TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2006
Dolphins set for 13 home games in 2006-07

July 18, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville men's basketball team will have 13 home games, face the defending national champion and a grueling 20-game Atlantic Sun Conference as the Dolphins released their schedule on Tuesday.

The Dolphins home schedule features five non-conference home games, with JU's first home game coming on Nov. 14 against St. Leo's at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Other highlights of the schedule include a trip to face defending national champions, Florida, on Nov. 16 and a trip to NCAA Cinderella Texas A&M on Dec. 16. JU will also face two other Southeastern Conference foes on the road going to Georgia (Dec. 19) and South Carolina (Dec. 29).

"This is a tough schedule, but it is one that gives us a chance to be competitive and grow as a basketball team," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "With such a young team, we wanted to challenge this team early to get ready for the rigors of a 20-game conference schedule."

Other non-conference home games include Florida Tech (Nov. 22), South Carolina State (Nov. 25) and Coastal Carolina (Dec. 10).

JU opens A-Sun play on the road at conference powers Lipscomb (Nov. 30) and Belmont (Dec. 2). The Dolphins jump back into A-Sun play at home against Gardner-Webb (Jan. 2) and Campbell (Jan. 4).

The Dolphins two home games away from the Arena are set against Mercer (Jan. 18) and Stetson (Jan. 20) in Swisher Gymnasium.

The schedule rounds out with five of the final seven games at home, beginning with archrival North Florida (Feb. 3), followed by East Tennessee State (Feb. 8), Kennesaw State (Feb. 10), Belmont (Feb. 22) and the regular-season finale against Lipscomb (Feb. 24).

Other Men's Basketball News:

- Fifth-year senior Bryan Hipsher, who received his bachelor's degree from the Davis College of Business, will not play in his final season of eligibility due to injuries as he will continue to pursue his master's degree in business administration. Last season, Hipsher saw limited action in 21 games due to injuries and averaged 3.6 points per game.

-Former JU star Kevin Sheppard led the Virgin Islands to the silver medal in the 2006 Centrobasket Tournament held in early July. With the strong showing, Sheppard has led his homeland into the Tournament of the Americas and will possibly have the chance to play against the USA in 2007. Sheppard finished the tournament averaging 11.5 points, the third highest on the team.