Lourdes University head basketball coach Andre Smith has announced the Gray Wolves' 30-game schedule which features 13 home games, including 10 at Tam-o-Shanter. Lourdes will also play in two tournaments during the course of the regular season.
"Playing in a pair of tournaments this season will help to get us ready for conference play," Smith stated. "Playing in the WHAC means that we will always have a difficult schedule. You have to be ready to play night in and night out and we want to be ready to step up to the challenge. We hope to be able to build off of last year's success."
The Gray Wolves are coming off of a runner-up finish in last year's Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament and an appearance in the NAIA Division II National Championships.
The 2012-2013 campaign will open Nov. 2 against Windsor in the opening round of the Trent Allen Memorial Tip-off Tournament hosted by Spring Arbor, with the consolation and championship game set for the next day.
The Gray Wolves will return for the home opener on Nov. 6, entertaining Kuyper before taking to the road for three games, including the WHAC opener on Nov. 17 at Lawrence Tech. This year's WHAC slate consists of a 22-game schedule, playing each of the other 11 schools both home and away. Marygrove and Lawrence Tech are playing their inaugural seasons in the conference.
"We expect both of the new additions to our conference will be tough," Smith added.
Lourdes will also entertain Indiana-Dabney on Nov. 24 in non-conference action while traveling to Indiana-Northwest (Nov. 9) as well as a three-day tournament in Chicago. The event, hosted by Saint Xavier, takes place Dec. 20-22.
This year's home schedule features three games played away from Tam-o-Shanter. The Dec. 4 contest against Aquinas will be held at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University while the Dec. 15 game versus Indiana Tech will take place at Adrian College. The regular season finale is set for Feb. 16 against Cornerstone and will be held at Owens Community College.
"We are gracious that these other schools will allow us to play on their campus on these dates as we had scheduling conflicts with Tam-o-Shanter," Smith concluded.