HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University men’s basketball team released its 2015-16 Big South schedule Thursday, which includes marquee home matchups with Coastal Carolina and Winthrop.
HPU will aim to claim its fourth-consecutive Big South regular season title in 2015-16. High Point is one of just six Div. I programs out of 351 to claim three-straight regular season league titles. The prestigious list includes Kansas, Gonzaga, Davidson, Harvard and Stephen F. Austin.
HPU will play an 18-game league schedule for the second-consecutive year. The Panthers will play home-and-home series with eight teams. High Point also will battle UNC Asheville at home and travel to Campbell for a road contest.
The Purple & White will take a break from non-conference action to play their first two league contests in early December. HPU will host Longwood in the Big South opener on Dec. 2 and play at Gardner-Webb on Dec. 5. The Panthers will then resume their non-league schedule, before returning to Big South play on Dec. 31 with a home contest against Radford.
After a road contest at Charleston Southern on Jan. 2, HPU takes a week break before returning to the Millis Center to host Presbyterian College on Jan. 9.
The Panthers then play a pair of critical games against teams slated to finish near the top of the league table. HPU will play at Winthrop on Jan. 14 before hosting defending Big South Tournament champion Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 16.
HPU remains at home to battle UNC Asheville on Jan. 20, then hits the road for a pair of tilts with Liberty (Jan. 23) and Campbell (Jan. 27). The Panthers then return to the Millis Center for a two-game homestand against Gardner-Webb (Feb. 3) and Liberty (Feb. 6).
High Point heads to Conway for the return game at Coastal Carolina on Feb. 11 and hosts Charleston Southern on Feb. 13.
After road contests at Longwood (Feb. 18) and Radford (Feb. 20), HPU hosts Winthrop on Thursday, Feb. 25 in a critical Senior Night contest. The Panthers wrap up the regular season at Presbyterian College on Feb. 27.
The 2016 Big South Championship will be held March 3-6 at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C.
High Point returns 11 of 15 letter winners from last season’s conference championship team, including three-time all-Big South First Team selection and 2014 AP All-American John Brown. The Panthers bring back 76 percent of their scoring and 76 percent of their rebounding from a year ago.
Big South televised games will be released at a later date.
HPU will release its 2015-16 non-conference schedule on Monday (Aug. 31), exclusively on its Twitter handle (@HighPointUBBall). High Point will announce a non-conference game every 30 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m.
About the Panthers: The High Point University men’s basketball team is coming off a record-breaking 2014-15 season that saw the Panthers set new Div. I program records for wins (23), Big South wins (13), road wins (9) and Big South road wins (6). HPU advanced to the postseason for the third-straight year and earned its first ever postseason win with a victory over UMES in the CIT. HPU is the winningest Big South program over the past three years and is one of just six schools nationally to have won a regular season conference title in each of the past three campaigns (Gonzaga, Kansas, Stephen F. Austin, Davidson, Harvard).