NEWBERRY, S.C. – Five games against NCAA Tournament teams and a game against Division I Kennesaw State highlight this year’s men’s basketball schedule for 2006-07.
“The schedule that we have is a very challenging one, but I feel that we will be up for the challenge,” said Newberry head coach Shaun Golden. “We play some non-conference teams early on that will prepare us for the rigorous South Atlantic Conference schedule.”
The Indians will start the season by participating in the Anderson Hardwood Tip-off Classic, which will be held at USC Upstate. Newberry will face Limestone on November 17 at 6:00 pm and will face USC Upstate, a two-year NCAA Tournament team, on November 18 at 8:00 pm. “The game with USC Upstate will be a challenging game, said Golden. Eddie Payne’s teams are always solid fundamentally and will poise a challenge for our guys in the early going.”
After a home game on November 21 against Allen, the Indians will travel to face another Peach Belt Conference school in Lander on November 24. From there, Newberry will travel to suburban Atlanta to face Division I Kennesaw State. “The Kennesaw State game was scheduled obviously for a variety of reasons, said Golden. They needed to schedule another non-Division I school and we have some kids from the Atlanta area which will give them a chance to play in from of their family and friends. Kennesaw State was a powerhouse during their time in Division II and we look forward to playing them.”
After home games in December against Francis Marion and Erskine, the Indians will face Anderson University in Anderson on December 16.
Newberry will start conference play at home on January 3 against Wingate, the defending SAC Tournament Champions and a 2005-06 NCAA Tournament participant. Other games of interest are two games against rival Presbyterian, another NCAA Tournament participant. “Every game in the SAC is a battle, without question, Golden said. In order for us to excel in this league, we must come to play every night. With Presbyterian’s move to Division I, our two games will definitely be special.”
Overall, Golden feels confident that the Indians will make significant strides in 2006-07. “With the guys we have signed for this season and the nucleus we already have in place, I look for us to make great improvements this season.”