Youngstown, Ohio – Youngstown State men's basketball head coach Jerry Slocum announced the non-Horizon League portion of the Penguins' 2014-15 schedule on Thursday (Aug. 13).
The Penguins will play 15 regular season games prior to the start of Horizon League play in January. The Horizon League portion of the slate will be released later this summer.
Seven of the Penguins' non-league contests will take place at the Beeghly Center, six will be true road games and two will be played at a neutral site.
The non-league slate includes four teams that made the postseason and matchups against schools from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Missouri Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference.
"Our staff has done a tremendous job putting together another challenging schedule for the 2014-15 season," Slocum said. "Each season we attempt to piece together a schedule that prepares us for Horizon League play, which improves every year, and I think we've done that."
The Penguins have challenged themselves right from the start opening the campaign with eight games in the first two weeks season.
For the first time since 2010, the Penguins open the campaign at home with back-to-back games against Kent State, Saturday, Nov. 15, and Oberlin on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Beeghly Center. It marks the third straight season the Penguins and Golden Flashes meet and the 47th time in the all-time series.
The Penguins host the Yeoman as part of the Eastern Michigan Exempt Tournament (Nov. 21-23). The back-to-back games mark the first time the Penguins played games on consecutive days since Dec. 29-30, 1987, against Eastern Washington and Radford.
Youngstown State plays the first of four straight away from the Beeghly Center when it visits Central Michigan, Tuesday, Nov. 18, and plays three games in three days at the Eastern Michigan Tournament. At EMU, the Penguins will play Eastern Michigan, Longwood and UNC-Greensboro.
During the week of Thanksgiving, the Penguins host UMKC, Wednesday, Nov. 26, in a return game from last season, and visit Missouri Valley Conference member and CBI participant Illinois State for the first time in school history on Saturday, Nov. 29.
The Penguins open the month of December with a pair of road games at Robert Morris, Tuesday, Dec. 2, and at South Dakota, Friday, Dec. 5, before hosting Thiel, Sunday, Dec. 7.
After a break for finals, the Penguins head to College Station, Texas, for their first meeting against Texas A&M and the second contest in three years against an SEC school. The Penguins own an overall record of 1-1 against SEC schools. Youngstown State defeated Georgia, 68-56, in 2012 and lost to South Carolina, 92-78, in 1989.
Youngstown State closes out the non-league portion of the slate with three straight games at the Beeghly Center. The Penguins host Kennesaw State, Wednesday, Dec. 17, and Wilberforce, Friday, Dec. 19.
After a break for Christmas, the Penguins host Northern Kentucky on New Year's Eve.