Midwestern State's 2014-15 schedule features a profile exhibition game, two classics and a long mid-December trip as the Mustangs vie for their seventh consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference championship.
The Mustangs open the fall slate with an exhibition against NAIA powerhouse Oklahoma City on Nov. 1 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum before tipping off regular season play as part of the Al Kaly Shrine Classic hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.
MSU returns to Pueblo for the third time in the last four years, posting wins over New Mexico Highlands and Colorado State-Pueblo in 2011-12 then splitting games in 2012-13 with a win over Oklahoma Christian and a loss to the hosting Thunderwolves.
This season, Midwestern takes on Western State Colorado in the opener on Nov. 14 at Massari Arena with a 3 p.m. (Central) tip time, then closes the classic against CSU-Pueblo on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs return to D.L. Ligon Coliseum for a home opener against Science & Arts (Okla.) on Wed., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. to kick off a three-game home stand, taking on Colorado State-Pueblo in a rematch on Nov. 23 then facing Henderson State (Ark.) on Nov. 25.
MSU hits the road on Thanksgiving weekend to take part in the St. Mary's River City Classic in San Antonio. The Mustangs enjoyed great success in the classic, going 6-0 with wins over Pittsburg State (Kan.) and Northwest Missouri in 2006-07, Northwest Missouri and Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) in 2008-09 and Langston and St. Mary's in 2009-10.
Midwestern takes on another MIAA foe to open tournament play, facing Missouri Southern State on Nov. 29 at Bill Greehey Arena. It marks MSU's first meeting with the Lions since the Mustangs beat MSSU 75-52 in the 2011 South Central Region semifinals.
The Mustangs close the classic against host St. Mary's on Nov. 30 in the teams' first meeting since MSU beat the Rattlers 62-54 in the opening round of the 2012 South Central Regionals in Wichita Falls. Midwestern has won just once in 10 tries against STMU in San Antonio.
The Mustangs then return home for games against McMurry (Texas) and College of Faith on Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. before heading off for one of the longest regular season road trips in recent memory.
MSU treks a total of 4,564 miles in mid-December to take on Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Dec. 13. They play Lynn in Boca Raton, Fla. on Dec. 15 before traveling to Rapid City, S.D. to battle South Dakota Mines on Dec. 18.
The Mustangs close out the pre-Christmas portion of the slate by playing host to NAIA St. Gregory's (Okla.) on Dec. 21 at Ligon Coliseum.
Midwestern State begins the spring portion of its schedule with a second exhibition. This one comes against NCAA Division I Southern Methodist University. The Mustangs and American Athletic Conference Mustangs do battle Dec. 29 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Under the direction of Larry Brown, the Mustangs rolled to a 27-10 record in 2013-14 advancing to the NIT Championship Game.
The Mustangs return home to face South Dakota Mines in a return game on New Year's Eve before starting Lone Star Conference play under the Dome against Texas A&M-Commerce and West Texas A&M on Jan. 3 and 7.
In addition to those two games, Midwestern plays home games against Angelo State (Jan. 21), Tarleton State (Feb. 4), Eastern New Mexico (Feb. 14), Texas A&M-Kingsville (Feb. 24) and Cameron (Feb. 28).
Start times for home doubleheaders are set for 5:30 for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men on Wednesdays, while Saturday twin bills are slated for 4 p.m. for the women and 6 for the men.
The Mustangs' road schedule during league play includes Eastern New Mexico (Jan. 10), Tarleton State (Jan. 14), Texas A&M-Kingsville (Jan. 24), Cameron (Jan. 31), Texas A&M-Commerce (Feb. 7), West Texas A&M (Feb. 11) and Angelo State (Feb. 21).
The Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament runs from March 4-7 at the Allen (Texas) Event Center.
MSU head coach Nelson Haggerty heads into his fourth season at the helm, leading the Mustangs to an NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2012, advancing to the South Central Region semifinals in 2013 and to the regional championship game last season. Midwestern claimed Lone Star Conference titles in each of his seasons in charge.