CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
–Southeast Missouri announced its 2018-19 Men's Basketball Schedule Wednesday. The Redhawks have 31 regular-season games, including 14 at the Show Me Center.
"I believe our schedule is really balanced in providing our fan base with some exciting opponents and getting our inexperienced team ready for the always tough Ohio Valley Conference with a challenging non-conference slate," said fourth-year SEMO head coach Rick Ray
SEMO plays away from home in five of its first six contests with its opener two hours north on Interstate 55 at Saint Louis (Nov. 6). The Redhawks also visit Bradley (Nov. 10) during opening week.
SLU, picked as the Atlantic 10-favorite in several early preseason predictions, went 17-16 overall a year ago. This season will be the 15th
meeting between the teams.
"Our alums in the St. Louis area will get the chance to see us play against a Billiken team that will be the favorite to win the Atlantic 10," commented Ray.
The Redhawks host NCAA Division II Quincy University (Nov. 12) in its home-opener.
After that, SEMO will face Jacksonville (Nov. 16), Chattanooga (Nov. 17) and South Alabama (Nov. 19) at the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile prior to Thanksgiving.
"The imposing South Alabama tournament field will contribute to us being prepared for success in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament," said Ray.
Home games with Missouri S&T (Nov. 27), Western Illinois (Dec. 1), regional-rival Southern Illinois (Dec. 8) and Abilene Christian (Dec. 21), and road tilts at Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 4), The Citadel (Dec. 15) and Atlantic Coast Conference member Florida State (Dec. 17) make up the the remainder of the non-conference slate.
SEMO squares off against SIU for the 116th
time in the all-time series which dates back to 1914.
"There's a lot of history in this series and our home game against SIU grants our community an opportunity to support us versus a longtime rival," commented Ray. "Fans on both sides of the Mississippi River always look forward to this rivalry."
The Redhawks square off against Florida State for just the second time. FSU reached the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and compiled an overall record of 23-12 along the way.
"It is always special for us to travel to places where our players' families can come out and watch them play in their home state," said Ray. "This year's schedule allows Ledarrius Brewer
(Meridian) to return to Mississippi when we travel to Mississippi Valley State and Skyler Hogan
(Melbourne) to return to Florida when we go to Florida State."
SEMO's 18-game OVC schedule affords the Redhawks home games in three of their first four contests. The Redhawks begin league play at SIU Edwardsville (Jan. 3) before hosting a three-game home stand that includes UT Martin (Jan. 5), Austin Peay (Jan. 10) and Murray State (Jan. 12).
SEMO faces UTM, APSU, Murray State, SIUE, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State and Belmont twice in conference action this year. Belmont visits Cape Girardeau for the regular-season finale on Mar. 2. Road games at Morehead State (Jan. 17) and Eastern Kentucky (Jan. 19), and home matchups with Tennessee Tech (Feb. 7) and Jacksonville State (Feb. 9) complete the Redhawks OVC schedule.
The OVC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com, will be held Ma. 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. This marks the second-straight year the event will be held at the venue. The Ford Center, which opened in 2011, is a 11,000-seat arena located in the core of Evansville's downtown district. The 290,000-square foot facility serves as home of the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Ford Center serves as host to numerous sporting events and concerts on an annual basis. Last year No. 1 Murray State topped No. 2 Belmont on the men's side to capture its 16th OVC Tournament crown and first since 2012.
SEMO basketball season tickets are available for purchase by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (573) 651-2113. New this year is the Imo's Pizza Family Flex Pack, a flexible and economical ticket option perfect for families. The Imo's Pizza Family Flex Pack includes 12 vouchers redeemable for admission in any combination at any home basketball game, one voucher for a free large one-topping pizza from Imo's Pizza, and four vouchers for free 32-ounce drinks at Rhodes, all for just $75. Visit www.gosoutheast.com/imos
to purchase the Imo's Pizza Family Flex Pack.
The Redhawks host Southwest Baptist in their only exhibition game on Oct. 27.