UT releases basketball schedules

Rockets face tough road stretch early

8/30/2012
BLADE STAFF

The University of Toledo men's basketball team will open the season with nine of 10 games played on the road, including five straight to start.

The Rockets, who released their schedule Wednesday, open on Nov. 9 at Loyola-Chicago to begin a Midwest trip that includes stops at Minnesota and Northern Iowa.

UT will open its home slate on Nov. 28 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Mid-American Conference season begins Jan. 9 at Kent State. No longer will cross-division games be played in succession; they're now sprinkled in with divisional affairs. The Bowling Green game, to be played at Savage Arena, is Jan. 26 -- a Saturday -- at 7 p.m.

To satisfy NCAA sanctions, UT will play three fewer games than a full schedule. The Rockets apparently chose to take that penalty all at once and will be idle for three weeks after playing at Eastern Illinois on Dec. 8. An exhibition game at home against Siena Heights is set for Dec. 18.

UT women to host 2 tournaments

Two tournaments at Savage Arena highlight UT women's basketball schedule.

The Rockets will host SIU, Edwardsville, and either Southern or St. Bonaventure on Dec. 1 and 2 as part of the Glass City Tournament. Evansville, the former school of UT coach Tricia Cullop, and Prairie View A&M or Hampton will play the Rockets Dec. 20 and 21 at the Toledo Invite.

The season kicks off on Nov. 9 at home against Arkansas State. UT will play in a tournament in Reno, Nev., later that month.

A home game against Central Michigan opens the MAC season on Jan. 10. The Rockets will then visit Bowling Green three days later, on a Sunday.