Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will open the 2005-06 season against NCAA Division II powerhouse
Findlay in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic, Norse head coach
Dave Bezold announced Thursday.
NKU, which posted a
14-15 overall record in 2004-05, will play the University of Cincinnati
in an exhibition game on Nov. 12 before starting regular-season
play against Findlay on Nov. 18. Findlay, which was ranked No. 1
nationally in the final 2004-05 Division II poll, compiled a 30-4
record last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
The Oilers also captured
the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship
NKU will play Saginaw
Valley State on Nov. 19 in the final game of the John L. Griffin/Lions
NKU begins Great Lakes
Valley Conference play Dec. 1 against league newcomer Rockhurst
(Mo.) at 7:45 p.m. in Regents Hall. Rockhurst, Drury and Missouri-Rolla
each begin their first year as members of the GLVC in 2005-06.
The Norse will travel
to Provo, Utah, on Dec. 10 to meet Division I member Brigham Young
of the Mountain West Conference. NKU has not played a regular-season
game against a Division I opponent since the 1994-95 campaign, when
the Norse dropped an 85-63 decision at Toledo.
It will mark the first-ever
meeting between NKU and BYU.
NKU and Thomas More
will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 in Regents Hall. The Norse will travel
to Florida during the Christmas break for games at Nova Southeastern
(Dec. 29) and Lynn (Dec. 30). Lynn posted a 29-6 record last season
and defeated top-ranked Findlay at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Defending GLVC champion
Southern Indiana visits Regents Hall on Jan. 7 for the only regular-season
meeting with NKU. The GLVC will be split into two divisions this
season, with NKU competing in the East.
The GLVC East division
includes NKU, Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis, Wisconsin-Parkside,
Indianapolis and Saint Joseph’s. The GLVC West division will
be comprised of Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois at Edwardsville,
Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri-Rolla, Quincy, Rockhurst and Drury.
NKU’s final home
game will be Feb. 11 against Saint Joseph’s. The Norse end
the regular season with road games at Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan,
Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis.
The GLVC Tournament
will be held March 2-5 in Roberts Stadium at Evansville, Ind. The
top three teams in each division and two wild cards will qualify
for the eight-team event.
NKU advanced to the
championship game of the GLVC Tournament last season before losing
to Southern Indiana. The Norse posted an 8-12 record in the GLVC
a year ago.
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