CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern announced its full 2018-19 schedule Wednesday in conjunction with the Big South's unveiling of the conference slate. The Bucs' 13-game non-conference schedule features trips to Clemson and Florida, in addition to in-state matchups with South Carolina State and Furman. CSU's 16-game Big South slate includes six home-and-home's and four one-time meetings.
CSU will tip off the season by hosting Columbia International Nov. 6, before traveling to Gainesville for a Nov. 9 date with the Florida Gators. Big South play starts with a Jan. 5 clash against High Point and its new head coach Tubby Smith at the Buc Dome. All of that will lead to the 2019 Big South Championship March 5-10. The conference tournament will again employ a home-site/earned seed format, rewarding teams for regular season success.
Other highlights of CSU's non-conference schedule include a Nov. 13 visit from S.C. State, a Dec. 11 trip to Furman and a Dec. 18 matchup with Clemson. The meetings with S.C. State and Furman mean Barclay Radebaugh will have a chance to coach against three of his former assistants in Murray Garvin, Bob Richey and first-year UNC Asheville coach Mike Morrell.
Solid preparation for the rigors of league play will also come from a home-and-home series with North Florida of the Atlantic Sun Conference. CSU will host the Ospreys on Saturday, Dec. 1 before heading to Jacksonville two weeks later.
Radebaugh is eager to see his team compete, as the Bucs enter the season with momentum after a strong end to the 2017-18 campaign.
"We are excited and will be greatly challenged by our schedule," Radebaugh said. "This has been a very difficult schedule to complete for a variety of reasons. Our non-conference schedule is challenging without a doubt, but will prepare us well for Big South play."
"We are really looking forward to getting started with our 2018-19 journey," Radebaugh continued. "This team will be ready. They understand how to work and compete and they do it with a super attitude and chemistry. It's fun to come to work with this group every day."
The Big South is moving from playing 18 conference games to 16 due to the addition of Hampton and USC Upstate. In league action, CSU will play home-and-home series with Radford, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, USC Upstate, Winthrop and UNC Asheville. The Bucs will face High Point, Hampton, Longwood and Campbell just once.
All regular season games will be broadcast live on ESPN+ as part of the Big South's new television agreement. In addition, four ESPNU Wildcard dates (Jan. 10 & 24; Feb. 7 & 21) will give the Big South a chance to feature its best matchups on television. The Wildcard games will be determined 21 days in advance.
Highlights of CSU's Big South schedule include a home league opener against High Point (Jan. 5), two games with defending tournament champion Radford (Jan. 24 & Feb. 16), two contests with in-state rival Winthrop (Feb. 7 & 23) and a Senior Day clash against Presbyterian (March 2).