Western Michigan released the Men's Basketball Non-Conference schedule today, featuring three games in Hawaii and match-ups with power conference schools Northwestern and Missouri. Here's the complete schedule:
|November 2||Kalamazoo College (exh.)|
|November 4||Aquinas College (exh.)|
|November 8||New Mexico State*|
|November 10||Tennessee State*|
|November 17||Alabama A&M|
|November 20||North Dakota State|
|December 7||@ Northwestern|
|December 15||@ Missouri|
|December 18||@ Drake|
|January 2||Siena Heights|
After an impressive 22-13 season last year, the Broncos are looking to build on the experience gained by the freshmen and sophomores that received a good deal of playing time. The schedule sets up nicely for them, starting with a trip out to Hawaii to begin the season (can't argue with that). Plus, they'll play some a quality team in New Mexico State, who features 7'5" big man Sim Bhullar and also his brother, 7'3" Tanveer Bhullar, who'll be a freshman this season. I already can't wait to see Shayne Whittington go against those two.
Trips to Northwestern and Missouri will be good experiences for this Bronco team, and will help prepare them for the tough MAC schedule. Yes, there are a few duds like Alabama A&M and Siena Heights, but overall this is a strong schedule. It has an average KenPom rating of 163.6, which isn't too shabby.