October 22, 2014
Men's Basketball Schedule Set For Perron's Initial Season
Catawba College has finalized its men’s basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season. The schedule features three NCAA Division I exhibition games and a pairing with Lenoir-Rhyne, Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke on a rotating SAC/PBC Challenge Tournament.
The Catawba Indians will face UNC Wilmington in an exhibition game on Nov. 8, which will mark the first outing by the team under new head coach Rob Perron. Wilmington is under a new head coach as well, hiring Louisville assistant Kevin Keets, who was on the staff of the 2013 Cardinal National Championship team.
Catawba will open the regular season on Nov. 14, hosting this year’s SAC/PBC Challenge. The Indians will face Francis Marion on that Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Catawba will square off against UNC Pembroke, a team that made the NCAA Tournament in 2013, also at 8 p.m.
“Our game schedule should be exciting and challenging for our team and fans,” stated Perron. “Obviously our student-athletes are excited about getting the opportunity to play three exhibition games versus division one teams. The Challenge Tournament allows two rivals, LR and Catawba, to merge for a clash with the Peach Beach members Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke.”
The other two exhibition games for Catawba come during the season. The Indians will travel to Radford on Sunday, Nov. 23 and to George Mason on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Most publications have Radford as a top two or three pick in the Big South Conference and George Mason is coached by Paul Hewitt, who took Georgia Tech to Final Four.
“Energy is high at UNCW with Coach Keets, who moved over from Louisville,” continued Perron. “We played Radford when I coached at Charlotte and they are one of the most physical teams I’ve seen. It has been fun to watch George Mason’s growth since going to the NCAA Final Four in 2006. This trip will also provide an educational component as our team will visit the nation’s capital.”
In addition to the SAC/PBC Challenge, Catawba has non-conference tilts against Chowan, Johnson C. Smith and Erskine.
“JC Smith is a local rivalry that we wanted to renew and Chowan is a new CIAA member that we will play a home and home series with this year,” added Perron.
Catawba will jump into South Atlantic Conference play just five days after its opener, hosting Wingate on Nov. 19. Catawba closes the regular season at home against Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 28. The first round of the SAC Tournament is set to begin on Mar. 4 with the semifinals and finals taking place at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Perron knows the South Atlantic Conference through his days at Pfeiffer and Newberry. “The South Atlantic Conference schedule is a “no nights off conference”. With three teams making the NCAA tournament last year the SAC is gaining national respect. The depth of our league is tremendous. LMU is king of the hill until somebody knocks them off, but there are several teams that could make some noise. Our motto is simple when it comes to competing, “Respect All and Fear None”.
Fans can get introduced to Perron’s squad on Friday, October 24 following Catawba’s volleyball match with Mars Hill. The “Catawba Tip-Off” event will also involve the women’s team. Perron invites everyone to come out and support three Catawba athletic teams in one night, watching volleyball then having some interactive fun with the two basketball teams.
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