USC Will Be Wofford's First Opponent In New Arena

Since arriving at USC, Frank Martin has made it a point to play in-state teams outside of the annual meeting with Clemson.

That philosophy will continue this year as USC will travel to Spartanburg and be the first opponent for Wofford in the Terriers' new arena. 

The Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium will open this fall with a capacity of 3,400 for basketball games. The owner of the Carolina Panthers is a Wofford graduate and provided the funding for the building which will also host volleyball games and non-athletic events such as commencements and concerts.

An official announcement will be made soon with a source close to the situation telling WSPA-TV  the game with USC would likely be a "Monday or Tuesday early in the season".

USC is coming off a year that saw the Gamecocks earn their first Final Four appearance and set a single-season record with 26 wins. Martin will be entering his sixth season at the helm of the Carolina program.

Mike Young is entering his 15th season as the Terriers' head coach. He has led the Terriers to Southern Conference Tournament titles in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Since Wofford moved up to Division I in 1995, USC has played the Terriers and actually has visited Spartanburg on two occasions - a  64-49 USC win in November of 2001 and a 68-61 loss in December of 2009.

In addition to bringing in a Final Four team as its first opponent, Wofford is working on a series with defending national champion North Carolina. The series would likely consist of two games in Chapel Hill and one in Spartanburg. 

There is no word yet on who will be the first opponent of the Wofford women's basketball team or the Terrier volleyball team - neither of who has yet to announce its 2017 schedule.  

A source close to the situation also says North Carolina and Wofford are working on a series between the two programs. If the two schools reach an agreement, it would likely be a 2-for-1 schedule with Wofford traveling to Chapel Hill for two games and the defending national champions coming to Spartanburg for one game.

 

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