Schedule Breakdown: UNC Asheville, Marshall, Oklahoma State

 

July 25, 2014

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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.

UNC Asheville
Head Coach: Nick McDevitt (17-15 (.531), one season at UNC Asheville/Overall Record the same)
2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 17-15/10-6, 2nd South Division, Big South
2013-14 Postseason: Big South Tournament Semifinals, 80-79 loss to Winthrop
Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: N/A

2013-14 Season Notables: Freshman guard Andrew Rowsey was the Big South Rookie of the Year and the league's leading scorer with a 20.3 average ... Rowsey set a single-season record for three-pointers made in a year with 106 ... Senior center D.J. Cunningham led the Big South Conference in rebounding (9.9) and blocked shots (3.4) as he earned second team All-Conference honors and was selected to the league's All-Tournament team ... Senior forward Jaron Lane was Asheville's second leading scorer (16.5) and rebounder (5.5) and earned second team All-Conference honors ... The Bulldogs recovered from a 1-7 start to go 16-8 the rest of the season.
Top Returners: Andrew Rowsey (So. - G - 5-10 - 175 - Lexington, Va. - Rockbridge County), 20.3 ppg, 2.9 apg ... Will Weeks (So. - F - 6-6 - 220 - Charlotte, N.C. - Christ School), 13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, redshirted after knee injury following second game of season ... Sam Hughes (Jr. - F - 6-4 - 205 - Battleboro, N.C. - Greenfield School), 8.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg ... David Robertson (So. - G - 6-3 - 185 - Cary, N.C. - Green Hope), 7.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg.

 

 

Marshall
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.

Oklahoma State

Head Coach: Travis Ford (125-76 (.622), six seasons at Oklahoma State/315-223 (.586), 17 seasons overall)

2013-14 Record/Conference Finish: 21-13/8-10 Big 12, 8th

2013-14 Postseason: 1-1 Big 12 Tournament (quarterfinals); 0-1 NCAA Tournament (lost to Gonzaga 77-85 in 2nd round)

Final 2013-14 AP Ranking: NR

2013-14 Season Notables: Marcus Smart, a two-time All-American as a sophomore last season, declared for the NBA draft ... OSU loses it's top-two scorers (Smart - 18 ppg and Markel Brown - 17.2 ppg) and four players who started at least 20 games last season ... Le'Bryan Nash is the fifth-leading returning scorer in the Big 12 Conference for the upcoming season ... He leads the conference in career 20-point games with 20 entering his senior campaign ... Phil Forte ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (86.9%), three-point percentage (44.1%) and three-point FGs made per game (2.9) ... Michael Cobbins missed the entire conference portion of the schedule last season after rupturing his Achilles in the non-conference finale ... He averaged 1.5 blocks per game and has 111 in his career, ranking seventh in school history.

Top Returners: Le'Bryan Nash (Sr. - W - 6-7 - 235 - Dallas, Texas - Lincoln HS), 13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg ... Phil Forte (Jr. - G - 5-11 - 185 - Flower Mound, Texas - Flower Mound HS), 13.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.5 apg ... Michael Cobbins (Sr. - P - 6-8 - 230 - Amarillo, Texas - Palo Duro HS), 4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg.

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