Men's Basketball

Eastern Kentucky faces big tests early in season

The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team released a 2008-09 schedule Wednesday that includes 14 home games along with trips to Texas Tech and Cincinnati.

"Our expectation is that the OVC will be the best that it has been in the four years that we have been at EKU," Coach Jeff Neubauer said in a news release. "Our non-conference slate, with opponents from the Big 12, Big East, Sun Belt and two from the MAC, should be an outstanding training ground for our new faces as we prepare for the OVC."

EKU's season opener is Nov. 14 at Florida International. Its home opener is Nov. 18 against Winston-Salem State.

The Colonels travel to Texas Tech as part of the Legends Classic tournament at the end of November. On Dec. 20, Eastern Kentucky visits Cincinnati.

The Colonels begin their 18-game Ohio Valley Conference schedule at home on Dec. 4 against Murray State.

Three starters return for EKU this season, including All-OVC player Mike Rose. The Colonels tied for fifth in the OVC last season while going 14-16 overall.