South Carolina Basketball: 5 players Gamecocks don't want to see in SEC Tournament

South Carolina basketball has a few players that they would like to avoid seeing in the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee wing Dalton Knecht when the Vols lost to South Carolina basketball back in January.
Tennessee wing Dalton Knecht when the Vols lost to South Carolina basketball back in January. / Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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5 Players South Carolina Basketball Wants to Avoid in Nashville
Auburn Tigers Forwards Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams

Yes, this is cheating, but the Gamecocks do not want to see the forward duo that plays for head coach Bruce Pearl. Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams both have All-SEC chances this season, and Broome is a candidate for SEC Player of the Year.

When Carolina matched up with Auburn in Neville Arena a couple of weeks ago, things did not go well for the visiting Gamecocks. Broome and Williams were the top performers in that game, and their abilities to play inside-out played a large part in South Carolina's defensive struggles that night.

Of the Gamecocks' post players, only Collin Murray-Boyles has proven to be a good defender in space. That spells disaster when the majority of Auburn's time on the court has two bigs who can score from all three levels.

Another matchup between these two teams likely would not be an embarrassing beatdown like the first, but beating them would require the Gamecocks to match up well in a way that doesn't fit the strengths of their roster. It certainly could happen, but avoiding Broome, Williams, and the rest of the War Eagle family shouldn't hurt Gamecock fans' feelings.

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