They will play hard for first-year coach Darrin Horn.
Although they don't have any new recruits coming in for 2008, they still have basically the same pieces that led them to 6 SEC wins last year. They beat Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, and Arkansas. That's only one victory over an SEC East team, but they went into Tennessee and played them very close, losing by only 2 points.
Add to their strong guard play the emergence of Mike Holmes, and the Gamecocks could be tough.