BEMIDJI, Minn. - Eight games versus six teams that advanced to the 2009 Central Region Tournament, including elite eight participant in the 2009 NCAA Division II Tournament Southwest Minnesota State University highlight the 2009-10 Bemidji State University men’s basketball schedule announced today by head coach Matt Bowen. Of the 27 games on the docket for the Beavers next winter, 12 will take place at the BSU Gymnasium, which includes 10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) games and two non-conferences tilts.
In addition to SMSU, the NCAA tournament qualifiers that BSU will face this season include: Augustana College (S.D.), Minnesota State, Northern State, St. Cloud State, and Winona State.
“I feel very fortunate that we have had the opportunity to play Minnesota, Indiana and now Wisconsin in addition to Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and North Dakota, an emerging Division I program, since I have been here,” commented Bowen. “We have been extremely fortunate to use some of the contacts that I have been able to build up through my coaching career and use this as an opportunity to get Bemidji State outside of just the northern Minnesota region.”
The Beavers break the seal on the 2009-10 season Nov. 4 in an exhibition game versus the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The match-up marks the first ever meeting between the Beavers and Badgers and is the sixth consecutive season the team has opened up the slate with a NCAA Division I institution and the third time in the last four years it has been versus a team from the Big Ten. BSU wraps up its exhibition season with the University of North Dakota on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
“The NSIC is as challenging a conference as anywhere in the country and I think we have developed our program to where we are competitive night in and night out,” said Bowen. “This year we have a nice mix of non-conference games playing in some neutral site games in the Viterbo Tournament in LaCrosse, Wis. and UW-Parkside Tournament in Kenosha, Wis.We also have two good home games against Finlandia and Jamestown as well as a road game against Northern Michigan, so we have some great competition on our schedule this season.”
Bemidji State opens the 2009-10 regular season with a trip to LaCrosse, Wis. to take part in the Viterbo Pepsi Tournament on Nov. 20-21. The Beavers battle the College of the Ozarks for the first time in school history on Nov. 20 to tip-off the tournament and the regular season. BSU wraps up its stay in LaCrosse, Wis. as the Beavers play host Viterbo or Silver Lake College on Nov. 21.
For the second consecutive season the Beavers host Jamestown College, its lone Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) opponent of the season, on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in their home opener. Wrapping up the month of November, Bemidji State travels to Kenosha, Wis. to compete in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament. The Beavers play another first time opponent in Purdue North Central on Nov. 27 and rekindle a series with UW-Parkside that has been idle since 1994 on Nov. 28.
The (NSIC) opener pits BSU at home versus Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Dec. 4, the second consecutive season Bemidji State has opened up conference play versus MSU Moorhead. The following evening BSU continues league play by welcoming the University of Minnesota, Crookston to its home court.
The Beavers are be back on the road with a pair of conference games on Dec. 12-13. BSU first visits 2009 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament participant Winona State University on Dec. 12 followed by a trip to Fayette, Iowa to take on the Upper Iowa University Peacocks on Dec. 12. After a short four game swing through league play the Beavers step out of the NSIC for a road tilt with Northern Michigan University on Dec. 29 for the first time since Dec. 15, 2001.
To begin the new year the Beavers host Augustana College and Wayne State (Neb.). The Beavers welcome another 2009 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament participant in Augustana College to the BSU Gymnasium on Jan. 2. The following night Wayne State (Neb.) visits Bemidji, Minn. for a NSIC contest.
BSU will head out on its first road trip of 2010 to visit Concordia University, St. Paul on Jan. 8 followed by a quick stay in St. Cloud, Minn. to battle the St. Cloud State University Huskies on Jan. 9.
After a brief road swing the Beavers embark on their longest conference home stand of the season welcoming Northern State (Jan. 15), University of Mary (Jan., 16) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 23).
BSU tackles Minnesota State University Jan. 29 in the first half of a two-game road swing to close out the month of January. The last game of the month pits the Beavers against 2009 NCAA Division II elite eight participant Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 30.
February will open with BSU hosting Concordia University on Feb. 5 followed by welcoming the Huskies from St. Cloud State on Feb. 6. BSU will pack its bags for a weekend tilt with MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston on Feb. 12-13 before stepping out of conference action to host Finlandia on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. for the first time since Nov. 29, 2001. The Beavers wrap up the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Feb. 20 versus Winona State.
BSU finishes the regular season with a pair of road games versus conference opponents. In a rare Wednesday evening contest, the Beavers visit Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 24 before wrapping up the regular season with a trip to Wayne, Neb. to take on the Wayne State Wildcats on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The NSIC tournament is scheduled to begin in March but the dates are yet to be determined.
All conference games are slated for 8 p.m, 6 p.m. or 4 p.m. starts. The games that start at 8 p.m. are Dec. 4 (MSU Moorhead), Dec. 5 (University of Minnesota, Crookston), Jan. 8 (@ Concordia University, St. Paul), Jan. 15 (Northern State), Jan. 16 (University of Mary), Jan. 29 (@ Minnesota State), Jan. 30 (@ SW Minnesota State), Feb. 5 (Concordia University, St. Paul), Feb. 6 (St. Cloud State), Feb. 12 (@ MSU Moorhead), and Feb. 24 (@ Minnesota Duluth). BSU will feature three conference games that start at 6 p.m., Jan. 2 (Augustana), Jan. 9 (@ St. Cloud State), and Feb. 13 (@ Minnesota, Crookston). The remainder of the NSIC tilts will tip-off at 4 p.m., Dec. 12 (@ Winona State), Feb. 13 (@ Upper Iowa), Jan. 3 (Wayne State), Jan. 23 (Minnesota Duluth), and Feb. 20 (Winona State). Start times are yet to be determined for the Viterbo Pepsi Tournament, UW-Parkside Tournament and the Northern Michigan contest.
Bemidji State returns eight players from a team that finished in a tie for tenth in the NSIC with a record of 8-19 overall and 6-14 in conference play. Bowen also added seven new players, five of who are incoming freshman, for the upcoming season.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., competes at the NCAA Division I and II levels and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and College Hockey America (CHA).