South Carolina coach Frank Martin said he would be worried about Wednesday’s matchup with Alabama if the Crimson Tide ended up winning the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday night.
“That title atmosphere plus Alabama being a good basketball team has the likings of a bear trap on Wednesday,” Martin said on Monday.
Not only did Alabama win the championship, but Martin’s instincts were dead-on. The Crimson Tide thumped Martin’s previously undefeated Gamecocks 73-50 on Wednesday night in Coleman Coliseum.
“Bad day at the office,” Martin said according to The State’s David Cloninger. “I kind of saw it coming.”
The No. 19 Gamecocks are now 15-1 and lost their perfect season in ugly fashion. They shot 35.8 percent from the field, including a paltry 3-of-18 from long distance, and turned the ball over 18 times. South Carolina never led in the game and senior forward Michael Carrera had a hard time describing what happened in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Offensively and defensively we played awful,” Carrera said according to Cloninger. “I really don’t know what to say.”
The Gamecocks won’t have to say much, but will need to rebound quickly as they begin a string of three games in seven days starting on Saturday when they host Missouri. South Carolina’s dream start crashed to a nightmarish ending, but junior forward Sindarius Thornwell said this loss to Alabama could be a much needed wake up call.
“Tomorrow, we get back to work,” Thornwell said according toCloninger. “We needed this. We all did.”