The North Greenville University men’s basketball team will tip off its 2010-2011 season with a nearby major rivalry, and the Crusaders also hope to conclude their final season as a NCAA Division II independent in a colossal way with a National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship.
Coach Chad Lister’s squad, which boasts five returning starters and nine lettermen, will open its season against Division I Furman University Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Timmons Arena. Lister is a 1995 graduate of Furman, as is his assistant Rob Warren (Furman ’01). That contest will mark the first regular season meeting between the two schools that are 15 miles apart.
NGU will join Conference Carolinas in the fall of 2011, and will the dynamics of the schedule for the Crusaders will change dramatically.
North Greenville will play several teams from its future conference during the coming season, and as Coach Lister mentioned, “it will give us a look at what’s coming in the future.” Conference Carolinas teams Lees-McRae, Limestone, and Erskine dot the Crusaders’ slate along with a game at Brevard College of the South Atlantic Conference.
After playing two opening road games, NGU will host a streak of five home games before the Christmas holidays, and will play 15 home games before the NCCAA South Regional Tournament at Franklin Springs, GA March 7-9, 2011. NGU lost in overtime of the regional final last year, and has a goal of reaching the NCCAA title game in Indiana in mid March.
“Our schedule has a good mix of teams on it, and we will have a great test to open the season with Furman,” Lister said. “We’re anxious to get started because we have a little more experienced team this season.”