Cleveland State University has announced its men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season which includes a re-vamped Horizon League, a trip to Northern California, a visit to Kentucky along with four games against Mid-American League foes.
The Vikings, who were 14-18 last season with a very young squad, begin the season with an exhibition game on Nov. 5 at home against Lake Erie College. The regular season begins Nov. 9 on the same Wolstein Center floor against Iona College. That is followed by a Nov. 13 game at the University of San Francisco to begin a stretch of four of five away from home in the month of November.
"This year's schedule is very competitive with some challenging home games and very tough road games," said CSU head coach Gary Waters. "Almost every team on the schedule will be senior laden and that will provide us with good challenges."
The schedule is not complete as the Vikings anticipate adding another game in December.
Games against Akron and Kent State of the MAC return to the schedule with the Vikings hosting the Zips on Dec. 7 before getting on the bus to visit Kent on Dec. 28. Other games with MAC teams include a Nov. 30 meeting at home against Ball State and a Dec. 21 date at Toledo.
Horizon League play, which begins Jan. 2 at Green Bay, will find Butler gone from the conference and Oakland (Mich.) a new addition to the 9-team loop.
Once again, the Horizon League will open with first round tournament games on campus sites followed by second round and semifinals at the No.. 1 seed's home floor. The championship game is March 11 at the home of the highest remaining seed. That game is to be telecast on either ESPN or ESPN2.
The entire schedule with times and dates is available at csuvikings.com. Ticket information can be obtained at (216) 687-4848.