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South Carolina, Martin want to be physical hoops team again

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, South Carolina coach Frank Martin talks to players...
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, South Carolina coach Frank Martin talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Martin thinks he’s bounced back from the worst season of his career. He believes his Gamecocks are ready for the same thing this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)(L.G. Patterson | AP)
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 11:25 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin has bounced back after the worst basketball season of his career.

He believes his Gamecocks are ready to do the same thing on the court. Martin had COVID-19 twice in the past 18 months, the second time in January as he missed stretches of the disjointed season. The Gamecocks finished 6-15 and just 4-12 in the Southeastern Conference with Martin’s future in doubt. But Martin received a new contract and feels healthy entering the new season.

Martin believes his Gamecocks are ready to play the same physical, competitive brand of basketball when they enjoyed success.

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