Basketball releases nonconference schedule for 2017-18 season
Headlined by a trip to the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor to face Michigan, the Central Michigan basketball team's 2017-18 nonconference schedule was revealed today.
Though the Mid-American Conference schedule has not yet been released, the Chippewas have scheduled 11 games including eight home games and the Great Alaska Shootout tournament.
The Chippewas finished 16-16 last season and open the 2017-18 season on Friday, November 10 against Siena Heights.
Returning starters Josh Kozinski, Luke Meyer and Cecil Williams will have their work cut out for them when they travel to Michigan on Monday, November 13.
Michigan is ranked No. 23 in the ESPN Preseason Poll and reached the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Chippewas hold an all-time 3-21 record against UM, last seeing the Wolverines in a 88-73 loss in 2012. CMU's last win against UM was in 2007 by a score of 78-67.
Entering his sixth year as head coach, Keno Davis said they are "excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities our fans will get to see the team from the start of the basketball season."
CMU's nonconference schedule also includes Northwood, Eureka College, Jackson State, Montana State, Tennessee Tech, Southern Utah, UMKC, SIU Edwardsville and Laurence Tech.
The nonconference schedule will give fans the opportunity to get a first look at new faces Shawn Roundtree, Gavin Peppers, Matthew Bleacher and A.J. Bullard.
Peppers, a 6'2 guard transfer from Cleveland State, played one season at Laramie County Community College and used a medical redshirt last season at Cleveland State. At LCCC, Peppers averaged 18.7 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Roundtree, a 6'1 guard transfer from Mineral Area College, led his team to a 28-3 record in the 2016-17 season. Davis compared him to CMU standouts Chris Fowler and Rayshawn Simmons.
Both Roundtree and Peppers will be immediately available and eligible for two years.