COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin hopes the new found experience and depth finally brings the Gamecocks some wins.
Martin and the Gamecocks have struggled his first two years in charge, 28-38 overall and 9-27 in the Southeastern Conference. He believes his program is turning the corner, especially with how the Gamecocks finished a year ago with four victories in their final six games - including a 72-67 win over national runner-up Kentucky.
Martin had little choice but rely on untested players these past two season, including eight newcomers a year ago. The changes at practice, are dramatic, Martin said, with 12 of the 14 players on the roster who been through the coach's system.