Youngstown, Ohio -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team announced its 2012-13 schedule highlighted by match ups against programs from the SEC, Big East and the Atlantic-10 plus a 16-game Horizon League slate.
"This is a highly competitive schedule for us," Head Coach Jerry Slocum said. "We are going to be challenged from the very start and throughout the entire season."
Playing five of the first six games away from Beeghly Center, the Guins open the campaign at Atlantic-10 member George Washington (Nov. 10) before visiting SEC-member Georgia in the Athens Regional of the 2012 Legends Classic in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU (Nov. 12).
The Guins' host Saint Francis (Pa.) (Nov. 16) in the 2012-13 home opener before playing three games in three days in the Legends Classic Pittsburgh Subregional hosted by Duquesne University, Nov. 19-21. The Guins will face North Dakota State (Nov. 19), James Madison (Nov. 20) and Duquesne (Nov. 21).
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Guins host Kent State (Nov. 28) and visit Bowling Green (Dec. 1) to begin the month of December.
Two home games against Geneva (Dec. 6) and Hiram (Dec. 8) precede a trip to Florida for a pair of games against South Florida (Dec. 18) and Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 21).
Following a break for Christmas, the Guins host Marygrove (Dec. 29) before opening Horizon League play at UIC (Jan. 2) and at Loyola (Jan. 5).
The Guins host Horizon League Tournament Champion Detroit (Jan. 10) before a two-game road trip through Wisconsin to face Green Bay (Jan. 17) and Milwaukee (Jan. 19).
To conclude the month of January, the Guins host Wright State (Jan. 23), Cleveland State (Jan. 25) and regular-season champion Valparaiso (Jan. 30) in a three-game homes
After two road contests at Detroit (Feb. 1) and Cleveland State (Feb. 5), the Guins return home for five straight home contests against Loyola (Feb. 7), UIC (Feb. 10), Milwaukee (Feb. 15), Green Bay (Feb. 17) and a yet to be named BracketBusters opponent (Feb. 23).
The Guins close out the regular season at Valparaiso (Feb. 26) and at Wright State (March 2).
The Horizon League tournament runs March 5, 8, 9 and 12. With the departure of Butler, the tournament format has been tweaked. The top two seeds will earn byes to the semifinals while the third seed will receive a bye into the second round.