September 2019
Rugged Schedule Awaits Chippewa Men in 2019-20

Rugged Schedule Awaits Chippewa Men in 2019-20

September 4, 2019 | Written By: Andy Sneddon

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan men's basketball team opens the 2019-20 season with four consecutive November games at McGuirk Arena in what promises to be a challenging slate under eighth-year coach Keno Davis.
 
The Chippewas' schedule includes road games against two Big Ten teams, Minnesota (Nov. 21) and Purdue (Dec. 28); one from the Big 12, Texas (Dec. 14); and one from the Big East, DePaul (Nov. 26). The Chippewas are also scheduled to visit Valparaiso and Robert Morris.
 
CMU will play nonconference home games against UM-Dearborn, Mississippi Valley State, Sam Houston State, Siena Heights, Trinity Christian, Youngstown State and UT-Martin.
 
The Chippewas finished 23-12 a year ago, tying for the program's second-highest single-season win total. It marked the fifth-consecutive season in which CMU finished .500 or better, the first time the program has accomplished such a feat since the early 1970s.

It was CMU's second-consecutive 20-win season, the first time the program has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since the mid 1960s. The Chippewas earned a postseason bid for the fourth time in five years by accepting a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. CMU has won 100 games under Davis over the past five years.
 
The Chippewas are scheduled to play 16 home games, including their first two in the Mid-American Conference – Jan. 4 vs. Miami (Ohio) and Jan. 7 vs. Northern Illinois.
 
"We are looking forward to this year's schedule that gives our fans 16 opportunities to see us play in McGuirk Arena," Davis said. "Ten of those game are on weekends. We also are looking forward to playing some high-level opponents on the road. We are aware that we couldn't have had the success that we have had without our great fans, and I'm excited for them to see this year's team."
 
The Chippewas play a home-and-home with defending MAC champion Buffalo, welcoming the Bulls to McGuirk Arena on Jan. 18 and then going to Buffalo on Feb. 8.
 
CMU plays in-state rivals Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan twice each. CMU goes to Kalamazoo on Feb. 1 and then entertains the Broncos in the regular-season finale on March 6; the Chippewas play host to Eastern Michigan on Feb. 11 and then go to Ypsilanti on Feb. 29.
 
Purdue is the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season; Texas is the defending NIT champion; DePaul finished as the runner-up in the CBI Tournament in 2019; and Minnesota finished 22-14 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
 

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