South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks' next home game moving times and networks

South Carolina basketball's next home game (against the Florida Gators) is changing tip-off times and networks.

South Carolina basketball forward BJ Mack
South Carolina basketball forward BJ Mack / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina basketball fans are hoping their favorite team can bounce back after a tough 0-2 week last week with two winnable road games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. The matchups with the Rebels and the Aggies will be tough, but the Gamecocks are talented enough to shift the developing narrative around them that they are "fading" or "slipping" after a strong start to the season.

Lamont Paris' team is 21-5 on the season and 9-4 in SEC play, so their resume has them in line to make the NCAA Tournament barring a disastrous finish to the season. After playing Ole Miss and A&M, the Gamecocks will return home for a very important game against another NCAA Tournament hopeful.

The Florida Gators are scheduled to be in Columbia for a 1:00 tip off on the SEC Network on Saturday, March 2nd. Or, at least, they were scheduled to be in Columbia then. According to a release from the University of South Carolina, ESPN has picked up the rivalry game to its primary station, and the game time is shifting.

Now, South Carolina basketball will face off with the Florida Gators at 12:00 on Saturday, March 2nd, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. The game can still be found on the ESPN app.

The move means that Lamont Paris and Todd Golden will put their teams on the floor in front of more eyes, something that could be a factor when Selection Sunday comes around in the middle of March. A win over Florida with a big audience could go a long way in Carolina's seeding in the Big Dance.

As it stands, the Saturday tilt could play a big role in SEC Tournament seeding, too. The Gamecocks are .5-game ahead of Florida in the SEC standings as the Gators are 8-4 in the league.

South Carolina basketball is off during the mid-week this week before traveling to Ole Miss on Saturday and Texas A&M next Wednesday.

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