Aug. 23, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head men's basketball coach Larry Hunter today finalized his squad's 2010-11 schedule which now includes participation in the ESPN Bracket Buster for a second-straight season.
WCU also announced the game times for the 2010-11 season. All mid-week home dates at the Ramsey Center will tip at 7:00 pm, with all Saturday contests slated for a 2:00 pm start time. On the dates of the two scheduled double-headers - January 8 and February 26 - the women's game will start at 2:00 pm with the men's contest slated for 4:30 pm.
Upon its initial release back on August 4, Western Carolina had two dates left to fill on its schedule for the 2010-11 season. The first open date was filled by local United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) member, Warren Wilson College. The Catamounts and Asheville-based Owls will meet for the first time on the men's basketball hardwood on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center.
Hunter also announced that for the second-straight season, WCU will take part in the ninth-annual ESPN BracketBuster, this year hosting the game in Cullowhee on Feb. 19. The addition of the television network-sponsored tournament fulfills the second year of a two-year contract, while also filling out this year's schedule.
Western Carolina will discover its opponent as a host site in early February, 2011.
A year ago, the Catamounts nearly edged host Kent State, falling to the Mid-American Conference's Golden Flashes, 74-72, before an ESPNU audience in the same tournament. Western Carolina lead by six, 62-56, with four minutes to play in regulation before being outscored 15-to-2 by Kent State over the next three minutes to build a seven-point edge. WCU mounted a late rally on an 8-to-3 spurt, but fell just short in their bid for consecutive road wins in the head-to-head series.
The WCU men's basketball schedule also had one correction from its first release. Two dates were transposed in late January. The Catamounts will host the Furman Paladins on Jan. 27 before visiting defending Southern Conference Champion, Wofford, on Jan. 29 in Spartanburg, S.C.
With the changes to the schedule, WCU will only play at home twice before the end of the calendar year. However, after the New Year, 10 of the 17 remaining games will be played in the Ramsey Center with all but one coming in SoCon play.
Western Carolina will open practice for the 2010-11 season on Friday, October 15.