A reigning Sweet 16 participant is coming to Colonial Life Arena this upcoming season.
South Carolina will host Houston, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Thursday.
The game is part of the new alliance made this offseason between the SEC and American Athletic Conference. The Gamecocks will then travel to face the Cougars in Texas in 2020-21.
Houston, coached by Kelvin Sampson, went 33-4 last year and advanced to the Midwest Region semifinal, where it lost to Kentucky. The Cougars have made the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons. They came in at No. 20 in ESPN’s way-too-early rankings for 2019-20.
USC coach Frank Martin told The State last week that the schedule is near completion.
“There’s a hiccup on a game there that I can’t speak about, that I don’t know it’s going to happen,” Martin said while visiting Shaw Air Force Base. “But we got a buy game we gotta find. So as soon as we get that buy game, we’re good to go.”
The SEC schedule has yet to be released, but here’s what we know about the Gamecocks’ 2019-20 non-conference slate:
Nov. 16 — Rutgers (in Toronto)
Nov. 19 — Boston University
Nov. 22 — Gardner-Webb
Nov. 26 — Wichita State (Cancun Challenge in Mexico)
Nov. 27 — West Virginia or Northern Iowa (Cancun Challenge in Mexico)
Dec. 18 — at Virginia
TBA — at Coastal Carolina
TBA — at Clemson
TBA — Houston