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Men's basketball schedule announced for 2004-05

Aug. 26, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's men's basketball program has released its 2004-05 schedule, and WMU will travel across the nation and back again to face some of the top programs in collegiate basketball.

Road trips include stops in Alaska, California and Virginia, including a five-game swing that has the team away from Kalamazoo for nearly the entire month of December.

Following a pair of exhibition matchups against Kalamazoo College, Nov. 6, and at Quincy, Nov. 13, the Broncos open play at the Ninth Annual BP Top of the World Classic, Nov. 19-21, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, The tournament field includes WMU, UAF, Portland, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Georgia Southern, Central Florida and Utah State.

Following home non-league tilts with Loyola of Chicago, Nov. 29, and Detroit, Dec. 1, the Broncos embark on a five-game, three-week road trip. The Mid-American Conference opener at Buffalo, Dec. 4, kicks off the trip, which also includes return games to the College of Charleston, Dec. 12, and Southern Cal, Dec. 18. The trip will total more than 7,600 miles.

The Broncos host South Alabama Dec. 28 before focusing on MAC action. Each West Division opponent, with the exception of Toledo, will make an appearance in University Arena. League power Kent State arrives Jan. 12 and Marshall makes its final trip to Kalamazoo as a member of the MAC Feb. 12.

The 2005 MAC Tournament begins at campus sites on March 7 and moves to Cleveland's Gund Arena March 10-12.

WMU posted a 26-5 overall record in 2003-04, the first season under Coach Steve Hawkins, and claimed the Mid-American Conference West Division title, and MAC regular season and tournament championships in the process. For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web at <www.wmubroncos.com>.

2004-05 WMU Men's Basketball Schedule

Sat. Nov. 6  Kalamazoo College (Exh.), 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 13 at Quincy College (Exh.), 3 p.m.
             BP Top of the World Classic (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Fri. Nov. 19 vs. New Mexico State, 12 a.m.
Sat. Nov. 20 vs. Portland/Northwestern, 6:30 p.m./12 a.m.
Sun. Nov. 21 vs. opponents TBA
Mon. Nov. 29 Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 1  Detroit, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 4  at Buffalo, TBA
Sun. Dec. 12 at College of Charleston, TBA
Wed. Dec. 15 at IUPUI, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 at Southern Cal, 10 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 22 at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 28 South Alabama, 7 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 2  at Northern Illinois, TBA
Sat. Jan. 8  Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 12 Kent State, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 15 at Bowling Green, 2 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 19 Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 22 Ball State, 2 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 26 at Miami, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 29 Central Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 31 at Toledo, 7 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 3  Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 5  at Ohio, TBA
Wed. Feb. 9  Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 12 Marshall, 2 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 16 at Central Michigan, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 19 at Bracket Buster, TBA
Sat. Feb. 26 at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 2  Bowling Green, 7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 5  at Ball State, TBA
Mon. Mar. 7  MAC Tournament (Campus Sites)
Thu. Mar. 10 MAC Tournament Quarterfinals at Cleveland
Fri. Mar. 11 MAC Tournament Semifinals at Cleveland
Sat. Mar. 12 MAC Tournament Final at Cleveland

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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