Three games at the Old Spice Classic, the debut of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge Series and a season-opener at likely Atlantic-10 Conference favorite Dayton highlight the preliminary 2009-10 Creighton’s men’s basketball schedule.
Dates for five contests remain tentative, as several game days that will either be on a Tuesday/Wednesday or Saturday/Sunday cannot yet be finalized since national and regional television selections have not been determined. Dates for those games may not become decided until the end of September.
The schedule could include as many as 19 games against postseason teams from a year ago, including five match-ups against NCAA Tournament selections.
Fans can see the 2009-10 Bluejays in game action on Nov. 4, when the Jays host Missouri Western in the first of two exhibitions. CU also hosts crosstown rival Nebraska-Omaha in an exhibition on Nov. 8, marking the first time since 2006 that the Jays have played multiple exhibitions.
Creighton begins the regular-season on the road for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign when it ventures to Dayton for its Nov. 14 opener. The Flyers went 27-8 last season and have won 20 consecutive home games at UD Arena.
Creighton’s home opener will be played Nov. 17 when Florida A&M comes to Qwest Center Omaha. Five days later Arkansas-Little Rock makes the trek to Omaha in a Sunday afternoon contest.
The Jays then head to Orlando, Fla., to play in the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 26, 27 and 29. Creighton opens with a veteran Michigan squad that is expected to contend for the Big Ten Conference title, then faces either Marquette or Xavier in the second round. After a day off the hardwood, CU concludes play on Nov. 29 against either Alabama, Baylor, Florida State or Iona.
The Bluejays return home on Dec. 6 to play Nebraska in a battle of the state’s two Division I men’s basketball programs, then hit the road on Dec. 12 to visit George Mason. The Patriots are 27-1 at home the past two seasons and will be looking to avenge a 72-52 home defeat to Creighton in Fairfax during their 2005-06 Final Four season.
After returning home to host Savannah State on Dec. 16, the Jays visit The Pit in Albuquerque to take on New Mexico. The match-up with the Lobos will mark CU’s first foray in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge Series. Creighton then wraps up its pre-conference schedule on Dec. 22 when Houston Baptist comes to town.
As they have in the past, Creighton will also play the other nine schools in the Missouri Valley Conference both home and away. The Jays’ MVC docket opens Dec. 29 with a home game against the team it shared the 2008-09 MVC regular-season crown with, Northern Iowa. Creighton’s first Valley road test will come Jan. 1 at Indiana State. Creighton’s Senior Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 following a home game against Bradley. A start time and potential television coverage for that game won’t be determined until mid-February by the league office.
Creighton’s bid for a seventh State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title in the last 12 years will be played at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament runs from March 4-7, with the final televised nationally on CBS for the fifth straight year.
The television schedule and remaining start times will be listed on the men’s basketball schedule page at http://www.gocreighton.com as those items become finalized in the coming weeks.
Creighton’s 27-8 record last year extended its league record with an 11th consecutive 20-win season. The Jays will return eight lettermen and three starters in search of a 13th straight postseason.
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Story courtesy of Creighton Athletics.