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10 August 2006

JSU Lands Major Deal for Hardwood

In the amount of time it takes to go on one recruiting trip, Jacksonville State basketball coach Mike LaPlante went from needing two games to fill his 2006-07 schedule to pulling off the biggest scheduling coup in school history.

The Gamecocks have an agreement to play the University of Massachusetts in a home-and-home series starting this season.

The even bigger news is the first game is scheduled for Pete Mathews Coliseum Nov. 25. The return game will be the same weekend in 2007, with the Gamecocks getting a check to boot.

The contract has yet to be signed, but that's said to be just a formality.

“It's all been agreed upon,” LaPlante said Friday. “To get this as a home-and-home … it's a nice step that you're able to get somebody of that quality — a Final Four team within the last 10 years — to be able to come to your campus and all it's really going to take one is one return.”

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