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APSU Men’s Basketball’s 2013-14 Schedule Announced

 

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUClarksville, TN - Short in-state trips against major schools University of Memphis and Vanderbilt University balanced against an impressive mid-major corps of opponents will highlight the 2013-14 Austin Peay State University men’s basketball schedule, released July 10th.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

The Governors 30-game schedule will feature a 14-game home slate plus their now annual exhibition contest against Central Missouri (November 4th). APSU will open the regular season at home, Friday, November 8th, against Oakland City before facing one of their season’s toughest road games, November 14th, when it travels to Memphis.

After that contest, the Governors will play host to one-time rival and Missouri Valley foe Southern Illinois, November 19th, at home. This is only the second time since the turn of the century the two teams have played—the Govs lost at SIU in 2010 in the opening game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. It is the first time the Salukis will visit Clarksville since December 17th, 1994.

A tourney trip to Central Michigan—scheduled before APSU hired Derek van der Merwe from the CMU athletic administration to be its new athletics director—will see the Governors play three games in three days the weekend (November 21th to 23rd) prior to Thanksgiving.

The Govs will conclude November with a contest at Youngstown State—a return of the Penguins ESPN BracketBuster contest of 2012—two days after Thanksgiving. That will be the start of four straight Govs’ contests against mid-major opponents.

Austin Peay will open December with a home game against East Tennessee, December 4th. It will be the first of a home-and-home series with the former Ohio Valley Conference rival (the second game will be in Johnson City, TN on December 21st). The two teams have not met since the 2005-06 season.

The Governors will return last season’s game with Samford when they travel to Birmingham, AL for a December 7th contest before playing host to Liberty, December 14th. It will be a return engagement of last February’s final BracketBuster contest, a victory that helped propel the Flames to the Big South tourney title and NCAA appearance.

The Govs then will take a mid-major break to travel to Nashville, facing Vanderbilt, December 17th, before playing host to Lipscomb two days later. The Govs will wrap up pre-conference play with the return contest at East Tennessee before concluding 2013 with NAIA foe Dalton State, December 30th, which will be the Govs’ last non-conference contest.

In fact, the OVC slate basically will mirror last season’s schedule, with APSU opening at home this against UT Martin, January 2nd and playing Southeast Missouri, January 4th. The Govs opened last season on the road against those two opponents but in reverse order. In addition, the East Division teams APSU played on the road last year will come to Clarksville in 2013-14 and vice-versa.

APSU next will play three straight OVC road games, the first against Murray State, January 11th. The Govs follow by playing three straight home contests against Jacksonville State (January 23rd), Tennessee Tech (January 25th) and Murray State, February 1st.

The Govs will make their second trip to Nashville for two consecutive games against 2013 OVC tourney champ Belmont (February 6th) and Tennessee State (February 8th) before playing three of the next four games at home. In fact, the Governors’ February 22nd contest against Eastern Kentucky, considered the preseason favorite by most polls, will conclude the Govs’ home slate.

APSU will end OVC regular-season play on the road at Southeast Missouri (February 27th) and UT Martin (March 1st). The OVC tourney again will be played in Nashville at Municipal Auditorium, beginning Wednesday, March 5th. The tourney title game will be played Saturday, March 8th.

“We have a good mix of strong mid-major programs with a pair of high in-state majors in Memphis and Vanderbilt,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “They are both games that our fans reasonably can get to.

“We also are pleased to be bringing SIU to Clarksville for the first time in a while, Lipscomb, Liberty and to be playing a home-and-home with ETSU. I really like the balance we have and we hope that schedule will help us get ready for OVC play once we get to January.”

2012-2013 APSU Governors Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CT)
Mon, Nov 04 Central Missouri (Exh.) Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Fri, Nov 08 Oakland City Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Nov 14 Memphis at Memphis, Tenn. TBA
Tue, Nov 19 Southern Illinois Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Central Michigan Tournament
Thu, Nov 21 TBA at Mount Pleasant, Mich. TBA
Fri, Nov 22 TBA at Mount Pleasant, Mich. TBA
Sat, Nov 23 TBA at Mount Pleasant, Mich. TBA
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Sat, Nov 30 Youngstown State at Youngstown, Ohio TBA
Wed, Dec 04 East Tennessee Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Dec 07 Samford at Birmingham, Ala. TBA
Sat, Dec 14 Liberty Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Tue, Dec 17 Vanderbilt at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Dec 19 Lipscomb Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Dec 21 East Tennessee at Johnson City, Tenn. TBA
Mon, Dec 30 Dalton State Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Jan 02 UT Martin * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Jan 04 Southeast Missouri * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Jan 11 Murray State * at Murray, Ky. TBA
Thu, Jan 16 SIU Edwardsville * at Edwardsville, Ill. TBA
Sat, Jan 18 Eastern Illinois * at Charleston, Ill. TBA
Thu, Jan 23 Jacksonville State * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Jan 25 Tennessee Tech * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Feb 01 Murray State * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Feb 06 Belmont * at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Feb 08 Tennessee State * at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Feb 13 Eastern Illinois * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Feb 15 SIU Edwardsville * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Wed, Feb 19 Morehead State * at Morehead, Ky. TBA
Sat, Feb 22 Eastern Kentucky * Clarksville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Feb 27 Southeast Missouri * at Cape Girardeau, Mo. TBA
Sat, Mar 01 UT Martin * at Martin, Tenn. TBA
2014 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship
(Municipal Auditorium)
Wed, Mar 05 First Round at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Thu, Mar 06 Quarterfinals at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Fri, Mar 07 Semifinals at Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Sat, Mar 08 Championship at Nashville, Tenn. TBA

* OVC Conference Games


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