Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton doesn’t seem excited to face South Carolina in the 2019 Big 12/SEC Challenge, according to NewsOK’s Nathan Ruiz.
Boynton played point guard for the Gamecocks from 2000-2004 and was an assistant with the team from 2008-2013.
So, this is a matchup he’d rather not see.
From The Oklahoman:
As part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, the Cowboys will face South Carolina, Boynton’s alma mater, on Jan. 26 in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Boynton said he would have preferred if the Gamecocks weren’t OSU’s draw among the SEC’s 14 programs, if only because he doesn’t want the hoopla a matchup with his alma mater will provide.
“I don’t love it,” he said. “… I’m pretty simple and I try to keep things about what really matters, and I can already envision the conversation around it, and it’s not necessary, but I understand.”
Boynton led the Cowboys to 21 wins and the NIT quarterfinal round last season.
He’ll need to replace a few key seniors from last season, but the second-year coach showed promising signs during the team’s 2017-18 campaign.
South Carolina’s 2018-19 outlook
South Carolina took a major step back from its Final Four run during the 2016-17 season.
The Gamecocks went 17-16 last season under veteran coach Frank Martin.
South Carolina has a few seniors to replace as well, but the team returns 6-foot-9 forward Chris Silva, who tested the NBA Draft waters this offseason.
The Gamecocks also return Maik Kotsar, a 6-foot-10 rising junior, who averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.