Augustana men’s basketball head coach Tom Billeter has announced the 2013-14 schedule, which features two exhibition contests against Division I opponents. Augie faces a 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate.
The Vikings open the season on Oct. 28 against the University of Arizona. This will mark the third time since 2009-10 that Augustana has made the trip to Tucson, Ariz. to take on the Wildcats in an exhibition contest. Arizona finished 27-8 last season, including 12-6 in the PAC 12, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s West Regional semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
After hosting St. Olaf College for an exhibition game on Nov. 1, Augustana travels to Ames, Iowa for its second Division I exhibition game of the season against Iowa State University on Nov. 3. The Cyclones finished 23-12 overall, including 11-7 in the Big 12 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA West Regional in 2012-13.
Augustana will then participate in the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Showcase at the Pentagon Nov. 9-10. The showcase features Augustana, fellow NSIC member Northern State, Central Missouri and Missouri Western State University. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Vikings will play Missouri Western State at 6 p.m. before taking on Central Missouri at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Vikings will then host two non-conference games on Nov. 20 (Presentation College) and Nov. 23 (Dakota State) before hitting the road for a five-game stretch. Augustana will begin its longest road trip of the season with its first NSIC contest at Wayne State on Nov. 25. The Vikings will then head further west to take on Black Hills State on Nov. 30 and South Dakota School of Mines on Dec. 1.
Augustana closes-out the road trip with NSIC contests at Southwest Minnesota State and the University of Sioux Falls on Dec. 6-7.
The Vikings return home for three games, starting with Concordia-St. Paul on Friday, Dec. 13, before hosting Minnesota State on Saturday. Travel partner Wayne State will enter the Elmen Center on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The NSIC will then have 12 days off for the holiday break before the Vikings return to action with a trip to North Dakota to take on the University of Mary on Jan.3 and Minot State on Jan. 4. Augustana returns home Jan. 10-11 to host Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston before making its second trip through NSIC South Division Opponents at Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul Jan. 17-18.
Augustana hosts Sioux Falls on Friday, Jan. 24 and Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Vikings will then play at Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 on the road before returning to the Elmen Center for a four-game home swing.
Augustana opens the homestand with Winona State and Upper Iowa Feb. 7-8 before welcoming MSU Moorhead and Northern State Feb. 14-15. The Vikings will close-out the regular season on the road at Upper Iowa and Winona State Feb. 21-22.
The 16-team NSIC Playoffs will begin on Feb. 26, with the top seeds from both the North and South Divisions of the NSIC. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the 2014 NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls March 1-4.