Bellarmine University released the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday, revealing a 27-game slate with three preseason exhibitions.

Among the highlights are a Thanksgiving holiday trip to Miami Shores, Florida to compete in Barry University’s Cesar Odio Classic, a home contest with 2017 East Region No. 1 Seed Le Moyne, and a 15-game Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule.

“This was the most difficulty we have ever experienced in putting together our schedule,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “Not only are we playing in the most competitive league in the country we are going to play a nonconference slate comprised of teams from Detroit to Miami who have veteran, well-coached squads from top leagues. I embrace the challenge because it requires your absolute best every minute of every day. The leadership this team has shown and demonstrated in early workouts indicate our players have great respect for the difficulty of our schedule”

The Knights open the season with a three-game exhibition schedule starting with a Nov. 1 date with highly regarded Cincinnati in Freedom Hall. Moved to Louisville due to the renovation of the Bearcats’ home arena, the Knights will tangle with a Cincinnati team that was ranked No. 12 in the Bleacher Report’s preseason rankings.

Bellarmine then returns to Knights Hall for a matchup with Division III College of Mount St. Joseph’s at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. The Knights conclude their exhibition season at the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 7against the Louisville Cardinals-ranked in the top 5 in’s preseason rankings.

The regular season gets under way for the Knights on Nov. 10 in the annual GLVC-GLIAC Challenge. This year, Bellarmine travels to Indianapolis where they’ll square off with Saginaw Valley before facing Northwood the following day.

Bellarmine’s home opener comes Nov. 18 when it hosts local rival Indiana University Southeast at 7 p.m.. The Knights enter the season with the second-longest home court winning streaking in the country-44 games.

The non-conference schedule includes another contest against a GLIAC school as Bellarine travels to Detroit on Nov. 21 to challenge the Warriors of Wayne State.

Next up is the Thanksgiving trip where they’ll face the host Barry Buccaneers and the Fighting Knights of Lynn University. The Bellarmine Knights will open against Barry in a game that features two NCAA teams a season ago. The Bucs were 23-7 in 2016-17 and earned a No. 4 seed in the South Region.

Upon their return, Bellarmine will remain home for its next six games beginning with GLVC rival Lewis on Dec. 2 at 3:15 p.m.Wisconsin-Parkside visits Knights Hall five days later.

The Knights then entertain in-state rival Midway on Dec. 9, before a showdown with Le Moyne on Dec. 18. The Dolphins were the No. 1 seed in the NCAA DII East Region last year and finished the season. 22-7.

Bellarmine then breaks for the holidays before coming back with Martin Methodist in a home contest on Dec. 30. The Knights then embark on the portion of their schedule that is exclusively GLVC teams.

This year’s GLVC format features 15 teams in three divisions: East, Central and West. During the regular season, each team will play intradivisional foes both home and away, while playing the remaining 10 teams once.

Bellarmine is in the East along with Southern Indiana, Indianapolis, Lewis and Wisconsin-Parkside. The Central is comprised of Quincy, Maryville, Missouri-St. Louis, McKendree, and Illinois-Springfield while the GLVC-West has Drury, William Jewell, Rockhurst, Missouri S&T and Truman State.

The GLVC men’s and women’s championship tournament will be in Edwardsville, Illinois on March 1-4 on the campus of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The women’s quarterfinal round will be played on Thursday, March 1 while the men’s quarterfinals are Friday, March 2. The semifinals follow on Saturday, March 3 for both tournaments and both championship games are scheduled for Sunday, March 4.

The men’s and women’s NCAA-II Elite Eight will both be played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The men’s and women’s games will be played on alternating days between March 19-24.

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