Kentucky Wesleyan releases basketball schedule

Kentucky Wesleyan College will open the 2012-13 men's basketball schedule with three exhibition contests before embarking on a 26-game slate featuring 17 games at the Sportscenter, as announced by Panther head coach Todd Lee.

"Our exhibition and non-conference schedule will prepare us for the  Great Lakes Valley Conference," Lee stated. "Our fans will see some great games at the Sportscenter this season and we are excited about the challenges."

The schedule features 24 contests against NCAA Midwest Region foes plus eight 2012 postseason teams from the NCAA – Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Lewis, Shaw, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky; and NAIA – Georgetown and Lindsey Wilson.

The Panthers start exhibition play hosting future Great-Midwest Athletic Conference foe Georgetown College (Oct. 25) followed by road trips to South Carolina (Oct. 30) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 3).

Lee added, "All of our exhibition games will be tremendous preparation for the season.  The Georgetown game will be a glimpse of the future as we are anticipating building a great rivalry with them as a G-MAC foe.

"We are looking forward to our fifth consecutive trip to South Carolina and playing new head coach Frank Martin. His teams are always physically tough and play extremely hard.

"We are very appreciative to (former KWC coach) Ray Harper for the opportunity to play Western Kentucky. They are coming off an incredible NCAA tournament run winning seven of their last eight games."

KWC begins regular season play with eight straight non-conference home contests. They include Union (Ky.), Urbana, Kentucky State, Lindsey Wilson, Union (Tenn.) and Salem International.

During the home stretch, the Panthers will host the Glenn Young Invitational during Thanksgiving weekend.

KWC will play Concordia (NY) in the opener followed by Shaw versus Southeastern Oklahoma State on Nov. 23 with the consolation and championship on Nov. 24.

"We have a very good field for the Glenn Young Invitational, it will be a challenge and give us an opportunity to play a NCAA tournament format, which always helps prepare us for postseason play," said Lee.

The Panthers open the Great Lakes Valley Conference 18-game slate with two dates at the Sportscenter with Maryville (Jan. 3) and Missouri-St. Louis (Jan. 5).

The GLVC Tournament will be played on campus sites for the first round (March 3) with the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship (March 8-10) at the Ford Center (11,000) at Evansville, Ind.

KWC season basketball tickets will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 1.