EDWARDSVILLE – A complete of 15 residence video games and a difficult street schedule awaits SIUE males’s basketball. Cougars coach Brian Barone has formally launched the Cougars’ schedule for the 2019-20 season, his first because the workforce’s head coach.
”I’m enthusiastic about our schedule,” Barone stated. “I’m excited concerning the alternative to play a tricky street nonconference schedule. We’ll discover out rather a lot about our workforce and the schedule put together us as we work towards Ohio Valley Convention play.”
The slate opens with an exhibition in opposition to Fontbonne Oct. 29 earlier than the common season opens with Quincy Nov. 5. SIUE performs simply two different residence video games in November, welcoming Valparaiso (Nov. 12) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 23).
Chicago State (Dec. 4) and Lindenwood-Belleville (Dec. 29) shut out the nonconference residence schedule.
“It’s necessary to herald regional opponents to our Area,” Barone stated. “It’s good to have groups which our followers can determine with.”
The nonconference schedule options 5 street video games starting with Iowa (Nov. 8). The Cougars will journey to Incarnate Phrase (Nov. 16) earlier than SIUE takes half within the School Hoops Roadshow. Together with the Northern Illinois recreation, the Cougars will play at South Dakota (Nov. 18), Pacific (Nov. 26) and UC Riverside (Nov. 29).
Three extra street contests fill out SIUE’s nonconference schedule in December. The Cougars will journey to Northwestern (Dec. 15), Winthrop (Dec. 17) and Detroit (Dec. 21)
“Our schedule additionally offers us an opportunity to get a few of our guys near residence,” Barone added. “That’s necessary to us in an setting the place we’re stressing and preaching a household environment.”
The OVC schedule options an 18-game schedule as soon as once more and opens with 4 consecutive street video games adopted by 4 consecutive residence video games.
SIUE will journey to Nashville, Tennessee for video games at Belmont (Jan. 2) and Tennessee State (Jan. 4) earlier than heading to Kentucky for video games at Morehead State (Jan. 9) and Japanese Kentucky (Jan. 11).
“We are going to get our first OVC check instantly,” Barone stated. “Our nonconference schedule will put together us to open the OVC schedule with 4 on the street.”
The house schedule begins with Tennessee Tech (Jan. 16), Jacksonville State (Jan. 18), Southeast Missouri (Jan. 23) and UT Martin (Jan. 25).
Different OVC residence video games embrace Morehead State (Feb. 6), Japanese Kentucky (Feb. 8), Austin Peay (Feb. 20), Murray State (Feb. 22) and Japanese Illinois (Feb. 29).
The Cougars will play different convention street video games at Austin Peay (Jan. 30), Murray State (Feb. 1), Japanese Illinois (Feb 12), Southeast Missouri (Feb. 15) and UT Martin (Feb. 27).
“I imagine the OVC is likely one of the premiere mid-major conferences within the nation,” Barone added. “Each evening we are going to face battle-tested, well-coached groups. We are going to work and discover a method to enhance and have success each evening.”