USC Upstate Men’s Basketball Announces 2018-19 Big South Schedule

USC Upstate Men’s Basketball Announces 2018-19 Big South Schedule

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Big South Conference released its 2018-19 men's basketball conference schedule on Wednesday and features 16 games for USC Upstate to highlight its first year in the league.

The 11 Big South members will play six teams twice and four teams once to determine the 2018-19 regular-season champion.  League play will feature one three-game week (Jan. 21-26), each team will have two byes during the conference season, and two new national television appearances comprise the slate.  In addition, four Thursday dates - Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 - will be ESPNU Wildcard selections 21 days in advance.

"We're excited to be a member of the Big South Conference," said head coach Dave Dickerson. "We would love to sell out every home game and I would like to encourage our students, faculty and USC Upstate alums to be 'All In' as we embark on a new era in USC Upstate Men's Basketball!"

The Spartans are slated to play eight games both on the road and at the G.B. Hodge Center. After closing out non-conference play on Jan. 2 at Georgia Tech, USC Upstate kicks off its conference schedule on Jan. 5 at Presbyterian College. The month of January features nine games with four taking place in Spartanburg.

The Spartans play their first-ever Big South home game on Jan. 10 hosting Radford before hitting the road for two straight at Gardner-Webb (Jan. 12) and High Point (Jan. 16). Three of the final five games will be at home as USC Upstate faces Winthrop (Jan. 19), Presbyterian College (Jan. 21) and Longwood (Jan. 26).  The two road games are slated for Jan. 24 at Hampton and Jan. 30 at UNC Asheville.

The month of February features a total of six games including three home and three away. The Spartans open with a home game on Feb. 2 against Charleston Southern before traveling to Campbell on Feb. 9. Following a home game on Feb. 13 versus UNC Asheville, USC Upstate heads to Longwood (Feb. 16) and Charleston Southern (Feb. 21) for two straight matchups.

The Spartans close out their regular season schedule with back-to-back home games on Feb. 27 against Campbell and Mar. 2 versus Hampton.

The 2019 Big South Men's Basketball Championship will be held Mar. 5-10. First round games at the No. 6, 7 and 8 seeds open the Championship on Tuesday, Mar. 5. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at the No. 1 seed on Thursday-Friday, Mar. 7-8, while the highest remaining seed will host the championship game on Sunday, Mar. 10 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

Times for all conference games will be determined at a later date.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2018-19 season are currently on sale. For more information on season ticket packages or to order your tickets today, please contact the USC Upstate athletics department at (864) 503-5141.

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