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Prairie View Head Coach Byron Smith announces Panthers' 2018-'19 schedule

October 4, 2018

The Prairie View A&M men's basketball team begins the 2018-'19 regular season Friday, November 9, at Santa Clara, as part of a 26-game regular season schedule.

The Panthers again will be on the road for the majority of the non-conference schedule, as Byron Smith enters his third full season as head coach.

"Our non-conference schedule is challenging but favorable in terms of where we think we can be when we go into these various arenas," Smith said. "We have the talent to compete, but it will come down to our preparation, our approach, and our execution."

Following the opener, the Panthers return to the Lone Star State with a mid-week contests at Baylor (Monday, November 12) and Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Wednesday, November 14) before a weekend contest at Lamar (Saturday, November 17).

PVAMU will spend Thanksgiving week on an Eastern swing at UNC Greensboro (Monday, November 19), East Carolina (Wednesday, November 21), and Georgia Tech (Fri. November 23).

In December, Prairie View A&M will play at Murray State (Saturday, December 1), Louisiana Tech (Tuesday, December 4), Louisiana Lafayette (Tuesday, December 11), Seattle (Thursday, December 20), and Winthrop (December 29).

The final non-conference game will be the home opener Monday, January 2, against Huston Tillotson before opening league play at Southern (Saturday, January 5) and Alcorn (Monday, January 7). The SWAC home opener will be Saturday, January 12, vs. Texas Southern, the first of a three-game homestand that will also feature games vs. Jackson State (Saturday, January 19) and Grambling State (Saturday, January 21).

PVAMU will then play at Mississippi Valley St. (Saturday, January 26) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Monday, January 28) before ending the first half of the conference season hosting Alabama A&M (Saturday, February 2) and Alabama St. (Monday,. February 4).

The second half of SWAC play opens with a three-game road trip at Texas Southern (Saturday, February 9), at Jackson State (Saturday, February 16), and at Grambling St. (Monday, February 18). The Panthers will then play four of the final six games at home to end the regular season. After hosting Miss. Valley St. (Saturday, February 23) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Monday, February 25), PVAMU will travel to Alabama A&M (Saturday, March 2) and Alabama St. (Monday, March 4) before hosting Southern (Thursday, March 7) and Alcorn (Saturday, March 9).

The top four teams in the SWAC standings will host first-round tournament games on campus on Tuesday, March 12, before heading to Birmingham's Fair Park Arena for the semifinals Fri-Saturday, March 15-16.

2018-19 Prairie View A&M Men's Basketball Schedule

Opponents listed in bold are home games inside William J. Nicks Arena

* -- indicates SWAC game

Day

Date

Match-up

Time (CT)

Fri

Nov 9

at Santa Clara

9 p.m.

Mon

Nov 12

at Baylor - Fox Sports SW Alt

7 p.m.

Wed

Nov 14

at UTRGV - WAC Digital Network

7 p.m.

Sat

Nov 17

at Lamar

2 p.m.

Mon

Nov 19

at UNC Greensboro

6 p.m.

Fri

Nov 23

at Georgia Tech

3 p.m.

Sat

Dec 1

at Murray State

6 p.m.

Tue

Dec 4

at Louisiana Tech

6:30 p.m.

Tue

Dec 11

at Louisiana Lafayette

7 p.m.

Thu

Dec 20

at Seattle

TBA

Sat

Dec 29

at Winthrop

TBA

Wed

Jan 2

Huston Tillotson - PV Sports Network

TBA

Sat

Jan 5

at Southern*

7:30 p.m.

Mon

Jan 7

at Alcorn State*

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Jan 12

Texas Southern* - PV Sports Network

5 p.m.

Sat

Jan 19

Jackson State* - PV Sports Network

5 p.m.

Mon

Jan 21

Grambling State* - PV Sports Network

6:30 p.m.

Sat

Jan 26

at Mississippi Valley State*

5 p.m.

Mon

Jan 28

at Arkansas-Pine Bluff*

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Feb 2

Alabama A&M* - PV Sports Network

5 p.m.

Mon

Feb 4

Alabama State* - PV Sports Network

5:30 p.m.

Sat

Feb 9

at Texas Southern*

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Feb 16

at Jackson State*

5 p.m.

Mon

Feb 18

at Grambling State*

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Feb 23

Mississippi Valley State* - PV Sports Network

5 p.m.

Mon

Feb 25

Arkansas-Pine Bluff - PV Sports Network

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Mar 2

at Alabama A&M*

6 p.m.

Mon

Mar 4

at Alabama State*

7:30 p.m.

Thu

Mar 7

Southern* - PV Sports Network

7:30 p.m.

Sat

Mar 9

Alcorn State* - PV Sports Network

5 p.m.

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