South Carolina Basketball: Keys to the Gamecocks winning the SEC Tournament

The SEC Tournament begins on Wednesday. How could South Carolina basketball bring home the trophy?

South Carolina basketball point guard Ta'Lon Cooper
South Carolina basketball point guard Ta'Lon Cooper / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball's Keys to Success in the SEC Tournament:
3-point shooting

Even though Lamont Paris' team runs a slower style of offense, they fire up a lot of shots from behind the 3-point arc. On the season, 42% of the Gamecocks' shot attempts from the floor are 3-pointers, and nearly 40% of their total points (free throws included) come via perimeter jumpers.

On the season, the Gamecocks are 22-2 in contests in which they cash in on at least 7 3-pointers. They are 3-4 in games in which the make 6 or fewer.

Their deliberate offense kills enough clock to help out the defense, as well. The garnet and black perimeter defense gives up under 18 3-point attempts per game, while every other team in the league gives up at least 20 shots from outside.

Defending the 3-point line will be key for the CourtCocks as they are just 4-3 in games in which an opponent makes 8 or more downtown heaves. In contrast, they are 21-3 when they hold foes to 7 or fewer makes.

As it so often is in the modern game of basketball, the perimeter could be the determiner for USC in Nashville.