South Carolina faces the SEC’s toughest four basketball teams in its first five conference games next season.
The Gamecocks start at Kentucky, a Final Four team last season, and then head home to face Vanderbilt and Florida, a 2011 Elite Eight team. After a week break, USC heads to Auburn and meets West Division champion Alabama in Columbia.
The SEC did away with divisions this year in seeding the conference tournament, set for New Orleans. But teams’ regular-season schedules did not change — South Carolina plays East Division foes twice and West Division opponents once.
USC finished with a SEC third-worst 5-11 last season. Three of the victories came against West Division teams. The Gamecocks won early-season games versus Vanderbilt and at Florida.
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The SEC schedule was released a week after South Carolina’s nonconference slate, which features matchups with Final Four favorites North Carolina and Ohio State.
USC's nonconference schedule
Television information and game times for nonconference games will be released at a later date.
Nov. 3 - Kentucky Wesleyan (Exhibition)
Nov. 11 - Western Carolina
Nov. 15 - at Elon
Nov. 20 - Tennessee State
Nov. 22 - Mississippi Valley State
Nov. 25 - North Carolina (in Las Vegas)
Nov. 26 - Southern California or UNLV (in Las Vegas)
Dec. 1 - Providence
Dec. 4 - at Clemson
Dec. 13 - Presbyterian
Dec. 17 - Ohio State
Dec. 21 - SE Louisiana
Dec. 28 - Wofford
Dec. 31 - USC Upstate
Jan. 3 - S.C. State
USC's conference schedule
Jan. 7 - at Kentucky, 4 p.m., SEC Network
Jan. 10 - Vanderbilt, 9 p.m., ESPNU
Jan. 14 - Florida, 7 p.m., CSS
Jan. 21 - at Auburn, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network
Jan. 25 - Alabama, 8 p.m., SEC Network
Jan. 28 - at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., FSN
Feb. 2 - at Florida, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Feb. 4 - Kentucky, 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Feb. 8 - at Tennessee, 8 p.m., SEC Network
Feb. 11 - at Arkansas, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network
Feb. 15 - Georgia, 7 p.m., CSS
Feb. 18 - LSU, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network
Feb. 22 - at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m., SEC Network
Feb. 25 - Tennessee, 8 p.m., FSN
Feb. 29 - Mississippi State, 8 p.m., SEC Network
March 3 - at Georgia, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network