COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has announced the 2011-2012 men's basketball schedule. The program is under direction of second-year head coach Robert Moore, who is coming off an 11-15 record in his first season at CSU. The schedule features 26 games including seven tilts against NCAA Tournament participants from a season ago.
The Cougars open the regular season on Friday, November 11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL against the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in the Nova Southeastern Classic. The tournament will wrap up on Saturday (Nov. 12) as the Cougars face Nova Southeastern. The Sharks finished 2010-11 with a 12-15 record and are returning seven players from a year ago.
CSU returns to the court on Saturday, November 19 against West Georgia in Carrollton, GA before wrapping up their four game road trip against West Alabama in Livingston, AL on Wednesday, November 30. The Cougars did not play either time last season.
Moore will open the home portion of the schedule with a Friday night game (Dec. 2) against West Florida. The Argonauts swept a home-and-home series from the Cougars last season.
West Georgia comes into the Lumpkin Center on Saturday, December 3 before the Cougars hit the road to open the Peach Belt Conference schedule against Montevallo on December 6. UM made its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament last season as the Falcons finished the year with a 19-11 record.
Columbus State will return home for a single game against West Alabama on Saturday, December 10 before heading to Valdosta for the Valdosta Classic. The Cougars will take on Florida Memorial on Thursday, December 15 before they wrap the tournament up on Friday with a game against Shaw University.
The schedule then turns favorable for Moore and the Cougars, as they will play seven out of the next 10 games inside the friendly confines of the Lumpkin Center. PBC foes Clayton State (Dec. 19) and Georgia College (Jan. 4) will come to Columbus before the Cougars hit the road to Aiken, SC to face off against USC Aiken on January 7.
The Cougars will then return home for two games against Armstrong Atlantic State University (Jan. 12) and Flagler (Jan. 14), both of whom CSU defeated last season on the road.
A week later CSU travels to Greenwood, SC for a game against Lander (Jan. 21) before ending the two-game swing in Augusta facing defending PBC champions Augusta State. The Jaguars have played as the host site for the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the past five seasons.
CSU will have their longest homestand of the season beginning on Saturday, January 28 as the Cougars host UNC Pembroke and then Francis Marion the following day (Jan. 29). The three game stretch will wrap up a week later with a match-up against North Georgia (Feb. 4).
A two game road stint is next up for the Cougars as they travel to Americus, GA to take on Georgia Southwestern on Monday, February 6 before traveling to Milledgeville, GA to end the season series with Georgia College on Saturday, February 11.
Montevallo comes to Columbus on Wednesday, February 15 before the Cougars hit the road for the final time this season as they take on Clayton State (Feb. 18) and North Georgia (Feb.22).
Senior Day and the regular season finale will be on February 25 against Georgia Southwestern.