SIUE (1-2) at
Portland State Tournament
vs. UC Davis (1-2)
Fri., Nov. 22, 5 p.m. CT
at Portland State (1-1)
Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. CT
vs. Loyola (2-2)
Sun., Nov. 23 1:30 p.m. CT
This is the fifth in-season tournament that SIUE has participated in since beginning to play a Division I schedule in 2008.
The Cougars opened the Division I era with an appearance in the inaugural Charleston Classic in 2008. SIUE's first Division I win, over Western Michigan, came at the tournament. In 2009, SIUE won the Drake Hy Vee Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2010, the Cougars claimed the tournament title at the IBN Las Vegas Classic. In 2011, SIUE went 0-2 at the Cancun Challenge.
SIUE will face a pair of opponents it has never played before in UC Davis and Portland State.
MORE FAMILIAR FOE
Sunday's game will mark the fifth time that the Cougars have faced Loyola in men's basketball. This meeting marks the first between the two teams since the 2010-2011 season. Each of the last three meetings all have come since SIUE made the jump to Division I. Loyola recently joined the Missouri Valley Conference of which SIUE is an associate member in men's soccer.
Friday's game is the first of four straight road games for the Cougars, who will play at Oregon State Tuesday. Seven of SIUE's next nine games are away from Edwardsville.