WKU-South Carolina multi-year series pushed back

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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

The WKU Men’s Basketball schedule for the 2021-22 season will look a little different than originally thought. A source confirmed to The Herald on Thursday afternoon that the contest between the Hilltoppers and Gamecocks, originally scheduled for Dec. 15 in Columbia, South Carolina, will be pushed back by one year.

The Gamecocks were originally scheduled to host the first of three matchups before WKU returned the favor in 2023, with no game between the two scheduled for 2022. The series was intended to wrap up in 2024 with another bout in the Palmetto State.

Instead, the empty 2022 date will serve as the beginning of the series, with South Carolina remaining as host. The other two meetings are currently unchanged.

The two teams could still meet each other this season. WKU and South Carolina are both participating in the Asheville Championship in Asheville, North Carolina on Nov. 12-14, and if the two programs win their first games (WKU vs. Minnesota, South Carolina vs. Princeton) they will meet on Nov. 14.

The Hilltoppers’ full non-conference schedule is yet to be released, but WKU will open the season at home on Nov. 9 against the Alabama State Hornets.

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