Men's Basketball Unveils 2018-19 Schedule

Shawn Roundtree Jr. and his Chippewa teammates open the 2018-19 season at home on Nov. 6 against Concordia.
Shawn Roundtree Jr. and his Chippewa teammates open the 2018-19 season at home on Nov. 6 against Concordia.
Aug. 1, 2018

Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan men’s basketball team is scheduled to open the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at McGuirk Arena against Concordia.

The game with the NAIA Cardinals kicks off a 31-game schedule that will take the Chippewas to the Bahamas and to Texas, among other points on the map, before they open Mid-American Conference play on Jan. 5, 2019 at Miami (Ohio)

“I think we’ve put together a nonconference schedule that will challenge us and will give our fans an opportunity to see what we’re about,” said Keno Davis, who is entering his seventh season as the Chippewas’ head coach.

CMU finished 21-15 last season, the program’s second-highest win total since 2002-03 and the fourth-consecutive season it has finished .500 or better. It is the first time the program has accomplished such a feat since the early 1970s.

CMU’s nonconference schedule includes a trip to Texas where it will take on Sam Houston State and TCU. The Bearkats finished fourth in the 13-team Southland Conference and earned a berth in the Postseason Tournament last season, while TCU, Davis predicted, will be a top-20 team in the preseason polls.

“To make a trip like that and really challenge yourself early in the season is going to pay dividends down the road,” Davis said. “Our guys are looking forward to showing what kind of talent they have and what kind of team we’re going to have.

Another highlight of the nonconference slate is a mid-November trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam. There, CMU will face Cal State-Bakersfield, Weber State and San Jose State. The game with Bakersfield will be a rematch of last year’s Great Alaska Shootout championship game, which the Chippewas won, 75-72.

“The Bahamas tournament is exciting for us because we will play a high level of competition, and it gives our guys an opportunity to get used to tournament play and prepare for the conference schedule,” said Davis, adding that he expects competition in the MAC to be exceptional in 2018-19, noting that 17 of the 20 all-conference players from last season return this season. “While we know we’re an improved team, we also know that teams on our schedule are much improved as well.

“Our job as always is to be playing our best basketball at the end and I think this schedule will help us prepare for that.”

The matchup with Bakersfield is one of several nonconference rematches on the ’18-19 slate. CMU is also slated to face Southern Utah, UMKC and Jackson State for the second consecutive season. The Chippewas defeated UMKC in Kansas City in overtime a year ago, beat Jackson State at McGuirk Arena, topped San Houston State in the Great Alaska Shootout, and lost a hard-fought 86-80 decision at Southern Utah.

For ticket information, stop by Ticket Central in the John G. Kulhavi Events Center or call (989) 774-3045.

2018-19 CMU men’s basketball schedule
Oct. 30 Davenport (exhibition)
Nov. 6 Concordia
Nov. 9 Chicago State
Nov. 15-18 Junkanoo Jam (Cal State-Bakersfield, Weber State, San Jose State)
Nov. 25 Siena Heights
Nov. 28 at Sam Houston State
Nov. 30 at TCU
Dec. 4 at Youngstown State
Dec. 8 Southern Utah
Dec. 19 UMKC
Dec. 22 Jackson State
Dec. 30 Indiana-South Bend
Jan. 5 at Miami (Ohio)*
Jan. 8 Akron*
Jan. 12 Bowling Green*
Jan. 15 at Northern Illinois*
Jan. 19 Ball State*
Jan. 22 at Akron*
Jan. 26 at Toledo*
Jan. 29 Eastern Michigan*
Feb. 2 Western Michigan*
Feb. 9 at Buffalo*
Feb. 12 at Bowling Green*
Feb. 16 Ohio*
Feb. 19 Kent State*
Feb. 23 at Ball State*
Feb. 26 at Eastern Michigan*
March 2 Toledo*
March 5 Northern Illinois*
March 8 at Western Michigan*

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