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Exciting non-conference schedule awaits men’s basketball team

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July 19, 2017

Detroit Mercy's men's basketball non-conference schedule features seven home games, four games in the 2K Classic, a showdown with Michigan at Little Caesars Arena and road trip to UCLA.

"I am excited about this season's non-conference slate," said head coach Bacari Alexander '99. "As we take the next steps in our programs resurgence, this schedule will prove to be challenging and helpful in our preparations for conference play."

The women's basketball team also released its non-conference schedule.

Season No. 111 starts with a preseason game against Wayne State on Nov. 4, which will once again benefit Detroit Public Schools.

The 2017-18 season will officially get underway on the road as the Titans visit Virginia Tech in the first game of the 23rd annual 2K Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 10. The 2K Classic will also have the Titans on the road in a subregional round at Belmont playing fellow Jesuit-rival Seattle on Nov. 18 and then a game against either Belmont or Houston Baptist on Nov. 19, before wrapping up the in-season tournament at Saint Louis on Nov. 22.

The 65th anniversary of Calihan Hall will have Marygrove in the building for the home opener on Nov. 13 in a Live6 Alliance showdown with a game against Siena Heights on Dick Vitale Court on Nov. 25.

The final two road games of the non-conference has the red, white and blue traveling to Fort Wayne on Nov. 28 before an epic battle at UCLA on Dec. 3. The last time the Titans met the Bruins was in the 1999 NCAA Tournament with Detroit Mercy – led by current head coach Bacari Alexander '99 and assistant coach Jermaine Jackson '99 — knocking off the nationally-ranked squad in the program's only meeting.

The rest of December has the Titans in the Motor City as Detroit Mercy welcomes Toledo (Dec. 6), Western Michigan (Dec. 9), East Tennessee State (Dec. 19) and Murray State (Dec. 22) into Calihan Hall, while facing Michigan in the brand new state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena on Dec. 16. 

"Our current players and recruits have identified that we will play marquee competition on an annual basis and that's the challenge we all seek. We are inviting everyone back to Calihan Hall, the City of Detroit and on the road with the Titans as we attack new goals to grow our storied tradition," added coach Alexander. 

Season ticket information is now available by contacting Director of Ticket Operations & Sales Justin Hairston at 313-993-1700 ext. 7301 or at hairstjj1@udmercy.edu.

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