BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced that the Beavers will break the seal on the 2008-09 season Tuesday (Nov. 11) in an exhibition game versus the Indiana University Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind. Game time is yet to be determined.
“We are very fortunate and excited about the opportunity to play one of the top ten programs in the history of college basketball,” said Bowen. “It is a unique situation and for us to have the opportunity to play at their place and possibly be televised on the Big Ten Network is extremely thrilling for Bemidji State basketball.”
The Nov. 11 match-up will mark the first ever meeting between the Beavers and the Hoosiers and will be the fifth consecutive season the team has opened the slate with a NCAA Division I institution and the second time in the last three years it has been versus a team from the Big Ten. Bemidji State traveled to the University of Minnesota to begin its 2006-07 schedule.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for head coach Matt Bowen as he graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Heath, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). While at Indiana, he was a student manager for then head coach Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers (1990-95) where he was part of two Big Ten titles (1991, 1993) and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
“I am really excited to go back to Bloomington,” commented Bowen. “I have a tremendous amount of memories and have a ton of family that still live in Indiana. It will be an enjoyable homecoming that I am looking forward too.”
Bemidji State’s ties to Indiana University run deeper than just Bowen. Indiana University’s assistant coach Tim Buckley earned his bachelor’s degree in communications in 1986 from Bemidji State and completed his master’s work in administration of physical education at the University in 1988. He was a member of the Beavers men’s basketball team for two seasons (1984-86) where he earned Honorable Mention All-NSIC honors in 1985. He began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Bemidji State from 1986-88.
Bemidji State returns eleven players from a team that finished ninth in the NSIC with a record of 6-21 overall and 3-15 in conference play. Bowen also added three new players all of who are incoming freshman for the upcoming season.
Bemidji State University, located in
Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).