July 08, 2008
USI announces 2008-09 men's basketball schedule
Screaming Eagles have 19 home games in upcoming campaign
Complete 2008-09 Schedule Release
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team starts the 2008-09 regular season campaign in search of history as it plays in the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic for the third time in four seasons. USI will be trying to win a tournament record fourth championship in five appearances at the preseason tournament, which runs November 7-9.
Pairings for the Tip-Off Classic are pre-announced again this year with USI scheduled to play Saint Martin University, Minnesota State University, and Bentley College in the three-day tournament.
Prior to playing in the prestigious preseason tournament, the Screaming Eagles will play an exhibition game against the University of Evansville November 1. The Eagles last played the Aces in 2006 and will be completing a three-games-in-five-seasons contract that began in 2004.
The 2008-09 campaign also features 19 USI home contests, beginning November 15 against Urbana University to start a six-game homestand. The 19-game home schedule includes nine GLVC contests.
Included in the six-game homestand is the second annual Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament November 28-29. The Thanksgiving classic-style tournament features USI, Bellarmine University, Florida Southern College, and King College.
Sandwiched between the opener with Urbana and the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament, the Eagles host Harris-Stowe State University November 18; the University of Saint Francis on November 22; and Missouri Baptist University November 24. USI finishes the non-conference schedule with Temple Baptist College December 13; Maryville College December 20; Tiffin University December 30; and January 26 against Lake Erie College.
GLVC play begins on the road in 2008-09 when USI goes to Lewis University December 4. The Eagles will ring in the New Year by starting the home-half of the GLVC Schedule against Saint Joseph's College January 2.
A highlight of the conference home schedule is the "Battle for the Bridge" game between USI and Kentucky Wesleyan College January 15. USI has won the last four regular season battles in the rivalry, including last season's 79-77 victory in Owensboro, Kentucky.
The GLVC West Division will be a little different this year with the departure of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to Division I. USI will host Drury University, which advanced to the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional last year, for the Eagles' homecoming game February 7.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information