Georgia was Feb. 8, 1991. Since then the Tigers have lost to the Bulldogs every game both in Baton Rouge and in Athens, Ga.

Tonight's game against Georgia (8-8, 1-3) may be the best chance the Tigers (13-3, 1-3) have had in a while to snap that nine-year losing streak against Georgia. It might also be their best chance to stop a streak of current season defeats that brought them back to earth after a 13-0 start.

GEORGIA TECH:

Georgia Tech opened its ACC schedule with two consecutive losses. Florida State started with two victories.

Both streaks turned directions last Saturday.

When the Seminoles (7-7, 2-1) visit Georgia Tech (8-7, 1-2) tonight at 7:30, FSU will try to regroup from an 82-57 loss to Duke. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, will try to build on their 69-68 win over then 16th-ranked Maryland.

PAINE:

Eight days after coming back from a 24-point halftime deficit at Clark-Atlanta, Paine plays host to Clark-Atlanta tonight at Carter Gym.

Paine's men were down 46-22 at the half in Atlanta last Tuesday but came back to win 77-67. After shooting just 19 percent from the field in the first half, the Lions shot 62 percent in the second half.

That win was the first of three straight for Paine, which is 6-7 overall and 4-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.