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With the 2013-14 schedule finalized and fall conditioning drills in the books, the UNCW men’s basketball team officially opens fall practice Friday at Trask Coliseum.
As Buzz Peterson enters his fourth year as head coach, the Seahawks are restocked and looking to rebound off their 10-20 mark from a year ago.
In legislation approved last May, college basketball teams are allowed to practice two weeks earlier than usual. Teams can begin practice 42 days before their first game of the season, providing for up to 30 practices in the six-week period leading to the season opener.
UNCW opens its regular season in early November with a two-game swing to the Upper Midwest to face Iowa and Iowa State on Nov. 8 and 10. The Seahawks will be practicing twice on Saturday and Sunday to kick off the first weekend.
“Every college coach is excited about starting practice and we’re looking forward to getting started,” said Peterson. “For us, we have three new assistant coaches, so we’ve had to take time during the week to go over the practice drills and way we want to play.”
The Seahawks will try to offset the loss of all-time great Keith Rendleman, who has taken his game to the professional ranks in Korea. Peterson has added four new players, including three transfers and one freshman, to go along with 11 returnees.
Midnight Madness, the annual celebration to kick off the start of basketball season will be at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Trask Coliseum, and the Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon is slated for Oct. 16 at Buffalo Wild Wings on Eastwood Road.