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Eagles men's basketball conference schedule released

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By Eastern Washington Athletics

As expected, the 2018-19 schedule of games in the Big Sky Conference for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team will have a few twists and turns.
 
The schedule was announced by the league on Tuesday (July 24), and includes 20 league games for the first time since the 2013-14 and 2012-13 seasons. Those were the only years in the league's 55-year history the schedule has included 20 conference games.
 
The departure of North Dakota left the league with 11 members, making for a challenge in scheduling 20 games for each team in a span of 11 weekends. Travel partners – such as Idaho paired with EWU – were retained as much as possible, but the "lone wolf" is always prevalent when scheduling an odd amount of teams.
 
Most notably, Eastern will play four games on Monday, including three at home at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.  The Eagles will also host Montana and Montana State in back-to-back games, but those will come nine days apart.
 
However, the good news for the Eagles is that their road travel schedule is as good as could be expected. The lone Monday road game is at Northern Colorado -- four days after the Eagles play at nearby local rival Idaho.
 
"Scheduling 11 teams in a 20-game schedule is definitely a difficult task," said Eastern head coach Shantay Legans. "But we are pleased with how it came out for us. It's definitely different playing on Mondays, but we'll embrace the challenges and fight to win the league title."
 
Eastern's non-conference schedule, as well as game times, will be announced at a later date. The Big Sky Conference Championship, which will take place in Boise, Idaho, for the next three years, is scheduled for March 11-16, 2019 at CenturyLink Arena.
 
The Eagles finished the 2017-18 season with a 20-15 record in their 35th season as a member of NCAA Division I after finishing 13-5 in the league during their 31st season as a member of the Big Sky. Eastern made its fourth-straight national postseason appearance when the team competed in the 2018 College Basketball Invitational.
 
 
 

2018-19 EWU Men's Basketball Big Sky Conference Schedule

Day - Opponent - Location - Time
Saturday, Dec. 29 – Weber State – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Monday, Dec. 31 – Idaho State – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Thursday, Jan. 3 – at Idaho – Moscow, Idaho – TBA
Monday, Jan. 7 – at Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colo. – TBA
Thursday, Jan. 10 – Montana – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Saturday, Jan. 19 – Montana State – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Thursday, Jan. 24 – at Portland State – Portland, Ore. – TBA
Saturday, Jan. 26 – at Sacramento State – Sacramento, Calif. – TBA
Saturday, Feb. 2 – Southern Utah – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Monday, Feb. 4 – Northern Arizona – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Thursday, Feb. 7 – at Montana State – Bozeman, Mont. – TBA
Saturday, Feb. 9 – at Montana – Missoula, Mont. – TBA
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Northern Colorado – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Monday, Feb. 18 – Idaho – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Thursday, Feb. 21 – at Southern Utah – Cedar City, Utah – TBA
Saturday, Feb. 23 – at Northern Arizona – Flagstaff, Ariz. – TBA
Thursday, Feb. 28 – Sacramento State – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Saturday, March 2 – Portland State – Cheney, Wash. – TBA
Thursday, March 7 – at Idaho State – Pocatello, Idaho – TBA
Saturday, March 9 – at Weber State – Ogden, Utah – TBA

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