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July 22, 2014
USC releases non-conference shedule
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina men's basketball kicked off its "8K In 8 Days" campaign on Tuesday when third-year head coach Frank Martin released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 season. The slate features 13 contests, including eight home games, which includes one exhibition (to be announced at a later date). Highlighting the non-conference schedule is the Gamecocks' participation in the 2014 Charleston Classic in late November.
In the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Gamecocks will face three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in Oklahoma State, Baylor and Iowa State, with the possibility of playing five postseason teams, including Akron and Penn State, during the slate. Both Baylor and Iowa State advanced to the Sweet 16.
"Once again we have put together a very challenging schedule," Martin said. "A schedule to prepare us to find success and be prepared in the SEC. We start with very tough home games, followed by a great tournament in Charleston, and a road game at Marshall, which is one of the most difficult facilities and places to play at. We're extremely excited about the challenges. Hopefully this schedule will harden our basketball team and prepare it for the unbelievable challenge of competing in the SEC."
South Carolina opens its 107th season of varsity basketball on Nov. 14 when North Florida visits Colonial Life Arena for the first-ever meeting between the Gamecocks and the Ospreys. UNF returns the reigning Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year in sophomore guard Dallas Moore. 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Baylor follows with a return trip to Columbia on Nov. 18. The Bears lead the all-time series between the two schools 3-2, after a 66-64 victory in Waco last season.
The Gamecocks travel to the low country later that week for play in the Charleston Classic, Nov. 20-23. The event features a bracket format with 12 games over three days. The bracket has not yet been released, but other participants in the event are, Akron, Charlotte, Cornell, Drexel, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Southern California. Tickets for the event are currently on sale at CharlestonClassic.com and by calling 1-843-953-2632. 2014 marks the second time the Gamecocks have competed in the Charleston Classic. Carolina advanced to the finals of the 2009 event, but suffered an 85-70 loss to Miami (Fla.), who will also compete in the 2014 Classic.
UNC Asheville travels to Columbia on Nov. 26 before the Gamecocks head to Huntington, W.Va., on Dec. 1, to face Marshall in their first true road contest of the non-conference campaign. The UNCA Bulldogs return sophomore guard Andrew Rowsey, who was the 2014 Big South Rookie of the Year after averaging 20.3 points per game. This is a return trip to face the Thundering Herd, as Carolina posted a 92-65 win over Marshall in Columbia last December. The Herd, who returns sophomore forward Ryan Taylor, a 2014 Conference USA All-Freshman Team honoree, is led by head coach Dan D'Antoni in his first season.
Oklahoma State is next up on Dec. 6, as the Cowboys travel to Columbia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The two squads met last season as part of the Challenge in Stillwater, with OSU earning a victory on their home court in early December.
Clemson visits Colonial Life Arena on Dec. 19 for the 165th meeting all-time between the archrivals. The Gamecocks lead that series, 88-76. South Carolina hosts Coker College on Dec. 21 before a nine-day break for the Christmas holiday.
Carolina returns to host North Carolina A&T on Dec. 30, before traveling to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as BROOKLYN HOOPS presents the Gamecocks versus Iowa State on Jan. 3. The Cyclones won the Big 12 Tournament last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before suffering a loss to eventual national champion UCONN. The squad returns junior forward Georges Niang, an All-Big 12 Third Team selection last season.
Season ticket prices for the upcoming season remain unchanged from the 2013-14 campaign, with full season packages starting at $90. Like last season, fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115) and University faculty and staff can buy tickets for $210. The Coke Family Section is available for $600 (four tickets). Upper level tickets are available for $200 (no Gamecock Club membership required) and faculty and staff can purchase tickets in the upper bowl for $160. End zone seating in the upper level is priced at four seats for $360.
Gamecock fans who have already renewed their season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign and those fans who purchase new or renew their season tickets during the "8K In 8 Days" campaign, are eligible to win a prize each day of the initiative. Prizes include a game-worn jersey, an autographed basketball, a $100 gift card to Garnet and Black Traditions, and the grand prize, a VIP trip with the team for an away game to an exciting destination.
To place a deposit for season tickets, fans are encouraged to visit GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or all 1-800-4SC-FANS. Fans should stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com for updates on the "8K In 8 Days" campaign.
Complete game times and television details for the non-conference schedule will be released soon.
Below is a brief note on each of Carolina's possible non-conference opponents for the 2014-15 campaign.
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