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GamecocksOnline.com will break down each of the Gamecocks' non-conference opponents this week, following the release of the non-conference schedule on July 22. Thursday we look at potential opponents from the Charleston Classic (CharlestonClassic.com).
Akron Head Coach: Keith Dambrot (231-107 (.683), 10 seasons at Akron/339-177 (.657), 16 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 21-13, 12-6 MAC, 2nd East/4th Overall 2013-14 Postseason: MAC Tournament Semifinal, 64-60 (OT) loss to Western Michigan; CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Opening Round, lost 97-91 at IPFW. Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notables: UA posted 21 or more wins for a ninth-straight season, joining the likes of Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse ... Akron made its seventh-straight postseason appearance, playing in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament ... The Zips are one of just 25 programs to play in a postseason tournament in each of the last seven seasons ... Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell was named First-Team All-MAC and First-Team All-District ... Quincy Diggs earned Second-Team All-MAC while Jake Kretzer was named MAC Sixth Man of the Year. Top Returners: Demetrius Treadwell (Sr. - F - 6-7 - 235 - Euclid, Ohio - Euclid HS), 15.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.9 apg ... Jake Kretzer (Jr. - W - 6-7 - 215 - Waverly, Ohio - Waverly HS), 7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg ... Reggie McAdams (Jr. - W - 6-7 - 210 - Elida, Ohio - Elida HS), 6.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.4 apg.
Charlotte Head Coach: Alan Major (61-63 (.491), four seasons at Charlotte/Overall Record the same) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 17-14/7-9 Conference USA, T-8th 2013-14 Postseason: Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinals, 86-65 loss to Louisiana Tech Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notables: The 49ers won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title with wins over Kansas State, Northeastern and Michigan ... Shawn Lester was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament team ... Pierria Henry earned third-team All-Conference USA honors ... Henry was also named to the Conference USA All-Defensive team ... Henry ranked 23rd in the nation with 5.8 assists per game ... Willie Clayton ranked ninth in the nation in offensive rebounds per game at 3.81 offensive boards per game ... Shawn Lester recorded a school-record 20 double-figure scoring games off the bench. Top Returners: Pierria Henry (Sr. - G - 6-4 - 189 - Charleston, W.Va - South Charleston HS), 12.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg ... Shawn Lester (Jr. - G - 6-4 - 189 - Mooresville, N.C. - Mooresville HS), 11.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg ... Willie Clayton (Jr. - F - 6-9 - 237 - Thomasville, Ga. - Thomasville HS), 10.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg ... Terrence Williams (Sr. - G - 6-4 - 203 - Charlotte, N.C. - West Mecklenburg HS), 10.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg ... Mike Thorne (R-Jr. - C - 6-11 - 257 - Fayetteville, N.C. - Trinity Christian), 9.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg.
Cornell Head Coach: Bill Courtney (37-78 (.322), four seasons at Cornell/Overall Record the same) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 2-26/1-13 Ivy, 8th 2013-14 Postseason: N/A Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notables: After unexpectedly losing three starters prior to the 2013-14 season due to injury and attrition, including a pair of All-Ivy League selections, Cornell went 2-26 ... The Big Red returned 2012-13 first-team All-Ivy League selection Shonn Miller and three of the team's top five scorers from a year ago ... Miller missed the season due to a shoulder injury ... Devin Cherry was one of just two players in the Ivy League to average at least 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in conference play. Top Returners: Shonn Miller (Sr. - F - 6-7 - 210 - Euclid, Ohio - St. Ignatius HS), 11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.9 bpg ... Devin Cherry (Sr. - G - 6-3 - 185 - Meridian, Miss. - Meridian HS), 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg ... Robert Hatter (So. - G - 6-2 - 165 - Houston, Texas - Westside HS), 9.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.1 apg.
Drexel Head Coach: James Flint (314-245 (.561) 18 seasons/228-173 (.568) 13 seasons 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 16-14/8-8 CAA, 4th 2013-14 Postseason: CAA Tournament Quarterfinal loss to Northeastern, 90-81 Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notable: Four Drexel players averaged double figures a year ago with Chris Fouch leading the way with 18.3 points per game ... Fouch finished his career at Drexel with over 1,700 career points ... The Dragons were plagued by injuries last season but finished the CAA campaign with a .500 record, marking the sixth-straight season that the Dragons posted at least a .500 record in league play. Top Returners: Major Canady (So. - G - 6-4 - 200 - Wilson, N.C. - The Kiski School (Pa.)), 2.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg ... Rodney Williams (So. - F - 6-7 - 220 - Richmond, Va. - St. Christopher's), 5.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Miami (Fla.) Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (66-36 (.647) 3 seasons at Miami/536-370 (.592), 30 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 17-16/7-11 ACC, 10th 2013-14 Postseason: 67-58 loss to NC State in ACC Tournament Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notable: Senior Rion Brown was selected to the All-ACC Third Team by both the ACSMA and the league's head coaches ... Miami's offensive output in ACC games came primarily from the guard position, as four guards combined for 39.4 points per game, with five forwards combining for 21.0 points per game ... The Hurricanes finished the season ranked 11th in the country in scoring defense (59.5) and 21st in turnovers per game (10.2). Top Returners: Manu Lecomte (So. - G - 6-9 - 175 - Brussels, Belgium - Athene des Pagodes), 7.7 ppg, 2.3 apg ... Davon Reed (So. - G - 6-6 - 195 - Ewing, N.J. - Princeton Day School), 6.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg ... Tonye Jekiri (Jr. - C - 7-0 - 235 - Hialeah, Fla. - Champagnat Catholic School), 4.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg.
Penn State Head Coach: Patrick Chambers (38-59 (.392), 3 seasons at Penn State/80-87 (.479), 5 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 16-18/6-12 B1G, T-10th 2013-14 Postseason: CBI Quarterfinals, 54-52 loss at Siena Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Season Notables: Junior guard D.J. Newbill finished second in the Big Ten in scoring (17.8 ppg) and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors ... Senior guard Tim Frazier wrapped up his PSU career as the all-time leader in career assists and became just the second player in Big Ten history to tally at least 1,500 career points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds ... Penn State swept Top 25 Ohio State in two season meetings and defeated Indiana on the road ... The Nittany Lions had 12 games decided by five or fewer points ... PSU topped the league in two-point field-goal percentage defense (45.1) and held eight league opponents below 40 percent shooting. Top Returners: D.J. Newbill (Sr. - 6-4 - 205 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Strawberry Mansion HS), 17.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg ... Brandon Taylor (Jr. - 6-7 - 235 - Tabernacle, N.J. - Trenton Catholic), 9.2 ppg, 1.4 3FGpg, 4.9 rpg ... Ross Travis (Sr. - 6-6 - 225 - Chaska, Minn. - Chaska HS), 8.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg.
Southern California Head Coach: Andy Enfield (11-21 (.344) in 1 season at USC/52-49 (.515) in 3 seasons overall) 2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 11-21/2-16 Pac-12, 12th 2013-14 Postseason: N/A Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A 2013-14 Notables: Junior guard Byron Wesley was sixth in the conference in scoring at 17.8 ppg ... Freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic led all Pac-12 freshman in field goal percentage (.516), was eighth in scoring (8.0) and fourth in rebounding (4.4) ... Freshman guard Julian Jacobs was second in steals (34) and assists (116) among Pac-12 freshman and was fourth in blocks (14) ... His 116 assists were tied for the third-most by a USC freshman. Top Returners: Nikola Jovanovic (So. - F - 6-10 - 220 - Belgrade, Serbia - Arlington Country Day School) 8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg ... Julian Jacobs (So. - G - 6-3 - 180 - Las Vegas, Nev. - Desert Pines) 6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg ... Eligible sophomore transfers: Katin Reinhardt (R-So. - G - 6-5 - 210 - Dana Point, Calif. - Mater Dei/UNLV) 10.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.5 apg in 2012-13 ... Darion Clark (R-So. - F - 6-7 - 235 - Conyers, Ga. - Oak Hill Academy/Charlotte) 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg in 2012-13.
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.