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UT Martin men’s hoop schedule includes No. 1 Memphis, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt

UT Martin men’s hoop schedule includes No. 1 Memphis, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt
UT Martin men's hoop schedule includes No. 1 Memphis, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt | Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks men's basketball, Bret Campbell, University of Memphis basketball

Bret Campbell
Bret Campbell and his UT Martin men’s basketball team will once again play some of the top teams in the country in addition to the always tough and grueling Ohio Valley Conference slate.
The Skyhawks will open the season at Memphis against the host University of Memphis Tigers, a team picked No. 1 in many preseason polls. The game, part of the 2K Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, is set for Nov. 5 at the FedEx Forum. The Skyhawks will also play Richmond or Maine in the tournament Nov. 6.
“This is an ambitious non-conference schedule, but our goal is to be as prepared as we can be going into the Ohio Valley Conference schedule,” Campbell said.
Other non-conference games include battles at Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Nevada-Las Vegas. The Skyhawks will also play at Arkansas State, St. Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J., and travel to an opponent to be determined in the ESPN BracketBuster.
The Skyhawks will host Bethel College in an exhibition Nov. 1, and then host Central Baptist College, Covenant College and Central Arkansas in regular season games.
The Ohio Valley Conference schedule begins Dec. 8 when Jacksonville State invades the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
“The 20 league games are our main focus for this upcoming year,” Campbell said. “You cannot take anyone lightly in the OVC. Our priority, like other teams in this league, is to protect our home court and split on the road.” If we can do that we will be in the top half of the league.”
Defending OVC regular season champion Austin Peay comes to Martin Jan. 3, while Samford makes its final trek to Martin as an OVC opponent Jan. 5. The Jan. 12 game against Morehead State in the Elam Center will be televised live on ESPNU.
Campbell says his team has set a goal to finish among the top four teams in the OVC. “If you finish in the top four, you host a first round tournament game and that makes it easier to get to Nashville.”
The top eight teams advance to the OVC tournament where the top four teams host the bottom four teams in the first round. The four winners advance to Nashville for the semifinals and the championship finals. The OVC tournament winner claims an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Season tickets for the 2007-08 slate are on sale now. For more information or to buy season tickets call the Skyhawk Ticket Office at (731) 881-7207.

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