July 25, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - 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. We next look at UNC Asheville, who returns the reigning Big South Rookie of the Year, Marshall, who is led by first-year head coach Dan D'Antoni and Oklahoma State, who is Carolina's SEC/Big 12 Challenge opponent for the second-straight season.
Marshall Head Coach: Dan D'Antoni (first season overall)
2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 11-22/4-12 C-USA, 14th
2013-14 Postseason: C-USA Tournament second round, 73-58 loss to Old Dominion
Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A
2013-14 Season Notables: Freshman forward Ryan Taylor recorded seven double-doubles on the season and received two C-USA Freshman of the Week honors along with having been named to the C-USA All-Freshman team ... Junior transfer Shawn Smith gave a boost off the bench with two double-doubles and 12 double-figure scoring outings, along with 15 starts to end the season ... Freshman point guard Kareem Canty collected three C-USA Freshman of the Week honors and postseason honors in the form of All-C-USA third team recognition and C-USA All-Freshman team honors ... Marshall collected a first round win in the C-USA Tournament over Florida Atlantic as a No. 14 seed.
Top Returners: Ryan Taylor (R-So. - F - 6-5 - 225 - Indianapolis, Ind. - Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)), 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg ... Shawn Smith (Sr. - F - 6-6 - 228 - Sacramento, Calif. - McClatchy HS/College of San Francisco), 7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg ... TyQuane Goard (Jr. - F - 6-7 - 215 - Charleston, W.Va. - George Washington HS/Ohio), 6.3 ppg, 4.7rpg.
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.
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