The 2009-10 men's basketball schedule for ULM isn't quite complete but we've got a first look at the highlights.
The Warhawks open the season in Baton Rouge at LSU on Nov. 13. ULM is 0-4 against the Tigers, with the last meeting coming in 2006-07. Back at Fant-Ewing Coliseum two days later, ULM plays its home opener against Alcorn State on Nov. 15.
ULM makes the jaunt to Oklahoma on Nov. 17, then returns a trip to Morehead State on Nov. 21. The Warhawks haven't played the Sooners since 1996-97, the last of three games in the series. The non-conference schedule still has a hole to fill in late November. Discussions with Grambling State weren't fruitful, so ULM coach Orlando Early is still looking.
"We'd love a home game on the 24th or the 25th," Early said. "We're working on finishing that up."
A trip to Centenary on Nov. 27 wraps the opening month of the season. Early said he plans to maintain a home-and-home series with the Gents. The revived basketball series with Louisiana Tech returns to Monroe on Dec. 2. The Warhawks played in Ruston last year, marking the first game between the schools since 1990-91.
Early, a former Alabama assistant, returns to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a Dec. 5 contest. Sun Belt Conference play begins for ULM at North Texas on Dec. 13. ULM continues a home-and-home non-conference series at Northern Colorado on Dec. 16. The Warhawks pair that trip with their league game at Denver on Dec. 19.
"It's a good way to get out there and get acclimated to the altitude," Early said. ULM wraps non-conference action with a pair of non-Division I opponents on Dec. 22 and Dec. 28. The Sun Belt Conference home opener is Dec. 31 – New Year's Eve – against Troy.
ULM fans hoping for a glimpse of former NBA star Isiah Thomas in Monroe this year are out of luck. Thomas, the new head coach at Florida International, plays host to the Warhawks this season in their lone scheduled meeting.