NEWBERRY - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the Wolves' three exhibition games against Division I opposition to supplement the 2013-14 regular season schedule.
The Wolves' high-pressure system will be tested by the College of Charleston, UAB and Norfolk State, marking the full complement of available exhibition games for Newberry.
"We want to play the best teams to help prepare us," Davis said. "We are extremely excited to get the chance to play three Division I teams who have all been great over the past few years."
at College of Charleston, Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m.
Newberry and College of Charleston were longtime foes before the Cougars jumped to the Division I ranks, with the two schools meeting 108 times. Newberry holds a 63-45 advantage in the all-time series, while College of Charleston won the last meeting 72-47 on December 14, 2003. Newberry's last win in the series was a 68-66 win in Eleazer Arena on January 9, 1988. This game will not count toward either team's record.
This will be Newberry's first visit to Charleston's $45 million TD Arena, which opened in 2008. The Cougars are entering their first season as members of the Colonial Athletic Association and are coming off of a 24-11 season that ended in the first round of the CBI to current conference mate George Mason.
at UAB, Saturday, January 4, 2 p.m. Central
Newberry and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will meet for the first time in athletic competition in UAB's Bartow Arena in downtown Birmingham. The game is a regular season game for the Blazers, but will not count against the Wolves' overall mark.
UAB is a member of Conference USA and went 16-17 overall in 2012-13. The Blazers last made the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
at Norfolk State, Sunday, January 5, 4 p.m.
The Wolves will face a quick turnaround and 718-mile overnight trip for their first-ever meeting with the Spartans of Norfolk State. Similar to the Saturday game, the Sunday contest is a regular season game for NSU, but will not affect the Wolves' overall record.
Norfolk State went 21-12 overall in 2012-13 with a perfect 16-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and undefeated 11-0 mark on their home floor at Echols Hall. The Spartans were upset in the MEAC Tournament and were knocked out of the first round of the NIT by Virginia. NSU will likely have a new look under a new coaching staff after head coach Anthony Evans was hired by Florida International. Fans may recognize the Spartans from their 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance, where they became just the fifth No. 15 seed to defeat a No. 2 seed with a win over Mizzou.
Newberry's regular season schedule will start at home on Sunday, November 10, against former head coach Jeremy Luther and the Armstrong Pirates.