BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's basketball team is ready to embark on their 2015-16 season Friday and will face a 28-game schedule that will feature a 22-game Mountain East Conference slate and six non-conference games.
The Bobcats will tip-off their season in the Fairmont State Joe Retton Classic on Friday, Nov. 13 against Shaw University at 2:30 p.m.
Wesleyan will face Lincoln University on the second day of the Joe Retton Classic on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.
The Bobcats four other non-conference game include one road contest and three home games.
Wesleyan will visit Salem International on Nov. 25 while Davis & Elkins (Nov. 30), Shawnee State (Dec. 16) and Bluefield State (Dec. 19) will all come to Rockefeller Center.
The Davis & Elkins contest will be the home opener for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats will begin MEC play on Nov. 21 when they visit Fairmont State.
Wesleyan's first four MEC games are on the road.
The home schedule will be highlighted by conference member West Liberty coming to Wesleyan on Feb. 18. West Liberty was the MEC regular-season champion last year.
"It is a good schedule but you really have limited options for non-conference opponents when you have to play 22 conference games," remarked head coach Gary Nottingham. "I thinking adding non-conference teams from the state like D&E, Salem and Bluefield State are a good thing. It's great in terms of interest and I think that helps us with where we are at.
"The daunting thing is seven of our first eight games are on the road. Then our first four league games are on the road. I am not sure I have ever opened the season with a schedule like that. On the opposite end of that, when the weather gets bad in January and February, we are going to have more home games than we will road games. They key for us will be negotiating those first eight games."