South Carolina released its full basketball schedule on Wednesday and as coach Frank Martin promised, its a significant upgrade from last year.
An early-season match at Baylor will give the young Gamecocks a test right out of the gate, while the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Oklahoma State will take Martin back to his old league. The Gamecocks will also play three games at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.
The Gamecocks will play 31 games, excluding an exhibition game against USC Aiken on Nov. 3. USC opens the season at home against Longwood on Nov. 9.
2013-14 USC MENS BASKETBALL
Nov. 3 USC AIKEN (Exh.)
Nov. 9 LONGWOOD
Nov. 12 at Baylor
Nov. 17 at Clemson
Nov. 24 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Dec. 6 at Oklahoma State (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Dec. 17 MANHATTAN
Dec. 19 USC UPSTATE
*Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, HI*
Dec. 22 St. Marys, 11 p.m.
Dec. 23 Boise State/Hawaii, 9 p.m./11:30 p.m.
Dec. 25 TBA
Dec. 28 AKRON
Dec. 30 MARSHALL
Jan. 3 S.C. STATE
Jan. 8 at Florida, 7 p.m.* (CSS)
Jan. 11 LSU, 1:30 p.m* (SEC Network)
Jan. 15 at Texas A&M, 8 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Jan. 18 OLE MISS, 4:30 p.m.* (FSN)
Jan. 22 at Georgia, 8 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Jan. 25 at Missouri, 4 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Jan. 29 TEXAS A&M, 7 p.m.* (ESPN3)
Feb. 1 at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Feb. 5 AUBURN, 7 p.m.* (ESPN3)
Feb. 8 at Tennessee, 3 p.m.* (ESPNU)
Feb. 12 VANDERBILT, 8 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Feb. 15 ALABAMA, 4 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Feb. 19 at Arkansas, 9 p.m.* (CSS)
Feb. 22 GEORGIA, 1:30 p.m.* (SEC Network)
Feb. 26 at Auburn, 9 p.m.* (FSN)
March 1 KENTUCKY, 6 p.m.* (ESPN/ESPN2)
March 4 FLORIDA, 7 p.m.* (ESPNU)
March 8 at Mississippi State, 4 p.m.* (SEC Network)
March 12-16 SEC tournament (Atlanta)
Home games in CAPS
Follow on Twitter at @DCTheState