S. Carolina meets Northern Iowa in Mexico

South Carolina (4-2) vs. Northern Iowa (6-1)

Cancun Challenge – Riviera Division , Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina is set to take on Northern Iowa in a postseason game at Mexico’s Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Northern Iowa lost 60-55 to West Virginia in its most recent game, while South Carolina came up short in a 70-47 game against Wichita State in its last outing.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: AJ Lawson is averaging 15.2 points to lead the way for the Gamecocks. Jair Bolden is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of 10 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Panthers have been led by AJ Green, who is averaging 12.1 points.ACCURATE AJ: Lawson has connected on 31.3 percent of the 32 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 31 over his last five games. He’s also made 77.1 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Gamecocks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Panthers. Northern Iowa has 39 assists on 91 field goals (42.9 percent) over its previous three outings while South Carolina has assists on 39 of 72 field goals (54.2 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Northern Iowa has committed a turnover on just 17 percent of its possessions this season, which is the top rate among all MVC teams. The Panthers have turned the ball over only 11.3 times per game this season.