USC Upstate Spartans. There's something a person has in them that they can create in others – pushing people to get outside their comfort zone just enough without pushing them away or breaking them," Holland says. Sports buffs know that victories typically do not happen immediately for new coaches, especially at the collegiate level. A few defensive stops by the Spartans and a personal 5-0 run by Bruner gave USC Upstate a 7-6 advantage with 17:22 to play. 12/1/2020 6:23:00 PM. Game Book (PDF) Photo Gallery; Photo Gallery; TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama outscored USC Upstate 30-9 in the final quarter to seal the Crimson Tide's 98-59 win over the Spartans in women's basketball action on Wednesday. The visiting Spartans' only lead was 22-21, an edge that lasted 25 seconds. USC Upstate Spartans. USC Upstate played a hounding defense, but managed just 39% shooting (11 of 28). I always want players who want to give of themselves and be a part of something bigger than themselves. I give Coach Waters a great deal of credit for his leadership with the direction of the program at the time.". — USC Upstate Men's Basketball (@UpstateMBB) January 20, 2021 Heck, even a scores bot tweeted that the game had started. Holland explains that the phrase grew stronger as the season progressed, and became a battle cry at the national tournament as the Rifles found themselves in the championship facing an undefeated, nationally ranked Biola team. USC Upstate played a hounding defense, but managed just 39% shooting (11 of 28). Key Stats The Spartans made 10 of 19 from 3-point range in the game, while the Eagles were 2 of 17, but GS scored 21 second-chance points and 30 points off of 17 Spartan turnovers. Composite; Search; Menu; Site Navigation. During his first season, he led the team to the NAIA National Tournament. Men's Basketball Waters returned to the Palmetto State to coach at Chapman High School. "Any time you're competing on a team, you always want your next year to be better than the previous season," Holland says. [2][3] They are currently led by Head Coach Dave Dickerson and play their home games at the G. B. Hodge Center. Doc's has NCAA basketball predictions, picks, and tips for this matchup. Overall 0-1. "Going into Coach Waters' second year, there was a great deal of focus on the fact that we didn't accomplish the ultimate goal the year before. Home » College Basketball » CSU looks for home… CSU looks for home win vs USC Upstate. Tommy Bruner (13 points), Dalvin White (12), and Nevin Zirk (11) were USC Upstate's top scorers. "You just think this guy is being a tough guy and a mean guy, but really, he is instilling discipline and direction for the team and pushing everyone to be their best. Heading into town are the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans from Spartanburg, S.C. for only the second meeting between the two schools in history. The victory moved Alabama to 3-0 in its final game of the season-opening homestand. USC Upstate. It takes time for their ideas and methods to take root. Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina Seasons: 14 (2007-08 to 2020-21) Record: 162-267 .378 W-L% Conferences: Big South and A-Sun Conference Champion: 0 Times (Reg. "When the opportunity for the USC Spartanburg job came, it was a chance for me to be at a bigger school. The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg is a diverse and empowering institution for students who want to be challenged academically and supported personally in an … The Vols had a quick turnaround between the Saint Joseph’s game and the USC Upstate game which Rick Barnes suggested might have taken a toll on the freshmen. He was 76. Their record in the CIT is 2–4. "But for me, coming back after my junior year where we won our first game and lost our second game at nationals, it was OK if we could win two games. He was 76. Upstate – Tommy Bruner (Columbia, S.C.) leads the Spartan offense with 14.5 points per game this season. The USC Upstate Spartans men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. Below is a feature on Coach Waters that was set to be included in the next issue of the UP Magazine. Bruner scores 19 to lead USC Upstate past Longwood 71-69 — Tommy Bruner had 19 points as South Carolina Upstate narrowly beat Longwood 71-69 on Monday night. That's how I think he was able to transition from a USC Upstate to a University of Georgia to a high school, because he was brilliant. "They were fouling us, they were pressing us and we couldn't turn it over, we had to get rebounds.". USC Upstate hit 41.7% (20 of 48). No. Wed 12/23 5:00 ET . Videos, analysis and more on ESPN.com By the time he left in 1997, the small-town Georgia native had established the program as a regional powerhouse and cemented his status as a coaching legend at the university and beyond. Little did the Vols know that the USC Upstate Spartans (0-8) would give them a little more trouble than they initially thought in the beginning. video platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. USC Upstate had one turnover and missed three shots during the run. "When Coach Waters came in, he really instilled a great deal of discipline," says James Holland, '82, a USC Upstate Hall of Famer and a key member of the 1982 National Championship squad, who now serves as a senior associate commissioner for the Big South Conference. College Basketball; USC Upstate Spartans vs Tennessee Volunteers predictions ; USC Upstate Spartans vs Tennessee Volunteers predictions . The school's team formerly competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but moved to the Big South Conference in 2018-19. Pct..000. Cleveland was previously part of a high school team that won a state championship under Waters' tutelage. "As I think about the players that played for me over the years at every level, I always think about them as people," Waters says. "The gym was packed and they were turning people away … We were the junkyard underdogs from Spartanburg and that's just kind of how we played. "The reason Coach Waters was so successful in every transition is the fact that he wanted people who would win," Cleveland says. A steal and rebound basket by Nevin Zink pulled the Spartans within five, 29-24, with 2 minutes left in the half. Waters was inducted into the USC Upstate Hall of Fame in 2000. Cleveland notes the buzz surrounding the team that year. He drew a key foul on a layup and made his free throw. Game Book (PDF) Photo Gallery; Photo Gallery; TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama outscored USC Upstate 30-9 in the final quarter to seal the Crimson Tide's 98-59 win over the Spartans in women's basketball action on Wednesday. Tennessee Volunteers. 5-0 . The USC Upstate Spartans will take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans on 12/15/20. 8 Tennessee stays undefeated with 80-60 win over the USC Upstate Spartans by Evan Winter Rocky Top Talk Dec 23, 2020, 7:02pm EST The Vols will enter SEC play with a spotless record. Story Links. The 2020–21 USC Upstate Spartans men's basketball team represents University of South Carolina Upstate during the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Jerry Waters, the winningest men's basketball coach in USC Upstate history who led the Spartans to the NAIA National Championship in 1982, died Tuesday, Dec. 1. Hampton Pirates (6-8) at USC Upstate Spartans (3-10) College Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm (G.B. During their time as a member of the NAIA, they were national champions in 1982. The school's team formerly competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but moved to the Big South Conference in 2018-19. Bruner also leads the team in steals (10), assists (31) and last game he hauled in a career high eight rebounds against UNC Greensboro. Fulkerson added six points. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama outscored USC Upstate 30-9 in the final quarter to seal the Crimson Tide’s 98-59 win over the Spartans in women’s basketball action on Wednesday. 0-7 . The Eagles and Spartans will play Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Hodge Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. These two teams faced off on Monday and it was the USC Upstate Spartans who were able to win 71-69. Wed 12/23 5:00 ET . "You don't understand what's going on at the time," Holland says. Their combined record is 8–2 and were national champions in 1982. The Spartans have appeared in three NAIA Tournaments. Thompson-Boling Arena . U Club. BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb's furious rally in the final quarter of play fell short Saturday afternoon as the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped a 70-68 decision to visiting USC Upstate inside Paul Porter Arena. On November 21, 2015, the team was upset by NCCAA DII member Bob Jones University Bruins by a score of 83-79.[4]. When the game was over with, we didn't want to go back in the locker room and talk about what we coulda, woulda, shoulda done to win the game.". Below is a feature on Coach Waters that was set to be included in the next issue of the UP Magazine. Conf. The Spartans are 0-7 when allowing 72 or more points and … 0-7 . During their time as a member of the NAIA, they were national champions in 1982. "It was very simple. Just minutes before the scheduled Big South Conference men’s basketball tip-off between Charleston Southern and USC Upstate, Tuesday night’s game was postponed due to a … USC Upstate Spartans guard Dalvin White (1) ... (11) is guarded by USC Upstate's Jatayveous Watson (25) during an NCAA men's basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. NCAA Tournament: 0 Years NCAA Champion: Ranked in AP Poll: 0 Times (Preseason), 0 Times (Final), 0 Weeks (Total) More School Info Bailey scored nine to lead Tennessee. Doc's has NCAA basketball predictions, picks, and tips for this matchup. Find what players have committed to your favorite school. "I want to know something about their background because all of them are different and I always want to know as much as I can about them. USC Upstate Spartans at Charleston Southern Buccaneers 1/19/21: College Basketball free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread. EAST LANSING, Mich. – The FGCU men's basketball team will play its third game in six days in three different states on Sunday when the Eagles clash with #13 Michigan State at 7 p.m. in front of a national TV audience on the Big Ten Network. Their record is 5–6. USC Upstate made its first basket with 14:30 remaining in the first half. USC Upstate played a hounding defense, but managed just 39% shooting (11 of 28). The Buccaneers hold a Spartans Looks to Bounce Back against Charleston Southern - University of South Carolina - Upstate Toward the end of the game, no matter what the situation was, we would come together and I would say, 'Hey fellas, no ifs.' Quotables from head coach Brian Burg On the last 1:30 of the game Story Links. This is the 11th all-time meeting between USC Upstate and Charleston Southern. A steal and rebound basket by Nevin Zink pulled the Spartans within five, 29 … Story Links STATESBORO – Georgia Southern men's basketball coach Brian Burg announced today that the Eagles have added a non-conference contest against USC Upstate to the schedule. ", Those feelings changed as the team headed to Kansas City for the second consecutive year to face teams they had never played before. 2020–21 USC Upstate Spartans men's basketball team, CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments, "Big South to add USC Upstate as Full Member", http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/section/ncb/id/14187951, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=USC_Upstate_Spartans_men%27s_basketball&oldid=1001652442, Southern United States basketball team stubs, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 17:36. After UGA, Waters joined MacIntosh Academy in Georgia, where he served as a middle school guidance counselor, athletic director and golf coach for one year before taking over the boys' basketball program at Pinewood Christian Academy. USC Upstate Spartans vs. Tennessee Volunteers Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 05:00 PM EST at Thompson-Boling Arena The Volunteers are … Jerry Waters arrived at USC Spartanburg in 1980 to take the reins of a fledgling men's basketball program. "We had a couple other options, but my grandfather believed that Coach Waters was probably the best person for me at that time.". BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb's furious rally in the final quarter of play fell short Saturday afternoon as the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped a 70-68 decision to visiting USC Upstate inside Paul Porter Arena. The Spartans have appeared in six NCAA Division II Tournaments. SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina)- USC Upstate's men's basketball game against Charleston Southern due to a positive COVID-19 test from USC Upstate, according to a release. Cleveland says the lessons he learned from Waters have stayed with him all his life. Advertisement The Pirates cut the margin to 60-59 on a Davis layup with 13 seconds left, but Logan and Michaela Gibbons … Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, USC Upstate has announced plans for attendance surrounding home basketball games inside the Eddie and Ann Payne Arena at the G. B. Hodge Center this season. In 1997, Waters left USC Spartanburg to become the assistant coach at the University of Georgia. See all the USC Upstate Athletics Schedules for Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, etc. USC Upstate announces basketball attendance protocols for the Hodge Center. — USC Upstate Men's Basketball (@UpstateMBB) January 20, 2021 Heck, even a scores bot tweeted that the game had started. The teams that Waters led during his tenure at Upstate won an NAIA National Championship in 1982, three NAIA District Six Championships and two Peach Belt Athletic Conference Championships. That would have been an improvement from the previous season.". The Spartans had that kind of night shooting from 3 … Since their move to Division I, they have yet to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The official box score of Men's Basketball vs USC Upstate on 12/15/2020. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+. [NCAAM] Game started, USC Upstate at Charleston Southern. During the past few years, he authored the book "Born to be a Coach." The USC Upstate Spartans will take on the Tennessee Volunteers on 12/23/20. "We may not have been the best team ability-wise, but we had the biggest hearts. The last victory for the Spartans at Charleston Southern was a 79-77 win on Nov. 19, 2016. USC Upstate falls to Hampton, but not before one of the Spartans has an 18-point, 13-rebound game. Brunner was USC Upstate's top producer with nine points. "I can't speak for everyone on the team," Holland says. See Athletics Schedules. He was 76. The second all-time meeting with the Spartans will conclude a challenging opening four-game stretch for FGCU Springer had nine points and four rebounds but went just three-of-eight from the field against the Spartans. ", Men’s Basketball Postpones Series with Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern, USC Upstate series postponed due to positive test, Spartans Looks to Bounce Back against Charleston Southern, Quartet of Spartans Reach Double Figures against Hampton, Spartans Last Second Shot Falls Short against Hampton. Rocky Top struggled to put away USC Upstate, … "There were very few games we played where we didn't believe we were going to win before the game started. The Hampton Pirates defeated the USC Upstate Spartans 69-68 on January 14, 2021. © 2021 University of South Carolina - Upstate Athletics. Nobody would have ever thought that would have happened.". The book was co-authored by Cleveland, who also directed and produced a video with the same title. Tennessee. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans have really struggled so far this season sitting with a 3-11 record overall. Seas. 0-0. "People ask me all the time how I deal with so many stressful situations and it's like, OK, what do you do with three seconds on the clock? Sports. The Spartans allow 77.4 points on 48.5% shooting from the field, 36.4% from the 3-point line, and force 14 turnovers. USC Upstate. However, they didn’t allow USC Upstate to do anything else offensively, as the Spartans were an abysmal 15-of-35 on two-pointers and had 12 assists to 15 turnovers. "I think our mental toughness along with Coach Waters' coaching ability, the team's commitment, and James Holland's leadership is what allowed us to win the national championship," says Cleveland. Heading into Waters' second year, Holland says the team's mindset wasn't necessarily to go in and win the national championship. Give to Athletics Today! "We had a lot of success at Pinewood doing what I had done throughout the rest of my coaching career, which was getting the best players and putting them in the best position they were suited for and running a lot of the same plays I ran at the college level," Waters says. We weren't the fanciest team out there, but we played hard and won and the community rallied around us.". But Coach Waters made us feel like there was a lot of unfinished business out there.". – Jerry Waters, the winningest men's basketball coach in USC Upstate history who led the Spartans to the NAIA National Championship in 1982, died Tuesday, Dec. 1. While the accomplishment of his inaugural season might have been satisfactory for some coaches, Holland said it wasn't enough for Waters. USC Upstate’s Tommy Bruner hoisted a 3-pointer that hit the back of the rim, ricocheted high off the glass and back through the hoop. Thompson-Boling Arena . UT beat the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans 80-60 in Knoxville, Tenn. at Thompson-Boling Arena. At Upstate, Waters compiled an overall record of 364-133 (.732) and was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1991. This time, no final-second drama was necessary for the Hampton Pirates. 2. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. A steal and rebound basket by Nevin Zink pulled the Spartans within five, 29-24, with 2 minutes left in the half. Bruner played 38 minutes and put the Spartans (2-9, […] 1/21 5:00 ET . It would have been easier to just say we went to the national tournament his first year, pat yourself on the back and get complacent. USC Upstate Spartans vs. Tennessee Volunteers Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 05:00 PM EST at Thompson-Boling Arena The Volunteers are … USC Upstate Spartans. Tennessee's Jaden Springer (11) is guarded by USC Upstate's Jatayveous Watson (25) during an NCAA men's basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Bailey scored nine to lead Tennessee. USC Upstate played a hounding defense, but managed just 39% shooting (11 of 28). Some sports writers in the state even went so far as to say the team was better than those at much larger schools, including the University of South Carolina and Clemson. Basically, I meant exactly that. USC Upstate played a hounding defense, but managed just 39% shooting (11 of 28). Little did the Vols know that the USC Upstate Spartans (0-8) would give them a little more trouble than they initially thought in the beginning. HAMPTON, Va. – USC Upstate women's basketball held on for a 64-59 win at Hampton Saturday afternoon to split the two-game series with the Pirates and snap a seven-game losing skid. Led by 19 points from Tommy Bruner and a 12-2 run in the final four minutes, University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate rallied to overcome Longwood University’s men’s basketball team 71-69 Monday evening, Jan. 4, in game one of the two-game series at the Hodge Center. Thompson helped UNCG sprint to an early 13-3 advantage by making three 3-pointers in five minutes. CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Southern’s game against USC Upstate was postponed on Tuesday night after a positive COVID-19 test at the Tier 1 level in the Spartans program. "We had a seven- or eight-point lead coming down the stretch and it was free throw time," Holland says. Tennessee Volunteers. The victory moved Alabama to 3-0 in its final game of the season-opening homestand. Don’t miss the USC Upstate Spartans in action! Brunner was USC Upstate's top … Get the best available USC Upstate Spartans at Charleston Southern Buccaneers odds from all online bookmakers with OddsChecker, the home of betting value. Hodge Center. ", "Odell credits me with that saying, but I never really thought about it, because at the time I was just living it," Holland says. "I always wanted to climb the ladder, as any young coach would," Waters says. The mantra the team lived by that season was "No Ifs. Tailgate Policy Athletic Camps Travel Center Maps and Directions #SpartysAuction (2020 Virtual Edition) Spartan Golf Classic BURG Apparel USC Upstate Bookstore Shop.UpstateSpartans.com (New for 2020) JoinUP Fundraising Campaign [NCAAM] Game started, USC Upstate at Charleston Southern. "If you look at his history, Coach Waters won at every level everywhere he went, and that's not just happenstance. The Spartans have appeared in four CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). For his second season, Waters added another USC Upstate Hall of Famer, Odell Cleveland, to his roster. LAST MEETING WITH USC UPSTATE • The Vols won their 22nd consecutive home-opener, downing USC Upstate, 74-65, in front of 15,119 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 16, 2013. Springer had nine points and four rebounds but went just three-of-eight from the field against the Spartans. The USC Upstate Spartans men's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Jerry Waters, the winningest men's basketball coach in USC Upstate history who led the Spartans to the NAIA National Championship in 1982, died Tuesday, Dec. 1. We weren't afraid, we believed in each other and played for each other and I think that made all the difference.". The USC Upstate Spartans faced the UNC Greensboro Spartans and took a loss by a score of 65-57 in their last contest. His history, Coach Waters that was set to be included in the next issue of the Spartans happened! 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