Aug. 22, 2004
BEAUMONT - The 2004-05 Lamar men's basketball schedule features home games with teams from Conference USA, Mountain West and the Sun Belt Conference, and is highlighted by the return of long-time rival Arkansas State, announced second-year coach Billy Tubbs.
"I think this schedule is good, it's tough and we have some quality opponents at home," Tubbs said of the 2004-05 slate of games.
The Cardinals will play 16 home games this season, eight non-conference contests and eight Southland Conference games. Lamar will also play two exhibition games in early November prior to the start of the regular season.
Lamar opens the season at home when Jarvis Christian visits the Montagne Center on November 23. The Cardinals then hit the road for a game at North Texas on Nov. 27.
The Cardinals return home for four straight games beginning with the University of Houston on Dec. 4. Lamar also hosts Texas-Pan American (Dec. 7), Arkansas Tech (Dec. 11) and Air Force (Dec. 13). The Cardinals will be facing Arkansas Tech and Air Force for the first time in school history.
Lamar and Rice will play for the sixth straight season when the Cardinals travel to Houston on Dec. 16. Lamar returns home for a Dec. 18 game against Wiley College.
LU plays its final non-conference road game at Tulsa on Dec. 22. This will be the seventh meeting between the Cardinals and Golden Hurricanes with the series tied at 3-3. The Cardinals close out the non-conference schedule with games against Arkansas State (Dec. 28) and Central Oklahoma (Dec. 30).
"We're renewing our rivalry against schools like UH and Arkansas State," Tubbs said of the non-conference schedule. "This schedule difficult, but we have a good balance with 16 home games and 11 road games. We have some tough home games like Houston and Air Force, but we also have some good road games like Rice and Tulsa. We're really excited about the schedule all around."
The Southland Conference slate will again feature a 16-game slate, eight home and eight away contests. Each of the 11 teams will play six of the schools home and away. Each school will then play the other four teams once each, two at home and two on the road.
Lamar will play Sam Houston State, UL-Monroe, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State and Texas-San Antonio both home and away. The Cardinals will play single home games against McNeese State and Nicholls State and single away games at Stephen F. Austin and Texas-Arlington.
Look for the Cardinals to be much improved this season as the Cardinals' recruiting class has been rated as high as No. 3 in the nation by Clark Francis of HoopScoop online.
The returnees are led by senior guards Raymond Anthony and Teddy Davis, and junior center Jason Grant. Anthony led the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game last season and his 94 three-pointers made ranked as the second best single-season total in school history. He was an honorable mention all-SLC selection.
Davis averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season. Grant averaged 7.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. He led the team and the SLC in blocked shots with 71, which ranked as the second highest single-single season total in school history.
Tubbs became the 28th NCAA Division I coach to reach the 600-win plateau last season in Lamar's 79-67 win over Texas Southern. With a 606-315 career record, Tubbs enters the 2004-05 season as the 10th active winningest coach in NCAA history.
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2004-05 Lamar Men's Schedule
Nov. 23 Jarvis Christian
Nov. 27 at North Texas
Dec. 4 Houston
Dec. 7 Texas-Pan American
Dec. 11 Arkansas Tech
Dec. 13 Air Force
Dec. 16 at Rice
Dec. 18 Wiley College
Dec. 22 at Tulsa
Dec. 28 Arkansas State
Dec. 30 Central Oklahoma
Jan. 5 at Southeastern Louisiana*
Jan. 8 Texas State*
Jan. 12 McNeese State*
Jan. 19 Southeastern Louisiana*
Jan. 22 at Stephen F. Austin*
Jan. 26 Nicholls State*
Jan. 29 Louisiana-Monroe*
Feb. 3 at Northwestern State*
Feb. 5 Texas-San Antonio*
Feb. 10 at Sam Houston State*
Feb. 12 at Texas-Arlington*
Feb. 16 Northwestern State*
Feb. 19 at Texas State*
Feb. 23 at Texas-San Antonio*
Feb. 26 Sam Houston State*
Mar. 2 at Louisiana-Monroe*