Frank Martin and the Gamecocks begin 2013 practice

Frank Martin and the Gamecocks opened practice for the 2013 campaign Monday.

COLUMBIA (WACH)- There's one word to describe Frank Martin's emotion for the upcoming college basketball season: Excited.

The Gamecocks held its first practice for the 2013 season on Monday at Colonial Life Arena, and the second year head coach is ready for his guys to get to work.

"We've been teaching parts of the whole over the summer," Martin said. "It's time to connect those parts and hopefully be able to resemble a basketball team about a month from now," Martin said.

The most noticeable difference this year for USC is the youth. The Gamecocks have just two seniors on the roster.

"New guys is part of the business," Martin said. "The part that makes the business easier to do is the returning guys and we've got a core that played major minutes."

Michael Carrera, Bruce Ellington and Brenton Williams are key components back for the Gamecocks, who hope to help lead a team that's mostly inexperienced, but possess talent.

"The young guys are excited and the older guys have a sense of urgency because they have one less year of college basketball left," Martin said.

That urgency is also in their head coach. Martin is ready to win.

"Nobody expects to win more than me," Martin said. "My expectations for this program is to compete for an SEC Championship."

The Gamecocks tip off the regular season November 9 at home vs. Longwood.