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NKU Basketball Schedule Includes Trip to Wisconsin, Visit from West Virginia

The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team released their non-conference schedule today and announced that they will host West Virginia University on December 7 at the Bank of Kentucky Center at 7pm.

Mountaineers head coach, Bob Huggins, returns to the area where he once coached at the University of Cincinnati. Huggins has also been in Northern Kentucky recently on his trips to recruit Holmes basketball star, James “Beetle” Bolden, who has committed to play for West Virginia beginning next season in 2015. NKU defeated West Virginia in the schools' last meeting in 2011, when the Norse won in an exhibition game, 77-74.

"We have put together one tough non-conference schedule," said NKU head coach, Bezold.  "Not only are we playing Wisconsin and Nebraska to open the season, but we welcome Coach (Bob) Huggins and West Virginia to the Bank of Kentucky Center in December.  While the team tries to treat every game the same, having a team like West Virginia come to your home venue is certainly exciting for the fans and proves that NKU is already viewed well as a DI Program."

The Norse start off the non-conference season by traveling to the University of Wisconsin to take on the Badgers on November 14. They then head to another Big Ten school when they go to Nebraska to play the Cornhuskers on November 16. They will play the Big Ten a third time when they go to Northwestern University on December 27.

The Norse take on the Idaho Vandals twice this season, which is rare for non-conference scheduling. The two teams play in Idaho onNovember 29, then play again at the Bank of Kentucky Center later in the year on December 22.

Other home games out of the conference this season include, North Carolina A&T on November 19, Ohio Mid-Western on November 22, UT-Martin on December 3, UC Clermont on December 14 and Toledo on January 3.

Other road games include, Eastern Washington on November 16, Chattanooga on December 16, Morehead State December 19, and Youngstown State on New Year's Eve, December 31.

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Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

Photo: Head Coach Dave Bezold, via NKU