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COLUMBIA — South Carolina will play an exhibition men's basketball game against Virginia Tech with proceeds going to hurricane relief.
The game will be played at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Colonial Life Arena. Tickets are $10 general admission. Fans who donate $250 or more will receive two premium seats, as well as two passes to the Frank McGuire Club during the game.
Additionally, USC is encouraging fans to make a donation to the "Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief" fund via online donation at https://crowdfunding.giving.sc.edu/project/8207. Funds raised from the game and the online donation will be directed to organizations benefiting the affected areas.
The Hokies and Gamecocks have had recent "secret" preseason scrimmages, unable to be publicized due to NCAA rules, and Virginia Tech was coming to Columbia on Nov. 4 for the latest in the series. Frank Martin and Buzz Williams thought it would be a good idea to make the game public, since the NCAA allows a publicized scrimmage if it's for charity.
They found a date that didn't conflict with football. USC is at Georgia on Nov. 4.
USC is one of several schools scheduling extra games before the season starts to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. The movement began when Kansas and Missouri agreed to re-start their "Border War" rivalry with an exhibition game in Kansas City, and tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. Other schools jumped in for the chance to help out and also to get a live public showing of their team before the games start to count.
USC has its other exhibition against Erskine on Oct. 30.
Frank Martin's sixth Gamecock team has added a public exhibition game to the schedule to benefit hurricane relief.
File/David J. Phillip/AP
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