Clarksville, Ark.-The 2007-2008 University of the Ozarks men's basketball schedule is highlighted by a pair of NCAA Division I opponents, announced head men's basketball coach Matt O'Connor.
It is the second straight season Ozarks - an NCAA Division III member - has scheduled a D-I opponent. Ozarks will take on in-state foe University of Arkansas-Little Rock on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in what will be an exhibition game for the Eagles. That contest will be the opening regular-season game for the NCAA Division I Trojans and will be played at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock. UALR, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, finished 13-7 overall and 8-10 in the Sun Belt Conference last season. Ozarks will then open its regular-season on November 16 when they travel to Natchitoches, La., to face NCAA Division I Northwestern State University at 6:30 p.m. Northwestern State is a member of the Southland Conference and finished with a 17-15 overall record and a 10-6 league mark, tops in the East Division, last season.
Ozarks will follow the Northwestern State contest with NCAA Division II opponent Henderson State University on November 19 in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Eagles will open up American Southwest Conference play against Sul Ross State on November 29. Ozarks will play in-state rival Hendrix College on December 8 in Conway, Ark.
“This year we have taken on a tall order as far as our schedule,” said O’Connor. “We are very excited about the Arkansas-Little Rock game and think it can make an impact on Central Arkansas. I think we can step in the ring with both opponents and compete very well.”
Last year the Eagles traveled to Conway to face D-I University of Central Arkansas and were defeated 75-58.
The Eagles return all five starters from last season’s 8-17 team. Ozarks finished fifth in the American Southwest Conference East Division with a 7-13 record.