Another Big Win For Frank Martin

GAMECOCK HOOPS KNOCKS OFF TOP TEN OPPONENT || By FITSNEWS ||  Six weeks ago we wrote a post entitled “Yardstick Time.” In it, we opined that the University of South Carolina men’s basketball program needed to “show some real progress” under third-year head coach Frank Martin. Well guess what ……


|| By FITSNEWS ||  Six weeks ago we wrote a post entitled “Yardstick Time.” In it, we opined that the University of South Carolina men’s basketball program needed to “show some real progress” under third-year head coach Frank Martin.

Well guess what … it is.

After a rocky 2-3 start, Martin’s squad is headed into conference play on a tear.  On the heels of a blowout win over arch-rival Clemson last month, the Gamecocks have now won arguably their biggest game of the Martin era – and their first win over a Top Ten opponent since beating No. 1 Kentucky five years ago.

South Carolina upended No. 9 Iowa State 64-60 on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York – upsetting a program that reached the Sweet Sixteen last year before losing to eventual national champion Connecticut.

The Gamecocks (9-3, 0-0 SEC) held the Cyclones (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) to their lowest point total in nearly a year – limiting one of the nation’s hottest shooting teams to only 25.9 percent from the floor during the second half.  Iowa State also made just one of eighteen three-point field goals it attempted against South Carolina’s stingy defense.

Offensively, sophomore guard Duane Notice paced the Gamecocks with fifteen points – but it was the clutch play of slumping star Sindarius Thornwell that propelled South Carolina across the finish line against the Cyclones.

With the Gamecocks clinging to a two-point lead, Thornwell converted an old-fashioned three-point play with less than two minutes on the clock to put South Carolina up 61-56.  Moments later the Lancaster, S.C. native hit another clutch layup as the shot clock was expiring – putting the Gamecocks ahead 63-57.

The exclamation point?  A steal and converted free throw as Iowa State was attempting to tie the game on its next-to-last possession – icing the win for the Gamecocks.

Thornwell finished with thirteen points.  He also held Cyclones’ senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones – who entered the game averaging more than 15 points per contest – to only three points.

“He just needs the confidence to see that ball go through that basket,” Martin said after the game. “Making some of those shots down the stretch hopefully engages him offensively a little more.”

Indeed …

Thornwell is heating up at just the right time.  South Carolina – which is riding a seven-game winning streak – opens its conference slate this Wednesday (January 7) against the Florida Gators.

And yes, it’s safe to say Martin’s program has come a long way in the ten months since the Gators’ last visit to Colonial Life Arena.


Pic: Travis Bell Photography


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Flip Coscoe January 3, 2015 at 11:48 pm

I love it! The SEC has given up on football. It is now a basketball conference.

Slick Rick January 4, 2015 at 12:38 am


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grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

dont bother he is a resident troll and a proven liar..why waste your breath arguing with him..he is known as a a joke..him and Grand asshat

Flip Coscoe Sucks January 4, 2015 at 5:48 am

What an idiot you are.

No, genius. The SEC has not given up on football. Football is over for all but two teams, and now we move to basketball season.

Flip Coscoe January 4, 2015 at 7:53 am

Which two teams? :-)

a face in the crowd January 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Let’s see. The ACC’s record in bowls was 4-7. Pittsburgh gave up the biggest comeback in bowl history, and Oregon broke 10 records in blowing out Florida State in the Rose Bowl. A little humility, please.

Also, it seems to me that Martin has his basketball program moving in a positive direction. Can the same be said of other programs, especially the one blown off the court by UNC?

he is an idiot January 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Hell they got blown off the court by USC too. and FYI the SEC east was 5-0 in bowls including 2-0 over the ACC

Ray January 4, 2015 at 11:38 pm

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TontoBubbaGoldstein January 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

[Les (Winner of the coveted “Silver Sow Award”) Nesman voice]

Oooooooooooo….a sports post!!!

How ’bout dem Tigers!!

How ’bout dem Panthers!!

How ’bout dat SEC West?

Alice January 4, 2015 at 7:59 am

Is that Martin’s chimp impression?

Troll January 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

No……That’s a chimp doing a Frank Martin impression.

Squishy123 January 4, 2015 at 6:35 pm

How else do you expect him to communicate with his players?

Saluda Rapids January 4, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Good showing by your boys against UNC last night. Positive news is the game was at home and you don’t play in Chapel Hill this year. Maybe they can break that 57-game losing streak in 2016. Wow is that embarrassing.

Squishy123 January 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm

“my boys”, that would imply that I’m a Clemson fan. Sorry to disappoint you.

Toyota Kawaski January 6, 2015 at 8:57 am

looking good at BJU this year! You guys(?) should do well in the SCISA. That better?

you lie January 6, 2015 at 9:58 am


Diogenes January 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

His courtside demeanor has improved greatly over last year. He seemed to almost shrug off a Gamecock shot clock and a three second violation in the closing minutes last night. Maybe less ranting and raving has had a positive effect on team play.

Flip Coscoe January 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

He is Bob Huggins Jr. A melt down will occur at anytime.

Warner Bros. January 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Hacked again, dumbass?

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

Want to see FITS crap his pants?..

Frank Martin is 1,000% AGAINST Castro and Communism..and has NO delusions and warm fuzzies over Castro…like FITS and RonPaul suck off the Communist, while they HATE American Freedom Lovers because we are Conservatives…

Here is the info RE: Frank Martin, Communism and (the FITS-Paul Friendly) Castro…

“I hope I can go to my country one day to visit,” Lourdes Martin (Frank Martin’s mother) said this past week by telephone from Miami. “But not as long as Castro is there. I would never go back when Castro is there. I don’t think I would ever put my foot in that country as long as he is there.”

Frank Martin’s grandmother (on her dying bed) made Frank Martin promise he would never go to her native Cuba as long as Fidel Castro was alive. By accepting that vow from Frank Martin, his grandmother made certain the pain and suffering Castro’s Communist government inflicted on her family four decades earlier never would be forgotten.

“They lost everything they owned in Cuba because of the (Castro) regime,” Martin said of his late grandmother, speaking recently at Colonial Life Arena following a game by his South Carolina men’s basketball team.

You KNOW any TRUTH about Communism and denouncing of Castro really P!$$#S off FITS, his minions and Obama…

Suck it FITS…Cuba is NOT a Model for the US as you and RonPaul so desperately want us to believe….

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

ahhh the anal sex and sucking fetish rears its ugly head again..or should i say “head” dont want to get you all worked flip around to help you with your “research?”

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

ahhh…the so F*#king STUPID you cannot contribute to the political commentary on a political website, because you have been F*#ked in the @$$ so much because you’re an ignorant and vapid Dumb@$$$….

I guess if you’re an IDIOT, it’s a lot easier to just attack the people who are smarter than you…But no one is fooled. We all know you are just trying to cover what a F*#king leftwing, Communist, America-hating DOLT you are…right?

PS: Have a blessed day…LMAO….

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

even replying you go back to “sticking it in someones ass..” you make it too easy for me. ALL you do is attack people and ..tell them you should suck them off or stick up there ass..Maybe you can flip could start your own blog instead of trolling here all day? ooopsies forgot you tried that..LOLOLOLOL.

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Still no comment on FITS juxtaposing himself to Frank Martin in your support of Castro and Communism…Not surprised…

How is it to be so F*#king vapid, you cannot contribute anything of intellectual substance???

All you can do is wait for me to offer a premise, so you can feign validity by associating your ignorance with my ability to discuss political matter on a thoughtful level…

Unless someone leads you, and tells you what to say…you offer nothing but personal attack and an ability to show how stupid you are…

You pretty much represent the level of simpleton abundant in the Democrat Party. It’s why the voters reject you w/ a vengeance, when they figure out who, and what, you are…

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

I have never tolerated bullies yet alone dumbass ignorant bullies, hence why i call you on all your lies and insults..
As far as your great political discussions..(i cant even type that with a straight face..)

a few samples of your “ability to discuss political matter”

some SAMPLES of your contribution to society, none of these have been edited and all on one story alone:

” F*#king hard, we broke your face…you ignorant, America-hating F*#k….

Get used to it…when the new House is seated, We gone F*#k you up..Dumb@$$…I slap the S#!t out of you, and laugh while you’re crying…
they Slap the S#!* out of you imbeciles and laugh while you spit your teeth out…
brain-dead F*#ks that Ravenel and Ervin would shock the world…and the Ignorant B@$t@*ds – like you – bought into it…

When you saw reality, I bet you S#!* all over yourselves.

I own you – and FITS – B!t*h…now STFU and go back to trying to figure out how I kicked you in the @$$ this time…Dumb@$$….LMAO….”

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm

You just showed my using forceful language in making a point.

You STILL offer nothing in the way of content. Your TOTAL essence is attached to me, and what I say…….I mean every word of that. There is a substantial message to foolish liberals in it….

Face it: you’re just a Dumb@$$. And I have no problem w/ that. I just hate the ignorant and mindless running their mouths. That’s why you hate me. Liberals will pat you on the head and tell you how smart you are…because they know you’ll vote for their destructive policies if they pander to you…

I tell you the truth about yourself..and you S#!t all over yourself when I tell you the truth….Admit that, and you may be able to begin to grow up a little.

E Norma Scok January 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm

“forceful language”…funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

You really can’t be like this in real life. This must be a parody.

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

i love gt and want to be him and love his stuff.i am so fucking stupid that i bought a dress from boz that he said he wore to his prom at mb high school.

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I dont hate you..i truly feel sorry for you, anyone who comes to a site daily to make a total ass out of themselves, to be a semi professional troll who gets no respect, no one on this site values your comments except Flip and you two are prob the same troll, i mean you are so full of hate and flat out lies that is a parody of yourself….just look at the response you get daily on a site you so hate so much, but you troll daily all day, its truly sad. You define pathetic.

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

You side w/ FITS….LMAO…And did you look at the election results…DUMB-@$$….????

Your instincts to only to attack me are 100% valid…but how much F*#king good did it do you, Ravenel, Ervin or FITS…????…

I’m just glad you are that F*#king stupid. That’s good for the country…It makes it easier for us contributors…

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

ive never supported King D-Bag Ravenel but that is your shtick isnt just make up wild shit about people to justify your behavior. Truly you need to seek some help.

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

So you support Graham????

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

i voted for jfk,johnson,carter,mondale,clinton,gore and obama…i love stalin.mao,lenin and hitler…isis should have a football team and fits is part jewish and warren is part cherokee…i love em…i am pathetic piece of shit that is hated by my ex and my boyfriend however i jhave obamacare,ebt card and my old trading stamps…

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Stupidity is not a crime. And I’d admire your honesty. Most FITS minions lie about who, and what they are…

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:41 pm

i feel like we know each other…i am rocky when the crack pipe comes out…drink my 40 with my crack and i am grandtangosuglydog…i become Deo when i watch gomer pyle.

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm

At least you admit you change handles. Most of the FITS-Minions do it…but lie about who and what you are.

Healing only comes w/ being honest. Hopefully you can begin the process and clean your life up…I’ll keep you in my prayers…

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

uhh the truth like Obama invaded Afghanistan (you literally thought he invaded Afghanistan) , hes a Muslim etc..that kinda truth?

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Correction. I tolerated bullies one time hence why I am offended that you are so smart and I am an idiot that is homeless and lives with my mother.I use your name on here cause my mother used to have a grand tango with our pit bull and he was ugly. No offense…it just fucked me up in the head, if you know what I mean.Did you like Eddie Haskel or Festus the best on tvland. I liked Festus…he had whiskers like moms old ugly dog.

Limp French Fries January 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Taking a break from that new Hardee’s gig, Tango? You get a discount on them burgers? Bigger question: Do you still get the same Medicaid payouts now that you’re employed?

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

i was blessed and stole 139 dollars from offering today…god is good and i am drunk…tipped bus driver 5 dollars and had him stop at circle k for slurpee and 2 cases of milwaukke ice…i am smoked…

grandtangosuglydog January 4, 2015 at 7:01 pm

i see things differently now and thank you gt…coach martin is a man and rand paul, like fits and rands daddy hate israel and love communists…i may drunk but i know truth…

Saluda Rapids January 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Happy New Year, Nostradumass. You have ushered 2015 in your usual fashion: dead wrong. Lorenzo Ward is still the Gamecocks DC and Cam Newton has as many playoffs wins as shitty-armed Tim Tebow. You have to change the name of your “blog.” You are just as bad with your sports commentary as you are with your political nonsense.

GrandTango January 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Did I say Lo would be fired…idiot???…And you are bragging about Cam Newton…and when did I say he’d lose a playoff game????

Not sure if you are more of a liar..or a Dumb@$$???…LMAO, but you are a typical just make up stuff to keep from looking so Stupid…Hahahaha…

It may be why all your politicians seem to lose so much, after you and FITS tell us how well you are doing in the polls.

Gary January 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

As a USC fan, I am thrilled with what Frank has done with the program thus far. We still have to do well in the conference, but I like our chances of doing that more and more.

Scooter January 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Stay tuned. It is not going to get any better. Not with the Mad Man down there.

FastEddy23 January 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm Reply
Todd January 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Frank Martin says “fuck” a lot.

Scooter January 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

That is the ignoramus middle name. An embarrassment to the state. Like we needed another one.

Toyota Kawaski January 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

dont let me see u at the CLA on Wednesday Fits!


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