BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University head men’s basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced the Beavers’ 2008-09 men’s basketball schedule. The 27-game slate, 12 of which are home games, is highlighted with match-ups versus four of the eight teams in the 2008 North Central Region Tournament, including the 2008 NCAA Division II National Champion Winona State University. The Beavers will also compete in the first ever NSIC Holiday HoopsFest held in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Bemidji State will open the 2008-09 season at home for the first time since 2003-04 when the Beavers rekindle a series with Jamestown College that has been idle since 2003. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 18. BSU will then head west on highway 2 to Grand Forks, N.D. for a meeting with the University of North Dakota, on Saturday, Nov. 22. Wrapping up the month of November Bemidji State will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to compete in the first ever NSIC Holiday HoopsFest hosted by Augustana College and Northern State University. The Beavers open the HoopsFest on Nov. 29 versus Upper Iowa University followed by a tilt with Northern State on Nov. 30. Both games are slated for 3 p.m. starts.
BSU continues play on the road opening its conference schedule versus Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Dec. 5, the first time the Beavers have opened up conference play versus MSU Moorhead since Jan. 10, 1992. The following evening BSU continues league play by visiting the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
The Beavers will return home to host a pair of conference games on Dec. 12-13. The Beavers first welcome the 2008 NCAA Division II National Champion Winona State Warriors to the BSU Gymnasium on Dec. 12 followed by Upper Iowa on Dec. 13. Both contests are slated for 8 p.m. starts. After a short four game swing through league play the Beavers step out of the NSIC to take on a couple non-conference opponents to wrap up the 2008 calendar year. BSU visits Jamestown (N.D.) on Dec. 18 and will host the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Dec. 20 for the first time since the 1992 season.
To begin the new year the Beavers will play six of its ten games in January on the road beginning with a trip to Sioux Falls, S.D. and Wayne, Neb. to battle Augustana and Wayne State (Neb.). After a year off, BSU will rekindle its series with Augustana on Jan. 2 for just the ninth ever meeting between the two teams. Jan. 3, the Beavers continue heading west to take on Wayne State (Neb.). On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Beavers will head to Dickinson, N.D. for the first time in history to take on the Dickinson State Blue Hawks.
BSU will return to the BSU Gymnasium for the first time in 2009 to host Concordia-St. Paul on Jan. 9 followed by St. Cloud State on Jan. 10.
After the brief home stint the Beavers will embark on their longest conference road swing of the season as they will visit Northern State (Jan. 16), the University of Mary (Jan. 17) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 24).
BSU tackles Minnesota State University Jan. 30 in the first half of a two-game home stand to close out the month of January. The last game in January for the Beavers falls on Jan. 31 against Southwest Minnesota State University.
February will open with BSU visiting Concordia-St. Paul on Feb. 6 followed by a trip to St. Cloud, Minn., to battle the Huskies from St. Cloud State on Feb. 7. BSU will return home for a weekend tilt with MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston on Feb. 13-14. The Beavers wrap up the road portion of their schedule on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Winona State.
BSU finishes the regular season with a pair of home games versus conference opponents. In a rare Wednesday evening contest, the Beavers host Minnesota Duluth on, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. and then wrap up the regular season hosting Wayne State in a matinee affair on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The NSIC tournament is scheduled to begin in March but the dates are yet to be determined.
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.
University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II
institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference