SEC Basketball: Gamecocks and Hogs Share SEC Player of the Week

SEC Basketball teams South Carolina and Arkansas shared the SEC Player of the Week honors in the final week of regular season basketball.

For the final regular season week of basketball season, two SEC basketball teams shared the honor of SEC Player of the Week.

South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Arkansas’s Daniel Gafford were Co-SEC Players of the Week after their performances last week.

Silva averaged 23 points, and 13.5 rebounds in the two Gamecock wins. Despite being a senior, this is his first SEC weekly honor of Silva’s career.

Against Texas A&M he made 8-of-9 shots, 22 points, 17 boards, and went 4-of-4 from the arc. According to South Carolina’s website, the four three-pointers and 17 boards were career highs for Silva.

In the second game of the week and on Senior night, he scored 24 points, ten rebounds, and three steals.

The two double-doubles were Silva’s 10th and 11th of the season.

Silva led the way in the Gamecocks two wins which ultimately gave South Carolina the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Gafford averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds against Vanderbilt and Alabama. He led the Razorbacks to the two victories which moved Arkansas up to the No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Against Vanderbilt, he scored 20 points and made 8-of-11 shots from the floor. Gafford added four block shots and four rebounds. Then against the Crimson Tide, he completed 11-of-17 shots scoring 29 points.

Gafford brought down 16 boards as well giving him his 10th double-double on the season.  According to the Arkansas website, the 16 rebounds were a career high for Gafford.

He added two steals and two assists in the game against Alabama.  Gafford became the third player in the NCAA this season to produce those kinds of numbers in a game.

This honor is the second time this season Gafford earned SEC Player of the Week. The first time was back on Nov. 15 when he scored a then career-high 27 points and 12 boards in a win against Indiana.

SEC Basketball heads into postseason play with the tournament beginning March 13 with two games. The first being Georgia and Missouri at 7:00 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt and Texas A&M at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Arkansas faces Florida on Thursday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET.  South Carolina has a double bye for the tournament and will play for the first time on Friday, March 15. Tournament play will continue until Sunday, March 17 where a team will be crowned SEC champ.

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