Pioneers Announce 2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule
August 31, 2011
Four teams who have won 14 of the 37 NCAA Division III national titles will visit Bo Ryan Court in 2011-12 will highlight an exciting but rigorous schedule announced by head men’s basketball coach Jeff Gard on Wednesday.
Bo Ryan Court will be the host to national champions: North Park (1978, 1979, 1980, 1985 and 1987), UW-Stevens Point (2004, 2005 and 2010), UW-Whitewater (1984, 1989) and UW-Platteville (1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999).
“The opportunity to play six non-conference games at home will be crucial to the development of this team,” said Gard. “We have a strong combination of experience and newcomers with great potential that will benefit from playing in front of the best fan support in the country. This support from the community, the faculty, staff, students all make Bo Ryan Court one of the toughest venues in the nation for opposing teams. I am confident that our non-conference schedule will challenge our team and prepare us for the rigors we will focus on a night in and night out basis of the WIAC.”
Gard, who is entering his third season as the Pioneers’ head coach, has led UW-Platteville to a .727 winning percentage at games at home in the friendly confines of Bo Ryan Court. Since 2007-08, UW-Platteville has posted a 41-9 mark at Bo Ryan Court.
The Pioneers will open the 2011-12 schedule with a contest on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against local rival Luther at home at 8 p.m., followed by the Gabe Miller Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 18-19. The field of the Gabe Miller Tip Off Classic features five-time national champion North Park, who will face the Pioneers on Saturday, Nov. 19. Also, on the non-conference ledger is a trip to central Ohio where UW-Platteville will participate in the Smokey Ballenger Tournament, hosted by Otterbein University, Dec. 28-29.
Other key dates on the 2011-12 schedule are Saturday, Jan. 21 when the Pioneers host UW-Superior for Alumni Day and Wednesday, Feb. 15 when they host UW-Eau Claire for Senior Day.