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General Information

Conference: Big South Conference

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Valley Falls, South Carolina

Stadium: G.B. Hodge Center

Championships

  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 4 (1991, 1992, 1998, 2005)
  • NCAA Tournaments: None

Past Conferences:

  • Atlantic Sun
  • Palmetto Athletic Conference
  • Carolina League
  • Peach Belt Conference

South Carolina Standings & Analysis

If you’re a college sports fan, you’re likely interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest news and standings for your favorite teams. One such perennial powerhouse in college sports is the South Carolina Upstate Spartans, who boast a strong reputation and a dedicated fanbase. For those who are always on the lookout for the latest information on this team, read on for an overview of their recent performances and upcoming events.

All-Time South Carolina Upstate Spartans Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Ulysses Hackett, 2,688
  • Torrey Craig, 2,128
  • Wendell Gibson, 2,043

Rebounds

  • Torrey Craig, 944
  • Mike Gibson, 930
  • Ricardo Glenn, 928

Assists

  • James Holland, 553
  • Nathan Norman, 461
  • Jeremy Byrd, 427

Overview of the South Carolina Upstate Spartans Standings

Last-Season Standings

The South Carolina Upstate Spartans had a solid season in college basketball during the 2021-2022 campaign, finishing with an overall record of 16-14. The Spartans had their ups and downs throughout the season but were able to finish strong, winning five of their last six games.

The team had some impressive wins throughout the year, including a road victory against the High Point Panthers and a thrilling overtime win against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. However, they also suffered some tough losses, including a defeat to the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in their regular-season finale.

Despite some setbacks, the Spartans were able to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big South Conference, earning the sixth seed in the conference tournament. In the tournament, they were able to win their first-round matchup against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs before ultimately falling to the Radford Highlanders in the quarterfinals.

One of the standout players for the Spartans during the season was Bryson Mozone, who led the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game. He was also a force on the glass, averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest. Another key contributor to the team was Nevin Zink, who was a dominant force in the paint with 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Overall, the South Carolina Upstate Spartans showed plenty of promise during the 2021-2022 season and will look to build on their success in the years to come. As of the end of the season, the Spartans were ranked 218th in the nation according to the NCAA’s NET rankings. Check the South Carolina Upstate Spartans standings and individual player statistics to keep up-to-date with their progress in future seasons.

Before Betting on South Carolina, Check Out These Tips:


Keep track of injuries:

Injuries can significantly impact a team’s performance, and the South Carolina Upstate Spartans basketball team is no exception. Keep track of any injuries to key players and how long they are expected to be out of the game before placing your bets.


Look at the team’s history:

The South Carolina Upstate Spartans basketball team has a history of performing well in their conference, which can provide valuable insights into their potential performance in upcoming games. Look at their previous seasons’ performance to gauge their strengths and weaknesses.


Check the team’s recent form:

The team’s recent form can provide a good indication of their overall performance. Look at their recent results, including wins, losses, and margins of victory/defeat, to get an idea of their current form.


Look at their opponents’ record

Analyzing the matchup is key when betting on an opponent of the South Carolina Upstate Spartans. Look at how the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses match up against the Spartans. For example, if the opponent has a strong defense but struggles to score, they could struggle against the high-powered offense of the Spartans.

South Carolina Basketball History

South Carolina Upstate began play as a junior college in the 1967-68 season under coach Eldridge Blackwood, going 4-10. The following season, the USC Upstate media guide shows the team playing in something called the Carolina League, where the team remained through the 1970-71 season. In 1971-72, the Spartans moved to the Palmetto Athletic Conference and became an NAIA member in 1974-75.

The transition to a four-year program wasn’t easy for USC Upstate in the beginning, as the team went 16-90 in its first four seasons. The program improved and went 18-13 in 1979-80. Jerry Waters took over as coach in 1980-81 and guided the team to a 22-12 record, the NAIA District Six championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. The following year, the team did one better, capturing the 1982 NAIA National Tournament championship.

USC Upstate made the move to NCAA Division II for the 1990-91 season and won the Peach Belt Conference title in its first two seasons. Waters remained coach through the 1996-97 season and the Spartans never had a losing season with him on the bench, as he posted a 364-133 career record. Gary Nottingham led USC Upstate to the Peach Belt Conference title in 1997-98 but the team went just 4-23 his second year.

The Spartans made the jump to Division I for the 2007-08 season, once again struggling at the start with a 27-92 record their first four seasons as members of the Atlantic Sun. USC Upstate went 21-13 in 2011-12 to earn a berth to the CIT, where the Spartans also played in 2014, 2015 and 2017. USC Upstate played in the 2022 inaugural Basketball Classic but has never competed in the Division I NCAA Basketball Tournament.

South Carolina Upstate Spartans Basketball FAQs

Have any USC Upstate players played in the NBA?

The Spartans have had two players make it to the NBA, with Mike Gibson playing for two seasons. He played for Washington in 1983-84 and for the Pistons in 1985-86. Torrey Craig is now in his seventh NBA season and was on the Phoenix roster to begin the 2022-23 season.

When did USC Upstate become the Spartans?

The school announced it was changing its nickname from Rifles to Spartans in 2004. The university began calling itself Rifles back in 1971, as a tribute to an area militia group that won a big victory at the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War.

What is special USC Upstate’s G.B. Hodge Center?

USC Upstate plays its home games in the Hodge Center, which is smaller than many high school gymnasiums. With a capacity of 837, the G.B. Hodge Center is the smallest arena for any Division I school in the country.
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