SPORTS LIBRARY, S.C. State, basketball

South Carolina State head men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin has released the 2017-18 schedule, a slate that includes 13 home games and 15 non-conference opponents.

“We are excited to have the likes of Wisconsin, UCLA, N.C. State, Boston College, College of Charleston, Central Florida, Yale and many others on our out-of-conference schedule this season,” Garvin said. “We were also able to add many in-state schools to our non-conference slate.”

The Bulldogs kick off the season with a four-game road swing Nov. 10 against Wisconsin at Madison. Garvin’s team then heads to Boston to take on Boston College Nov. 12, followed by a matchup with Yale Nov. 14 before culminating the trek with a West Coast battle at UCLA Nov. 17 in Los Angeles.

S.C. State returns to Orangeburg Nov. 21 for its home opener against Central Arkansas before traveling to Rock Hill to take on Winthrop University (Nov. 26), then hosts Morris College in its second home contest Nov. 28.

After a Thanksgiving holiday break, Garvin and the Bulldogs hit the road for contests with ACC foe North Carolina State Dec. 2 in Raleigh and Presbyterian College Dec. 5 in Clinton.

The Bulldogs return home to take on Brevard College on Dec. 7 then travel to Greenville to face Furman Dec. 9. This will the second year in a row the two teams face off on the hardwood with S.C. State posting a 69-67 victory on Dec. 16, 2016.

S.C. State host a pair of contests, Charleston Southern on Dec. 12 and Jacksonville on Dec.16 at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

“It has been awhile since we have squared off against Winthrop, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern and Furman all in the same year,” Garvin said. “This will also be the third season in a row that we have faced Jacksonville, with the last two games having been decided on the last possession of the game with them winning last year and us beating them in the first matchup.”

S.C. State next embarks on a four-game road swing: intrastate rival College of Charleston on Dec. 19, Central Florida on Dec. 21 in Orlando and Bethune-Cookman Jan. 3 in the league opener at Daytona Beach, Fla., before wrapping up Jan. 6 at Dover, Delaware, against the Hornets of Delaware State.

The Bulldogs get a break from the road, hosting four straight conference games at SHM: Howard Jan. 13, Maryland-Eastern Shore Jan. 15, Norfolk State Jan. 20, and Hampton Jan. 22.

MEAC play continues at Coppin State (Jan. 27) and Morgan State (Jan. 29), both in Baltimore, and at Savannah State (Feb. 3).

Garvin and his squad then host Coppin State Feb. 5 and league rival North Carolina A&T Feb. 10 before traveling to Virginia for encounters with Hampton on Feb. 17 and Norfolk State on Feb. 19.

The Bulldogs return to Orangeburg Feb. 24 to host North Carolina Central before finishing their final regular-season road trip in Tallahassee, Fla., against Florida A&M Feb. 26.

S.C. State closes out the regular season at home March 1 against Savannah State.

The 2018 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 5-10 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

“This season’s schedule gives us the opportunity to go against some of the best in country, which in turn should prepare us for an equally challenging MEAC schedule,” Garvin said.

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