FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Lumberjack Country can pencil in the dates for the 2013-14 men's basketball schedule, as head coach Jack Murphy released Northern Arizona's entire schedule on Friday. Game times are to be announced at a later date.
"We feel that this is a fantastic schedule that allows us to be challenged both on the road and at home, which will ultimately allow us to be prepared for conference play when it begins in January," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We will play competitive programs across a number of conferences, as we continue to represent the hard work and toughness that has come to define Lumberjack basketball."
Northern Arizona will play 13 home contests at the Walkup Skydome, including a trio of non-conference games highlighted by a visit from Hawaii. Road games at Arizona, USC and Texas Tech highlight the Lumberjacks schedule. Northern Arizona opens its Big Sky Conference season on the road at Montana on Jan. 2.
The Lumberjacks will play their first-four games of the season on the road. First up is a trip to the Lone Star State, where NAU will play UTSA (Nov.9), followed by a game at Texas Tech (Nov. 11). NAU will then head to California with games at Pac-12 opponent USC (Nov. 15) and West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount (Nov. 17).
NAU will host San Diego Christian in its first home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 23. The team will then head to Fresno State for a three-game tournament Thanksgiving weekend. The Lumberjacks will face Cal State Bakersfield (Nov. 29), Drake (Nov. 30), and Fresno State (Dec. 1).
The University of Hawaii will play at NAU on Dec. 7, followed by a contest against Grand Canyon on Dec. 14. The Lumberjacks will play their final game of 2013 at the University of Arizona on Dec. 23.
The New Year will mark the start of Big Sky Conference play. Road games for NAU will be at Montana (Jan. 2), Montana State (Jan. 4), Southern Utah (Jan. 13), Northern Colorado (Jan. 23), North Dakota (Jan. 25), Sacramento State (Feb. 6), Portland State (Feb. 13), Eastern Washington (Feb. 15), Idaho State (Feb. 27), and Weber State (March 1).
NAU will host Sacramento State (Jan. 9) in its first home game of 2014. Also visiting the Walkup Skydome will be Eastern Washington (Jan. 16), Portland State (Jan. 18), Weber State (Jan. 30), Idaho State (Feb. 1), Southern Utah (Feb. 8), North Dakota (Feb. 20), Northern Colorado (Feb. 22), Montana State (March 6), and Montana (March 8).
The Big Sky Conference Tournament will be held March 13-15, hosted by the regular season champion.