MacMurray College has released its 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule and the non-conference portion of the slate is highlighted by a game at NCAA Division II GLVC member McKendree University on December 8th and two home games against CCIW member and national power Augustana College on December 16th along with playing former two-time national champion Washington University on December 20th. McKendree University is led by Harry Statham, the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history at 1,061 career wins.
The Highlanders' season opens on the road at MWC opponent Knox College on November 15th and then quickly turns to St. Louis as Mac will take part in SLIAC rival Webster University’s Cavallo Classic tournament on November 17th vs. Rust College out of Mississippi and 18th where they will take on Sewanee College from Tennessee. The Highlanders will return from Thanksgiving to take part in the University of Wisconsin Platteville Thanksgiving Classic taking on perennial Iowa Conference power Wartburg College on November 24th and then either UW-Platteville or Lancaster Bible College on November 25th.
The Highlanders, who finished 14-13 overall and 10-6 in SLIAC play and advanced to their third straight SLIAC Conference Tournament and with a victory over Webster University in the Semi-finals, earned the school an appearance in the title game. The Highlanders suffered a heartbreaking loss on a buzzer beating three point shot at the hands of Westminster College to fall 58-56 in the title contest. November 28th will see the opening of the SLIAC portion of the season with a trip to always-tough Eureka College. December 1st will see the first of two championship game rematches with rival Westminster College in Fulton, MO. The Highlanders will then end the first semester at McKendree on December 8th.
The schedule resumes after final exams with MacMurray’s first home game of the season on December 16th against Augustana and home again vs. Washington University on December 20th. The final non-conference game of the 2012-13 season will take place on January 19th, a rare Saturday night home game, against Iowa Wesleyan University. Iowa Wesleyan, who is coached by former Iowa Hawkeye standout Jess Settles, will begin competition in the SLIAC in 2013-14 in all sports.
“We are returning eight players with significant varsity experience that endured a huge disappointment in falling on that final fateful shot in the SLIAC championship game. Each of them put in a lot of time and effort into becoming a better, stronger, and closer knit basketball team this summer. This schedule will be the toughest, as far as Division III non-conference opponents, that we have faced. Four teams - Augustana, Washington University, UW-Platteville, and Wartburg - all are from power conferences and have been in the national spotlight in their storied programs histories,” remarked Highlander Coach Todd Creal. The 2012-13 season will also see the 9th time Creal’s teams will play a NCAA Division I team when they meet SIUE in Edwardsville on November 6th in a pre-season exhibition game. “We have the most experienced team that I have ever had here and I think that this schedule will help prepare us for what should be one of the most competitive SLIAC seasons in recent memory.”
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