NMU announces basketball schedules for men and women

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MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University has released the 2019-2020 Men's Basketball schedule which features 13 games inside the Berry Events Center.

The season tips off with the Wildcats taking part in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge on November 9-10, hosted by McKendree University.

The following weekend, the team heads to Minnesota to take on University of Minnesota-Duluth on November 15 and then Southwest Minnesota State University on November 16. November 29-30 sees NMU head to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Classic.

The home schedule gets started Thursday, December 5 with the Wildcats opening GLIAC play with Northwood University. On Saturday, December 7, the team hosts Saginaw Valley State University.

NMU then takes on rival Michigan Technological University Sunday, December 15. The calendar year concludes with NMU taking on Hillsdale College Thursday, December 19 and then Ripon College on Saturday, December 28.

2020 begins in Marquette with the team facing NCAA Tournament qualifier Ashland University Thursday, January 2 and Wayne State University Saturday, January 4.

After a weekend at University of Purdue Northwest and University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Wildcats welcome Ferris State University to town Thursday, January 16 in a rematch of the GLIAC Tournament that saw NMU beat the Bulldogs 89-73. The team then hosts U.P. foe Lake Superior State University Saturday, January 18.

The Wildcats hit the road for two weekends before returning to host Parkside on Thursday, February 6 and Purdue Northwest Saturday, February 8. After another weekend on the road, NMU concludes the regular season in the Berry for their final three games.

On Thursday, February 20, defending GLIAC Tournament Champion Grand Valley State University visits. Saturday, February 22 will see NMU host defending GLIAC Regular Season Champ Davenport University.

The regular season concludes Thursday, February 27 with rival Michigan Tech on Senior Day.

NMU returns 12 players from a team that has reached back-to-back GLIAC Tournaments and posted 17 wins last year. While the team will look to replace the league's top two scorers, excitement will be high as they will be under new guidance next season.

The Wildcat Women open the season at Lewis University for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference versus Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge taking place November 9-10. The team will play Lewis and William and Jewell College.

NMU then continues their start on the road as they head to Minnesota to take on Minnesota State University-Mankato on Thursday, Nov. 14 and University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday, November 16th.

NMU hosts their first game in the Berry Events Center on Saturday, November 23 and will take on St. Cloud State University then Concordia University, St. Paul on Sunday, November 24.

After Thanksgiving, the team heads to Drury University for the Drury University Thanksgiving Tournament, where the Wildcats will take on the host Panthers and Truman State University.

GLIAC action tips off with Northwood University in Marquette on Thursday December 5. They then host Saginaw Valley State University Saturday, December 7. NMU will visit rival Michigan Technological University December 15 for their final contest of 2019.

2020 gets started with a rematch against Ashland University on Thursday, January 2. Ashland has won the past four GLIAC Championships, but the Wildcats defeated the Eagles in the NCAA Tournament last season. Wayne State University then comes to the Berry Events Center Saturday, January 4.

After a week away, NMU welcomes Ferris State University and Lake Superior State University. The January 16 matchup with FSU is a rematch of the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals. NMU will look to capture their 12th straight-win over the Lakers on January 18.

The next two weeks sees the Wildcats on the road before returning for home games with University of Wisconsin-Parkside February 6 and Purdue University Northwest February 8. The team then hits the road one more time.

On February 20, Grand Valley State University comes to the Berry Events Center, the site of their only GLIAC loss last season. NMU will take on Davenport University February 22. The season comes to a close Thursday, February 27 with rival Michigan Tech on Senior Night.

The Wildcats are coming off an NCAA Regional Semifinal appearance and 23 wins, the most wins of the Troy Mattson era. The team will return First Team All-GLIAC honoree Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) and Second Team All-GLIAC selection Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) as they look to replace five seniors.