Two familiar faces around Ashe County High School will open up the 2014 Mountaineer basketball season on opposing sidelines.
Senior forward Tommy Spagnolo (former Husky) and his App State squad will face Lees-McRae in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 where former Husky player and coach Daniel Waln is an assistant on the Bobcat coaching staff.
The Mountaineers will play 12 games at home at the Holmes Convocation Center and for the first time in program history, ASU will play all 29 games against NCAA Division 1 opponents.
“I asked our players what kind of schedule they wanted to play, and they want to be challenged,” said App State Head Coach Jim Fox in a press release. “Our schedule, both home and away, will provide that challenge for them. It will also give our program more exposure on the regional and national stage.”
While the Mountaineers are ineligible for postseason play this year due to academic issues, Coach Fox said that he still wants his team to be playing their best basketball in February and March.
Eight of the first 10 games will be on the road. The Mountaineers open up regular season play at Ohio on Nov. 15. The team then travels to former Southern Conference foe Furman on Nov. 19 before a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia to play Virginia Tech on Nov. 22
The home opener this season is against Hampton on Nov. 24.
App State travels to face Jacksonville on Dec. 4 before returning home on Dec. 7 to battle Hofstra.
The Mountaineers wrap up the non-conference slate of games at Georgia Tech (Dec. 15), at Charlotte (Dec. 18) and at Alabama (Dec. 21).
The 2015 calendar opens with the first Sun Belt game in program history at Arkansas State on Jan. 3.
Jan. 5 marks the first home game in the Sun Belt against Louisiana-Lafayette. ASU then hits the road to South Alabama (Jan. 8) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Jan. 10).
Three of the next four contests take place in Boone. Arkansas State comes to town on Jan. 15, followed by Georgia State on Jan. 17 and South Alabama on Jan. 22. In between the final two games of that home stand, the Mountaineers go to Troy on Jan. 19.
January ends with two road games at Texas State (Jan. 24) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 29).
February opens with a road game at UL-Lafayette before back-to-back home games with Troy (Feb. 7) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Feb. 12).
The final road trip of the season is a week-long excursion that starts with Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 14, followed by a trip to Texas-Arlington on Feb. 19 and a stop in Atlanta to face Georgia State on Feb. 21.
ASU gets to close the season with four straight home games. The Mountaineers host Georgia Southern (Feb. 26), UL-Monroe (Feb. 28), Texas State (March 5) and UT-Arlington (March 7).
The team is ineligible to take part in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Basketball season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 828-262-2079 and can also be ordered online. Single game tickets go on sale in October.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87