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Yotes face tough 2014-15 basketball schedule

Yotes face tough 2014-15 basketball schedule
CALDWELL, Idaho - College of Idaho head coach Scott Garson announced the 2014-2015 men's basketball schedule earlier this afternoon, including a non-conference schedule that will rival as one of the most challenging in school history, featuring two of the last three NAIA Division I National Champions.

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The Coyotes will open the season in La Grande, Oregon in the Quinn Classic playing Walla Walla University on Halloween and a bout with Portland Bible the next day.

C of I will host a new tournament in 2014, the Taco Bell Shootout, with a highly anticipated home opener against Langston University (Oklahoma). The Lions went 11-15 last season, but will enter the 2014 season with a new coaching staff and several highly touted recruits and will look to spoil the Coyotes 17-game, home-winning streak.

"Our success at home last season had so much to do with the way in which our fans turned out to support us," Garson said. "The support that we have received from the community in Caldwell has everything to do with the streak we have going and I hope we can pack the gym starting November 7th against a very good Langston University team."

The Coyotes will wrap up the Taco Bell Shootout playing host to Walla Walla University.

Pending final approval of game dates, November 11th will see the state's oldest rivalry renewed as the Coyotes host Game 1 of the United Heritage Mayor's Cup as the Crusaders of Northwest Nazarene make the 10-mile journey into Coyote Country for one of the season's most anticipated games. The Coyotes will make the return trip to Nampa for the second game of the series on November 24th. The Coyotes swept the series last year against the Crusaders. Both games will be broadcast by KTVB.

After heading up to Lewiston for two games against Lewis-Clark State and Montana Tech, the Coyotes will return home for the Wendy's Classic on November 21st & 22nd featuring games against Westminster College and Montana State-Northern.

The Coyotes will wrap up November as they travel down to Southern California for two games against elite opponents: defending NAIA Division I National Champions, Vanguard University on November 28th and 2012 NAIA Division I National Champion, Concordia-Irvine.

"Our trip to California will be great for our Southern California players to compete in front of friends and family," Garson said. "We will be tested playing two great programs that are very well coached."

The Coyotes return home on December 5th and begin conference play against Northwest University.

"We certainly will not be able to jump up and surprise anybody this season with the success we had last year," Garson said. "It is a great responsibility to carry a bull's-eye on our back and I know our players are looking forward to raising their level of play each and every night as we will see our opponents' best effort."

C of I will host two conference rivals whom also went to the NAIA Division II national championships last season beginning on January 3rd against the Cavaliers of Concordia and February 13th against Northwest Christian University.

The Coyotes wrap up the regular season February 21st at Northwest University before beginning the conference tournament on February 25th.
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