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South Carolina-Tennessee basketball: Gamecocks to face rare top-ranked test ...


South Carolina hasn't enjoyed a positive history when playing the nation's top-ranked team, and that's the rare scenario facing the Gamecocks when Tennessee visits on Tuesday.


The Gamecocks' lone win in 13 previous tries against a team ranked atop the AP Poll came in 2010 against Kentucky.


The familiarity with Tennessee, a team that swept last year's two-game series by a combined 10 points, takes away a bit of the anxiousness that can accompany playing the nation's No.


"Teams have a chance to continue to build their resume, but I can tell you going to South Carolina it wouldn't matter if we were unranked.


After early losses to the likes of Stony Brook and Wyoming, Martin has been pleased with the improvement his team has shown since the start of conference play.


He believes winning the Jan. 5 conference opener at Florida instilled a confidence in his players that has carried forward.






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