The SEC released its men's basketball schedule on Tuesday and USC will open the conference schedule on January 4 at Georgia.
The SEC home opener is January 7 against Texas A&M, a game that will tip off at either 1:30 pm or 4:30 pm on CBS, depending on the NFL playoff schedule.
Carolina has just one game against annual favorite Kentucky, Jan. 21 at Kentucky.
Last year the SEC announced a new scheduling format, with each team having three permanent opponents, and facing two other teams each season in a home-and-home series on a rotating basis.
In 2017 the Gamecocks will face their three permanent opponents – Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi State – along with Florida and Ole Miss in a home-and-home series. USC will face the remaining league teams once.
USC finished the 2015-2016 season 11-7 in the SEC which was good enough for a three-way tie for third. However, the Gamecocks earned the third seed in the conference tournament.
(Home games are in bold)
Wed., Jan. 4, at Georgia, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Sat., Jan. 7, Texas A&M, 1:30/4:30 p.m., CBS
Wed., Jan. 11, at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Jan. 14, Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU
Wed., Jan. 18, Florida, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Jan. 21, at Kentucky, 4-8 p.m., ESPN/2
Tue., Jan. 24, Auburn, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Jan. 28, at Missouri, 8:30 p.m., SEC Network
Wed., Feb. 1, at LSU, 9 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Feb. 4, Georgia, 2 p.m., ESPN/2
Tue., Feb. 7, Alabama, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Feb. 11, at Mississippi State, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Wed., Feb. 15, Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Sat., Feb. 18, at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m., SEC Network
Tue., Feb. 21, at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN
Sat., Feb. 25, Tennessee, 1 p.m., SEC Network
Tue., Feb. 28, Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Sat., March 4, at Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m., SEC Network