Sept. 28, 2010
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball head coach Lennox Forrester has announced the 2010-2011 season schedule for his team.
The 29-game regular season slate features 11 games against teams that participated in the post-season last year, including a pair of NCAA teams. The schedule also includes five games against teams that finished the year in the top 100 in the RPI.
"It's another challenging schedule for our players," Forrester said. "It is a great opportunity to play great schools."
The schedule features 15 home contests, the most for the Cougars over the past three seasons.
"I think the home games will help us," Forrester said. "The second half of the year features quite a few home games. We thought it was important to get some more home games down the stretch."
SIUE opens the season at home with an exhibition contest against Webster University Sunday Nov. 7. The regular season opener is set for the following Friday, Nov. 14, when IPFW comes to the Vadalabene Center for an 8 p.m. tip. Two days later the Cougars will travel to Normal, Ill., to take on Missouri Valley opponent Illinois State.
The Cougars will face three Big 10 schools over the course of the season, beginning with a game at Iowa Nov. 26. They will travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers Dec. 17 in the first game of the previously announced-Las Vegas Classic. SIUE travels to Evanston, Ill., to meet Northwestern Jan. 20.
SIUE also will meet Northern Iowa as part of the Las Vegas Classic. The Cougars and Panthers face off Dec. 19 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, The tournament then shifts to Las Vegas where SIUE will play Longwood on Dec. 22 then either South Carolina State or The Citadel on Dec. 23 to wrap up the tournament.
Though not officially playing a full conference schedule, SIUE will play nine games against Ohio Valley Conference schools, including six home contests. The Cougars play home-and-home series with OVC opponents Eastern Kentucky, Murray State and Tennessee Tech. UT Martin, Morehead State and Southeast Missouri all play games at the Vadalabene Center this year.
"I like it that we have several OVC schools coming to the VC," Forrester said. "It gives our fans a chance to be educated, to see how the competition will be when we're in the conference."
In all, the schedule includes teams from eight different Division I conferences.
"There are some great schools on here," Forrester said. "There are schools that did a great job of representing their conferences-like UNI out of the MVC who made it to the Sweet 16."