SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will unofficially open its 2012-13 men's basketball season with two exhibition games against NCAA Division I opponents, Kevin Reynolds, SRU basketball head coach, said Wednesday.
The Rock makes its first appearance Nov. 4 with a noon tipoff in Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Nov. 9, the Green and White travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the University of Michigan. Tipoff in Crisler Arena is at 7 p.m.
"We are excited to have the chance to play Navy and Michigan, and we thank coach Ed DeChellis [Navy] and coach John Beilein [Michigan] and their staffs for giving us the opportunity to play their fine programs. This is the fourth time in five years we have been able to put Slippery Rock University in the national media spotlight by playing an exhibition game against a big-time program," Reynolds said.
"It's exciting for the entire University community and all of our alumni, students and fans to see SRU's name with the BCS schools," he said.
"These exhibition games and our out-of-conference contests provide valuable game experiences that will help us get ready for the always challenging Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular-season schedule."
The official tipoff of the 2012-13 Rock season is a Nov. 13 road date with non-conference rival Ohio Valley University.
Six days later, The Rock opens its home schedule with a 7 p.m. contest in Morrow Field House against La Roche College.
SRU's complete basketball schedule is available at: http://www.rockathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball&schedule=176.
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