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Carroll Men's Basketball Releases Schedule

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The 2014-15 Carroll College Men's Basketball Schedule has been released and the Fighting Saints are set to play 30 regular season games (and three exhibitions).

Head coach Carson Cunningham and his team faces numerous tough tests in the preseason with exhibitions on the road at the University of Montana and University of Utah, as well as, heading to Cunningham's alma mater in West Lafayette, Indiana to face perennial Big Ten power Purdue.

Our schedule presents some mighty challenges and great match-ups as it takes us from the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert to the Great Lakes down to Mobile Bay. We play teams in conferences ranging from the Big Ten and Pac-12 to the North Star and Canada West,” Cunningham said.

Last year, Cunningham's first as head coach, Carroll College finished with a 9-19 overall record and placed eighth in the Frontier Conference with a 4-12 conference record. The Fighting Saints return Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year, Zach Taylor, and have several new talented additions coming to the hilltop for this upcoming season.

The Saints start their season with three of their first five games at home vs. Concordia University in Canada, Northwest Indian College and MSU-Billings.

Carroll hits the road Nov. 7 and faces off against six teams in ten days before returning to Helena. During this lengthy road trip, the Saints will open with Purdue and then travel to Alabama to face a trio of teams in Mobile. The Saints will take part in a Christmas Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. this December (18-19).

With a preseason schedule littered with ranked teams and upper-division NCAA opponents, Cunningham looks forward to the challenge:

It's an exciting and varied slate which I think our fans will really enjoy following. I know our players are going to dig playing it.”

The Fighting Saints begin Frontier Conference play on January 8.   They travel to  face Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Griffins finished the 2013-14 season ranked 24th.   They will then travel to Dillon and play against Montana- Western two days later.

The first home conference game is set for January 15 against the MSU-Northern. Carroll concludes the regular season with three home games in row, with the last contest on February 28 against last year's conference champions, Rocky Mountain College.

“Looking at it from an academic perspective, I love that during the conference season our players will only miss two days of class. The later start to the spring semester and the luck of the draw helped us out big time in that regard,” Cunningham said.

Postseason play begins soon afterwards with the Frontier Conference Tournament followed by the NAIA Tournament.

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