Redbird Men's Basketball Schedule Released
Sept. 8, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - The 2011-12 Illinois State men's basketball schedule was released by the Missouri Valley Conference Thursday and with the two exceptions of any potential changes due to the league's television package, along with trying to fill one more nonconference game, the slate is complete.
The Redbirds will have a minimum of 18 home dates this season, including a Nov. 6 exhibition game against Quincy.
Illinois State starts Valley play on Dec. 29, when the Redbirds host Northern Iowa. The Redbirds will be on the road five times during January, but will close out the month with a Saturday tilt against Southern Illinois on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. One week later (Feb. 4), Illinois State will host Bradley for another Saturday home game.
The Redbirds will close out the regular-season with two of the final three games taking place on Doug Collins Court. After the SEARS BracketBusters contest, ISU will host Wichita State on Feb. 22. The Redbirds will finish the regular-season at Bradley on Feb. 25.
ISU will open the 2011-12 campaign on Friday, Nov. 11, against Fresno State at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. This is the third date this game has been scheduled for.
The Redbirds will return home to open the 2011 Cancun Challenge with two-straight home games. Illinois State will host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Nov. 17 and Lipscomb on Nov. 19.
ISU will continue the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 22 and 23, at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The Redbirds will play their opening game against Rutgers, before facing Illinois or Richmond in the second contest.
Illinois State returns to Redbird Arena for three-straight contests, hosting Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 27), Chicago State (Nov. 30) and UNC Wilmington (Dec. 3). On Dec. 7, the Redbirds will make their return trip to Morehead State, after hosting the Eagles in 2010 as part of the SEARS BracketBusters event.
ISU will also have back-to-back home dates later in December, as the Redbirds will host Norfolk State (Dec. 18) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Dec. 20).
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