The Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth
BOWLING GREEN -- The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team will take part in the Preseason National Invitation Tournament and host Michigan State as part of its 2012-13 schedule.
The Falcons will open the season with a contest against Lake Erie on Nov. 9, the first of six nonconference home games. The biggest name on that list is the Spartans, who will visit the Stroh Center on Dec. 18.
Coach Louis Orr's squad also will play in the Preseason NIT in games on Nov. 12-14 at the University of Michigan. BG, the Wolverines, and two other teams will play in a bracketed tournament, with the winner advancing to play Nov. 21 at Madison Square Garden.
If Bowling Green does not win the Michigan bracket, it will play two others games Nov. 19-20 at a site to be determined.
The Falcons begin Mid-American Conference play at Central Michigan on Jan. 9.
BG women will face Purdue, Northwestern
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team of first-year coach Jennifer Roos will face a rugged nonconference schedule that includes road games against Big Ten opponents.
The Falcons will open at home Nov. 10 against Madonna, then hit the road for four contests, including a road game Nov. 19 at Purdue. BG also will play Dec. 9 at Northwestern.
Among the top home contests on the nonconference schedule is a game Nov. 28 against Temple and a game Dec. 20 with NCAA tournament participant Dayton.
BG will open its Mid-American Conference schedule Jan. 10 against Kent State. The Falcons will host rival Toledo on Jan. 13.