Men’s basketball announces schedule for upcoming season

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Marshall University men’s basketball coach Dan D’Antoni announced the Herd’s 2015-16 schedule Monday, which includes several matches against power conference opponents.

The Herd tips off regular-season play against the University of Tennessee on Nov. 19 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The last time Marshall opened the season against a power conference opponent was against the University of Kansas in 1969.

The highlight of the Herd’s non-conference slate is a road game against Big Ten juggernaut University of Maryland on Dec. 27 in College Park, Maryland. The Terrapins are a presumed 2015-16 preseason favorite after a 28-7 finish last season that ended in the NCAA Tournament third round.

“We wanted to make the schedule very competitive out of conference,” D’Antoni said in a press release. “There will be some days that really test us, with Maryland being a potential top 10 team. There’s also West Virginia and Tennessee, two more power conference teams. We’ve beefed up the schedule to test ourselves early. We want to be battle-ready for conference play, with the ultimate goal being the NCAA Tournament.”