June 30, 2005
2005-06 Men's Basketball Schedule AnnouncedMARYVILLE, Mo. - ( complete schedule) The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball program and head coach Steve Tappmeyer has announced the 2005-06 schedule. Besides the 16-game Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) schedule, the Bearcats will face 11 non-conference opponents beginning with St. Mary's (Kan.) on Nov. 15.
In celebration of the University's Centennial, the men's squad will play a double-header with the women on Nov. 15 in the Ryland Milner Centennial Classic. The men's game is slated for 7:30 p.m. against St. Mary's. Then, the Bearcats will participate in three tournaments first with the Hillyard Classic hosted by Missouri Western, Nov. 18-19. Northwest competes in the Premiere Mortgage/WIBW Holiday Classic at Washburn University, Nov. 25-26 before the Classic at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Tex., Dec. 16-17.
Besides the season-opener, single non-league contests include Graceland (Nov. 22) at home, at Lincoln (Mo.) (Dec. 2), Northern State (S.D.) (Dec. 4) at home and at St. Mary's (Tex.) (Dec. 20).
In a rare New Year's Eve battle, the Bearcats travel to Warrensburg, Mo. to take on Central Missouri State at 3:30 p.m. That game marks the start of the MIAA season and begins a tough stretch of road games. Four of the Bearcats first five MIAA games are away from Bearcat Arena with the likes of Washburn (Jan. 4), Missouri Western (Jan. 11) and Missouri Southern (Jan. 14).
Both Central Missouri and Washburn were South Central Region qualifiers last season and shared the MIAA Championship. The Bearcats defeated the Griffons twice in 2004-05 by a combined five points while Mo. Southern swept the season series with Northwest.
The Bearcats host Southwest Baptist Jan. 7 in their MIAA home-opener. The SBU Bearcats ended Northwest's season in the MIAA Tournament with a 71-65 overtime win.
While the first-half of the league season is road-heavy, three of the final four games and five of the last eight are in Maryville, Mo. Northwest hosts Washburn Feb. 22 to wrap up the regular season.
The MIAA lost one team in Missouri-Rolla as the Miners have joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for the 2005-06 season. Until Fort Hayes State (Kan.) officially joins the league in 2006-07, there are nine teams competing for eight seeds in the MIAA Tournament Mar. 2-5 in Kansas City, Mo.
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