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by: Kris Gardner, United States Basketball Writers Association member. Credentialed media member since 1997. USBWA approved online journalist. Voter of Lowe's Senior CLASS, Naismith, USBWA, and Wooden awards.
HBU Releases 2018-19 men's basketball schedule
September 4, 2018
HBU head men’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell announced the Huskies’ 2018-19 schedule on Tuesday afternoon with the upcoming season’s slate featuring 13 home games and trips to face members of the Pac-12, ACC and Big 10.
“First of all, we’re excited about starting a new season with a very challenging schedule,” said Cottrell. “This year, college basketball is starting a few days earlier, you can start mid-week this year, so we’ll open the season on November 7 at the Arizona Wildcats. Obviously, Arizona is a Pac-12 power and then we’re excited about starting a couple of new home-and-home series with the likes of Fordham out of the Atlantic 10, which will be a home game this year. Then, we’re going to Samford and they’ll return to play us at home a year from now. Additionally, we started series last year with UTSA and Texas State and those series will continue this season.”
The Huskies open on November 7 against an Arizona team that won the 2017-18 Pac-12 tournament and finished the year with a 27-8 record. HBU will then return home for a matchup with the Rams of Fordham on Saturday, November 10 for the team’s home-opener. Exactly one week later, the Huskies will head north to Madison, Wisc. for a date against the Big 10’s Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, November 17. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, HBU will face Wake Forest in Winston-Salem in an afternoon matchup.
“Any time you can play a Big 10 team, the likes of Wisconsin, and then a pair of ACC opponents in Wake Forest and Miami, those are going to really challenge our guys and get us ready for the Southland Conference,” added Cottrell.
UTSA visits Sharp Gym Monday, November 26, in a return trip after the Huskies played the Roadrunners in San Antonio last season. The Huskies return to the road for the next two, first visiting Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. on Saturday, December 1, and then heading to San Marcos for a return game against Texas State after the Bobcats came to Sharp Gym last year. Arlington Baptist visits Sharp Gym on Friday, December 14, ahead of the Huskies trips to Samford in Birmingham, Ala. On Monday, December 17, and Miami in Coral Gables, FL Wednesday, December 19. The Huskies’ final non-conference game will be Saturday, December 29, with a visit to Sharp Gym by Dallas Christian.
“It’s a very ambitious schedule for our team but we think it’s also a schedule that prepares us for a really challenging, really tough Southland Conference,” said Cottrell. “I feel like this year’s conference race will be a really tight one with a lot of teams in our league replacing a lot of pieces on their rosters, but we’re excited about what we have returning and the type of players that we have representing HBU and what we’re going to be able to do in the conference race.”
The SLC slate kicks off for the Huskies at home on Wednesday, January 2, against Lamar before hitting the road for a pair in Louisiana with visits to New Orleans and Nicholls before returning to the Lone Star State and traveling to Abilene Christian for the longest road-stretch of the season. HBU then returns home on Saturday, January 19, to take on Sam Houston State followed by Southeastern Louisiana four days later. The Huskies then head to Lake Charles, La. on Saturday, January 26, to take on McNeese and then go to San Antonio to play Incarnate Word on Wednesday, January 30.
February opens with a visit from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, February 2, and then defending SLC tournament champion Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, February 6. The Huskies travel to Conway, Ark. on Wednesday, February 13, before returning home for a pair of games against Nicholls and Northwestern State. Road games at Sam Houston State and Lamar follow before the final home dates on the schedule, Saturday, March 2, against McNeese and then Senior Night on Wednesday, March 6, against UIW. The Huskies will then close out the regular season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi March 9.
The Southland Conference tournament will be held from Tuesday, March 12, through Saturday, March 16, at the Merrell Center in Katy.
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