It’s that time again, or at least in four months it is. The Harding athletic department has posted the schedule for the upcoming basketball season, and now I’m doing the same. All of the game times are still TBA, so I’ll update the main schedule page when those are posted.
|11/16||Missouri State||Springfield, Mo.|
|11/17||Texas-Pan American||Springfield, Mo.|
|11/23||West Texas A&M Tournament||Canyon, Texas|
|11/24||West Texas A&M Tournament||Canyon, Texas|
|11/27||Champion Baptist||Searcy, Ark.|
|12/1||North Alabama||Searcy, Ark.|
|12/6||Central Baptist||Searcy, Ark.|
|1/3||North Alabama||Florence, Ala.|
|1/17||Delta State||Cleveland, Miss.|
|1/19||Ouachita Baptist||Searcy, Ark.|
|1/24||Arkansas Tech||Searcy, Ark.|
|1/26||Henderson State||Arkadelphia, Ark.|
|1/31||Southern Arkansas||Magnolia, Ark.|
|2/2||Christian Brothers||Searcy, Ark.|
|2/14||Delta State||Searcy, Ark.|
|2/16||Ouachita Baptist||Arkadelphia, Ark.|
|2/21||Arkansas Tech||Russellville, Ark.|
|2/23||Henderson State||Searcy, Ark.|
|2/28||Southern Arkansas||Searcy, Ark.|
|3/1||Christian Brothers||Memphis, Tenn.|
|3/5||GSC Tournament||Southaven, Miss.|
The Bisons will face a season-opening test at Missouri State’s Price Cutter Classic against MSU and UT-Pan American, both Division-I foes. MSU lost in the opening-round of the NIT last year, but they were a solid team in a deep Missouri Valley Conference. Ken Pomeroy, whose basketball rankings I trust the most, rated them #47 in Division-I. UT-Pan American is a different story, having gone 14-15 last year as a D-I independent. KenPom rated them #259 out of 336 teams.
The non-conference slate will include at least five D-II opponents, with the usual four game home-and-home against North Alabama and Alabama-Huntsville. The UAH game is on a Saturday again this year, so it looks like I will get at least one chance to see the team in action. There could be as many as three other non-conference D-II games, with a game against Drury on the road and 2 games at the West Texas A&M tournament. Champion Baptist, Central Baptist, and Ecclesia are all lower-level schools that should be easy non-conference wins.
If anything changes, I’ll post it here on the main schedule page.