After starting the 2012-13 academic year with a memorable Italian tour, the Albion College men's basketball team is gearing up for another noteworthy experience: a November 9, 7:30 p.m. exhibition at Oakland University, an NCAA Division I opponent that has twice qualified for the NCAA tournament in the last three years. The game counts as the season opener for Oakland.
"It will be a fantastic experience for our guys," said Britons head coach Jody May, whose squad returns eight players with starting-lineup action under their belts. "It is the opening game for them and an exhibition for us. We're treating it like a game as it will provide great preparation for our season. Oakland is a strong program."
Albion, which finished last season 11-14 overall and 7-7 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play, will be taking the floor of the Athletics Center O'rena, a modern 3,000-seat facility that hosted its first game against Michigan State University in 1998. The venue has hosted five Big Ten Conference and four Southeastern Conference opponents, as well as teams from the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences.
Tickets for the game can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the O'rena box office. See Oakland's sports web site for information. Please note that the Albion-Oakland men's matchup scheduled for 7:30 p.m. immediately follows a 5 p.m. Oakland women's contest vs. George Mason University. One ticket serves as admission to both games.