BOONE, N.C. – App State men’s basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the non-conference schedule for the upcoming season.
The slate features 13 contests, including six home games in Boone.
“Our program is excited about a very challenging non-conference schedule,” said Kerns. “It is filled with programs that have finished in the top half of their respective leagues in the last few years. We also have a true in-season tournament at the Gulf Coast Showcase, which will be a great experience and challenge for our team.”
The 2021-22 season officially begins on Nov. 9, with App State traveling to face 2021 NCAA Tournament qualifier Iona in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Mountaineers return to Boone for three straight home games. The Black and Gold host ETSU on Nov. 12 in its home opener. This will be the 127th time the two programs will meet. On Nov. 15, the Mountaineers welcome William Peace to the Holmes Convocation Center and conclude the three-game home stand on Nov. 18 against Charlotte. The contest with the 49ers marks the third consecutive season the two teams have met.
App State heads to Estero, Fla. on Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, to take part in the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Mountaineers will play three games in three days and begin play on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. versus Delaware. App State faces either Fordham or Akron on Nov. 23 and concludes play on Nov. 24 against Rice, Evansville, Vermont or Oakland.
Following the tournament, App State returns to the High Country for two consecutive home games, beginning against 2021 NCAA Tournament qualifier Hartford on Nov. 29. The Mountaineers also welcome Boyce to the Holmes Convocation Center on Dec. 1.
The Mountaineers return to the road on Dec. 10 to face Furman. The two programs have met 86 previous times and will meet for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
App State concludes the home portion of its non-conference home schedule on Dec. 13 versus Erskine.
The Black and Gold hit the road for its final two non-conference contests against two in-state ACC foes. On Dec. 16, the Mountaineers head to Durham to take on five-time national champion Duke. The non-conference slate concludes on Dec. 21 when App State visits seven-time national champion North Carolina.
“We have some exciting home games for our fans and students,” added Kerns. “We also have an opportunity for our fans to travel with our road games being mostly local against some outstanding programs. We feel this schedule will prepare us for the ultra-competitive Sun Belt Conference.”
Sun Belt play begins on Dec. 30 as the Mountaineers host Louisiana.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
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App State welcomes back 12 players from last season’s team that appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and won the program’s first Sun Belt Tournament title.