Milwaukee men’s basketball unveils non-conference schedule
MILWAUKEE (Aug. 23, 2017) - The Milwaukee men's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule today, featuring eight home games and a challenging array of quality opponents, including dates at Wisconsin, Iowa State and Belmont.
Game times and television broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
"Our non-conference schedule is going to provide us a great test to open the season," Milwaukee head coach, Pat Baldwin said. "Several high-profile opponents coming off NCAA Tournament appearances will present a great challenge for the guys and we are also excited to host the Black & Gold Shootout. Most importantly, our fans will have the opportunity to watch eight home games as we prepare for the start of the Horizon League season."
Beginning with an exhibition November 2 against Wisconsin Lutheran, the Panthers kick off the 2017-18 campaign at home. The exhibition contest against the Warriors will be the only home game to be played at the Klotsche Center this season.
The season opener will be November 10, with Milwaukee hosting the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at UWM Panther Arena.
The first road trip will be a test, heading to Ames, Iowa, for a battle against an Iowa State team that went 24-11 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following the date with the Cyclones, the Panthers return home to host the "Black & Gold Shootout", welcoming Concordia-St. Paul Nov. 17, Elon Nov. 18 and Florida International Nov. 19.
Black Friday will be a fun one for Panther fans, as the team heads to Madison to play Wisconsin after a one-year hiatus of the series. The game, set for November 24, sees UWM take on a Badger team that went 27-10 last season, falling in the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament after knocking off No. 1 Villanova in the second round.
A drive down to DeKalb, Ill., follows, taking on Northern Illinois November 29 before opening the month of December at home when Milwaukee hosts Montana State Dec. 2.
A three-game stretch on the road takes the Panthers to Jacksonville Dec. 5, Western Illinois Dec. 9 and a final stop in Nashville, Tenn., to take on Belmont Dec. 13. The Bruins are a top program in the Ohio Valley Conference, going 23-7 a season ago while advancing to the second round of the NIT. The team has played in the postseason each of the past seven years, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Milwaukee then wraps up the non-league slate with a pair of home contests, welcoming former Horizon League foe Loyola Dec. 16 prior to meeting up with Western Michigan Dec. 22 before the conference slate is set to open.