NOTE: The Appalachian State men's basketball schedule was incorrect in its date for the game at Jacksonville. Appalachian will face Jacksonville on Dec. 4, 2014 and NOT Dec. 3.
Appalachian State University mens basketball and the Sun Belt Conference revealed their schedules for the upcoming season on Thursday. Appalachians 2014-15 slate includes 12 home games and, for the first time in school history, is comprised entirely of NCAA Division I opponents.
I asked our players what kind of schedule they wanted to play and they want to be challenged, said head coach Jim Fox. Our schedule, both home and away, will provide that challenge for them. It will also give our program more exposure on the regional and national stage. Our non-conference slate will test us against some of the top programs in the country and will prepare us well for Sun Belt play. Our goal is to be playing our best basketball in February and March.
This years slate includes 29 games, nine of which will come against non-conference foes from eight different leagues including two from the Atlantic Coast Conference and one from the Southeastern Conference. In addition, three of Appalachians opponents finished with 20 or more wins last year while four advanced to postseason tournaments.
The season tips off with a 2 p.m. tilt at Ohio on Nov. 15. The Bobcats finished 25-12 last year including an 11-7 record and third-place finish in the Mid-American Conferences East Division, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The first home game of the season comes on Nov. 24 against Hampton. The Pirates, who will take on App State for the first time, finished 18-13 last year and earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Appalachian is also slated to take on Hofstra at home (Dec. 7) in its first-ever meeting against the Pride.
Other highlights in the non-conference slate come in the form of trips to Virginia Tech (Nov. 22), Georgia Tech (Dec. 15), Charlotte (Dec. 18) and Alabama (Dec. 22).
In addition, the Mountaineers will hit the road to face former Southern Conference rival Furman (Nov. 19) before heading to Jacksonville for the first time in school history (Dec. 3).
Appalachian opens its inaugural Sun Belt campaign at Arkansas State on Jan. 3 before returning home to take on defending Sun Belt Tournament champion UL Lafayette on Jan. 5. The Ragin Cajuns went 23-12 last year and upset Georgia State in the league championship game before falling to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia State also visits Boone in the first month of the season (Jan. 17). The Panthers went 25-9 a year ago, including an incredible 17-1 mark in league play and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to Clemson in the first round.
A familiar foe awaits the Mountaineers at the end of January when Appalachian travels to Statesboro, Ga. to face longtime rival Georgia Southern on Jan. 29. The Eagles make the return trip to Boone on Feb. 26 in the first of four-straight home games to end the regular season for the Mountaineers.
Of the Mountaineers 10 Sun Belt home games, four - Georgia State (Jan. 17), Troy (Feb. 7), UL Monroe (Feb. 28) and UT Arlington (March 7) - will be played on Saturdays.
Fans can catch their first glimpes of the Mountaineers in an exhibition against Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Check appstatesports.com in the coming months for official game times, television details and much more.
Season tickets for Appalachians inaugural season in the Sun Belt can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online at appstatesports.com/tickets. Single-game tickets will go on sale in early October.
2014 APP STATE SCHEDULE
Thu, Nov 06 LEES-MCRAE (exhibition) BOONE, N.C. 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov 15 Ohio at Athens, Ohio 2:00 PM
Wed, Nov 19 Furman at Greenville, S.C. 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov 22 Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, Va. TBA
Mon, Nov 24 HAMPTON BOONE, N.C. 7:00 PM
Wed, Dec 04 Jacksonville at Jacksonville, Fla. 7:00 PM
Sun, Dec 07 HOFSTRA BOONE, N.C. 2:00 PM
Mon, Dec 15 Georgia Tech at Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Thu, Dec 18 Charlotte at Charlotte, N.C. TBA
Sun, Dec 21 Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA
Sat, Jan 03 Arkansas State * at Jonesboro, Ark. TBA
Mon, Jan 05 UL LAFAYETTE * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Thu, Jan 08 South Alabama * at Mobile, Ala. TBA
Sat, Jan 10 UALR * at Little Rock, Ark. TBA
Thu, Jan 15 ARKANSAS STATE * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Sat, Jan 17 GEORGIA STATE * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Mon, Jan 19 Troy * at Troy, Ala. TBA
Thu, Jan 22 SOUTH ALABAMA * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Sat, Jan 24 Texas State * at San Marcos, Texas TBA
Thu, Jan 29 Georgia Southern * at Statesboro, Ga. TBA
Thu, Feb 05 UL Lafayette * at Lafayette, La. TBA
Sat, Feb 07 TROY * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Thu, Feb 12 UALR * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Sat, Feb 14 UL Monroe * at Monroe, La. TBA
Thu, Feb 19 UT Arlington * at Arlington, Texas TBA
Sat, Feb 21 Georgia State * at Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Thu, Feb 26 GEORGIA SOUTHERN * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Sat, Feb 28 UL MONROE * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Thu, Mar 05 TEXAS STATE * BOONE, N.C. TBA
Sat, Mar 07 UT ARLINGTON * BOONE, N.C. TBA
March 12-15 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, New Orleans
* Conference Games
Photo Courtesy: Jim Fox, App State Athletics