South Carolina will play basketball games next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the old home of the Gamecocks -- the Carolina Coliseum.
The New York Post reported Saturday that USC will play Manhattan in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Dec. 22. The Jaspers went 20-12 this season and lost in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals.
LIU and Seton Hall also will play that day at the arena opening next year that will house the NBA’s soon-to-be relocated and renamed Brooklyn Nets.
South Carolina basketball has ties to the Big Apple with its best years coming under New York native head coach Frank McGuire.
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Many of his USC stars hailed from the city -- including Bobby Cremins, John Roche,Tom Owens, Tom Riker, Kevin Joyce and Brian Winters.
The Gamecocks will have a throwback game at the Carolina Coliseum -- the home of USC hoops from 1968 to 2002 until the Colonial Life Arena opened, sources told The State.
South Carolina won an ACC regular season and an ACC tournament title and went to four straight NCAA tournaments while McGuire coached at the coliseum.
The game will celebrate South Carolina’s hoops past but details, including a date and opponent, are still being worked out.
The Gamecocks will play a nonconference team in the coliseum.
Next year's schedule is taking shape.
USC will play Clemson and Elon at home and will have a game on the road for the Big East/SEC Challenge. The Gamecocks beat the Tigers but lost to the Phoenix this season.
Western Kentucky -- USC head coach Darrin Horn's old school -- also is expected to come to Columbia. The Gamecocks have two more games against the Hilltoppers that was part of Horn's agreement when he left his alma mater.
The Gamecocks will play 18 SEC games next season, up two games from previous seasons with the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the league.
South Carolina just finished its worst regular season in SEC play (2-14) and its first 20-loss season in 13 years (10-20). The Gamecocks are the bottom seed in the SEC tournament in New Orleans next week and another defeat will tie the school-loss mark for a season.
Horn is expected to return next season despite having his third-straight losing campaign.
Several USC board of trustees members said Friday that the fourth-year coach deserves more time and Horn said he has received athletics administration support.
South Carolina athletics director Eric Hyman said at the SEC women's tournament in Nashville that he had nothing to add to his previous comments about Horn's status.
Hyman has said that he will review the status of the program with Horn after the season -- something he does with all teams at USC. Still, Hyman has said in interviews that he saw signs of progress in the team.
Horn is signed through the 2014-15 season. His current contract has a $800,000 a year buyout clause. Firing him this season would cost the school $2.4 million.
But USC leaders have liked how Horn, 39, has improved the team's academic standing and feel he has the tools to build a successful program.