Statesmen 2012-13 schedule announced; marquee exhibition games against Vanderbilt and MVSU

Courtesy of GoStatesmen.com

By Herb Brooks

CLEVELAND, Miss. – With the 2012-13 season fast approaching the Delta State University men’s basketball program announced its schedule to the public on Thursday. Entering his first-season as head coach of the Statesmen, Jim Boone couldn’t be more excited about getting the schedule finalized.

“Scheduling is one of the most important elements in developing and building a successful program.” Boone stated, “We are very excited about this year’s schedule, not only because of the outstanding quality of competition we will face, but also for our students and fans in that we have scheduled 15 home games.”

DSU leads off this upcoming season with two high-profile exhibition games against Division I institutions South Western Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions Mississippi Valley State University on Thursday, November 1, and the South Eastern Conference champions Vanderbilt University on Monday, November 5, also both teams are coming off appearances in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

“I am also very appreciative and pleased to have the opportunity to play two outstanding programs in this year’s exhibition game schedule.  Mississippi Valley State and Vanderbilt were both NCAA Division I tournament teams last year and will be significant keys in our preparation for the season, and both are close enough to our campus for our students and fans to support our team.”

The Green-and-White are also scheduled to play a good mix of non-conference Division II opponents that will have regional implications early in the season, which will give the Statesmen a chance to gain valuable experience going into conference play and possibly the post-season.

“In order to prepare our team for the rigors and competitiveness of the Gulf South Conference, our non league schedule must be both challenging and diverse in regards to styles and tempos of play.  Our non league schedule is highlighted by five tough NCAA Division II region games, three at home, along with the addition of an old rival in Belhaven University.”

Date Opponent Location Time
11/1 Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, MS 7 p.m.
11/5 Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m.
11/13 Henderson State University Cleveland, Miss. 7 p.m.
11/17 LeMoyne-Owen College Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
11/20 University of Arkansas at Monticello Cleveland, Miss. 7:30 p.m.
11/27 Concordia College Cleveland, Miss. 7 p.m.
12/1 Christian Brothers University Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
12/8 Miles College Birmingham, Ala. 3 p.m.
12/15 University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, Ark. 4 p.m.
12/19 Selma University Cleveland, Miss. 7 p.m.
12/29 Belhaven University Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
1/3 Union University Jackson, Tenn. 8 p.m.
1/5 University of North Alabama Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
1/10 Shorter University Rome, Ga. 8 p.m.
1/12 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. 7 p.m.
1/17 University of West Alabama Cleveland, Miss. 7:30 p.m.
1/19 University of West Georgia Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
1/24 University of West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 7 p.m.
1/26 Valdosta State University Valdosta, Ga. 8 p.m.
2/2 Christian Brothers University Memphis, Tenn. 4 p.m.
2/7 Union University Cleveland, Miss. 7:30 p.m.
2/9 University of North Alabama Florence, Ala. 3 p.m.
2/14 Shorter University Cleveland, Miss. 7:30 p.m.
2/16 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.
2/21 University of West Alabama Livingston, Ala. 7:30 p.m.
2/23 University of West Georgia Carrollton, Ga. 4 p.m.
2/28 University of West Florida Cleveland, Miss. 7:30 p.m.
3/2 Valdosta State University Cleveland, Miss. 4 p.m.