The USC men’s basketball team will open the Frank Martin era with a splash.
The Gamecocks will take part in the Hoops for Hope Classic, an inaugural event that will be held at campus sites with finals in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
According to the Classic’s web site and those of participating teams, the Gamecocks will play host to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 11 and Rider on Nov. 19.
They then will travel to Puerto Vallarta to play Missouri State on Nov. 24 and either Arkansas-Little Rock or SMU on Nov. 25.
Other notable games on the tentative USC slate include:
- a trip to St. John’s as a part of the SEC/Big East challenge on Nov. 29.
- the annual in-state showdown with Clemson on Dec. 2 in Columbia, according to Clemson’s tentative schedule, released late last month.
- another trip to New York. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – the new home of the NBA’s Nets – is selling tickets for a USC game against Manhattan on Dec. 22 as a part of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.
A previously scheduled game against Western Kentucky was canceled by both schools following the dismissal of Darrin Horn this past spring.
USC would not confirm its participation on any of the dates, stating an official announcement would not be made until the team’s schedule was 100 percent complete.