Kennesaw State University has released its official Men’s Basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. There are really no big surprises due to the leaks over the past month from online media, but it will definitely be a daunting task when facing some of the nation’s top competition. The three most high profile games are on the road vs. the Pittsburgh Panthers, Tennessee Volunteers and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame where Owls Head Coach Lewis Preston served as an assistant for six seasons from 2000 through 2006.
The Owls also get home games vs. the Atlantic-10 Conference’s Charlotte 49ers along with Chattanooga and Georgia Southern from the Southern Conference.
Coach Preston on the non-conference schedule: “Having the opportunity to play quality opponents from the SEC, Big East Conference, Atlantic-10 Conference and Southern Conference will help us in preparation for our conference schedule. My philosophy on scheduling is to put together a schedule that is challenging, yet gives us an opportunity to be successful and builds confidence as we move into our conference schedule.”
Inside the Atlantic Sun Conference, 2011-12 conference champion and annual powerhouse Belmont has moved to the Ohio Valley Conference which has cleared room for the Norse of Northern Kentucky to take their place. Although moving up from Division II, Northern Kentucky is no pushover as they have a 2011-12 exhibition victory over West Virginia under their belts. They finished with a record of 23-7 last year.
There is still plenty of competition in the conference with in-state rival Mercer returning almost their entire team. They won the 2011-12 postseason College Insider Tournament when they beat Utah State in the finals.
Other top teams in the conference include Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida and South Carolina Upstate; they are all rising programs who are returning a majority of their talent.
|Tuesday||10/30/12||Piedmont College (DIII) (Exhibition)||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Monday||11/12/12||South Carolina St.||Orangeburg SC||TBA||TBA|
|Friday||11/16/12||E. Kentucky||Richmond KY||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday||11/21/12||Georgia Southern||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday||12/19/12||Notre Dame||South Bend IN||TBA||TBA|
|Friday||12/21/12||IPFW||Fort Wayne IN||TBA||TBA|
|Monday||12/31/12||Florida Gulf Coast||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Saturday||01/12/12||North Florida||Jacksonville FL||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday||01/17/12||USC Upstate||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Saturday||01/19/12||East Tennessee St.||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Saturday||01/26/12||Northern Kentucky||Highland Heights KY||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday||02/07/12||North Florida||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday||02/14/12||East Tennessee St.||Johnson City TN||7:00pm||TBA|
|Saturday||02/16/12||USC Upstate||Spartanburg SC||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday||02/21/12||Northern Kentucky||Kennesaw GA||TBA||TBA|
|Saturday||03/02/12||Florida Gulf Coast||Fort Myers FL||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday||03/06/12||A-Sun Tournament Begins||Macon GA||TBA||TBA|