Men's basketball to play in SoCal Challenge during non-conference slate

The CMU Men’s basketball team huddles up before leaving the court after warmups on Thursday, March 10 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Central Michigan men's basketball is headed to Southern California as part of its 2022-23 non-conference slate. 

The Chippewas will participate in an eight-team event November 21-23, playing two games as part of the SoCal Challenge held in San Juan Capistrano, California. All games will be played at the Pavilion at JSerra. 

CMU will play in the Sand Division, with its first game scheduled to be against High Point Nov. 21 according to a report from Rocco Miller. The other two teams in the division, Cal State University Northridge and Tennessee State, will also square off on Nov. 21. The winners and losers of the respective games will play against one another on Nov. 23. 

High Point was 14-18 last season, finishing 7-9 in the Big South Conference. Cal State-Northridge, meanwhile, boasts a tie to CMU in assistant coach Chris Tifft, who was an assistant under Keno Davis for two seasons in Mount Pleasant. 

The other division in the event is the Surf Division, made up of Minnesota, UNLV, Cal Baptist and Southern Illinois. Minnesota will host CMU on a to be decided date as a campus game leading up to the event. 

Last season, the Chippewas played in the Empire Classic in Las Vegas. There, they took on Gonzaga and Bellarmine. Gonzaga, then ranked No. 1 in the country, defeated CMU 107-54 while Bellarmine beat the Chippewas 76-69.