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Motlow Bucks release 2015-16 men's basketball schedule

Sept. 15, 2015

The Motlow Bucks have released their 2015-16 basketball schedule, and it includes multiple home stretches that will give southern middle Tennessee hoops fans plenty of opportunities to see the Bucks in action.

The regular season opens Oct. 30, with Motlow playing in the Kiwanis Classic in Vincennes, Ind. The Bucks will face Olney-Central on Friday, then turn around on Saturday and take on the host team Vincennes University. The Trailblazers ended the 2014-15 regular season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Motlow Bucks 2015-16 Basketball Schedule (pdf)

"Our schedule is challenging," said J.T. Burton, Motlow's first-year head coach. "We have to travel to Vincennes and play two really tough games there in addition to our difficult conference schedule. Winning on the road is always tough to do. We have a lot of new players so it's going to be a battle. I'm excited to get started though and am looking forward to the coming season."

Following their Indiana adventure the Bucks will return to the area, although they won't play in front of the home crowd for another week. The Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) schedule opens Nov. 6 with a trip to Columbia State. The home schedule begins on Monday, Nov. 9, with the University of Pikeville (KY) JV team visiting for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

Six of the next seven dates are in Copperweld Arena, including conference games against Chattanooga State and Cleveland State. The first half schedule ends on Dec. 5 with a conference game in Harriman, TN against Roane State.

A significant difference between this season and previous seasons is that during the second half of the year the Bucks will play conference games prior to the Lady Bucks playing. For example, when Motlow hosts Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Jan. 15, the Bucks play at 5:30 p.m. and the Lady Bucks play at 7:30 p.m. The following day when Dyersburg State visits Copperweld Arena, the Bucks play at 2 p.m. and the Lady Bucks follow at 4 p.m.

The second half of the schedule opens with a five-game home stretch between Jan. 11-23. The Bucks will play a total of 16 home games and 14 road games. Motlow will play at least one game on every day of the week except Thursday and Sunday.

The regular season will end with eight consecutive conference games, concluding on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a home date against Jackson State. The TCCAA tournament will be held beginning Mar. 1 on the campus of Volunteer State in Gallatin. The NJCAA tournament begins Mar. 14 in Hutchinson, Kan.

Coach Burton and his Bucks will play an adventurous preseason slate before the regular season even begins. On Oct. 3, Motlow will travel to Panama City Beach for a scrimmage jamboree, on Oct. 17 they head to Atlanta for the CB Hoops Jamboree, and on Oct. 17 the Bucks will be in Fulton, Miss., for the Itawamba Jamboree scrimmage.

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