Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Western Kentucky Releases Finalized 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Western Kentucky and head coach Ray Harper have released their finalized men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Tuesday the program's non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season, featuring nine home games to go along with nine previously-announced Conference USA home contests.

WKU hosts regional rivals Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State, as well as Stony Brook, Alabama A&M, Detroit, Brescia (Ky.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) in regular-season contests. The Hilltoppers hit the road to face Belmont, Xavier and Louisville, all of which are within 225 miles of Bowling Green, and will play three games in the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., the week of Thanksgiving.

"We feel like this is a very good, challenging schedule," Harper said. "Being able to add a series with a long-time rival like Eastern Kentucky is exciting, and playing Indiana State is a good regional game that fans will enjoy. We also are hoping to see Hilltopper Nation on the road for games at Belmont, Xavier and Louisville, and we want to continue proximity scheduling moving forward.

"We have a very strong home conference schedule once we hit January, and it is going to be a battle night in and night out in league play. Conference USA has a chance to be really good this year, and this league can make a statement if we rack up some good non-conference wins."

The regular season begins on Saturday, Nov. 14 against Campbellsville in the first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. WKU heads to Belmont on Nov. 18 to face the Bruins in the second game of a four-year series between the two schools. Belmont defeated WKU in Bowling Green last season, 64-63.

WKU hosts Stony Brook on Nov. 21 in a return game for the contest WKU played at Stony Brook as part of the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off last year. The Seawolves knocked off the Hilltoppers, 71-61, a year ago on Long Island.

Complete Release

Here's a look at the schedule:


N2 MON Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College (Exh.) E.A. Diddle Arena
N6 FRI Kentucky Wesleyan (Exh.) E.A. Diddle Arena
N14 SAT Campbellsville (Ky.) (1) E.A. Diddle Arena
N18 WED at Belmont Nashville, Tenn.
N21 SAT Stony Brook E.A. Diddle Arena
N23 MON vs. Drake (2) Estero, Fla. 5:00 PM
N24 TUES vs. Gulf Coast Showcase (2) Estero, Fla.
N25 WED vs. Gulf Coast Showcase (2) Estero, Fla.
D1 TUES Eastern Kentucky E.A. Diddle Arena
D5 SAT at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio
D13 SUN Indiana State E.A. Diddle Arena
D16 WED Alabama A&M E.A. Diddle Arena
D19 SAT at Louisville Louisville, Ky.
D22 TUES Detroit E.A. Diddle Arena
D28 MON Brescia (Ky.) E.A. Diddle Arena
J3 SUN at Marshall* Huntington, W.Va.
J7 THUR FIU* E.A. Diddle Arena
J9 SAT Florida Atlantic* E.A. Diddle Arena
J14 THUR at Rice* Houston, Texas
J16 SAT at North Texas* Denton, Texas
J21 THUR at Old Dominion* Norfolk, Va.
J23 SAT at Charlotte* Charlotte, N.C.
J28 THUR UAB* E.A. Diddle Arena
J30 SAT Middle Tennessee* E.A. Diddle Arena
F4 THUR at UTSA* San Antonio, Texas
F6 SAT at UTEP* El Paso, Texas
F13 SAT Marshall* E.A. Diddle Arena
F18 THUR Old Dominion* E.A. Diddle Arena
F20 SAT Charlotte* E.A. Diddle Arena
F25 THUR at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F27 SAT at UAB* Birmingham, Ala.
M3 THUR Southern Miss* E.A. Diddle Arena
M5 SAT LA Tech* E.A. Diddle Arena
M8-12 TUES-SAT vs. Conference USA Tournament Birmingham, Ala.
M15-A4 vs. NCAA Tournament Various Locations

(*) Conference USA game Home games in bold All times (CT) and subject to change
(1) 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase (campus sites)
(2) 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase (Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.)
Field: Central Michigan, Drake, Duquesne, Milwaukee, Murray State, Pepperdine, Weber State, WKU

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