BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Bakersfield men’s basketball will play an exhibition game against Occidental College on Nov. 2 and will play at UT San Antonio in a non-conference battle on Dec. 18 as the finishing touches of the 2013-14 schedule were finalized this week.
With the addition of the exhibition game at the Icardo Center on Nov. 2, Bakersfield will play a total of 14 home games this season split evenly between their on-campus home and Rabobank Arena downtown.
An exhibition contest returns to the schedule for the first time in two seasons, last year Bakersfield went without an exhibition game prior to the start of their regular season.
Completing Bakersfield’s schedule is a Dec. 18 road game at UT San Antonio. CSUB swept UTSA last season, winning 85-52 on Dec. 1 at Rabobank Arena and 61-52 at the Convocation Center on Feb. 12. UTSA is a former member of the Western Athletic Conference, they now compete in Conference USA. Bakersfield will compete for the first time this season in the WAC.
Bakersfield will open their non-conference schedule on Nov. 8 at Washington State at 7 P.M. in a game televised on the Pac-12 Network. CSUB will return home for a four-game home stand with their home opener scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 against UC Merced at the Icardo Center. That will be followed by a Wednesday, Nov. 13 matchup with Sacramento State at the Icardo Center before CSUB heads to Rabobank Arena hosting Nevada on Monday, Nov. 18. Bakersfield rounds out the early-season home stand with a Saturday, Nov. 23 matchup against Santa Clara at the Icardo Center. All home games tip at 7 P.M.
The ‘Runners will open Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 4 against Utah Valley at Rabobank Arena.
Single game and season tickets are available now online at GoRunners.com or by calling 654-3081.
Fans will also have the opportunity to preview the 2013-14 Roadrunners, meet the team, purchase season tickets and select their seats on Saturday, Oct. 12 during the Blue-Gold Scrimmage at the Icardo Center starting at 6 P.M. Admission is free.
Group ticket packages are also being sold at great rates, including ‘The Rowdy’s Nest,’ an exclusive courtside suite at Rabobank Arena that is being made available for the first time this season. It includes seating for up to 20 people and catering for just $495 per game.
Contact Kyle Smith at 654-3081 to purchase season, group or Rowdy’s Nest tickets this season.
SCHEDULE NOTES: CSUB will play their inaugural season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference which will culminate with the WAC Tournament March 13-15 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference’s automatic-qualifier spot in the NCAA Tournament will go to the winner…Bakersfield will play three games in the state of Texas (Dec. 18 at UTSA, Dec. 21 at UT Arlington, Feb. 1 vs. UT Pan American) the most in any other state outside of California…Currently two games are scheduled to be on national television (Nov. 8 at Washington St. and Dec. 15 at USC) both on the Pac-12 Network…Bakersfield’s game against USC marks the first time the Roadrunners and Trojans have met in men’s basketball…Bakersfield will play four games against teams from Idaho, a non-conference home and home series with Idaho St. (Nov. 23 in Bakersfield, Dec. 28 in Pocatello, Id.,) and a WAC series with Idaho (Jan. 18 in Moscow, Id., Feb. 13 in Bakersfield)…the San Joaquin Valley matchup against Fresno State will resume as Bakersfield takes part in the Fresno State Classic Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1 including a Nov. 30 game against Fresno State…The Roadrunners and Bulldogs have also agreed to a four-year series following this season…Bakersfield will be represented in 10 different states outside of California this season with the Roadrunners playing games in (Texas, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona).