Basketball Announces 2001-02 Schedule

Oct. 9, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Road games against Texas and Wichita State, as well as a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout highlight the 2001-02 Jacksonville University Basketball schedule, which was released on Tuesday. The Dolphins will also play former Sun Belt rival New Orleans at Swisher Gymnasium on Nov. 19, while opening the season with an exhibition game against North Florida at home on Nov. 7. JU has also changed its weekend game times to 2 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to come out to Saturday games.

JU's Atlantic Sun Conference schedule features two November games, including the Dolphins' first-ever meeting with Belmont on Nov. 24 and a road game at UCF on Nov. 29. JU will play five of its first six games at home, but then will play seven straight road games during December and the first of January. The Dolphins will play at perennial power Texas on Dec. 15 and at Wichita State on Dec. 17, before participating in the San Juan Shootout Dec. 20-22 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. JU plays Oral Roberts in the first round of the double-elimination tournament, which includes Baylor, Florida International, Coppin State, Oral Roberts, Niagara, Texas Pan-Am and Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

Following home games against Jacksonville State (Jan. 5) and Samford (Jan. 7), the Dolphins will play six-of-eight games on the road in the heart of the conference schedule before finishing the regular-season slate at home against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 21) and UCF (Feb. 23), which is hosting the 2002 A-Sun Championship at the UCF Arena Feb. 28-March 2. JU, which has been picked as high as second in the A-Sun in some pre-season publications, will have a different look this season with the graduation of senior guards Shawn Platts and Brandon Williams, as well as 6-11 center Kris Hunter. The Dolphins do return two starters in junior point guard Kevin Sheppard (9.2 ppg, 2.9 apg) and junior forward Tabari Brown (3.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg), but will look to newcomers Calvin Warner, Travis Robinson and Ryan Lewis to contribute immediately.

Jacksonville is coming off of its best season in six years in which the Dolphins went 18-10 and finished in a tie for third in the Atlantic Sun Conference, while sporting one of the best defenses in school history.

7 Wed. NORTH FLORIDA (Exh.) 7:30 p.m. 9 Fri. FOREIGN EXHIBITION (Exh.) 7:30 p.m. 16 Fri. FLORIDA TECH 7:30 p.m. 19 Mon. NEW ORLEANS 7:30 p.m. 24 Sat. BELMONT* 2:00 p.m. 29 Thurs. at UCF* 7:30 p.m. DECEMBER 1 Sat. STETSON* 2:00 p.m. 8 Sat. SAVANNAH STATE 2:00 p.m. 15 Sat. at Texas 8:00 p.m. 17 Mon. at Wichita State 8:05 p.m.

at San Juan Shootout (Carolina, Puerto Rico) 20 Thurs. vs. Oral Roberts 2:00 p.m. 21 Fri. at San Juan Shootout TBA 22 Sat. at San Juan Shootout TBA

29 Sat. at Savannah State 7:30 p.m. JANUARY 2 Wed. at Florida Atlantic* 7:00 p.m. 5 Sat. JACKSONVILLE STATE* (DH) 2:00 p.m. 7 Mon. SAMFORD* 7:30 p.m. 10 Thurs. at Campbell* 7:00 p.m. 12 Sat. at Georgia State* 6:15 p.m. 17 Thurs. MERCER* 7:30 p.m. 19 Sat. TROY STATE* (DH) 2:00 p.m. 22 Tues. at Stetson* 7:10 p.m. 26 Sat. at Mercer* 7:00 p.m. 28 Mon. at Troy State* 8:00 p.m. FEBRUARY 2 Sat. GEORGIA STATE* 2:00 p.m. 4 Mon. CAMPBELL* 7:30 p.m. 7 Thurs. at Samford* 8:00 p.m. 9 Sat. at Jacksonville State* 8:00 p.m. 16 Sat. at Belmont* 3:00 p.m. 21 Thurs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC* 7:30 p.m. 23 Sat. UCF* 2:00 p.m.

28- Thurs.- at A-Sun Championship TBA (Orlando, Fla.) MARCH 2 Sat. at A-Sun Championship TBA

*Atlantic Sun Conference game Home games in ALL CAPS played at Swisher Gymnasium. All times Eastern and subject to change (DH) Doubleheader with JU women For ticket information, call 745-7407 or log on www.judolphins.com.