Newberry College releases 2010-11 men's basketball schedule

Newberry College releases 2010-11 men's basketball schedule
Monday, August 23, 2010 | by New high octane offense gets its first look in exhibition game at Presbyterian

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis is pleased to announce the Wolves' 2010-11 playing schedule, which will feature an exhibition contest against long-time rival Presbyterian and 10 home contests in Eleazer Arena.

The Wolves' new high-octane offense will have its first public appearance on Thursday, November 4, as Newberry will take on Presbyterian College in an exhibition contest in Clinton at 7 p.m.

"In my short time at Newberry it has become very obvious what a traditional rivalry Newberry vs. PC is to both sides," Davis said. "Gregg Nibert is an excellent coach whose teams are always prepared. We have contrasting styles of play and if we can find a way to play with these Division I guys this early in our season, we should have a chance to compete in the SAC."

The regular season starts at home on November 13, with a 7 p.m. contest against regional foe Lander University. The game will be part of a doubleheader that is a Newberry fan's dream, with the football team playing a 2 p.m. game the same day.

"A football/basketball doubleheader is a rare combination indeed," Davis said. "We hope to bring the town of Newberry and the alumni out in full force to celebrate the regular season finale for football and the opening of a new era in Newberry men's basketball."

The Wolves will play the remainder of their non-conference schedule on the road. Newberry takes on Saint Paul's (Va.) and Johnson C. Smith in J.C. Smith's annual tournament in Charlotte, N.C., on November 20 and 21. The Wolves travel to Denmark, S.C., on November 23 to take on an old NAIA District Six rival in the Voorhees Tigers. The final game in November will mark a first for the Wolves, as they travel to the Washington, D.C., area on Thanksgiving weekend to visit Washington Adventist University on November 27.

South Atlantic Conference play begins on Saturday, December 4, with the Wolves hosting Tusculum University. The following weekend, Newberry will trek to Salem, W. Va., for a tournament at Salem International University, where the Wolves will play California (Pa.) and Hiwassee (Tenn.).

The fall semester wraps up with a December 14 road game at Coker in Hartsville and a SAC road contest at Lenoir-Rhyne on December 18.

The 2011 calendar year starts with back-to-back conference home games, with the Wolves hosting Mars Hill on January 5 and Lincoln Memorial on January 8. Newberry pays Anderson, the newest member of the conference, a visit on January 12 and plays at Carson-Newman on January 15 before another pair of home games against Wingate on January 19 and Catawba on January 26.

Newberry visits defending SAC Tournament champions Brevard on January 26 as part of three straight road games. Newberry follows up the trip to play the Tornados with games at Tusculum on January 29 and Mars Hill on February 2.

The Wolves play Lenoir-Rhyne on February 5 and Anderson on February 9 at Eleazer Arena before traveling to Lincoln Memorial on February 12 and Wingate on February 16.

After a February 19 home game against Carson-Newman, the Wolves will wrap up their home schedule on February 23 against Brevard. The close of the regular season will come on February 26 at Catawba.

The top eight teams in the conference will start the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at campus sites on March 2. The tournament moves to Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C., for the final four with the conference semifinals on March 5 and championship game on March 6.

"The schedule will be incredibly challenging with so many new guys and so little experience," Davis said. "It takes toughness to win college basketball games especially on the road, and we have only one non-conference home game. The South Atlantic Conference is one of the most balanced leagues in Division II and I'm sure this year will be no exception. We hope to find a way to compete in this outstanding league that is full of great coaches and players."

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