Men's Basketball

Morehead State basketball schedule marked by tough road tests, home rivalry games

Morehead State Eagles head coach Sean Woods watched his team line up for a free throw in the first half of the Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky basketball game at McBrayer Arena in Ricmond, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Morehead State Eagles head coach Sean Woods watched his team line up for a free throw in the first half of the Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky basketball game at McBrayer Arena in Ricmond, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Morehead State University announced a challenging 2015-16 men's basketball schedule Wednesday that includes a grueling road stretch in December, 15 home games and 11 opponents that played in the postseason last season.

Morehead's home schedule is highlighted by Johnson Arena games against Marshall on Nov. 24, Southern Mississippi on Nov. 28, and conference rival Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 10.

In December, the Eagles face consecutive road games at Saint Louis (Dec. 2), Indiana (Dec. 5), Pittsburgh (Dec. 13) and Eastern Washington (Dec. 17).

"Those are four quality teams," Woods said. "We'll have to show a lot of character with those quick turnarounds. We won't have a lot of time to prepare, but that will help us prepare for tournament time. Every year we try to do something like this to help get us accustomed to a tournament-type atmosphere."

Morehead's non-conference slate also includes home games against Cincinnati Christian, Western Carolina, Green Bay and St. Catharine, and road games at Illinois State, Northern Kentucky, Davidson and East Tennessee State.

The game against Marshall will be the 97th meeting with the Thundering Herd in a series that began during the 1939-40 season.

"I like our home schedule, with the likes of Southern Miss and Green Bay," Woods said. "It really gives us some interesting home games, which should get our fans excited about having some big-time quality teams come in. Marshall coming to our place is going to be big, so I'm looking forward to that."

The Eagles' OVC schedule includes 16 games. Morehead State opens league play at Murray State (Jan. 2).

Morehead State will play all of the teams in its division, the East, two times each, and face teams in the West once.

Morehead State, which finished 17-17 overall and 10-6 in the OVC last season, opens the season Nov. 5 with a home exhibition against Asbury.

Game times and home event promotions will be announced at a later date.

2015-16 SCHEDULE

Nov. 3 ASBURY-x

Nov. 13CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN

Nov. 16 At Illinois St.

Nov. 21 At Northern Kentucky

Nov. 24 MARSHALL

Nov. 28 SOUTHERN MISS

Dec. 2 At Saint Louis

Dec. 5 At Indiana

Dec. 13 At Pittsburgh

Dec. 17 At Eastern Washington

Dec. 20 WESTERN CAROLINA

Dec. 23 At Davidson

Dec. 28 GREEN BAY

Dec. 30 At East Tennessee St.

Jan. 2 At Murray State

Jan. 7 SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Jan. 9 TENNESSEE-MARTIN

Jan. 14 At SIU-Edwardsville

Jan. 16 At Eastern Illinois

Jan. 21 TENNESSEE TECH

Jan. 23 JACKSONVILLE ST.

Jan. 27 AUSTIN PEAY

Jan. 30 At Eastern Kentucky

Feb. 4 At Belmont

Feb. 6 At Tennessee St.

Feb. 10 EASTERN KENTUCKY

Feb. 13 BELMONT

Feb. 16 ST. CATHARINE

Feb. 18 TENNESSEE ST.

Feb. 25 At Tennessee Tech

Feb. 27 At Jacksonville St.

x-exhibition game

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