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South Carolina is one of the biggest surprises of the young college basketball season. Cheap Rockets Jerseys Authentic .The Gamecocks are 6-0 and coming off back-to-back impressive wins over Michigan and Syracuse. They beat both the Wolverines and the Orange by double digits behind stout defensive efforts.South Carolina entered the AP Poll at No. 20 this week. Still, Gamecocks coach Frank Martin knows his team has its hands full Thursday, when the scrappy Vermont Catamounts visit Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.(Being) 6-0 doesnt help you win No. 7 in any way, shape or fashion, Martin said. So weve got our work cut out for us. Vermont is a very good basketball team.Like the Gamecocks, Vermont (6-2) is off to a solid start to the season. The Catamounts only two defeats came against Providence and Houston. They are coming off a 67-65 win over Yale that followed a 72-71 loss to Houston in the Gulf Coast Showcase final Nov. 23 at Estero, Fla.Its just heartbreaking to lose like that, Vermont coach John Becker told the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press after the game. Weve won our fair share, but it hurts right now.Vermont features a balanced offensive attack, led by junior forward Payton Henson, who is one of three Catamounts averaging in double figures at 13.5 points per game.The Catamounts rank in the top 25 in the nation in rebounds and assists.Martin is familiar with Vermonts program through his time spent coaching Northeastern in the American East Conference.They were just impossible to beat, very disciplined basketball, Martin said of the Catamounts. (Its) a very, very hard game to play, especially coming off the two we just played.Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell leads the Gamecocks, averaging 20.0 points per game, third best in the Southeastern Conference. Senior guard Duane Notice and sophomore guard PJ Dozier are also key contributors on a South Carolina offense averaging 75.5 points per game.Dozier had a big game in the win over Syracuse, scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and recording three steals. He is tied for the SEC lead in steals.The Gamecocks are winning with defense, though. They held both Michigan and Syracuse to less than 51 points last week. Louisiana Tech, in the first game of the season, is the only team to put up 70 on South Carolina.The Gamecocks also got off to a hot start last season and finished with a school-record 24 wins. Yet, South Carolina lost three of its last four games and was left out of the NCAA TournamentThat is why Martin says this years 6-0 start is nice, but nothing really matters until the end.Everything is about being in the right place in March as a basketball team, Martin said at his weekly press conference. I hope we get there.In order to play into March, Martin says his players cant start believing that they have it made.I dont want my guys wrapped up in that. I want them to approach things as were still the nobodys, he said. We have to stay on edge, have to stay on point.While Vermont has a reputation as a dangerous underdog, the Catamounts have not beaten a ranked team since 2007, when they knocked off then-No. 14 Boston College.The Thursday game will be the second all-time meeting between South Carolina and Vermont. The teams played in 1979, with the Gamecocks winning 66-65. Cheap Swingman Rockets Jerseys . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Cheap Rockets Jerseys . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. DETROIT -- Andrew Romine came feet first, then Jose Iglesias dove in with his left arm sweeping across the plate.Both Detroit runners were safe on close plays at home in the seventh inning, helping the Tigers rally for an important win.Were good sliders, Romine joked afterward.Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler homered, and the Tigers scored two runs in the seventh on those slides at the plate in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Detroit pulled within a game of Baltimore for the American Leagues second wild card.With the Tigers down 2-1 in the seventh, Romine walked and Iglesias hit a double to the corner in left field. Romine was waved around, and he made it home right as the relay was arriving. Catcher Kurt Suzuki had to move to his left to catch the throw, and he lunged back as Romine stretched his left leg toward the plate.He was called safe, and the run stood after a review. Iglesias moved up to third on the play at home.For me, that was the most important play of the whole thing, Iglesias said. Read the ball and get to third base on that.Kinsler flied out to center, Iglesias tagged up, and Suzuki had to reach to his right this time to receive Byron Buxtons throw home. Iglesias reached his left arm toward the plate and scored to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.Shane Greene (4-4) got the win in relief, and Bruce Rondon worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth. Cabreras homer in the bottom of the eighth gave Detroit an insurance run.Francisco Rodriguez walked two in the ninth but held on for his 41st save in 45 chances.Brian Dozier hit his 40th homer, and Suzuki also went deep for the Twins.Alex Wimmers (1-2) took the loss.Daniel Norris struck out a career-high 11 in 6 1/3 innings for the Tiggers. Cheap Rockets Jerseys China. . Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with his 26th homer of the season, but solo shots by Dozier and Suzuki gave the Twins a 2-1 lead.Cabreras home run was his 32nd of the year.Ervin Santana allowed one run and three hits in five innings for the Twins. He was lifted after throwing 95 pitches.I felt great, but I was at 95 pitches so if anyone gets on, Im out of the game, Santana said. It made more sense to start the inning with a fresh arm.SLUGGERDozier extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He now has 33 home runs in his last 76 games and is the second Minnesota player to reach 40 in a season. Harmon Killebrew was the other. He did it most recently in 1970.Im sure when the season is over, it will mean a lot more, but I just wish this was happening in (first-place) Clevelands position or Detroits position, where we were making a run, Dozier said. Were still looking at losing 100 games. ... That takes something away from this.QUALITY STARTNorris allowed two runs and five hits, throwing a season-high 106 pitches. This equaled his longest start of 2016, innings-wise. He also went 6 1/3 against the Twins on Aug. 25.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 3B Miguel Sano left the game in the seventh with lower back tightness.Tigers: LF Justin Upton came out at the beginning of the fourth with a left calf strain.UP NEXTTwins: Minnesota sends RHP Kyle Gibson (5-9) to the mound Tuesday night in the second game of this four-game series.Tigers: LHP Matt Boyd (5-3) starts for Detroit. He won his previous two starts against Minnesota this season.---Follow Noah Trister at Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '