Men's Basketball releases 2010-11 schedule

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mitch Cole has released the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

The Panthers hope to continue to rise to the top of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III by building upon the success of last season's 20-5 record and SCAC East Division Championship. A traditionally tough SCAC slate as well as some unique non-league opponents make the schedule as challenging as ever.

The Panthers will open at home with the Black Tie Club Tournament on Nov. 19 and 20, with University of the Ozarks, Berry College, and Rust College coming to Birmingham. BSC then travels to LaGrange before returning home to face University of New Orleans, who is six months removed from competing in NCAA Division I and currently transitioning to Division III. The Panthers will also travel to New Orleans in mid-January.

SCAC play starts Dec. 3 and 5 as the Panthers travel to face perennial powers DePauw University and Centre College. The Panthers will also host a Holiday Classic in Bill Battle Coliseum with Covenant College, Methodist University and in-state rival Huntingdon College on Dec. 17 and 18 to close out the year.

“Non-league opponents like Huntingdon and LaGrange are always hard fought games, and adding UNO both home and away should prepare us well for the SCAC,” Cole said.

SCAC play is in full swing in January and February, and as BSC inches closer to post-season eligibility in 2011, Cole's aim is to get his Panthers in the mindset of competing for championships.

“This will be our fourth year of tournament ineligibility,” Cole said. “It's been difficult not having a post-season because basketball is a tournament sport and we covet the opportunity to participate. This year, we are fortunate to be able to compete for four championships, and hope to build a championship tradition year in and year out,” Cole said.

In addition to the Black Tie Tournament and Holiday Classic, the Panthers will compete for the SCAC regular season title and are making plans to join five other schools for an independent post-season tournament in Ohio, March 3-5.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to have our four seniors play in a post-season tournament,” Cole added. “They have laid the foundation for the future of our program and this is a small way to repay them by giving them a chance to compete in the post season.”

To view BSC’s complete schedule, click here.