South Carolina Signee Says Gamecocks will “Bury” No. 1 Vols

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    South Carolina certainly isn’t lacking in confidence as they head into their match-up with No. 1 Tennessee on Tuesday night in Columbia.

    The Gamecocks (10-9, 5-1 SEC) got off to a rough start in basketball this year, dropping seven of their first 12 games in non-conference play. And South Carolina wasn’t losing to powerhouses in college basketball either; their losses were mostly against teams like Wofford, Wyoming, and Stony Brook.

    But since South Carolina has entered SEC play, they’ve been a different team.

    South Carolina started off conference play with four-straight victories before losing in a blowout on the road against LSU. They’re now 5-1 against SEC competition, and they own two wins over ranked opponents in No. 14 Mississippi State and No. 16 Auburn.

    Now, they’re hoping to add a third ranked opponent to their list of victories when No. 1 Tennessee (18-1, 6-0) comes to town.

    The Gamecocks have already sold out Tuesday night’s match-up against the Vols, and one of their more prominent recruits in football is hyping up the contest.

    Ryan Hilinski is a four-star quarterback and top-100 overall prospect who signed with the Gamecocks in the 2019 recruiting class in football. He’s already enrolled at South Carolina, and he’s already becoming a fan favorite before he’s even set foot on the football field. He was featured in a video on Twitter asking Gamecock fans to participate in a “blackout” on Tuesday night, claiming that South Carolina will “bury” the Vols and adding that “you wear black to a funeral.”

    Tennessee is currently riding a 14-game winning streak on the season, and they’ve beaten South Carolina two-straight times. The Gamecocks have won two of the last three contests in Columbia when these two teams have met, however. And the Gamecocks hold a 16-15 edge all-time in Columbia.

    But overall, the Vols have mostly dominated South Carolina in basketball.

    The Vols own a 44-27 all-time record against South Carolina in men’s basketball, and that includes a 34-23 mark since South Carolina joined the SEC. At one point, Tennessee had beaten the Gamecocks 15-straight times starting in January of 2008 through January of 2015.

    No. 1 Tennessee and South Carolina will tip-off at 6:30 PM Eastern on Tuesday, January 29th.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.