Countdown to tip-off: Carolina at Tennessee





South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday after winning its first conference game of the year against Vanderbilt on Saturday by a score of 72-70 in Nashville. The Gamecocks (10-4, 1-1) travel to Knoxville to take on the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers (10-4, 1-2), with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Volunteers are coming off a tough loss to the then No. 21 LSU Tigers on Saturday by a score of 79-67.

Game information

Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Broadcast: SEC Network
Crew: Tom Hart, Dane Bradshaw
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
In Columbia: 107.5 The Game
Crew: Brad Muller, Casey Manning
Series: Tennessee leads 48-28
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads 29-9
Series trend: Tennessee has won six of last seven
Last meeting: Tennessee won 93-73 in Knoxville on Feb. 17

Gamecock Notes

— South Carolina travels to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers in its third conference game of the year. The last time these two teams faced off on Feb. 17, the Volunteers defeated the Gamecocks 93-73 in Knoxville.

— In South Carolina’s most recent game, the Gamecocks defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores by a score of 72-70 on Saturday in Nashville. South Carolina shot 54.9 percent from the field while only shooting 17.6 percent from the three-point line. Grad transfer guard James Reese V led the way for the Gamecocks with 13 points in 31 minutes of play.

— According to NCAA.com, South Carolina currently ranks tied for No. 31 in the country in total rebounds per game. To go along with the Gamecocks’ great rebounding, they are also holding their opponents to just 38.3 shooting percentage from the field. That ranks them No. 20 in the country in that statistic.

— Head coach Frank Martin said that senior forward Keyshawn Bryant is in a great spot mentally and physically. “He’s in a great space right now. His mindset, his spirit, he was as happy as anyone on our team when (Scotty) Pippen threw that ball towards the half court line there at the end. He came running off the bench with as much joy as anybody. Him and Jermaine (Couisnard) have not been at practice, Keyshawn practiced early and then got dinged up. Now, he’s back in there.”

— South Carolina will return home in its next game on Saturday against the Florida Gators. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Scouting the Volunteers

— Tennessee is 10-4 and 1-2 in conference play. The Volunteers are led by Rick Barnes, who has been the head coach since 2015. Tennessee has played eight games at home and are 8-0 in those games.

— Tennessee has two players who are averaging double figures in every game. Freshman guard Kennedy Chandler leads the way, averaging 13.8 points per game. Junior guard Santiago Vescovi is right behind him, averaging 13.6 points per game.

— The Volunteers’ defense has been a strong point for their team. According to NCAA.com, Tennessee is turning their opponents over 18.07 times a game, which is No. 13 in the country. The Gamecocks will have to take care of the ball as the Volunteers also rank No. 8 in the country in steals per game, with an average of 10.6 steals per game.

— In the Volunteers’ loss to then No. 21 LSU on Saturday, Tennessee’s two leading scorers led the way once again. In 37 minutes of play, Chandler scored 19 points while Vescovi scored 14 points in 34 minutes of play. The Volunteers only shot 38.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from the three-point line.

Quotes

— “We can’t foul them like we have our last three road games. If you continue to foul, then the game slows down and it allows people’s defense to set and then you are dealing with a set defense every single time. If you look at the Vanderbilt game, the possessions where we didn’t foul, we actually were able to get into the open court and get some easy opportunities. When people foul us and we get to shoot free throws, our defensive numbers are off the charts. Our problem is that we are fouling too much, especially on the road, and putting people on the foul line. We’ve got to eliminate that.” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin on how his offense is going to have success against Tennessee’s defense

“The thing that bothered me today was as much time as we talked about taking care of the ball, the same guys that normally don’t do it, did it today. It hurt us a couple different times. They scored 23 off of (our) turnovers, and we scored 13. Some of our turnovers were just easy baskets for them.” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes on what went wrong in its game against LSU on Saturday





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Countdown to tip-off: Carolina at Vanderbilt





South Carolina returns to the court on Saturday after falling 81-66 to the No. 9 Auburn Tigers in Columbia on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks (9-4, 0-1) will travel to Nashville on Saturday to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-4, 1-0), with tipoff set for 12 p.m. on ESPNU. The Commodores are coming off of a 75-74 win against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday night in Fayetteville.

Game information

Arena: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Broadcast: ESPNU
Play-By-Play: John Schriffen
Analyst: Carolyn Peck
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network
In Columbia: 107.5 The Game (Derek Scott, Casey Manning)
Watch: WatchESPN/ESPN App
Series: Vanderbilt leads, 32-29
In Nashville: Vanderbilt leads, 19-10
Series trend: Vanderbilt has won the last two meetings
Last meeting: Vanderbilt won 93-81 on Jan. 30 in Nashville

Gamecock Notes

— South Carolina travels to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in their second conference game of the year. The last time these two teams faced off, the Commodores were victorious with a 93-81 win on Jan. 30.

— In the Gamecocks’ most recent game, they fell to the No. 9 Auburn Tigers on Tuesday in Columbia by a score of 81-66. Carolina shot 41.4 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the three-point line. Senior guard Erik Stevenson led the team in scoring with 25 points, while junior forward Wildens Leveque scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

— According to NCAA.com, the Gamecocks are No. 26 in the country in total rebounds per game. Also, on the defensive side of the ball, Carolina is No. 24 in the country in opponents field goal percentage, holding their opponents to shooting 38.3 percent from the field.

–Although head coach Frank Martin said that he was disappointed in the outcome against Auburn, he was happy with the energy that he saw from some of the veterans on the team. “I thought that the older guys, Wildens (Leveque), James (Reese), and Erik (Stevenson), AJ Wilson, I thought his energy was good, he just didn’t play well on offense, but I thought his energy was good,” Martin said. “I thought those guys played like they had been through league play before.”

— South Carolina next travels to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Scouting the Commodores

— Vanderbilt is 9-4 and 0-1 in conference play. The Commodores are led by Jerry Stackhouse, who has been the Commodores’ coach since 2019. The Commodores have played eight games at home this year and are 5-3 in those games.

— Vanderbilt has two players who are averaging double figure points per game and are led by junior guard Scotty Pippen Jr. He is averaging 18.4 ppg, which leads the SEC. Junior forward Jordan Wright is the other Commodore who averages double figures with 12.5 points per game.

— In the Commodores’ win against Arkansas, four players scored double figures. Pippen Jr. led the way with 22, sophomore guard Trey Thomas scored 15, Jordan Wright scored 12, and fifth- year senior guard Rodney Chatman scored 11. Vanderbilt also only had nine scholarship players available versus the Razorbacks.

Quotes

— “(Against Auburn) we did not run good offense, everything that we spoke about in the scouting report we didn’t do offensively in that middle portion of the first half where that separation took place. We didn’t play that way. We played selfishly, we held the ball, we tried to play one-on-one. We were passive with our cutting. We didn’t play with a presence at the rim, I thought we did a better job with that in the second half. Erik (Stevenson) made shots, but missing shots wasn’t the problem today.” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin on what went wrong in the game against Auburn

— “Excited about still building on the momentum that we had coming from the Hawaii trip. Now getting this first win on the road in league play is a good start for us but we’re still a work in progress and the most important thing is trying to get healthy.” -Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse on building off their momentum





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Bedford drug raids lead to five arrests following community tip-off


Five arrests were made yesterday (January 5) after drug raids in Bedford which followed a community tip-off about drug dealing.

More than 250 cannabis plants were seized during two separate Bedfordshire Police operations that were carried out in Bedford.

Officers from the Bedford community policing team had received information that drug dealing was happening at an address in Hurst Grove.

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They worked with the force’s Boson guns and gangs unit and executed a warrant at the address on Wednesday morning (January 5), arresting five people and seizing hundreds of pounds worth of suspected heroin.

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Five men from Bedford were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, with two of the men also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a shop respectively.

All five currently remain in police custody. Searches were subsequently carried out at five further addresses, with cash and phones being seized.

In a separate operation on Wednesday morning, police also recovered more than 250 cannabis plants from an address in Needwood Road, Bedford.

Detective Inspector Ali Whitworth said: “These two significant operations in a single day are part of our ongoing efforts to stop the supply of drugs onto the streets of Bedfordshire.

“Wherever we find drugs, we find further crime that damages the fabric of our communities. In these operations alone we have made further arrests in connection to thefts, while drugs can be the driver for anything from knife crime to the exploitation of children.

“We will keep disrupting drug dealers and stop those looking to make money from the illegal drugs trade.”

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Inspector Ed Finn from the Bedford community policing team added: “This represents significant disruption to what we suspect was a very active drugs supply line.

“This is a great example of how our hard working community officers have built community confidence in the area, encouraged people to come forward with information and then taken effective action.

“Every single piece of information the police get goes into our systems and can help us build up a picture of organised crime. We need people to keep telling us things so we can take action and keep everyone in our communities safe.”

Bedfordshire Police said that if you have concerns about drug dealing then you can report this online or by calling 101.

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UNC Women’s Basketball at NC State: How to Watch, Cord-Cutting Options and Tip-Off Time


The No. 19 UNC women’s basketball team will face its toughest test of the season Thursday night, as the Tar Heels travel to Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh to face No. 5 NC State. The Wolfpack are the back-to-back defending ACC tournament champions and earned a No. 1 seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament. However, the Tar Heels have split the season series with NC State each of the past three seasons, and earned a win in Reynolds during the 2018-19 campaign.

If you aren’t making the trip to Raleigh, here’s how to follow along at home:

Broadcast Schedule

Those hoping to listen on the radio with Matt Krause on the call can do so at 97.9 FM and 1360 AM, or by streaming the radio broadcast on Chapelboro.com.

97.9 The Hill’s radio coverage of the game will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Tar Heel Sports Network’s pregame coverage. The game will tip-off at 8 p.m.

All of these broadcasts will be available live on the radio or by streaming on Chapelboro.com.

TV Schedule

The game will be broadcast on ACC Network. Television coverage will start with tip-off at 8 p.m. As of today, DirecTV, Xfinity, Dish Network and Spectrum all carry ACC Network.

What if I don’t have cable?

A live stream will be available on ESPN’s online platforms. Additionally, several cord-cutting options carry ACC Network.

YouTube TV prices at $65/month and carries all of ESPN’s channels, including ACC Network.

Hulu TV also goes for $70/month and includes all of ESPN’s channels, but does not carry MLB Network, NBA TV or NFL Red Zone.

Sling TV is the cheapest at $46/month for the Orange + Sports Extra package. Make sure to avoid Sling Blue, as that package does not carry ESPN.

 

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Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets – NBA (1/5/22) | Tip-Off, How to Watch


Dare I say it, the Detroit Pistons are on a winning streak.

That’s right, Detroit Basketball is undefeated in the New Year, and they will look to keep that trend going on Wednesday when they travel south to take on the Charlotte Hornets.

Going into Milwaukee on Monday night, the Pistons were going to have their hands full against the defending champion Bucks. However, with the return of Cade Cunningham, and another great game from Saddiq Bey, Detroit put together another great second half. They outscored Milwaukee 54-48 to help come away with a 115-106 victory, snapping the Bucks’ six-game win streak.

Once again, Bey led the floor, this time scoring 34 points, with Josh Jackson coming off the bench to put up 24. Cunningham scored a respectable 19 points in his return to the lineup. The win marks the first time Detroit has won back-to-back games since March of last season. It also pushes the Pistons out of the cellar, now 1.5 games up on the Orlando Magic.

Currently right on the edge of the Eastern Conference playoff bubble sits the Hornets. Coming into Wednesday at 19-19, Charlotte has lost back-to-back games after winning three-straight around Christmas. A win will put them back over the Washington Wizards, who are in seventh, while they are two games back of the Philadelphia 76ers, who are sixth in the conference.

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What: NBA Basketball

Who: Detroit Pistons (7-28) vs. Charlotte Hornets (19-19)

When: Wednesday, January 5

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, N.C.)

Channel: Bally Sports Detroit

Stream: DirecTV Stream

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Warrior boys claim crown at own tip-off tournament | Sports


It took the Gettysburg High School boys basketball team a mere two days to accomplish what it couldn’t do in a whole year — earn a second victory.

Thanks to their scintillating 61-59 verdict over Lancaster Mennonite in the Tip-off Tournament title tilt on the home hardwood on Saturday night, the Warriors (2-0) doubled their win total from last season. Marc McLean’s club got balanced scoring again.

Tournament MVP Trenton Ramirez-Keller was held to 12 points but drilled crucial free throws at crunch time. Fellow seniors Mike Hankey and Brandon Myers took turns sharing the offensive load as Hankey tallied 13 points in the first half and Myers knocked down all 14 of his points after intermission.

“I didn’t care about not scoring in the second half,” said Hankey. “We won the game and that is all that matters. We got a little spoiled when we went 20-0 (in the regular season) as sophomores. Last year we learned we have to put in the work. We have and our defense is ten times better than it was then. You could see the results of our effort. On offense, it can be anyone’s night. We’re not just a one-man show — we’re a team. We find whoever has it going.”

Myers returned to the team this season after a two-year hiatus to pursue employment and academic pursuits. His eight fourth-quarter points proved decisive.

“It’s amazing to be playing again,” said Myers. “I’ve never been happier. I think we’re going to have a great season. This is just the start.”

The Blazers were led by Camden Hurst, a first team all-state selection a year ago who went off for 35 points, had four steals and drained a cool 12 of 13 at the stripe.

“We gave up a lot to him but held everyone else pretty much in check,” said Gettysburg head coach Marc McLean of the worthy opponent. “It’s not the most ideal way (to win) but it worked out.”

Both squads started cold. Hurst got the guests on the board with a baby hook and Hankey replied with a baseline jumper. Consecutive buckets by Jaedon Mast stretched LM’s edge. Hankey scored inside and Hurst added a reverse layup and a pair of freebies to make it 10-4.

Sixth man Josh Herr took a nice feed from Ethan Wagner and canned a hoop. Hankey followed with a trey and the hosts trimmed the deficit to 10-9. After a pair of deuces in the paint by the Blazers, Herr feathered a triple from the top of the key and the Warriors were within 14-12 after one period of play.

Wagner and Herr collaborated again to start the second stanza and the clubs were tied. Hurst notched seven of his team’s dozen in the frame as the Warrior defense intensified. Hankey buried a couple of bombs and Herr scored again as the home team took a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

Herr, a sophomore, had nine off the pine in the half and finished with a career-best baker’s dozen.

“He’s someone we can rely on,” said Myers.

Added Hankey, “He stepped up as part of our next-man-up philosophy. He has a bright future.”

Early in the third, Myers’ two-pointer off a steal by Ian McLean gave Gettysburg its largest lead to that point, 36-29. Hurst carried the Blazers (1-1), notching 12 in the period. His personal 9-0 jag propelled Lancaster Mennonite back on top, 38-36, but Herr’s old-school 3-point play put the Warriors up for good, 41-40.

Ramirez-Keller massaged a pair of triples to start the fourth quarter to make it 50-42. When the Blazers battled back within a bucket with nine seconds left, R-K splashed both attempts from the line to assure the victory.

“Things got a little tight in the last two minutes but we pulled it out,” said Coach McLean. “We need to be confident but not arrogant. It’s not like we won a state championship, but we found a way to win. Now we have to keep working.”

Wagner joined Ramirez-Keller on the all-tourney roster. The senior center had only three points but snagged a team high 10 boards and protected the rim with four blocked shots.

“He’s re-made his body and gained 30 pounds of muscle since last year,” McLean said of Wagner. “Ethan does things that don’t always show up in the scorebook. He plays great defense, he rebounds and he runs to exhaustion. He’s a prime example of the benefits of having a weight room.”

Shippensburg claimed the consolation crown with a 69-45 triumph over New Oxford. Idriz Ahmentovic (11), Aden Stausbaugh (10) and Brittyn Eakins (9) combined for 30 points for the Colonials.

The Warriors travel to West York Tuesday before returning home against Littlestown on Wednesday.

Lancaster Mennonite 14 12 16 17 — 59

Gettysburg 12 18 13 16 — 61

Lancaster Mennonite (59): David Weaver 1 0-0 2, Savier Sumrall 5 0-0 11, Declan Hersh 1 0-0 2, Camden Hurst 10 12-13 35, Jaedon Mast 4 1-4 9. Non-scorers: David Shell, Broden King, Jaydn Taylor. Totals: 21 13-17 59.

Gettysburg (61): Brandon Myers 6 2-3 14, Mike Hankey 5 0-0 13, Trenton Ramirez-Keller 4 2-2 12, Ian McLean 2 2-2 6, Ethan Wagner 1 1-2 3, Josh Herr 5 2-3 13. Non-scorer: Chris Boone. Totals: 23 9-12 61

3-pointers: LM — Hurst 3, Sumrall; G — Hankey 3, Ramirez-Keller 2, Herr.

New Oxford 7 14 13 11 — 45

Shippensburg 8 2 23 14 — 69

New Oxford (45): Jett Moore 0 3-7 3, Idriz Ahmetovic 3 4-8 11, Nick Calvo-Perez 1 2-2 4, Brittyn Eakins 3 2-4 9, Aden Strausbaugh 4 0-0 10, Brennan Holmes 3 0-0 6, Holden Crabbs 0 2-2 4.. Non-scorers: David Moore, Wyatt Daniels, Joey Fuhrman, Graham Rex, Hunter Crabbs. Totals: 14 13-25 45

Shippensburg (69): Statum 5 1-2 11, Katar 2 0-0 5, Kissinger 1 0-0 2, Edey 1 0-1 2, Weller 3 0-0 7, Funk 3 1-2 7, Thomas 4 3-7 11, Michasluk 5 2-2 12, Smith 6 0-0 12. Totals: 30 7-14 69

3-pointers: NO-Ahmetovic, Eakins, Strausbaugh 2; S-Katar, Weller





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Big second quarter leads Chambersburg boys to Franklin County Tip-Off title


After a close first quarter, Chambersburg’s boys basketball team said enough was enough.

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Propelled by a 17-0 second-quarter run, the Trojans would end up with a blowout victory over James Buchanan in the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament championship Saturday, beating the Rockets 73-38.

Eli Shearer paced Chambersburg with 20 points, while Jai’tavius Kelly had 11.

Jayce Piper topped James Buchanan with 18 points.

Shearer was named Tournament MVP, while Jacob Bassham of the Trojans was named to the All-Tournament team.

Chambersburg is back on Tuesday night, when they travel to Cumberland Valley.

The Rockets travel to Waynesboro on Tuesday.

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Edwards’ 21 points leads Palmyra boys to Donegal Tip-Off title


Palmyra made the trip to Donegal hoping to come away from the Tip-Off Tournament 2-0, and thanks to a strong performance from Christopher Edwards, that’s exactly what they did.

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The Cougars won the Donegal Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday night, beating the Indians 51-47 in the championship game to move to 2-0 on the season.

Edwards led all scorers with 21 points, while Quinton Townsend had 9 for Palmyra.

Khalil Madsen topped Donegal with 16 points and Noah Rohrer had 11.

The Cougars travel to Lower Dauphin on Tuesday.

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Tipoff for UCLA-Marquette basketball game pushed back seven hours due to aircraft issue


MILWAUKEE — No. 4 UCLA‘s scheduled game Saturday at Marquettehas been pushed back seven hours due to an issue with the Bruins’ aircraft that forced a change in travel plans.

Both schools announced late Friday night via Twitterthat the game will take place Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game originally was scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.

Neither school provided any specifics regarding the issue with the aircraft.

The game will air on FS2. The game originally was scheduled to be broadcast on Fox.

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Tip-off for UCLA-Marquette basketball game pushed back seven hours due to aircraft issue


MILWAUKEE — No. 4 UCLA’s scheduled game Saturday at Marquette has been pushed back seven hours due to an issue with the Bruins’ aircraft that forced a change in travel plans.

Both schools announced late Friday night via Twitterthat the game will take place Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The game originally was scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m.

Neither school provided any specifics regarding the issue with the aircraft.

The game will air on FS2. The game originally was scheduled to be broadcast on Fox.

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