The Idaho State men’s basketball team announced its 2019-20 schedule on Friday. The upcoming slate features 15 home dates, including two exhibitions to kick off the season.
ISU’s first exhibition is Oct. 23 against Eastern Oregon, where first-year Bengals coach Ryan Looney was the head coach from 2004-09. ISU end EOU last played during the 2008-09 season, while Looney was Eastern’s head coach.
ISU’s other exhibition is Oct. 29 against Montana Tech.
ISU’s nonconference home games are Nov. 14 against Montana Western, Nov. 27 against West Coast Baptist and Dec. 16 against UC Santa Barbara. The Bengals open Big Sky Conference play Dec. 28 and 30 against Idaho and Eastern Washington, respectively.
ISU’s nonconference road games are Nov. 5 at Wyoming, Nov. 7 at Air Force, Nov. 17 at Washington State, Nov. 22 at Santa Clara, Dec. 6 at Pepperdine and Dec 21 at Pacific. Former ISU shooting guard Gary Chivichyan transferred to Pacific earlier this offseason.
The Bengals’ nonconference slate features plenty of familiar foes. ISU has faced Montana Western three times since 2012, including a 74-66 home win last season. The Bengals also faced Pepperdine, Pacific, Santa Clara and UC Santa Barbara last season. This season’s game with Pacific will be ISU’s fourth since 2012.
ISU’s lone Power 5 conference opponent is Washington State. The Bengals and Cougars have faced off seven times since the 2006-07 season, with the last meeting coming in 2017.
ISU and Wyoming will face off for the 22nd time, the first since 2012. The teams played frequently during the 1960s and 1970s, and the series history dates back to 1936-37.
The Bengals play Air Force for the third time and first since 1988-89.
There is no record of ISU ever playing West Coast Baptist.
ISU will play all home games at Reed Gym this season, reported earlier this week by the Journal.
2019-20 ISU MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
10/23 vs. Eastern Oregon, 7 p.m. (ex.)
10/29 vs. Montana Tech, 7 p.m. (ex.)
11/5 at Wyoming, TBA
11/7 at Air Force, TBA
11/14 vs. Montana Western, 7 p.m.
11/17 at Washington State, TBA
11/22 at Santa Clara, TBA
11/27 vs. West Coast Baptist, 7 p.m.
12/6 at Pepperdine, TBA
12/16 vs. UC Santa Barbara, TBA
12/21 at Pacific, TBA
12/28 vs. Idaho, 7 p.m.
12/30 vs. Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
1/4 at Sacramento State, TBA
1/9 vs. Southern Utah, 7 p.m.
1/11 at Northern Arizona, TBA
1/16 vs. Weber State, 7 p.m.
1/18 at Portland State, TBA
1/23 vs. Montana, 7 p.m.
1/25 vs. Montana State 7 p.m.
1/30 at Northern Colorado, TBA
2/1 at Southern Utah, TBA
2/6 vs. Northern Arizona, 7 p.m.
2/8 vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m.
2/13 at Montana State, TBA
2/15 at Montana, TBA
2/20 vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.
2/27 vs. Portland State, 7 p.m.
3/2 at Weber State, TBA
3/5 at Eastern Washington, TBA
3/7 at Idaho, TBA
3/9-14 at Big Sky Conference tournament, Boise