Coming off impressive wins against quality ranked opponents in Michigan and Syracuse, the South Carolina men’s basketball team leaped into the AP top-25 poll at No. 20 on Monday, Nov. 28.

Next up for the 6-0 Gamecocks are nonconference games against Vermont and Florida International this week. First up is a contest at Colonial Life Arena on Thursday, Dec. 1, against the Catamounts of Vermont, a team that knows how to get to the postseason.

In five seasons as head coach, Vermont’s John Becker has recorded five 20-win seasons and five postseason berths, including a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012 where the Catamounts won a game. The great tradition of Vermont basketball extends past the tenure of Becker, and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is very familiar with that team from his days as an assistant coach at Northeastern.

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