Nonconference Basketball Schedules Announced for 2010-11

MOUNT PLEASANT -- The nonconference schedule for the Central Michigan men's and women's basketball teams were announced on Thursday.

Both programs will open up with heavy road schedules and both programs have 2010 postseason teams that dot the slate, presenting challenges and opportunities as a tune-up for the Mid-American Conference schedule, which will be released later this fall.

Men's Basketball Opens at Rainbow Classic, Hosts Temple
Head men's basketball coach Ernie Zeigler and the Chippewas travel to Hawai'i for the Rainbow Classic to open the 2010-11 season. CMU squares off with Cal State Fullerton, Montana State and Hawai'i during the event, starting with CSU in the season opener on Nov. 12.

"Opening up in the Rainbow Classic is a great opportunity for our program," Zeigler said. "It's a very prestigious event. There is a chance for us to benefit from national exposure early in the season because of our inclusion in the tournament."

The Chippewas open up with five straight on the road before opening their new home, the CMU Events Center, against Temple on Dec. 1.

"The opener against Temple is going to be something we can look back on and be excited about," Zeigler said. "They have a talented veteran team that will likely be ranked in the preseason top-25, and the opening of the Events Center will create an exciting environment for that contest."

Five of CMU's first eight contests are on the road, before hosting four straight. A trip to UNLV on Dec. 30 rounds out the nonconference schedule.

"I'm really pleased with our nonconference schedule," Zeigler said. "It's one that will challenge us by playing very competitive opponents, including two that played in the NCAA Tournament in Temple and UNLV."

Six 2010 Postseason Teams Highlight Women's Basketball Slate
Head women's basketball coach Sue Guevara and the Chippewas open up against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 12 as part of a tournament hosted by Winthrop University.

The Chippewas also travel to tournaments hosted by the University of Iowa (Nov. 20-21), Northern Arizona (Nov. 26-27) and Evansville (Dec. 3-4)

"We struggled on the road last year, but we'll have to put that behind us this year with seven straight road games to open the year," head coach Sue Guevara said. "We'll be road and tournament tested when it comes time for conference play. The teams we're facing will throw a variety of challenges and styles our way, preparing us for our MAC schedule."

The women's basketball team opens up the home slate against Ole Miss on Dec. 18 after playing the season's first seven games on the road. It starts a span of three straight home games to close out the nonconference schedule.

CMU could potentially face six teams that participated in postseason tournaments a year ago. Iowa (Nov. 21) advanced to the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina A&T, Northwestern (Dec. 11), Ole Miss (Dec. 18) and Pittsburgh (Dec. 31) all advanced to the WNIT. Wichita State (Dec. 22) advanced to the College Basketball Invitational.

"We face opponents from the Big Ten and Big East, with plenty of postseason teams sprinkled in," Guevara said. "When we get the chance to open up our home schedule against Ole Miss, it will be  special day. We'll want to open the CMU Events Center with a win after closing down Rose Center with a big MAC Tournament win. We played Ole Miss tough a few years ago, and our fans will be very excited to see us for the first time in 2010-11."
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