CEDAR CITY, Utah, Aug. 1 – Southern Utah University men’s basketball Coach Nick Robinson announced his team’s full 2013-14 schedule today and it promises to be an exciting one.

Fourteen home games – including match-ups against UNLV and UC Riverside – highlight the schedule, while the road slate includes contests at Utah State, California and a pair of West Coast Conference teams. The Thunderbirds will also face each Big Sky Conference opponent both at home and on the road.

The T-Birds open the quest for their first-ever Big Sky championship at North Dakota on Jan. 2 but warm up for the conference schedule with an ambitious non-conference slate of games, beginning with an exhibition contest in Cedar City against LaVerne University on Nov. 2.

"We look forward to our first game of the year which will be here in the Centrum on Nov. 2,” Robinson said. “We will build from that point as each of our non-conference opponents will challenge us differently with the varied styles of play and atmospheres. In addition, this will prepare us for another opportunity to compete at a high level in the Big Sky Conference.

"With 14 home games, we are excited to see increased support at every game from the student Thor Corps, faculty and staff, alumni, families in the community, and long-time supporters of the program," Robinson added.

Following the match-up with LaVerne the T-Birds host Arizona Christian on Nov. 8, in the first official game of the season before traveling to Utah State (Nov. 12) and Cal (Nov. 18).

The first Division I home game comes Nov. 23 when the Thunderbirds host UC Riverside in the Centrum, then they hit the road for a pair of match-ups, at Portland on Dec. 1 and Cal State Northridge on Dec. 3.

The team then takes a short hiatus for final examinations before returning to the court Dec. 14 with a home game against UNLV. Following the game against the Rebels the ‘Birds take to the road to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule with a match-up with San Diego, Dec. 21.

After a 10-day holiday break the team departs on New Year’s Day for the Big Sky opener at UND on Jan. 2, followed by a game at Northern Colorado on Jan. 4.

The Big Sky home-opener is Saturday, Jan. 11 when Sacramento State visits the Centrum, with Northern Arizona coming to town the following Monday.

Defending Big Sky champion Montana visits the Centrum Jan. 30, while Montana State is in town Feb. 1.

A game with in-state rival Weber State on Feb. 13 begins the longest home-stretch of the season, four games, which includes match-ups with Idaho State (Feb. 15), Portland State (Feb. 20) and Eastern Washington (Feb. 22).

The regular-season wraps up with a pair of double-headers with the SUU women’s team. Both T-Bird squads will host Northern Colorado on March 6, and North Dakota on March 8.

The Big Sky tournament, which is hosted by the regular-season champion, tips off March 13.

Tickets – including individual season-tickets, family packages and faculty/staff tickets – go on sale Friday. Contact the SUU ticket office at 435-586-7872 or order them on-line at tbirdtickets.com.

The complete schedule follows.

Southern Utah University

2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date            Opponent         

11-2            LaVerne           

11-8            Arizona Christian           

11-12            at Utah State           

11-18            at California           

11-23            UC Riverside           

12-1            at Portland           

12-3            at Cal State Northridge           

12-14            UNLV            Cedar City, Utah            7:00 p.m.

12-21            at San Diego           

1-2            at North Dakota*           

1-4            at Northern Colorado*          

1-11            Sacramento State*          

1-13            Northern Arizona*           

1-16            at Idaho State*           

1-18            at Weber State*          

1-23            Eastern Washington*           

1-25            Portland State*           

1-30            Montana*           

2-1            Montana State*           

2-8            at Northern Arizona*           

2-10            at Sacramento State*           

2-13            Weber State*           

2-15            Idaho State*           

2-20            Portland State*           

2-22            Eastern Washington*           

2-27            At Montana State*         

3-1            At Montana*          

3-6            Northern Colorado*          

3-8            North Dakota* 

3-13            Big Sky Tournament@          

* Big Sky Conference games

@ Hosted by regular-season champion

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