Men’s basketball schedule released


Nicholas Stewart

The Western Illinois University men’s basketball season schedule was announced Thursday, and it is filled with a tough non-conference schedule.

The season starts off at full throttle as the Leathernecks take on the defending national champion runner-up Wisconsin badgers in the season opener on Nov. 13 in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year, the No. 1 tournament seeded Big Ten Badgers won a program record 36 games.

Western’s non-conference schedule also features a Big East opponent when the Leathernecks travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton on Nov. 28.

The team will take on another Big Ten team, the Iowa Hawkeyes, on Dec. 7.

The schedule also features six contests against in-state programs including UIC on Nov. 17, Eastern Illinois on Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, Chicago State on Dec. 19 and Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 21.

The Summit League conference schedule starts Jan. 1 when the Leathernecks travel to Omaha to take on the Mavericks. This will be the first year that Omaha is able to participate in post-season play after completing the transition to NCAA Division I athletics.

With nine teams now competing in the Summit League, one team will have to sit out as only the top eight will make it to the Summit League Championships scheduled for March 5-8 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The last team standing in the tournament will play in the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Full schedule:

11/07/15  Knox College

11/13/15  @Wisconsin

11/15/15 Hannibal-LaGrange University

11/17/15  UIC

11/21/15  @Eastern Illinois

11/25/15  Trinity Christian College

11/28/15  @Creighton

12/02/15  Silver Lake College

12/07/15  @Iowa

12/12/15  Eastern Illinois

12/19/15  @Chicago State

12/21/15  @Loyola-Chicago

01/01/16  @Omaha

01/03/16  @South Dakota State

01/09/16  IUPUI

01/14/16  Denver

01/16/16  Oral Roberts

01/20/16  @South Dakota

01/23/16  North Dakota State

01/29/16  @IUPUI

01/31/16  @IPFW

02/03/16  Omaha

02/11/16  @Denver

02/13/16  @Oral Roberts

02/17/16  @North Dakota State

02/20/16  South Dakota State

02/25/16  IPFW

02/27/16  South Dakota

2016 Summit League Championships

3/5-8 2016 @Sioux Falls, South Dakota