Under the direction of first-year head coach, Alvin Brooks, Lamar University revealed its 2021-22 basketball schedule, a 32-game slate highlighted by 14 games in the Montagne Center.
The upcoming schedule will include non-conference trips to Miami (Ohio), Georgia Tech, Southern Mississippi, Texas Tech and Mississippi State, to go along with non-conference home games against Stetson and Louisiana-Monroe.
The upcoming schedule is historic for the Red and White as it marks the program’s first season in the Western Athletic Conference.
“I’m very excited to be coaching my first non-conference schedule upon my return to Lamar University,” said Brooks. “We’re also very excited to be opening up at home in front of our fans. It was important for me to play our opener at home. We had several schools offer us a lot of money to open at their place, but it was important for me to play at home. It will be my first game back since I left in 1986.
“We’re thrilled about the level competition we’re going to be facing this year. Our first road trip we will take on a Miami (Ohio) and Georgia Tech, and then we will bring a very talented Stetson team in here. The schedule also includes games against Texas Tech, Mississippi State and others. We’re excited for the challenge,” added Brooks.
The Cardinals tip off the regular season with consecutive home games against St. Thomas (Nov. 3) and Wiley College (Nov. 9), before beginning a stretch that will see LU on the road for nine of the next 11 games. Big Red will be in Oxford, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 13 to face Miami (Ohio). The Cardinals will turn around two later and travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia Tech.
The long road swing will be broken up Friday Nov. 19th when the Cardinals return home to host Stetson. The game against the Hatters will be a quick stop before LU hits the road again with dates at Southern Mississippi (Nov. 21), UTSA (Nov. 24), Texas Tech (Nov. 27) and Mississippi State (Dec. 2).
Big Red’s first home date in the month of December will be Sunday, Dec. 5, against Our Lady of the Lake. The Cardinals will then hit three cities in seven days with games at UT Arlington (Dec. 11), Texas State (Dec. 15) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 18th).
The Cardinals return home to host UL Monroe Monday, Dec. 20th, which will be their final contest before taking a short break for the Christmas holidays. It will also wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule as Big Red will kick off the WAC season Thursday, Dec. 30th against Sam Houston. The Cardinals will host New Mexico State Wednesday, Jan. 5 in their WAC home opener.
“Obviously, there is a lot of excitement as we enter this new chapter as a member of the Western Athletic Conference,” said Brooks. “When I was at Houston as head coach I led our program from the Southwest Conference into Conference USA, upon my return to Houston I helped lead our transition into the American Athletic Conference. I’m very excited about the opportunity to lead my alma mater into the WAC. To have a chance to do this at my alma mater – nearly 35 years to the day I left – is almost storybook.”
Historic rivals will also come to Beaumont when LU hosts Sam Houston Thursday, Jan. 13, Abilene Christian Saturday, Jan. 29 and Stephen F. Austin Saturday, Feb. 19.
The WAC Championships will take place Mar. 9 – 12 in Las Vegas, Nev.