Two exhibition games against NCAA Division I opponents, a trip to Hawaii and 14 home games highlight the 2012-13 men's basketball schedule for defending NCAA Division II champion Western Washington University as announced by coach Brad Jackson on Wednesday, July 18.
The Vikings' preseason games are at Washington on Oct. 24 and at Duke on Oct. 27. They open their regular season at home against Multnomah (Ore.) on Nov. 9 before traveling to Hawaii for two games, facing Brigham Young-Hawaii on Nov. 12 and Chaminade on Nov. 14.
In all, WWU plays 14 regular-season games at Sam Carver Gymnasium. The Vikings meet two non-conference opponents - Quest B.C. on Dec. 8 and Thompson River B.C. on Dec. 30 - followed by Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests against Central Washington on Jan. 10, Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 12, Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 24, Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 26, Montana State Billings on Jan. 31, Seattle Pacific on Feb. 2, Saint Martin's on Feb. 14, Western Oregon on Feb. 16 and Simon Fraser on March 2.
The Vikings are at the Great Western Shootout in mid-December, facing Drury (Mo.) on Dec. 18 and Central Oklahoma on Dec. 19. Their GNAC road contests are at Simon Fraser on Dec. 1, Seattle Pacific on Jan. 3, Montana State Billings on Jan. 5, Western Oregon on Jan. 17, Saint Martin's on Jan. 19, Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 7, Central Washington on Feb. 9, Alaska Fairbanks on Feb. 21 and Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 23.
The GNAC postseason tournament will be at Saint Martin's for the second straight year on March 7-9.
WWU returns three starters, led by senior guard John Allen, who was the West Regional Most Outstanding Player, from last season's 31-5 team that won the regular-season GNAC title (16-2) followed by West Regional and national championships.
WWU 2012-13 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT PLACE TIME
Oct. 24 at Washington (Exh.) Seattle 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Duke (Exh.) Durham, N.C. 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 MULTNOMAH BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 at BYU Hawaii Laie, Hawaii 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Chaminade Honolulu, Hawaii 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 WWU CHUCK RANDALL CLASSIC BELLINGHAM
Alaska Fairbanks vs. Southwest Baptist 2:30 p.m.
WWU vs. Concordia St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 WWU CHUCK RANDALL CLASSIC BELLINGHAM
Alaska Fairbanks vs. Concordia St. Paul 2:30 p.m.
WWU vs. Southwest Baptist 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Simon Fraser* Burnaby, B.C. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 QUEST B.C. BELLINGHAM 3 p.m.
Dec. 18 Great Western Shootout Las Vegas, Nev.
WWU vs.Drury MO TBA
Central Washington vs. Central TBA
St. Mary's vs. West Florida TBA
Dec. 19 Great Western Shootout Las Vegas, Nev.
WWU vs. Central Oklahoma TBA
St. Mary's vs. Drury TBA
Central Washington vs. West Florida TBA
Dec. 30 THOMPSON RIVER, B.C. BELLINGHAM 3 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Seattle Pacific* Seattle 7 p.m.
Jan. 5 at Montana State Billings* Billings, Mont. 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 CENTRAL WASHINGTON* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 NORTHWEST NAZARENE* BELLINGHAM 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Western Oregon* Monmouth, Ore. 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 at Saint Martin's* Lacey 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 ALASKA ANCHORAGE* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 ALASKA FAIRBANKS* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 MONTANA STATE BILLINGS* BELLINGHAM 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 SEATTLE PACIFIC* BELLINGHAM 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Northwest Nazarene* Nampa, Idaho 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 at Central Washington* Ellensburg 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 SAINT MARTIN'S* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 WESTERN OREGON* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 at Alaska Fairbanks* Fairbanks, Alaska 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 at Alaska Anchorage* Anchorage, Alaska 7:30 p.m.
March 2 SIMON FRASER* BELLINGHAM 7 p.m.
March 7 GNAC Tournament Lacey TBA
March 8 GNAC Tournament Lacey TBA
March 9 GNAC Tournament Lacey TBA
March 15-16, 18 NCAA Division II West Regional Site to be determined
March 26-27 & 29 NCAA Division II Elite Eight Atlanta
*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest
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