The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team announced a 2011-12 schedule Friday that features 14 home games and a pair of road games against Southeastern Conference opponents.
Coach Jeff Neubauer's Colonels tip off their regular season Nov. 7 at Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic.
EKU's home opener is Dec. 3 against Brescia.
"Our team will be tested early by playing our first eight games away from home," Neubauer said.
The Colonels' non-conference schedule also includes a trip to Arkansas on Dec. 20.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville joins the Ohio Valley Conference schedule this season, but the league slate has been trimmed from 18 to 16 games.
EKU will play Jacksonville State, Murray State, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin once, and the remaining six OVC teams twice.
The Colonels host rival and defending OVC Tournament champion Morehead State on Feb. 11.
The eight-team OVC Tournament will be played in Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium from Feb. 29 to March 3.
Fans will have two chances to see the Colonels for free before the regular season begins. EKU will host Halloween Hoopfest on Oct. 27 and an exhibition game against Urbana on Nov. 2.
Eastern Kentucky schedule
Home games in capital lettersAll times p.m. and Eastern
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 2 URBANA-x 7
Nov. 7 At Mississippi State-y 8
Nov. 12 At Winthrop 4
Nov. 14 At Presbyterian 7
Nov. 18 At Liberty-y 7
Nov. 19 William & Mary-y (at Lynchburg, Va.) 5
Nov. 20 Lehigh-y (at Lynchburg, Va.) 1
Nov. 27 At Norfolk State 7
Nov. 29 At Delaware State 7
Dec. 6North Carolina Central8
Dec. 10Georgia Southern7
Dec. 17 At Jacksonville State TBA
Dec. 20 At Arkansas TBA
Dec. 29Austin Peay7
Dec. 31Tennessee State2
Jan. 4 At Murray State TBA
Jan. 7Southeast Missouri7
Jan. 12 At Austin Peay 8
Jan. 14 At Morehead State TBA
Jan. 19 TENNESSEE-MARTIN 7
Jan. 26Tennessee Tech7
Jan. 28 At Tennessee State TBA
Feb. 2 At Eastern Illinois 8
Feb. 4 At SIU-Edwardsville 8
Feb. 11Morehead State7
Feb. 15 At Tennessee Tech 8
Feb. 18 TBA2 TBA
Feb. 23 SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 7:30
Feb. 25Eastern Illinois7
Feb. 29-March 3 OVC Tournament at Nashville
x-Exhibition game; y-2K Sports Classic; z-ESPN BracketBuster game.