Northern Kentucky men’s basketball has put the finishing touches on its 2018-19 home schedule, which features 17 regular-season games at BB&T Arena, its 9,400-seat on-campus venue.
“We are excited to announce our 17-game home schedule for this year,” said head coach John Brannen. “It has always been our goal to prepare our team for the rigors of Horizon League play by challenging ourselves in the nonconference. This year’s home schedule accomplished this and brings perennial NCAA tournament teams as well as several programs picked at the top of their respective conferences to BB&T Arena. We will need all of Norse Nation to come out and support this year’s NKU men’s basketball team.”
Fans get their first look at this year’s Norse team on Tuesday, October 30, when local NCAA Division III foe Thomas More makes short trip from Crestview Hills, Kentucky, to Highland Heights for NKU’s lone exhibition matchup.
The 2018-19 regular season kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Northern Kentucky hosts Wilmington College. Following its Friday night road game at Northern Illinois, the Norse host Wabash College on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Northern Kentucky previously released its home tournament, featuring UNC Asheville, Coastal Carolina and Manhattan. Matchups for the games on Friday, Nov. 16 include NKU versus UNC Asheville and Manhattan versus Coastal Carolina. Northern Kentucky and Manhattan square off on Saturday, while Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville meet one another. Sunday’s finale pits UNC Asheville against Manhattan and the Norse versus Coastal Carolina.
A primetime Friday night showdown with last season’s March Madness darling UMBC awaits Norse Nation on Nov. 30.
The Norse then wrap up the nonconference portion of their schedule with consecutive home games against Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 16 and a return meeting with Northern Illinois on Dec. 20.
Following the winter holiday, NKU welcomes IUPUI on Friday, Dec. 28, to kick off the Horizon League slate. UIC comes to BB&T Arena two days later.
Another primetime Friday night matchup pits the Norse against league rival Wright State on Jan. 11.
Green Bay (Jan. 24) and Milwaukee (Jan. 26) close out the month of January for the Norse, as the two Wisconsin-based schools make the trip to Highland Heights.
This year’s homecoming week festivities include a Thursday-night matchup with Detroit Mercy on Feb. 7. Fans and alumni will celebrate Homecoming on Feb. 9, when the Norse face off against Oakland.
The home regular-season slate comes to a close the weekend of Feb. 21-23. Youngstown State and NKU battle on the hardwood that Thursday night before the home schedule wraps up against Cleveland State on Saturday.
The 17 home games for the Norse are the most in the Division I era and most since NKU also hosted 17 contests in the 2010-11 season.
Under Brannen’s leadership and through the support of Norse Nation, BB&T Arena has become one of the toughest places to play. NKU is 31-11 (.738) at home with Brannen as a head coach, but that number improves to 24-4 (.857) over the last two campaigns.
Season tickets go on sale for the general public at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10. Ticket information can be found atwww.NorseTickets.com.
Bryan McEldowneyAssistant Athletic DirectorCommunications and Media ServicesNorthern Kentucky University