ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter on the Road’ show will be in Columbia on Halloween to do a feature on Dawn Staley‘s South Carolina basketball program.
Some early filming took place during the morning, and a short piece will be shown during the 2:00 SportsCenter hour. The largest portion of the feature will be on the 6:00 SportsCenter hour.
South Carolina basketball welcomes women’s college basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli and anchor Elle Duncan to the capital city of the Palmetto State, and anchor Matt Barrie will co-host some of the show from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
During the show, the “worldwide leader” will do a preview of the women’s college basketball season, focusing on the Gamecocks. Next Monday’s season opener in Paris, France against Notre Dame will be a major emphasis on the show, as well, as ESPN will broadcast the Aflac Oui Play matchup at 1:00 on ESPN and the ESPN app.
Dawn Staley’s team will look a bit different this season than it has in recent years. The Gamecocks lost five players to the WNBA Draft (Aliyah Boston, Laeticia Amihere, Zia Cooke, Breal Beal, and Victaria Saxton), two more seniors to graduation (Kierra Fletcher and Olivia Thompson), and one potential rotation player to the transfer portal (Talaysia Cooper).
Three freshmen (MiLaysia Fulwiley, Tessa Johnson, and Sahnya Jah) and two transfer portal additions (Te-Hina Paopao and Sakima Walker) will fill the available roster spots as the Gamecocks look to reach their 4th straight Final Four.
Coming into the year ranked 6th in the country, USC is not considered the favorite to win the SEC for the first time in what feels like an eternity as defending national champion LSU pulled in the country’s best transfer portal class to their already-talented roster. The Tigers are the consensus preseason #1 team in both the SEC and the entire country.
After playing Notre Dame in Paris, South Carolina basketball will return home for a top-15 matchup with Maryland on Sunday, November 12th.