We warned you about this winning phenomenon that was about to sweep over SECJams on Mondays. There are a lot of factors we consider before giving out this award each week. They include the following; magnitude of the story, the impact on the community, the impact to the university, and most importantly did the program, university, or person WIN.

This week’s WINNING will go to Columbia, South Carolina and the Gamecocks. On Wednesday January 25th, the South Carolina men’s basketball team got their first SEC win over the Alabama Crimson tide in dramatic fashion. The Cocks were deemed the worst team in the SEC by the site in previous weeks, and caught the Tide at the right time on a big losing streak. They did follow up the win with a respectable showing at Ole Miss as well on Saturday, but ended up losing the game by four.

It was a matchup of two struggling teams in conference play. Alabama came in to the game losing three straight, and South Carolina came in with four straight losses to open league play. It was the first time in 13 years that the Gamecocks have opened league play 0-4. It has been a season of halves for the Gamecocks. They have played the good teams really close, and had a chance to beat Ohio State earlier in the year.

Wednesday was Bruce Ellington’s night as he drove down the lane and split two defenders and banked in the game winning shot with 1.4 seconds left, to give the Gamecocks their first SEC win of the season 56-54. The sophomore from South Carolina finished the game with 12 points, and played one of his better games of the season.

It was forwards Malik Cooke who led the Cocks with 18 points and Damontre Harris with 12 points. The senior Cooke has been very hot and cold all season but has put together two great games in the Cocks last two outings having 18 against the Tide and 17 against the Rebels. Harris on the other hand needs to step up like he did in this game for the Gamecocks to keep winning games. The sophomore averages only 6.7 points per game, and has struggled at times by getting in foul trouble and limiting his minutes in the process.

The Gamecocks might have turned a corner on their season, and we will find out soon enough as they take on the Florida Gators in Gainesville on Thursday February 2nd. As for now, the Gamecocks are deemed WINNERS as the picked up their first SEC win of the season on a struggling Crimson Tide team.