The Northern State men’s and women’s basketball programs have finalized their schedules for the 2012-13 season. The women’s program is slated for 13 home contests, including a full slate of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests, while the men’s team has 15 home dates on its schedule.
Highlights of the men’s schedule include the Disney Tip-off Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 9-11 to kick off the season. The Wolves will face Grand Canyon, North Carolina-Pembroke and Cal State-Dominguez Hills. Final game times and dates will be announced by tournament officials in the coming weeks.
The Wolves will also play four non-conference games at home, hosting Dakota State, Dickinson State and Carleton in November prior to kicking off NSIC play on Dec. 1, with Mayville State coming to town just prior to the Christmas break.
The women’s program also begins its season at home, hosting South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State on Nov. 16-17 as part of a four-team classic-style tournament that includes fellow NSIC member Minnesota State. NSU will round out the non-conference portion of the season against Nebraska-Kearney and William Penn on Nov. 23-24 as part of the Concordia-St. Paul tournament before kicking off NSIC play in December.
Highlights for both teams include the annual “I Hate Winter” alumni celebration weekend on Feb. 8-9 when the Wolves play host to Wayne State and Augustana. The final weekend of the season will be a throw-back celebration. NSU will host Minot State on Friday, Feb. 22 and U-Mary on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Civic Arena, which served as the home of the Wolves prior to the completion of the Barnett Center in 1987.
New to the 2012-13 schedule is a change to the start times of Saturday home games. Instead of the traditional 6 and 8 p.m. tip times, the games will be moved up one hour with the women’s game tipping off at 5 p.m. with the men to follow at 7 p.m. Friday start times will remain the same.
Complete schedules for both the men’s and women’s programs can be found online at www.northernstatewolves.com.
Courtesy: Jacque Scoby, NSU Athletics