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UMHB Men’s Basketball’s 2021-22 schedule features top-tier competition, trip to Classic

BELTON, Texas- The UMHB men’s basketball team will seek to follow up on last season’s 16-4 record in Clif Carroll’s second year in Belton, as the Crusaders 2021-22 schedule was released.

The Cru opens the year at home against Southwestern on Nov. 9. The Pirates, members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) posted a 4-3 record in last year’s Covid-abbreviated season. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.

That contest is followed by UMHB’s third game against a Div. I opponent in the Carroll era; a Nov.14 showdown at UT-Arlington. The game will serve as the Mavericks’ homecoming game and is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. UTA went 13-13 last season, and will be led by first-year head coach Greg Young. While it will be an official game for UTA, UMHB has listed it as an exhibition on its schedule.

Contests against Huston-Tillotson in Austin (Nov. 16) and Arlington Baptist in Belton (Nov. 27) precede the start of ASC play for the Cru. The conference opener is set to be played in Belton against defending conference tournament champion Ozarks on Dec. 4. UMHB has not lost a conference game under the leadership of Carroll.

The Cru play McMurry, Hardin-Simmons, UT-Dallas and LeTourneau in ASC action, all before Dec. 18. That string of conference games is followed by an appearance in the Classic, which will be played for the 11th time in Las Vegas. While competing at the marquee event, UMHB is set to take on Pacific Lutheran at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 29 and Saint Mary’s University on Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. CT. Pacific Lutheran, a competitive program in the Northwest Conference, went 7-3 last season. The Cardinals of Saint Mary’s posted a 6-2 mark in 2020-21.

Those two contests wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule, as UMHB returns home to three ASC contests against Concordia (TX), Sul Ross State and Howard Payne, all in Belton, beginning on Jan. 3. But the Crusaders hit the road for a good portion of the ASC slate, playing five of their last seven games away. UMHB does cap off the regular season at home, facing Belhaven on Feb. 17 and ETBU on Feb. 19.

One team not on the conference schedule is Louisiana College, the 2021 ASC Tournament runner-up, who is now competing as a NAIA program.

UMHB is set to play a total of 26 games in the 2021-22 season.

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