August 22, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – An exciting season awaits The Master’s College men’s basketball team as the 2014-15 schedule has been announced.
“We are looking forward to the challenges that our schedule will provide,” commented first-year head coach Ken Sugarman. “We know that non-conference play is key to prepare for the challenge the GSAC schedule poses.”
The Mustangs are slated to face four squads that finished in the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll: 23rd-ranked Arizona Christian, 15th-ranked Hope International, third-ranked CSU San Marcos, and top-ranked and defending national champion Vanguard. Notably, three of those four teams (Arizona Christian, Hope International, and Vanguard) hail from the GSAC, giving further evidence that the Mustangs compete in, arguably, the toughest NAIA conference in the country.
Not adverse to travel out of the Golden State, the Mustangs will face Huntington University (IN) and Northern New Mexico College at the Arizona Christian University Classic in Phoenix, Arizona, December 30-31. Later on, TMC will return to the Valley of the Sun on February 21 for a conference game against ACU.
Making a statement outside of the NAIA, the Mustangs look to compete against four NCAA schools. On November 1, the Mustangs will travel to Thousand Oaks for a scrimmage against Division III Cal Lutheran. Two days later on November 3, Coach Sugarman will lead his Mustangs to East Lansing, Michigan, for an exhibition game against the Michigan State University Spartans. Later, on the 22nd, TMC will travel to Santa Barbara for an exhibition against Division I UC Santa Barbara. Finally, the Mustangs take to the road again on the 25th for a game against NCAA Division II power Cal Poly Pomona.
One thing’s for sure is that the Mustangs will be road-tested early and often as eight of the squad’s 12 non-conference games are scheduled to be on the road or at an alternate location.
Of the 31 scheduled events, the Mustangs will engage in 16 conference showings, 15 road games, 13 home events, 12 non-conference games, three exhibitions, and one scrimmage.
The Mustangs’ home opener will be against La Sierra on November 8. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM at Bross Court.
To view the Mustangs’ complete schedule, click here.