The UAA men’s basketball team is about to take a long journey to begin their season.
Their first game is against American Sports University on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in San Bernardino, Calif. Then a few days later on Nov. 14 they play Long Beach State.
UAA, with four returners and one red shirt returner, is picked to place fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference out of a nine-team league.
“It’s a new team, and we’ll need to gel quickly,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne, who is 93-57 in his first five seasons at the helm. “Obviously our most experience is in the backcourt, and I’m comfortable that those veterans can ease the newcomers into our system. We are inexperienced in the frontcourt, though, and it’s up to our coaching staff to get them ready to battle at a championship level.”
Long Beach State was picked by a media panel to win the 09-10 Big West men’s basketball championship. After finishing last season with a 15-15 record year and with four returning starters, expectations are high for the 49ers and are considered a tough competitor.
Head Coach Dan Monson says, “We are happy to welcome back three members of last season’s Big West All-Freshman Team – Larry Anderson, Casper Ware and T.J. Robinson. Anderson, who averaged 10.8 points and 4 rebounds per game, became only the second freshman in Big West history to be named first team all-conference.”
“I believe we have one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. We open against Alaska Anchorage, and then face national-ranked Notre Dame, West Virginia, Texas, Kentucky and Duke,” says Dan Monson.
UAAs next game is against Hawaii Pacific University on Nov. 17, then they make their home debut at the Alaska Shootout, which takes place from Nov. 24 through Nov. 28.