View the full schedule here.
Harding has posted the Bisons’ schedule for the upcoming basketball season, which will be their first second without Matt Hall since I was a freshman in 2002-03 (and he was there then, only as a redshirt). [The post-Hall era has clearly been uneventful, since I had trouble recalling that last year was the Bisons’ first without him. Either no one caught that or everyone read it and just felt sorry for me.]
They’ll tip off against a familiar border rival, Missouri S&T (formerly Rolla) and face a few more D-II schools in the non-conference schedule than in past years. St. Edward’s and Incarnate Word will also be familiar D-II opponents from Texas, but they’ll add some fresh meat from the GSC East in West Georgia and West Alabama, with both of those games coming at home in November.
The D-II slate also includes another familiar opponent, Northeastern State (OK) in November, but the Bisons later get a fresh opponent out of an unfamiliar conference, Shepherd University of the WVIAC, as the first game of the new decade.
For the first time in recent memory, the Bisons won’t play a strict home-and-home series with Alabama-Huntsville, only facing them on the road this season. The UNA home-and-home will continue, though, with the Searcy game coming late in the conference season.
I would presume that the Bisons will alternate home games from year to year with some of the GSC East schools now that they’re not doing the home-and-home with UAH, so perhaps they’ll visit UWG and UWA next year and get UAH at home. I like that arrangement if that’s how it works out, because the more in-region D-II games you play, the more chances you have to help your seed if you make it to the regional tournament.
In total, the Bisons will play 19 in-region games (including the 14-game conference slate), and they’ll have five more out-of-region D-II games, totaling a whopping 24 within NCAA-II.
The conference arrangement is the same as always: 14 games against the other 7 GSC West teams. Henderson State will be the home opener on 1/9, and the regular season will conclude with a trip to play OBU on February 27. The conference tournament will be held in Southaven, MS once again, starting March 3.