Men's Basketball Completes 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule
June 11, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - Six regular-season home games including VCU's first visit to Redbird Arena since 1994, at least four contests against 2013-14 postseason qualifiers, and a trip to the Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam highlight the 2014-15 Illinois State men's basketball non-conference schedule, released Wednesday.
The Redbirds open with an exhibition game against Lewis on Monday, Nov. 10, before tipping off the regular season at home on Sunday, Nov. 16, versus Utah State on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Illinois State will then travel to the Virgin Islands for three games in the Paradise Jam during Friday through Monday (Nov. 21-24) before Thanksgiving.
"Once again, I am very happy with our non-conference schedule," third-year Illinois State head coach Dan Muller said. "We are in a great tournament and will play against some challenging and high-quality teams at home and on the road. We have a lot of work to do before November 10, but I could not be more excited about the group of players we have going into this season. Now let's fill Redbird Arena every home game! Go `Birds!"
ISU's home slate features a Tuesday, Dec. 2 matchup with 2013-14 NCAA Tournament qualifier VCU. The Redbirds will also travel to in-state rival and BIG EAST foe DePaul on Sunday, Dec. 14 before playing at 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) Champion-Murray State on Saturday, Dec. 20.
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Below is a detailed look at each non-conference opponent.
Posted a 21-6 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the (NCAA Division II) Great Lakes Valley Conference last season ... returning four of last year's five starters, including the Flyers' leading scorer and rebounder in Ryan Jackson (17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) and Julian Lewis (14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds) ... former Illinois Wesleyan head coach Scott Trost is in his ninth season as Lewis' head coach ... Lewis last qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2011-12 ... Illinois State holds a 16-4 advantage in regular-season games versus Lewis, with the Redbirds last playing - and beating - the Flyers, 85-66, Dec. 19, 2006.
Sunday, November 16 Utah State Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena 2:05 p.m. CT
November 21-24 at Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands UVI Sports and Fitness Center
Friday, November 21 Weber State (at Paradise Jam) UVI Sports and Fitness Center 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, November 22 or Sunday, November 23 LSU or Old Dominion (at Paradise Jam) UVI Sports and Fitness Center Time TBD
Monday, November 24 Opponent TBD (at Paradise Jam) UVI Sports and Fitness Center Time TBD
Saturday, November 29 Youngstown State Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Time TBD
SERIES: VCU leads, 4-1
VCU plays on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena in a return from a home-and-home series started last year in Richmond, Va., where the Redbirds fell in their 2013-14 season-opener to the Rams ... VCU earned a bid to the 2013-14 NCAA Tournament, continuing the program-trend of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament every year since 2010-11 ... amassed a 26-9 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference ... returning three of five starters, including leading-scorer Treveon Graham (15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds) ... led by sixth-year head coach Shaka Smart who owns a 137-46 record ... VCU and ISU are 1-1 at Redbird Arena, with current head coach and former player Dan Muller and the Redbirds earning their lone victory over the Rams, 77-68, on Dec. 18, 1994.
SERIES: Tied, 1-1
Illinois State Associate Head Coach and Birmingham, Ala., native Torrey Ward starred at UAB as a student-athlete from 1997-2000, earning Conference USA Runner-up Defensive Player of the Year to Kenyon Martin ... UAB went 18-13 overall and 7-9 in Conference USA last season ... returning two of five starters from last year ... leading-scorer Chad Frazier (17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds) is among the returners ... head coach Jerod Haase is entering his third season ... UAB qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 ... this will mark ISU's first-ever trip to UAB, with the Redbirds last facing the Blazers on Nov. 23, 2012, at the South Padre Island (Texas) Invitational, resulting in a 77-65 ISU victory.
SERIES: DePaul leads, 21-4
Illinois State travels to Rosemont, Ill., as a return for the home-and-home series launched with a Redbird victory - 69-64 - on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena last season ... DePaul posted a 12-21 overall record and a 3-15 mark in the BIG EAST Conference ... lost two out of five starters from last year, but return Billy Garrett, Jr. (12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds) ... head coach Oliver Purnell is starting his fifth season at DePaul and 27th overall ... the last NCAA Tournament appearance occurred in 2003-04, followed by a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) spot in 2006-07 ... ISU has won a series-best two-straight games against the Blue Demons.
SERIES: Illinois State leads, 3-0
Posted an 8-23 overall record and a 3-13 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference last season ... returning three out of last year's five starters, including leading scorer and rebounder Myles Taylor (14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds) ... first-year head coach Heath Schroyer is in his eighth overall season ... UT Martin advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ... all three of ISU's wins over the Skyhawks have occurred in Normal, Ill., with the Redbirds last beating UT Martin, 80-51, on Nov. 27, 2004.
SERIES: Murray State leads, 1-0
Won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship last season while earning a 23-11 overall record and a 13-3 Ohio Valley Conference mark ... returning four of five starters, including the leading scorer and rebounder: Cameron Payne (16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds) and Jarvis Williams (14.9 points, 9.9 rebounds) ... head coach Steve Prohm is entering his fourth season ... Murray State last qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 during a 31-2 campaign ... the only other time ISU and MSU met was on Dec. 11, 1971, resulting in an 85-74 Murray State victory.
SERIES: Illinois State leads, 1-0
Went 25-11 overall and 10-4 in the Summit League Conference while advancing to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) ... returning three out of last year's five starters ... leading rebounder Steve Forbes (12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds) is back ... head coach Jon Coffman is beginning his first-ever season as a head coach ... IPFW is coming off of a school-record 25 wins during 2013-14 ... lost by three points to North Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament Championship game ... ISU won the lone meeting between the two programs, 65-36, on Dec. 6, 2005 at Redbird Arena.
Monday, December 29 Quincy Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Time TBD
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