CHARLESTON, SC -
Road trips to Ole Miss, Colorado State and ACC foes Florida State and North Carolina State, along with home matchups against Wright State and Western Carolina, highlight the 2014-15 Charleston Southern men's basketball schedule. CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced the slate on Thursday.
Big South Conference play begins on Jan. 3 at defending league champion Coastal Carolina, as the Bucs try to regain the form that saw the program claim its first regular season championship in 26 years in 2012-13.
“We're excited about facing another challenging schedule this season,” said Radebaugh as he enters his tenth season at the helm of the Bucs' program. “The rigors of the out-of-conference schedule are important in preparing us for Big South play. Our guys will certainly be tested against some elite competition, and we're happy to have home games against programs like Wright State and Western Carolina that will create interest on campus and in the community. We're looking forward to getting started.”
CSU opens the season on Friday, Nov. 14 with a trip to Oxford for a date with an Ole Miss program that has won 19 games or more each of the last five seasons. The Bucs then return to the friendly confines of the Buc Dome for a three-game homestand, beginning on Monday, Nov. 17 against Erskine (S.C.). A visit from Horizon League opponent Wright State follows on Nov. 22. Central Arkansas makes the trip east on Nov. 25, as the Bears and Bucs meet again after squaring off in a double overtime thriller won by CSU a year ago.
CSU's second of four contests against power conference opponents comes on Friday, Nov. 28 in Tallahassee, as the Bucs meet Florida State for the third time in four seasons. Radebaugh and company pushed the Seminoles in the second half of a 67-59 loss last year. Afterwards, the Bucs wrap up the fall semester schedule with home games against 2014 Southern Conference runner-up Western Carolina (Dec. 1), and Columbia International (Dec. 4).
A challenging three-game road trip then takes CSU into its Christmas break. A trip to Raleigh, N.C. for a matchup with N.C. State starts the rigorous stretch on Dec. 12, before a contest at perennial SoCon contender Wofford Dec. 17. The Bucs make their first-ever venture into the state of Colorado on Dec. 22, squaring off against Colorado State. CSU returns from Christmas break on Dec. 29 for their final game of the 2014 calendar year, taking on Johnson University (Tenn.).
The Bucs start Big South play by making the two-hour trip up the coast to Conway on Saturday, Jan. 3 for another edition in their rivalry with Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers outlasted CSU in double overtime in last year's Big South Tournament Quarterfinals en route to the NCAA Tournament.
Six of CSU's next eight games will be at the Buc Dome, where they have compiled a 43-13 record over the last four seasons. Campbell is the opponent in the conference home opener on Jan. 5, while Longwood and Liberty will make the trip south on Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, respectively. In between is a road trip to defending North Division champion High Point, which returns reigning Big South Player of the Year John Brown.
Following a trip to Presbyterian on Jan. 17, CSU plays host to UNC Asheville (Jan. 19), Gardner-Webb (Jan. 24) and Radford (Jan. 28) in a three-game homestand as it tries to avenge close losses from last season. A three-game road trip follows as CSU heads to Virginia twice in six days for meetings with Liberty (Jan. 31) and Radford (Feb. 6), with a matchup against Winthrop (Feb. 2) in between.
A home game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 11 and a senior day contest against High Point (Feb. 28) in the regular season finale on Feb. 28 are among the highlights of the end of the slate. CSU will also make trips to Longwood (Feb. 14), Campbell (Feb. 21) and Gardner-Webb (Feb. 26) during the season's final month.
The HTC Center in Conway, S.C. will play host to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships for a third straight year. Opening round play will take place on Wed., March 4 and the championship game is scheduled for Sunday, March 8.