Aug. 1, 2014. Appalachian State University men’s basketball and the Sun Belt Conference revealed their schedules for the upcoming season on Thursday. Appalachian’s 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 year’s 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 Appalachian’s 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 Conference’s 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. 4).
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 Appalachian’s inaugural season in the Sun Belt can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online HERE. Single-game tickets will go on sale in early October.
Women’s Basketball Finalizes 2014-15 Schedule
Aug. 1, 2014. Appalachian State University women’s basketball and the Sun Belt conference announced their 2014-15 schedules on Thursday. Appalachian’s 28-game slate includes 14 home games and road contests at Kentucky and North Carolina.
“We are excited about the challenges for the 2014-15 season,” said head coach Darcie Vincent. “The first half of the season is comprised of two NCAA tournament opponents in Kentucky and UNC. Additionally we look forward to our annual rivalries with ETSU and Gardner-Webb. The second half of the season is full of untreaded waters as we begin our inaugural year in the Sun Belt. This is a new era in App State women’s basketball and we are ready to hit the ground running.”
The Mountaineers will officially kick off the season when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for a matchup against Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky on Nov. 14. The Wildcats went 26-9 last year with a 10-6 record in the SEC and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Appalachian continues the road trip with a stop in Johnson City, Tenn. on Nov. 19 for a game against annual opponent East Tennessee State. The Mountaineers and the Bucs have faced each other every season since 1978 with the Mountaineers leading the series, 42-31. App State’s first home game of the season will be on Nov. 22 against UNCW and will be the first of three straight games at the Holmes Center.
The homestand will include a matchup with non-conference opponent Gardner-Webb (Nov. 26), who the Mountaineers have faced each of the past five seasons, and Radford (Nov. 30)
The Apps will wrap up their non-conference schedule with trips to Furman (Dec. 6) and Atlantic Coast Conference opponent North Carolina (Dec. 14), before facing North Carolina A&T in Boone (Dec. 17). The Tar Heels went 27-10 overall and 10-6 in the ACC last season while advancing to the the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.
After a short break for the holidays, Appalachian will open up Sun Belt play with a matchup against defending regular season champion Arkansas State on Jan. 3. The Red Wolves went 14-4 in the conference last season, including 8-1 in conference play at home and also competed in the WNIT tournament.
On Jan. 24 the Mountaineers travel to San Marcos, Texas to play Texas State. The Bobcats finished fourth in the Sun Belt last season and reached the first round of the WBI tournament.
The team will travel to familiar territory in Statesboro, Ga. when they face former Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern on Jan. 29, with the Eagles returning to the High Country on Feb. 26.
The Mountaineers wrap up the regular season with four home games, ending with a matchup against UT Arlington on Mar. 7. The 2015 Sun Belt Championships are scheduled for March 11-14 in New Orleans, La. at Lakefront Arena.
Fans can catch the Mountaineers for the first time this season on Nov. 8 when they face Lees-McRae in an exhibition game.
Tip-off times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date. For additional information, contact the Appalachian State Athletics Ticket Office by phone at (800) 919-2777 or by visiting the ticketing homepage at appstatesports.com/tickets.