“We have more experience than what our mean age would lead one to believe,” commented head men’s basketball coach Mark Boyle. “We are certainly underclassmen dominant but our one senior has shown he can be an elite player in the NACC. Our freshmen and sophomores saw a lot of minutes last year and a big key to our success will be how they translate those minutes this year. Another key will be how quickly we can get contributions from our newcomers. They are a talented and capable group, but they must learn a new system, contribute in a positive way to the team chemistry and show that they can compete at this level.”
Marian opens the season at the UW-Stout Tip-Off Tournament where the Sabres open against host UW-Stout Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The following day the Sabres will take on either UW-Superior or Colorado College to close out the weekend. A mere three days later MU hosts another WIAC opponent in UW-Eau Claire for their home opener Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The Sabres open NACC play over the weekend traveling to Benedictine who has won the previous two NACC Tournament titles. Marian then hosts MSOE in their first NACC home game Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. to close out the month.
Marian will flip-flop home and away for the month of December opening on the road at Finlandia before welcoming Concordia Wisconsin to Sadoff Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The Sabres hit the road for Edgewood to close out the week before hosting Lakeland Saturday, Dec. 16. Marian closes out the first half of the season at Beloit Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
The second half opens with Concordia Chicago Saturday, Dec. 30 at Sadoff Gym for the Sabres before traveling to Rockford Wednesday, Jan. 3 for a 5 p.m. tip. Marian then opens their only multi-game homestand against Dominican Saturday, Jan. 6. The Sabres will then welcome Wisconsin Lutheran Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Benedictine Saturday, Jan. 13 to close out the stretch of home games. The remainder of the month will be similar to the December schedule with the Sabres flip-flopping home and away events. Marian opens the stretch at Concordia Chicago before taking on Rockford at home Saturday, Jan. 20. Then, Marian travels to MSOE before their first encounter with Aurora at home Saturday, Jan. 27.
The Sabres then open the final stretch of the season that will see Marian on the road for five of the final six games of the regular season. Marian travels to Concordia Wisconsin, Dominican and Wisconsin Lutheran before their final home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. against Edgewood. MU will then close out the season at Lakeland Wednesday, Feb. 14 and at Aurora Saturday, Feb. 17.
The full 2017-18 Marian University men’s basketball schedule can be found by visiting http://sabreathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/schedule.