COLUMBIA — Michigan will invade SEC country this fall, and it will have nothing to do with satellite camps or football coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Wolverines’ men’s basketball team, which returns five starters off a squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, will provide an early test for a rebuilt South Carolina program when the Big 10 power visits Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 23.
The Gamecocks were part of Michigan’s non-conference schedule released Wednesday. The agreement also calls for a return game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., in an upcoming season, according to the Michigan release.
Michigan returns its starting lineup from squad which last year went 23-13 and fell to Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach John Beilein brings back double-digit scorers in forwards Zak Irwin and guards Duncan Robinson and Derrick Walton Jr., as well as starting forward Mark Donnal and guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.
South Carolina lost three senior starters off last season’s 25-9 team, which reached the second round of the NIT. The Gamecocks also dismissed two freshmen after an arrest on property damage charges stemming from a BB gun incident, had another once-suspended player transfer, and another leave following a charge of marijuana possession.
USC head coach Frank Martin has signed six new players for next season, although one of them, Delaware transfer Kory Holden, must sit out the year under NCAA rules. Martin has one scholarship still available.
Other confirmed non-conference games for South Carolina include Monmouth on Nov. 15 in Columbia, Syracuse on Nov. 26 at Barclays Center in New York, Seton Hall on Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York, and Clemson on Dec. 21 in Columbia. USC is also scheduled to host Massachusetts this season as part of a home-and-home deal.