IRVING, Texas – The University of Dallas men's basketball team released its schedule for the 2017-18 season. Of the 25 contests on the docket, 12 of them will be played in the friendly confines at the Maher Center. This includes half of them being played within the first nine-game stretch to kick off the campaign for 10th-year Head Coach Jarred Samples ('01).
The Crusaders will be home on November 15th when the season gets going versus Millsaps College. This is the first time Dallas is in front of the home crowd for an opener since 2010-11 versus Southwestern University, where it won 74-72.
A three-game road trip follows shortly after with the trio of matchups within six days in the same week. UD heads to Hendrix College on Nov. 21st where it faces the second opponent from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in a row. After that the Crusaders are in the Midwest at Fontbonne University (25th) and Illinois College (26th).
November wraps up on the final day with the Crusaders starting a season-long five-game homestand against University of the Ozarks. That will be the lone opponent from the American Southwest Conference (ASC) on the ledger.
The calendar flips to December 2nd with the Crusaders hosting future Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) foe, Johnson & Wales University (CO). JWU accepted membership to the league last February, and will be a conference opponent starting in the 2018-19 season.
UD's next opponent is the SCAC's only current member, Colorado College, arriving in Irving for the conference-opening game on Dec. 16th. Three days later, the Crusaders conclude the span of home games on consecutive days with Hendrix College and MacMurray College (IL) on the 19th and 20th, respectively.
2017 ends with Dallas playing at Rhodes College on the very last day of the year. That game will be the fourth the Crusaders face an SAA school. Last season, these squads produced a shootout in the Maher Center, with the Crusaders matching a single-game record 136 points in a nine-point victory.
2018 will feature 15-of-17 games will count towards the conference. The first pair of such contests will be on the road at Trinity University (January 5) and Schreiner University (Jan. 6). The team's second road trip with at least three stops ends with a fourth being at Southwestern Adventist University on the 10th.
That midweek trip gives the Crusaders five games over a 10-day span. The first half of conference play concludes with four straight on the home court. This stretch starts with Centenary College on Jan. 12th and Austin College on the 14h. Next is the three-time reigning SCAC Tournament Champions, Texas Lutheran University on the 19th. The homestand ends with Southwestern University two days later.
The month ends with a non-conference extending the stretch of contests to six over 12 days. The Crusaders will venture across the metroplex to Arlington Baptist College on Jan. 29th.
February features three of the final five matchups on the road and will all be conference games. Feb. 2nd and 3rd have the Crusaders playing at Centenary College and Austin College on respective dates. Dallas is back in the friendly confines a final weekend with Trinity University (Feb. 9) and Schreiner University (Feb. 11). That contest with the Mountaineers is the projected Senior Day.
The regular season ends on Feb. 17th at Colorado College. The Crusaders hope they will be familiar with the Reid Arena, as that is the host site of the SCAC Tournament from Feb. 23-25. Dallas is trying to qualify after missing the postseason two years since it won the program's first SCAC Tournament Quarterfinal in 2014-15 at the Maher Center.