Southeastern Louisiana Lions announce 2023-24 men’s basketball schedule

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HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball is getting ready for its new season and it now knows its full path for the year as the team announced its 2023-24 slate on Thursday.

After a home exhibition contest against Texas-Tyler gets Southeastern warmed up, the season begins in earnest on Monday, November 6th when Delta State comes to the Pride Roofing University Center.

The next five games will all be on the road with the trip starting with back-to-back tests against power 5 schools. On Friday, November 10th, SLU travels to The Plains for a date with the SEC’s Auburn Tigers. Five days later, the Lions start a westward swing with a trip to Utah to take on Big XII foe, BYU. The trip out west ends on November 18th in California as Southeastern plays its first contest of the Emerald Coast Classic at Santa Clara.

The remainder of the Emerald Coast Classic will be played at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on November 24th and 25th as the Lions play Western Michigan on the 24th with the result of that game and the result of the Tennessee State vs. Mercer game determining what team and time Southeastern will play on the 25th.

22 days following its official season and home opener, SLU comes back home on November 28th to close out the moth with a game against NAIA squad Southern University New Orleans. The trip home will be fleeting, however, as the next four following the SUNO game will be on road, though three will be within the state.

The four-game road swing to open the month of December kicks off with a trip to the state capitol as the Lions play both teams in Baton Rouge, starting on December 1st at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against SLU’s third power 5 foe, LSU. On December 9th, Southeastern heads to the Bluff for a contest against Southern before the Louisiana portion of the road trip ends on December 12th in Ruston against Louisiana Tech. The road trip end four days later in Kentucky against Murray State and former SLU assistant coach Steve Prohm who is the current head coach of the Racers. Prohm was on Billy Kennedy’s SLU staff from 1999-2001 and helped lead the Lions to two regular season championships and Southeastern’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

With the second extended road trip behind them, the Lions come home to close out 2023 with a pair of home games in the Pride Roofing University Center, December 20th against Grambling and December 30th against Loyola-New Orleans.

“We’re looking forward to testing out team with an extremely tough nonconference schedule,” said SLU head men’s basketball coach David Kiefer. “When you go on the road and play top 25 teams and power five schools, you really figure out what type of team you’re going to have and how they handle adversity. We look forward to playing some of the best competition in the country and some of the best venues in the country.”

The 2024 portion of the schedule is all about Southland Conference play, starting with three-straight on the road against New Orleans, Nicholls, and McNeese on January 6th, 8th, and 13th, respectively.

SLU’s conference home opener is on Monday, January 15th when the revamped defending SLC champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes to Hammond, America. That’s the first of three straight games inside the Pride Roofing University Center for Southeastern as Texas A&M-Commerce comes in for the Battle of the Lions on January 20th. A retooled Northwestern State comes to town on January 22nd to end the home stand.

The next week sees the Lions head to Texas for games against Lamar on the January 27th and Houston Christian on January 29th. That’s followed by a week at home with the return trip by McNeese to Hammond to open the month of February on the 3rd while the season’s first meeting with Incarnate Word happens in the Pride Roofing University Center on the 5th.

Back on the road the next week, the Lions make the return trip to Natchitoches on February 10th to take on Northwestern State. That’s followed by the return trip to Commerce to take on Texas A&M-Commerce.

Four of Southeastern’s final six games will be in the friendly confines of the Pride Roofing University Center, starting on February 17th when Houston Christian makes the return trip to Hammond. Two days later, Lamar comes to Hammond to finish the season series. The home stand ends on February 24th as the New Orleans come to the Pride Roofing University Center. March opens with the final road trip of the season as the Lions head to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a March 2nd contest. On March 4th, the Lions close out the road portion of the 2023-24 schedule with a trip to San Antonio and Incarnate Word. The regular season ends at home on March 6th when Nicholls makes the trip to Hammond, America.

The Southland Conference Championship Tournament returns to Lake Charles from March 10th – 13th at McNeese’s Legacy Center.

2023-24 Southeastern Men’s Basketball Schedule
Nov. 1 | Texas-Tyler (exh.) | Hammond
Nov. 6 | Delta State | Hammond
Nov. 10 | at Auburn | Auburn, Ala.
Nov. 15 | at BYU | Provo, Utah
Nov. 18 | at Santa Clara^ | Santa Clara, Calif.
Nov. 24 | vs. Western Michigan^ | Niceville, Fla.
Nov. 25 | vs. Tennessee State OR Mercer^ | Niceville, Fla.
Nov. 28 | SUNO | Hammond
Dec. 1 | at LSU | Baton Rouge, La.
Dec. 9 | at Southern | Baton Rouge, La.
Dec. 12 | at Louisiana Tech | Ruston, La.
Dec. 16 | at Murray State | Murray, Ky.
Dec. 20 | Grambling | Hammond
Dec. 30 | Loyola-New Orleans | Hammond
Jan. 6 | at New Orleans* | New Orleans, La.
Jan. 8 | at Nicholls* | Thibodaux, La.
Jan. 13 | at McNeese* | Lake Charles, La.
Jan. 15 | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* | Hammond
Jan. 20 | Texas A&M-Commerce* | Hammond
Jan. 22 | Northwestern State* | Hammond
Jan. 27 | at Lamar* | Beaumont, Texas
Jan. 29 | at HCU* | Houston, Texas
Feb. 3 | McNeese* | Hammond
Feb. 5 | UIW* | Hammond
Feb. 10 | at Northwestern State* | Natchitoches, La.
Feb. 12 | at Texas A&M-Commerce* | Commerce, Texas
Feb. 17 | HCU* | Hammond
Feb. 19 | Lamar* | Hammond
Feb. 24 | New Orleans* | Hammond
March 2 | at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* | Corpus Christi, Texas
March 4 | at UIW* | San Antonio, Texas
March 6 | Nicholls* | Hammond
March 10-13 | SLC Tournament | Lake Charles, La.

* – Southland Conference game | ^ – Emerald Coast Classic game

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