An Illinois State men’s basketball squad fresh off an advancement to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals this past season currently sits at just under five months until the tipoff of the 2014-15 campaign.
Redbird basketball opens play with an exhibition contest versus Lewis on Nov. 10 before the regular season opener at home at Redbird Arena against Utah State at 2:05 p.m. on Nov. 16.
ISU concludes its pre-Thanksgiving schedule in the Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam from Nov. 21 to 24. The Redbirds open tournament play against Weber State at 8 p.m. on Nov. 21.
ISU plays host to Youngstown State on Nov. 29 and 2014 NCAA tournament qualifier Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 2 before hitting the road for a pair of contests against Alabama-Birmingham on Dec. 7 and Big East foe DePaul on Dec. 14.
The Redbirds play three out of their last four non-conference games at home as they host Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 17, travel to 2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament champion Murray State on Dec. 20, and host Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne on Dec. 22 and Quincy on Dec. 29.
“Once again, I am very happy with our non-conference schedule,” ISU head coach Dan Muller said. “We are in a great tournament and will play against some challenging and high-quality teams at home and on the road. We have a lot of work to do before November 10, but I could not be more excited about the group of players we have going into this season. Now let’s fill Redbird Arena every home game! Go ’Birds!”