Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Cleveland State men's basketball team released its complete 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

The 31-game schedule had been coming together over the course of the summer, but with the official unveiling, we now know the Vikings' final two non-conference opponents – Malone and Cedarville.

Early season highlights include two games at the Q, two games in Cancun and road contests at Rhode Island and Maryland.

The biggest surprise was that Gary Waters elected not to have an exhibition game, instead CSU will have two closed-door scrimmages against non-Division I programs.

The toughest stretch of CSU's non-conference schedule comes in November as five of their six games are away from the Wolstein Center.

CSU will open the season in Kent, Ohio. The Vikings will face Akron on Nov. 14 at Kent State's M.A.C. Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader, with Kent battling Youngstown State in the other game.

Three days later, the Vikings will host Malone in its lone home game in November, before hitting the road for five straight.

They close out November with four games in the Cancun Challenge.

The Vikings open the Cancun Challenge on the road at Rhode Island on Nov. 21, then head to Cancun, Mexico for two more. CSU will face Rider on Nov. 24, and then they will play either Houston Baptist or South Dakota State the next day.

CSU concludes the Cancun Challenge at Maryland on Nov. 28. The game will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

The month of December is much kinder to the Vikings who will play five of its final seven non-conference games at home.

They open December on the road at Toledo, then return home for two straight at the Q, hosting Kent State on Dec. 5 and Ohio on Dec. 12.

After a road game at Loyola (Ill.), CSU closes out the non-conference season with three straight at the Wolstein Center. Belmont, an NCAA tournament team a year ago, visits Cleveland on Dec. 19, followed by Bowling Green (Dec. 23) and Cedarville (Dec. 29).

The Horizon League announced it conference schedule on Sept. 3.


pat larson said...

Go vikings!

pat larson said...

CSU can actually make a run by the way the schedule sets up.