WAYNE – With the fall schedules announced previously, the Wayne State College men’s basketball schedule was recently finalized Monday afternoon.
In a release from the Wayne State Athletics Office, the Wildcat men’s basketball team will host 16 contests, compete in an exhibition game at Wright State in Ohio and travel to Puerto Rico for a Thanksgiving trip.
To open the season, WSC will compete with Division I foe Wright State on Friday, November 3. Wright State is coached by Scott Nagy, father of senior guard Tyler Nagy with the Wildcats.
Wayne State’s regular season opens on Friday, November 10 at in-state rival Nebraska-Kearney with the Lopers returning to Wayne two days later to face the Wildcats in the home opener on Sunday, November 12. WSC hosts Barclay College of Kansas on Friday, November 17 followed by the NSIC opener vs. Augustana on Monday, November 20 in Rice Auditorium.
The Wildcats close out the November slate with a trip to Puerto Rico to play two games on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 against Division II opponents to be named at a later date.
The December slate boasts 10 games with five at home in a stretch of 11 days. WSC opens the month of December with NSIC road games at Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul on December 1 and 2. The ‘Cats then return to Rice Auditorium for a five-game homestand starting on Tuesday, December 5 vs. Nebraska Christian College with NSIC home games set for Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 vs. University of Mary and Minot State.
The Wildcats conclude the non-conference slate on Monday, December 11 vs. Mount Marty and Friday, December 15 against Grace Bible University.
WSC wraps up the December portion of the schedule with road contests at Augustana on Tuesday, December 19 followed by games at Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State December 30 and 31.
Six of Wayne State’s eight games in January will be played at Rice Auditorium, starting January 5 and 6 with NSIC home games vs. Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State. The lone road trip for WSC in January comes on the 12 and 13 visiting Northern State and MSU Moorhead. Home games to close out the month of January find the Wildcats hosting Winona State and Upper Iowa January 19 and 20 and St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth coming to Wayne January 26 and 27.
The February schedule of six games starts with WSC on the road at Bemidji State February 2 and Minnesota Crookston February 3. The final home regular season games are February 9 and 10 against Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls. WSC ends the regular season on the road with visits to Upper Iowa February 16th and Winona State February 17th.
The Wayne State College men’s basketball team had their 2016-17 season come to an end with a 10-19 record, placing sixth in the NSIC South Division at 8-14 in league play. The Wildcats doubled last year’s win total under first-year head coach Jeff Kaminsky who returns all players for the upcoming season since last year’s roster had no seniors.