FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW head men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick has announced the 2012-13 schedule for the Mastodon basketball squad, a schedule that includes games against schools from 11 different conferences in the first 11 non-tournament contests of the season.
The year opens on November 5 with an exhibition against Alma College at the Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. The regular season opens in Auburn, Alabama on November 9 where the ‘Dons will face off against the SEC’s Auburn Tigers, who went 14-3 on their home floor a season ago.
Back in Fort Wayne, IPFW hosts Rochester College on Tuesday, November 13, in the second game of a women’s / men’s doubleheader.
The Mastodons will get first-hand experience of playing in three straight games – similar to the Summit League Tournament’s final three days – when the squad competes in the Eastern Michigan Tournament on November 16, 17, and 18 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Another game at the Memorial Coliseum on November 20, this time featuring the Judson Eagles at 7 p.m., sets the table for back-to-back road games, at Dartmouth on November 24, and at the Naval Academy on November 28.
December starts with IPFW’s Homecoming on the first of the month against the Mid-American Conference’s RedHawks of Miami at 7 p.m., which is followed by three consecutive road games. The first of the trio of road contests is scheduled on December 5 at the Horizon League’s Valparaiso University, before a trip further west features the ‘Dons against the Drake Bulldogs of the Missouri Valley Conference.
After a week off for final exams, IPFW returns to action on December 17 at the University of Notre Dame before hosting Kennesaw State at the Memorial Coliseum on December 21.
After the holiday break, the Mastodons open the 2012-13 Summit League season on December 27 in Indianapolis against IUPUI before trekking west to Macomb, Illinois for the weekend-closing, and calendar year-ending contest against the Western Illinois Leathernecks on December 29.
The new year opens at home with a January 2 contest in a "Heroes Day" game against the Naval Academy at the Gates Sports Center at 7 p.m. Three days later Nebraska Omaha comes to town for a 2 p.m. tip at the Memorial Coliseum on January 5.
The first road trip of the new calendar year sends the ‘Dons to the Dakotas, where they will face the Bison of North Dakota State (January 10) and the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State (January 12). The next two weekends keep IPFW in Fort Wayne with weekend series at the Memorial Coliseum against South Dakota (January 17) and UMKC (January 19), and a Gates Center series against Western Illinois (January 24) and IUPUI (January 26).
The last five weeks of the year rotate between home and road contests, with the Mastodons traveling to Omaha, Nebraska on January 31 for a Summit League contest with the Mavericks of Nebraska Omaha, before the team’s final Gates Center weekend follows with on-campus games against South Dakota State (February 7) and North Dakota State (February 9).
A week later the Mastodons play in a Valentines-day contest at UMKC, before traveling to Vermillion, South Dakota for a February 16 game against the Coyotes of South Dakota.
In the final home-week series of the season, the Mastodons play a mid-week game against the Oakland Grizzlies on Wednesday, February 20, before hosting a 2013 Sears Bracketbuster contest on February 23, which is also senior day.
The regular season closes on March 2 with a trip to Rochester, Michigan to take on Oakland, before traveling to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the 2013 Summit League Basketball Championships.
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