ORANGEBURG, SC– South Carolina State men’s head basketball coach Murray Gavin has announced the release of the 2019-20 Bulldog schedule, a slate that includes 13 home games and 12 non-conference opponents.
Just like previous season's Garvin and the Bulldogs embark on a tough out of conference schedule with opponents from eight (8) different Division I conferences, with the season-opener versus nationally-ranked Memphis coached by Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and the #1 recruiting class in the country according to all media outlets.
"Our motto in our program concerning scheduling is "Respect All Fear None", "said Garvin. "We will play against some the best teams in the country in their respective conferences with games versus NCAA Tournament participants Memphis and Liberty will be formable due to the players they have returning and Memphis's stellar recruiting class."
Garvin who is entering is seventh year at the helm of the Bulldog program welcomes back eight (8) letter winners and welcomes nine (9) newcomers, including veteran forward Tashombe Riley who returned to SC State to play his final year of eligibility.
South Carolina State opens the season on the road on Nov. 5th against the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, before heading back home for their home-opener versus Bob Jones on Nov. 8th and visit to Lynchburg, VA to take on Liberty University on Nov. 12th.
The Bulldogs will then participate in the Vanderbilt Invitational (MTE), beginning with Wilberforce University at home on Nov. 18th, followed Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN on Nov. 22nd, Austin Peay on Nov. 25th in Clarksville, TN and University of Tulsa on Nov. 27th in Tulsa, OK.
After Thanksgiving holiday break, the Bulldogs, get a chance to play in front their home crowd in a three-game home stand hosting Presbyterian College on Dec. 7th, UNC-Asheville on Dec. 12th and USC-Upstate on Dec. 18th.
SCSU rounds out the holiday season on the road with intra state power College of Charleston on Dec. 21st in Charleston, SC, followed by Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference on Dec. 30th in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bulldogs open the new year in a three-game road MEAC swing on Jan. 4th in Baltimore, MD with Coppin State and Morgan State on Jan. 5th, before heading to the nation's capital with a showdown with Howard on Jan. 13th in Washington, DC.
Garvin's team the returns back to Orangeburg to host a pair of league contest with Florida A&M on Jan. 18th and Maryland Eastern Shore on Jan. 20th at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. A lone road trip in the middle of conference play puts the Bulldogs on a road to Norfolk, VA to take on Norfolk State on Jan. 25th, before coming back home to host Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 27th.
South Carolina State then travels to the tobacco state to take on league heavyweights North Carolina Central on Feb. 1st in Durham, NC and North Carolina A&T on Feb 3rd in Greensboro, NC, followed by visits to Orangeburg from Delaware State on Feb. 10th, Coppin State on Feb. 15th and Morgan State on Feb. 17th.
The Bulldogs make their last regular season road trips when they head to the sunshine state for battles with Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 22nd in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Florida A&M on Feb. 24th in Tallahassee, Fla.
SC State closes out the regular season at home with North Carolina Central on Feb. 29th and North Carolina A&T on March 2nd.
"I love our team going into the preseason and we feel that barring injuries and a couple of defensive stops we will be right where we want to be by March for the MEAC Tournament, noted Garvin. "Our goal is to compete for championships and you do that by getting better every day and playing each possession like it can be your last."