App State men’s basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
App State will play nine total games during the non-conference season, with five coming in Boone.
“I have been directly involved in scheduling for almost 15 years and this one was by far the most difficult to assemble,” said Kerns. “First of all, we are just thankful to be able to play and compete. I want to personally thank Chancellor Everts and Doug Gillin for their work to give us this opportunity. With the NCAA’s decision in August to delay our season start for two weeks, it really reshuffled some games for everyone across the nation.”
The season will tip on Nov. 25 with the Black and Gold traveling to take on South Carolina State.
The Mountaineers return to Boone two days later for a Nov. 27 meeting with Carver. The contest is the first of four straight home games for the Black and Gold.
App State welcomes Bowling Green to the Holmes Center on Nov. 30. Last season, the Falcons won 21 games and finished second in the MAC East with 12 conference victories.
The Mountaineers welcome Carolina University to the Holmes Center on Dec. 3 and host North Carolina Wesleyan on Dec. 6.
App State returns to the road for a Dec. 11 meeting with Charlotte.
The Mountaineers travel to Knoxville for a meeting with Tennessee on Dec. 15, followed by a home game two days later against Greensboro College on Dec. 17.
The non-conference slate concludes on Dec. 22 with a road contest at SEC foe Auburn. The contest is part of a series with the Tigers that sees them make a return trip to the High Country in 2022.
“This schedule was built with three goals,” added Kerns. “Fortunately, we were able to move towards those goals with this schedule:
Go and compete with the health and safety of your student-athletes and staff first and foremost. We have all bus trips and are able to play at home a number of times which we hope will help with all of those things.
We want to prepare ourselves for the always challenging Sun Belt Conference slate. Playing road games at South Carolina State, Charlotte and SEC foes Tennessee and Auburn will test our team and will make us better. A home game against a preseason conference favorite in Bowling Green will be another early season matchup that will be exciting. Furthermore, Tennessee will be one of the favorites to win the SEC and will likely be ranked in the top-25 at the time. Auburn is a multi-year series and we are excited to play on the road against a national program who just played in the 2019 Final Four. In 2022, they will return to Boone and we want to bring high quality programs to the High Country. Auburn will be the first SEC program to play at App State in basketball since Georgia in 1998.
We want to keep building for the future with scheduling as well. We postponed our return game with East Tennessee State to the following year along with Hartford. With the uncertainty of attendance, we want to continue to give our fans and students quality home games in the future and the circumstances allowed us to do this. Also, we postponed our Duke game as well. The game will still be played and we are currently working on finding a future date with them as well.”
Information regarding season and single game tickets will be released at a later date. Times will be announced at a later date.
Due to COVID-19, the schedule remains fluid. All dates and times are subject to change.
“Overall, we continue to work with a vision in the future while also preparing for the present,” added Kerns. “We are excited to compete and play and look forward to seeing everyone soon! As always, #TakeTheStairs.”