Since UAFS joined the ranks of NCAA Division II in 2009, men’s basketball coach Josh Newman has never been shy when it comes to playing NCAA Division I teams, whether in scrimmages or exhibition games.
This season is no different. The Lions will play exhibition games against Texas Christian University and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
That makes 13 Division I opponents in a span of five seasons, including St. Louis, Nebraska, Missouri, Tulsa, Missouri State, UMass, Georgia Southern, Troy State, Valparaiso, Central Arkansas and Tennessee-Martin.
UAFS, which begins its third season as an active Division II member, will play TCU on Nov. 1 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Game time has yet to be determined.
The Horned Frogs are coached by former Nevada, Stanford and Louisiana State head coach Trent Johnson. Newman was an assistant coach on Johnson’s staff at Nevada, including the 2003-04 season when the Wolf Pack advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA National Tournament.
UAFS will play UALR on Dec. 3 at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock. Game time has yet to be determined. The Trojans are coached by former McLennan Community College coach Steve Shields. Newman was an assistant coach on Shields’ staff at McLennan during the 1999-2000 season.
“We are thrilled and fortunate to have the opportunity to play UALR and TCU this season. I consider coach Shields and coach Johnson great friends and mentors,” Newman said. “Having worked for coach Shields and coach Johnson, I am truly honored to be able to have our team compete against their teams this season. They have impacted my career, and, once again, I am extremely thankful for the opportunity.” UAFS, which is the defending Heartland Conference champion, will host its annual Moonlight Madness on Oct. 15 at the Stubblefield Center to usher in the start of preseason practice. The Lions will open the regular season against Central Baptist College at 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Stubblefield Center.