Area schools getting ready for ‘secret’ scrimmages

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Lamont Berzat

Men’s college basketball teams are about a month away from opening the regular season, which can begin on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

In preparation for the season, many schools play scrimmages against other Division I teams, under one condition – the event must be closed to the public and not publicized, either before or after. Depending on whether schools schedule an exhibition, there is an option to play either one or two scrimmages.

Still, the word on these events gets out. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman has compiled a thorough list of Division I “secret” scrimmages, which will include some matchups of area teams.

The University of New Orleans will play two scrimmages, including one on Sunday against Alcorn at Southwest Mississippi Community College. The Privateers will be at home against Southern Miss on Oct. 28.

LSU and Tulane will both be in action on Oct. 27. The Tigers head to Houston to face Texas in a neutral-site scrimmage, while the Green Wave will welcome Nicholls. The Colonels’ trip to Tulane will be their second scrimmage, after meeting Grambling on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 26, Southeastern Louisiana and UL Monroe face off at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi.

In other action involving Louisiana schools, Southern welcomes Lamar, UL Lafayette heads to Sam Houston State and McNeese visits UTSA on Oct. 20; Louisiana Tech plays Tulsa on Oct. 27 at TCU; Northwestern State heads to Jackson State on Oct. 20 and meets UT Arlington on Oct. 27 in Tyler, Texas.

Louisiana Tech will be the site of an interesting neutral-site scrimmage on Saturday, when Mississippi State plays TCU.

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