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Eagles men's basketball non-conference schedule released

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By Eastern Washington Athletics

It will be another year of challenge after challenge for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team when the Eagles embark upon their 2018-19 non-conference schedule.
The schedule was announced Monday (July 30) by EWU, and includes game times for all EWU home games – subject to change for television considerations. Eastern also still needs to fill one game against a non-NCAA Division I opponent, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 21.
Eastern will play 11 games – four at home and seven on the road – prior to the start of Big Sky Conference play on Dec. 29. Three of the road games will be at Pac-12 Conference foes, as well as a cross-country trip to play EWU's season-opener at Syracuse on Nov. 6.
"It's a challenge, but we'll be ready for tip-off on Nov. 6," said second-year head coach Shantay Legans. "We'll be tested on the road again, and our four games at home will be challenging as well. We're looking forward to the non-conference portion of our schedule preparing us for our league schedule and ultimately the Big Sky Tournament in March."
Eastern's conference schedule was announced on July 24. 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 (CBI).
Eastern will play Green Bay on Nov. 16 and either UMKC or Morehead State on Nov. 17, respectively, as part of a sub-regional of the 2K Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The Eagles will also host powerhouse South Dakota State on Dec. 18, and a non-Division I opponent yet to be determined on Dec. 21.
When the Eagles open the season on Nov. 6, they'll face a Syracuse team coming off a 23-14 record and appearance in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. Under veteran head coach Jim Boeheim, the Orange beat Arizona State (60-56), TCU (57-52) and Michigan State (55-53) before bowing to Duke (69-65). It will be EWU's first-ever meeting versus Syracuse, which finished 8-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Eastern follows that by playing at Oregon on Nov. 9, which along with Syracuse, are also games played as part of the 2K Classic.  After the 2K Classic sub-regional at Reese Court, the Eagles play their next five games on the road –- Washington, Seattle, North Dakota State and Stanford. Last season, in just the third game under Legans, Eastern upset Stanford 81-67 on Nov. 14, 2017.
In all, Eastern's non-conference schedule will include teams from seven different conferences – ACC, Pac-12, Horizon, Ohio Valley, Western Athletic, Summit and the West Coast. The 11 non-conference opponents EWU will play or could potentially play combined for a 202-170 overall record last season, and were 90-92 in their respective leagues.
Besides the success of Syracuse, South Dakota State also advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished 28-7 after winning the Summit League title with a 13-1 record.
Washington, Stanford and Oregon all played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), winning first-round games before bowing out in the second round.
Seattle and San Francisco joined EWU in the 2018 CBI. Both Eastern and the Redhawks – coached by former Eagle head coach Jim Hayford – fell in the first round. But the Dons advanced all the way to the championship series versus North Texas where USF won 72-62 in the opener but lost 69-55 and 88-77 in the next two games.
In all, 10 of EWU's 21 NCAA Division opponents appeared in postseason NCAA Division I Tournaments. Montana represented the Big Sky in the NCAA Tournament, while Portland State and Northern Colorado both played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
The complete schedule is listed below, and more information on EWU's 20-game league campaign is available at: http://goeags.com/news/2018/7/24/mens-basketball-new-20-game-league-schedule-begins-dec-29.aspx?path=mbball
More on the 2K Classic is available at: http://goeags.com/news/2018/6/11/mens-basketball-schedule-and-pairings-announced-for-2018-2k-classic.aspx?path=mbball

2018-19 EWU Men's Basketball Schedule

Day – Date – Opponent – Site – Time
Tuesday – Nov. 6 – at Syracuse – Syracuse, N.Y. – TBA
Friday – Nov. 9 – at Oregon – Eugene, Ore. – TBA
Friday – Nov. 16 – Green Bay& – Cheney, Wash. – 4:45 p.m. (approx..)
 –UMKC vs. Morehead State, 2:35 p.m.
Saturday – Nov. 17 – UMKC or Morehead State& – Cheney, Wash. – 3:15 p.m. (approx..)
– Consolation or Championship Game, 1:05 p.m.
– Consolation or Championship Game, 3:15 p.m. (approximately) . . . EWU will play in this game regardless of outcomes on 11/16
Tuesday – Nov. 27 – at Washington – Seattle, Wash. – TBA
Sunday – Dec. 2 – at Seattle – Seattle, Wash. – TBA
Saturday – Dec. 8 – at North Dakota State – Fargo, N.D. – TBA
Thursday – Dec. 13 – at San Francisco – San Francisco, Calif. – TBA
Saturday – Dec. 15 – at Stanford – Stanford, Calif. – TBA
Tuesday – Dec. 18 – South Dakota State – Cheney, Wash. – 6:05 p.m.
Friday – Dec. 21 – To Be Determined – Cheney, Wash. – 6:05 p.m.
Saturday – Dec. 29 – Weber State* – Cheney, Wash. – 2:05 p.m.
Monday – Dec. 31 – Idaho State* – Cheney, Wash. – 2:05 p.m.
Thursday – Jan. 3 – at Idaho* – Moscow, Idaho – TBA
Monday – Jan. 7 – at Northern Colorado* – Greeley, Colo. – TBA
Thursday – Jan. 10 – Montana* – Cheney, Wash. – 6:05 p.m.
Saturday – Jan. 19 – Montana State* – Cheney, Wash. – 2:05 p.m.
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. – 2:05 p.m.
Monday – Feb. 4 – Northern Arizona* – Cheney, Wash. – 6:05 p.m.
Thursday – Feb. 7 – at Montana State* – Bozeman, Mont. – TBA
Saturday – Feb. 9 – at Montana* – Missoula, Mont. – TBA
Saturday – Feb. 16 – Northern Colorado* – Cheney, Wash. – 2:05 p.m.
Monday – Feb. 18 – Idaho* – Cheney, Wash. – 6:05 p.m.
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. – 6:05 p.m.
Saturday – March 2 – Portland State* – Cheney, Wash. – 2:05 p.m.
Thursday – March 7 – at Idaho State* – Pocatello, Idaho – TBA
Saturday – March 9 – at Weber State* – Ogden, Utah – TBA
Monday – March 11 – Big Sky Tournament – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
Tuesday – March 12 – Big Sky Tournament – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
Wednesday – March 13 – Big Sky Tournament – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
Thursday – March 14 – Big Sky Tournament – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
Friday – March 15 – Big Sky Tournament – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
Saturday – March 16 – Big Sky Tournament Championship – Boise, Idaho (CenturyLink Arena) – TBA
All Times Pacific. *Big Sky Conference Game. &Sub-regional of the 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
All Eastern Home Games Played at Reese Court on the Eastern Washington University campus.
Athletics Web Site: HTTP:// WWW.GOEAGS.COM or HTTP://WWW.EWU.EDU

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