Gamecocks ready for UVA game plan ahead of meeting

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- When Virginia steps on the floor in Columbia, South Carolina Wednesday night, it will be the 50th all-time meeting between the former ACC rivals.

It will be the first meeting since a 74-67 South Carolina win in the first round of the 2002 NIT. Since then, the Wahoos have become known for the packline defense under Tony Bennett, but this season, the Wahoos offense is taking on a new form.

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin knows what to expect against Virginia, a long game with long possessions for both teams.

"We have to be disciplined defensively to be sure we don't give up those free throw opportunities or layups early in the clock. And if they do get it late in the clock, then you better be sure when they miss those shots late in the clock, that you rebound it, because if not, you're going to rebound for another 30 seconds. Then offensively, you've got to make shots against them."

The Wahoos have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted -- 128-116. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are out shooting opponents 39.1%-27% from three point range.

Virginia is holding opponents to 51.2 points per game this season.