The USC basketball team plays its exhibition game Thursday night against Kentucky Wesleyan at the Colonia Life Arena. It’s the opening of Darrin Horn’s 4th season with the Gamecocks and he will put his most inexperienced team ever at USC on the floor.
The Gamecocks have just one senior, Malik Cooke, and one junior, Lakeem Jackson. The rest of the scholarship players are sophomores and freshmen.
The Gamecocks were 14-16 last season, 5-11 in the SEC. They are picked to finish last in the SEC this season.
Key pre-game notes:
- Darrin Horn is 50-42 at USC, 161-90 overall
- USC is playing Kentucky Wesleyan in its exhibition game for the fourth straight year
- USC won last season’s game 71-58
- Malik Cooke is the top returning scorer at 9.4 points per game
- Kentucky Wesleyan is ranked 15th in the pre-season D-2 poll by the NABC
- KCW made its 37th trip to the NCAA D-2 tournament last season, a record
- Senior forward Anthony Young is a pre-season All American