THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran men's basketball program will play inside the Gilbert Arena 13 times during the 2017-18 campaign. The Kingsmen return to the court over the weekend to begin practicing for the upcoming season, which unofficially opens with a pair of exhibition contests.
CLU travels to NAIA Westmont on Oct. 28 for the first non-countable game and heads to Division I Pepperdine on Nov. 14 for a final pre-season tune-up.
The regular season gets underway at home on Nov. 15 when the Tim Fusina era of Kingsmen basketball begins against UC Santa Cruz with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. After a road game at Vanguard on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Violet and Gold return to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to face off with George Fox (Ore.) on Nov. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
A tough opponent in Division I CSU Fullerton awaits on Dec. 2 before the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener occurs at Occidental on Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Cal Lutheran returns to the Gilbert Arena for the next five games with the homestand beginning on Dec. 9 and wrapping up on Jan. 3. The Kingsmen play Vanguard at 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 9 and host the Cal Lutheran Holiday Classic from Dec. 28-30 with a pair of games against Hamline (Minn.) and Williams (Mass.) on the 28 and 30, respectively.
On New Year's Day, Kingsmen basketball will be the first official team competing for Cal Lutheran in the calendar year of 2018 when the squad hosts Chapman for a 7:00 p.m. start in SCIAC action. Two days later on Jan. 3, Whittier comes to town for another 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
The remainder of the home dates in 2018 include Jan. 13 (Redlands), Jan. 24 (Occidental), Jan. 27 (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Feb. 10 (Pomona-Pitzer), Feb. 14 (Caltech) and Feb. 20 (La Verne), which also serves as senior night. Games against UR, CMS and PP are set for 2:00 p.m. while the remaining are night contests at 7:00 p.m.
CLU is on the road for the eight additional games with seven against SCIAC opponents and one quick trip to UC Santa Cruz on Feb. 7 to play the Banana Slugs at 7:00 p.m. The Violet and Gold travel to Pomona-Pitzer (Jan. 5), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Jan. 8), Caltech (Jan. 17), La Verne (Jan. 20), Whittier (Jan. 31), Chapman (Feb. 3) and Redlands (Feb. 17).
The top-four teams in the SCIAC standings at the conclusion of the regular season will advance to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Feb. 23 and 24. The highest two seeds will host the semifinal rounds with the championship game moving to the venue of the highest remaining seed. The tournament champion earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships, which will get underway in early March.
Schedule: 2017-18 Men's Basketball
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