15 home games set on YSU’s basketball schedule

YOUNGSTOWN — An early-season visit to Maryland and 15 home games highlight Youngstown State’s 2008-09 men’s basketball schedule, released Wednesday.

Eight opponents won 20 or more games last season and seven advanced to postseason play.

Of the 15 home games, six will be doubleheaders with women’s games. The 15 home contests are the most since the 2004-05 campaign.

“This is both an exciting and demanding schedule for our basketball program,” coach Jerry Slocum said. “With the likes of Maryland, Kent State, Akron and Charlotte on the early part of the slate, our non-league opponents will test and prepare us for another challenging season in the Horizon League.”

The Penguins open the season at home for the first time in four year when they play host to Buffalo Nov. 15 in a return game from last season’s ESPN BracketBuster contest.

The Penguins then visit Maryland three days later, their first game against an Atlantic Coast Conference school since facing Georgia Tech in December 1992.

The home schedule also features games against Alegheny, Saint Francis (Pa.), Lock Haven and Akron, and all nine Horizon League opponents.

The Penguins also travel to Robert Morris, Kent State, High Point (N.C.) and Charlotte for non-conference games, and will take part in the ESPN Bracket Buster in late February.

The Horizon League tournament begins March 3 and the championship game is scheduled seven days later.

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