Lamar Hoops Releases 2013-14 Slate

Twelve home games and trips to Butler, Washington State, Utah and Colorado State highlight schedule

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar Cardinals men's basketball team released its 2013-14 schedule announced head coach Pat Knight Friday afternoon. The schedule is highlight by 12 home contests and two games carried on ESPN3. The Cardinals will also be logging the frequent flyer miles this season playing games on both coasts.

"I think were a lot smarter with our schedule this year," said Knight. "Obviously, we didn't have as much control over last year's schedule as we did this year. Playing 11 consecutive road games, like we did last season, is tough on anyone.

"I want to take this program to the next level, and I don't like playing non-Division I one schools because I don't think you gain much from those games. This is a challenging schedule but you have to play those games if you are going to get to the next level," added Knight.

In addition to the daunting travel schedule ahead, Lamar will also face four schools that competed in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Championships. Those teams include Butler, LIU Brooklyn, Colorado State and Northwestern State.

Lamar will tipoff the season Saturday, Nov. 9 at Butler, before returning home three nights later for the home opener against George Mason. The Cardinals will then prepare for one of their longest trips of the season when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Cougars (Nov. 16th).

The Cardinals will remain on the road to compete in the Global Sports Showcase in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by the University of Utah, the Cardinals will play three games in as many days, opening against Savannah State Thursday, Nov. 21. Lamar will face Utah the following day, before closing out the showcase against Grand Canyon.

LU will return from Utah for one of the longest home stretches of the season. The Cards close out the month of November with two games in the month's final week. Lamar hosts Texas-Pan American on the 27th, and Arkansas State (Dec. 30th), but won't play their first game in December until the 15th when they host Tennessee Tech.

Following the three-game homestand, the Cardinals will hit the road for a season-long five-game stretch that will cover the opening of Southland Conference play. The road swing will consist of games at LIU Brooklyn (Dec. 18th), Canisius (Dec. 21) and at Colorado State (Dec. 28) to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.

The Cardinals will open the New Year, and close out the road swing, with Southland tilts at Stephen F. Austin (Jan. 2) and Northwestern State (Jan. 4). Lamar's conference home-opener will be Saturday, Jan. 9 against Nicholls State.

LU will have another three-game homestand late in the conference schedule. The Cardinals will bring SFA to town Thursday, Feb. 13th followed by Northwestern State two days later. The three-game homestand will conclude with Sam Houston State Saturday, Feb. 22.

The SLC Championship Tournament is slated for the week of March 12th, in Katy, Texas. All tournament games will be played at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.