FORT MYERS, Fla. – With a trio of games at Miami, Maryland and Loyola Maryland already announced, the FGCU men’s basketball team unveiled the rest of its 2011-12 non-conference schedule on Monday, announced by first-year head coach Andy Enfield.
The non-conference schedule features six road games, five contests at Alico Arena and three meetings against BCS foes from the ACC and Big Ten.
“Our non-conference schedule will certainly be very challenging, but at the same time it will get us prepared for Atlantic Sun play,” said Enfield. “We hope that the two home games early in the season will generate some excitement amongst our fans. I’m looking forward to working with our guys to prepare for this schedule.”
FGCU will open the program’s 10th season and first under Enfield with seven games over 20 days in November, beginning with a trip to TCU on Friday, Nov. 11. Led by head coach Jim Christian, the Horned Frogs will play their final season in the Mountain West Conference in 2011-12 before moving to the BIG EAST.
The Eagles land at Alico Arena for their home opener on Monday, Nov. 14 when they host nearby Ave Maria in Enfield’s debut in front of the Southwest Florida faithful. FGCU caps its two-game homestand on Nov. 17 with a 7:05 P.M. tip time against Prairie View A&M.
A second road trip to Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19 pits FGCU against SMU and begins a string of four consecutive road games to end the month of November. SMU is coming off its most celebrated season in more than a decade, as the Mustangs recorded their first 20-win season and first postseason bid in 11 years. Under head coach Matt Doherty, SMU posted a 20-15 overall record and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, FGCU will head across the state to take on Miami and newly-appointed head coach Jim Larranaga, who took over the reins of the program on April 22, after 14 successful seasons at George Mason where he led the Patriots to the Final Four in 2006. The Hurricanes return all but one player from their 2010-11 squad that finished 21-15 overall and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT.
FGCU will cap the road swing after Thanksgiving with back-to-back games at Maryland and Loyola Maryland. The Eagles will take on the Terrapins on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Comcast Center. Maryland will be led by head coach Mark Turgeon, who takes over for Gary Williams who retired after leading his alma mater to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and a National Championship in 2002. FGCU will cap the weekend in Baltimore at Reitz Arena against Loyola on Sunday, Nov. 27. The Greyhounds finished fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) standings with a 10-8 record and an overall mark of 15-15 in 2010-11 and will return six players that averaged over eight points per game.
After the opening weekend of A-Sun action, the Eagles will head to Lincoln, Nebraska for the final road game of their non-conference schedule. FGCU will take on the Big Ten’s newest member Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Devaney Arena. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 19-13 campaign in which they advanced to the NIT.
FGCU’s final three non-conference games will all come at Alico Arena, including a pair of contests around Christmas. The Eagles will welcome Toledo to Fort Myers on Thursday, Dec. 22 before returning from the holiday break with a home game against Maine on Thursday, Dec. 29. Both games are slated to start at 7:05 P.M. The Eagles’ final non-conference contest will come in the middle of A-Sun action when they host Longwood on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Alico Arena.
FGCU season tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
Combined season tickets for both the men’s and women’s teams are also available again for a combined 50 percent discount. Season tickets for either the men’s and women’s program range from $84-$259. A combined season ticket (both teams) ranges from $126-$389.