COLUMBIA, S.C. - GamecocksOnline.com will break down each of the Gamecocks' non-conference opponents this week, following the release of the men's hoops non-conference schedule on July 22. First up, our season-opening opponent North Florida, and the always strong Baylor Bears.
North Florida Head Coach: Matthew Driscoll (73-88 (.453), 5 seasons at North Florida/99-165 (.375), 8 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 16-16/10-8 Atlantic Sun, T-4th 2013-14 Postseason: A-Sun Tournament Quarterfinals, 80-74 loss to USC Upstate Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notables: Freshman guard Dallas Moore was named the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after leading the team in scoring at 12.5 ppg ... Senior Travis Wallace earned Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors after becoming just the fourth player in UNF history to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career ... UNF's 16 overall wins and 10 A-Sun wins both matched program records for a season ... 12-of-18 A-Sun regular season games for the Ospreys were decided by six points or less ... All 11 players on the roster tallied a double-digit scoring performance. Top Returners: Dallas Moore (So. - G - 6-1 - 175 - St. Petersburg, Fla. - Boca Ciega HS), 12.5 ppg, 2.6 apg ... Beau Beech (Jr. - G - 6-8 - 210 - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - Ponte Vedra HS), 10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 3PM/g ... Chris Davenport (So. - F - 6-8 - 210 - Atlanta, Ga. - Eagles Landing HS), 7.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg.
Baylor Head Coach: Scott Drew (204-150 (.576), 11 seasons at Baylor/224-161 (.582), 12 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 26-12/9-9 Big 12, T-6th 2013-14 Postseason: Sweet 16, loss to Wisconsin 69-52 Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: 23 2013-14 Season Notables: Baylor rebounded from a 2-8 start in Big 12 Conference play to finish 9-9 in the league, and the Bears won three games in three days to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game ... BU advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time since 2010, making Scott Drew the youngest of 11 head coaches nationally to accomplish the feat with his current team ... Drew also became the program's all-time wins leader and led the Bears to their sixth 20-win season in the last seven years ... Baylor defeated then-No. 3 Kentucky and reached as high as No. 7 in the nation before finishing the season ranked 18th in the final coaches' poll. Top Returners: Kenny Chery (Sr. - G - 5-11 - 180 - Montreal, Quebec - Archbishop Carroll HS (D.C.)/State Fair CC), 11.5 ppg, 4.7 apg ... Royce O'Neale (Sr. - F - 6-6 - 220 - Killeen, Texas - Harker Heights HS/Denver), 7.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.9 apg ... Rico Gathers (Jr. - F - 6-8 - 270 - LaPlace, La. - Riverside Academy), 6.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg ... Taurean Prince (Jr. - F - 6-7 - 210 - San Antonio, Texas - Earl Warren HS), 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg.
Season ticket prices for the upcoming season remain unchanged from the 2013-14 campaign, with full season packages starting at $90. Like last season, fans can purchase lower level season tickets for $260 (Gamecock Club membership required for sections 104-106, 113-115) and University faculty and staff can buy tickets for $210. The Coke Family Section is available for $600 (four tickets). Upper level tickets are available for $200 (no Gamecock Club membership required) and faculty and staff can purchase tickets in the upper bowl for $160. End zone seating in the upper level is priced at four seats for $360.
Gamecock fans who have already renewed their season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign and those fans who purchase new or renew their season tickets during the "8K In 8 Days" campaign, are eligible to win a prize each day of the initiative. Prizes include a game-worn jersey, an autographed basketball, a $100 gift card to Garnet and Black Traditions, and the grand prize, a VIP trip with the team for an away game to an exciting destination.
To place a deposit for season tickets, fans are encouraged to visit GamecocksOnline.com/Tickets, or all 1-800-4SC-FANS. Fans should stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com for updates on the "8K In 8 Days" campaign.