Appalachian State University Men’s basketball and the Sun Belt Conference revealed their schedules for the upcoming season this morning.
Appalachian’s 2014-15 slate includes 12 home games and, for the first time in school history, is comprised entirely of NCAA Division I opponents.This year’s line up includes 29 games, nine of which will come against non-conference foes from eight different leagues including two from the Atlantic Coast Conference and one from the Southeastern Conference. In addition, three of Appalachian’s opponents finished with 20 or more wins last year while four advanced to postseason tournaments.
The season tips off with a 2 p.m. tilt at Ohio on Nov. 15. The Bobcats finished 25-12 last year including an 11-7 record and third-place finish in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The first home game of the season comes on Nov. 24 against Hampton. The Pirates, who will take on App State for the first time, finished 18-13 last year and earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Appalachian is also slated to take on Hofstra at home on Dec. 7 in its first-ever meeting against the Pride.
Other highlights in the non-conference include trips to Virginia Tech on Nov. 22, Georgia Tech on Dec. 15, Charlotte on Dec. 18 and Alabama on Dec. 22. In addition, the Mountaineers will hit the road to face former Southern Conference rival Furman on Nov. 19 before heading to Jacksonville for the first time in school history on Dec. 3.
Appalachian opens its inaugural Sun Belt campaign at Arkansas State on Jan. 3 before returning home to take on defending Sun Belt Tournament champion UL Lafayette on Jan. 5. The Ragin’ Cajuns went 23-12 last year and upset Georgia State in the league championship game before falling to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgia State also visits Boone in the first month of the season (Jan. 17). The Panthers went 25-9 a year ago, including an incredible 17-1 mark in league play and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to Clemson in the first round.
A familiar foe awaits the Mountaineers at the end of January when Appalachian travels to Statesboro, Ga. to face longtime rival Georgia Southern on Jan. 29. The Eagles make the return trip to Boone on Feb. 26 in the first of four-straight home games to end the regular season for the Mountaineers.