UT men's basketball to open season Nov. 9

Trip to play Kansas Jayhawks Dec. 30 among 2013-14 season highlights

University of Toledo men's basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk watches his players practice at the UT Fetterman Center.
University of Toledo men's basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk watches his players practice at the UT Fetterman Center.

A trip to Lawrence, Kan. to play the Jayhawks highlights the University of Toledo's basketball schedule.

The schedule, which was released today, features games against 10 teams that qualified for postseason play in 2013 as well as two games against rival Bowling Green. The game against Kansas, a No. 1 seed in last season's NCAA tournament, will be Toledo's final tuneup before Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets will visit venerable Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 30.

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Following their home opener Nov. 9 against Northwestern Ohio, the Rockets will visit Boston College (Nov. 14) as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. UT will then host Florida A&M (Nov. 18) before heading to Detroit’s Calihan Hall for a 2K Sports Classic Sub-Regional. UT will open play vs. Stony Brook (Nov. 21) before facing the host Titans (Nov. 22) and Florida Atlantic (Nov. 23).

Toledo will return from a 10-day break with a rematch against Detroit at Savage Arena (Dec. 4) before visiting Robert Morris (Dec. 7). Following a week-long break for final exams, the Rockets will host Sam Houston State (Dec. 14) in the first of three straight Saturday afternoon home dates. A trip to Arkansas State (Dec. 17) breaks up that home stretch which also sees UT host Cleveland State (Dec. 21) and Coppin State (Dec. 28).

Toledo opens MAC play Jan. 8 at Western Michigan. As part of a new 18-game MAC schedule, the Rockets will face Bowling Green and Ohio twice.

“I think our schedule has a great balance,” coach Tod Kowalczyk said in a statement. “We’re certainly challenging ourselves against one of the premier programs in the country in Kansas as well as one of the up-and-coming ACC programs in Boston College. We also have a great local flair with two games against Detroit and one versus Cleveland State. There are also some opponents that the average fan might not know, but Stony Brook, Robert Morris, Sam Houston State and Arkansas State are very good programs and will give us the possibility of this being a very good RPI schedule.”