WKU Basketball to begin multi-year series with South Carolina

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Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury instructing Josh Anderson (4) against Louisville during their game at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 1, 2020.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

NCAA insider Jon Rothstein reported on Wednesday that WKU and the University of South Carolina will enter a multi-year basketball series with each other stretching from 2021 to 2024. 

The Gamecocks will host the Hilltoppers in Columbia, South Carolina in 2021 and the Hilltoppers will return the favor in 2023. South Carolina will host the third and final meeting between the two programs in 2024. No game is scheduled between the two in 2022.

The Hilltoppers have faced the Gamecocks three times, losing all three contests. The last of these matchups occurred on Nov. 27, 2010 when South Carolina won 87-85.

The first game of the series will include a familiar face for the Hilltoppers. South Carolina recently signed senior James Reese, who transferred from North Texas after the 2020-21 season. Reese scored 28 points in three games against WKU during his time with the Mean Green.  

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