Men’s Basketball schedule: The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge in Charleston (W.Va.) Nov. 12-13

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Jeff Helsel

California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, Nov. 2021

Matthew Kifer, Sports Information Director

The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program announced its schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday afternoon.

The schedule consists of 28 games with 22 contests mandated by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as 16 games are versus divisional opponents and six contests are against crossover schools. The league features a balanced nine-team structure in both the Western and Eastern Divisions.

The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge hosted by Charleston (W.Va.) on Nov. 12-13. Cal U will face the host Golden Eagles on the initial day before playing Glenville State after both teams advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament.
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Cal U will play its first home game in 625 days on Nov. 16 when it hosts Franklin Pierce (N.H.), which advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference Tournament. The Vulcans then face 2021 MEC Champion Fairmont State at home on Nov. 18 before traveling to face Shippensburg, which advanced to the finals of the 2020 PSAC Championship, in non-conference play on Nov. 23.

In December, the Vulcans startĀ PSAC Crossover play with a weekend road trip to Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg on Dec. 3-4. Cal U returns to the Convocation Center for three games following Finals Week, starting on Dec. 15 versus Carlow. The Vulcans close out the 2021 portion of their schedule with back-to-back home games against West Chester and Millersville on Dec. 18-19.

Cal U starts 2022 with a home crossover contest against Kutztown on Jan. 2 before opening PSAC West play against 2020 PSAC Champion IUP on Jan. 5. The Vulcans then travel to face Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 8 before playing their final crossover game of the season on Jan. 10 at Shepherd. Cal U hosts Slippery Rock on Jan. 12 before beginning a three-game road trip at Edinboro on Jan. 15. The Vulcans then play at Clarion on Jan. 19 and travel to face Mercyhurst on Jan. 22. Cal U closes the month of January with three games in a week, starting with home games versus Gannon on Jan. 24 and Seton Hill on Jan. 26 before starting the second round of divisional play on Jan. 29 by traveling to Slippery Rock.

In February, Cal U plays Pitt-Johnstown at home on Feb. 2 before having an idle Saturday. The Vulcans return to action on Feb. 9 at IUP before hosting Edinboro on Feb. 12. Cal U travels to nearby Seton Hill on Feb. 16 before playing consecutive home games against Clarion on Feb. 19 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 23. The Vulcans close the regular season with a road game against Gannon on Feb. 26.

The PSAC Tournament is slated to start on Feb. 28 with the top-six teams from each division qualifying for the event. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will hosted on March 5-6 at the top remaining seed from the Western Division.

Note, games, dates, locations and times are subject to change.