2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Nov 21-22 NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.
29 @ UW-Stevens Point
Dec 4 @ Pamona Pitzer College (CA)
6 @ Redlands College (CA)
12-13 @ Juniata College (PA) Tourney---NCC, Dickinson, Penn St-York, & Juniata. Matchups not set yet.
17 @ Benedictine
27 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Olivet
28 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Adrian
Spanning the globe in December.
Crikey, I'm old enough to remember when Jim McKay's voiceover started with this phrase every Saturday.
These'll be the thrill of victory, right?
The Cardinals certainly do face a rather formidable non-con schedule headlined by the 2 state supported schools from north of the border, one of which was the national champion, and the other which was ranked #1 for the majority of the year. Dickinson advanced to the Elite Eight of the national tournament. Pamona Pitzer and Juniata should be tough, each having won 18 games last season. And, the annual Aurora game is almost always a closely contested tough battle.
Of the 11 non-con games, only the first 3 will be played in the friendly confines of the "Hangar." After the 11/25 Aurora game, North Central will not play on their home floor again until 1/3 when they open the conference portion of the season against IWU. Consequently, the Cardinals will have to quickly become true road warriors
in order to more often experience the thrill of victory as opposed to the agony of defeat.
Front line play will be the Cardinal's strength going into the season. I envision a strong 3 man rotation between the 4 and 5 spots, and a good 2 man rotation at the 3/SF. Much of their success will depend on the quality of play they get from the back court. Right now, its anybody's guess as to who will emerge from a large pack of prospects to claim both starting guard spots, and the primary backup roles at those positions.