Bemidji State Announces 2003-04 Schedule
Thursday, April 3, 2003
April 3, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Bemidji State will face the daunting challenge of another grueling non-conference slate as well as participating in the always tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference as the 2003-04 schedule has been announced.

Opening up the campaign is 11 non-conference games with seven of them being away from the BSU Gymnasium. Northwest Missouri State, which hosts a tournament in late November, is slated as the season-opener. BSU and NMSU have faced each other just one time, back in the 1994 season with BSU taking a 98-66 affair. Last year, NMSU went 16-12 overall. The other team to compete at the tourney against the Beavers is York (Neb.) College, a NAIA Division II institution that finished 14-18 a year ago. BSU has never played against York.

Next, the Beavers will host their own tournament with North Dakota, Northwest Missouri State and St. Scholastica participating. UND, members of the North Central Conference and the regional semifinal game, was 26-6 and tied for third in the league in 2002-03. Belonging to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, CSS took second place in the UMAC and was 17-10 last year.

Of the remaining seven non-conference games in the month of December, only two teams maintained a winning record (St. Mary’s (Neb.) & South Dakota State) last season. But that number may be deceiving as one of those clubs is South Dakota State - the 2002-03 NCAA Division II champion with a overall record of 32-3. The other team is St. Mary’s, which carried the number three seed into the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament last season.

A sense of unfamiliarity will be the norm in the early going with BSU having faced St. Mary’s (Neb.), Western State (Colo.) and Wisconsin-Parkside a total of 11 times in school history - 10 of those contests have come against UW-Parkside. The only time BSU and SMU squared off was Nov. 24, 1985 when the Beavers were victorious, 65-56. Bemidji State holds a 6-4 advantage over UW-P with the last meeting coming Dec. 11, 1997.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference portion of the schedule may be to the Beavers favor as they host five straight after a two-game road stint to open things up. One concern is having to travel to the top two teams (UM-Duluth & Concordia-St. Paul) in the league before they come to Bemidji. Also, four of the final five regular season contests are on the road with three away games being against .500 clubs or better.

Bemidji State (9-18, 5-13 NSIC) lost its final two road games for the 2002-03 campaign Feb. 28-Mar. 1 and ended its 36th season of basketball with the most wins in three seasons. Also, the five league wins is the most since BSU went for seven three years ago.

Date    Opponent    TIME
Nov. 21-22    @ Northwest Missouri State Tourn.    TBA
Nov. 21    @ Northwest Missouri State    TBA
Nov. 22    vs. York (Neb.)    TBA
Nov. 28-29    Bemidji State Tourn.    TBA
Nov. 28    St. Scholastica    TBA
Nov. 29    North Dakota    TBA
Dec. 3    @ St. Cloud State    TBA
Dec. 6    St. Mary’s (Neb.)    3:00 p.m.
Dec. 13    @ Wisconsin-Parkside    TBA
Dec. 19    St. Cloud State    6:00 p.m.
Dec. 20    MSU-Mankato    3:00 p.m.
Dec. 28-29    South Dakota State Tourn.    TBA
vs. SDSU & Western State (Colo.)    TBA
Jan. 2    @ Concordia-St. Paul*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 3    @ Winona State*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6    Northern State*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 10    UM-Crookston*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 13    MSU Moorhead    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 16    Wayne State (Neb.)*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 17    Southwest State*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 24    @ UM-Duluth*    5:30 p.m.
Jan. 31    @ UM-Crookston*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 6    Winona State*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 7    Concordia-St. Paul*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 13    @ MSU Moorhead*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14    @ Northern State*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 20    @ Southwest State*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 21    @ Wayne State (Neb.)*    5:30 p.m.
Feb. 26    UM-Duluth*    5:30 p.m.
March 3    NSIC 1st Round (@ higher seed)    TBA
March 6    NSIC Semifinals& TBA
March 7    NSIC Championship& TBA
*Indicates Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests
Home games in Bold and played at BSU Gymnasium
& Played in St. Paul, Minn.
^Subject to change