Nanooks basketball

Alaska Nanooks forward Michael Kluting (40) looks to pass while Western Oregon’s Buster Souza, far left, defends on Jan. 5 at the UAF Patty Center. Western Oregon’s Darius Lubom, near left, and Alaska’s Spencer Sweet (10) get involved in the play. On Wednesday, UAF released the men's 2019-20 basketball schedule.

 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s basketball team will play 10 times this season on the Alaska Airlines Court in the UAF Patty Center.

Head coach Greg Sparling, in a UAF news release, announced Wednesday the 2019-20 schedule for the Nanooks, of the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Nanooks open the season Nov. 9-10 in the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center. UAF faces Pacific West Conference teams Chaminade on the first day and Hawaii Pacific on the second day. Both games are scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The Nanooks will be in Seaside, California, for the California State University Monterey Bay Invitational on Nov. 15-16. UAF takes on CSU Monterey Bay at 2 p.m. AKDT in the first round at the Kelp Bed in the Otter Sports Center. The Nanooks tip off at noon AKDT against Cal State San Marcos in the second round.

Nonconference play continues for the Nanooks Nov. 22-23 at the Westminster College Invite at the Behnken Field House in Salt Lake City. 

UAF plays Westminster at 5:30 p.m. AKDT Nov. 22 and Dixie State at 3:30 p.m. AKDT on the tournament’s last day.

The Nanooks wrap up the nonconference portion of their season at UAA’s Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30. 

UAF trades baskets with North Michigan on the first day and Michigan Tech on the second day. Both games are set for 5:15 p.m.

The Nanooks begin GNAC play at home, facing Western Oregon on Dec. 5 and Concordia on Dec. 7.

UAF plays on the road for six of its nine GNAC games in January. 

Simon Fraser (Jan. 9), Western Washington (Jan. 11) and Seattle Pacific (Jan. 30) come to the Patty Center. All three games also will be doubleheaders with the Nanooks women’s team.

The Nanooks are home for four of their five conference games in February. 

UAF hosts Central Washington on Feb. 13, Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 15, Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 18 and Montana State Billings on Feb. 20.

The Nanooks complete the regular season in Oregon with GNAC games against Concordia on Feb. 27 in Portland and Western Oregon on Feb. 29 in Monmouth.

The GNAC Men’s Basketball Championships are scheduled for March 5-7 at Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion. 

The Nanooks have to place in the top six of the regular-season standings to advance to the conference tournament.The Nanooks finished 5-22 overall and 2-18 GNAC last season for last place in the 11-team conference.

All Nanooks home games and conference road games this season will feature live video with play-by-play commentary and live statistics available through the Alaska Nanooks Stretch Internet Portal. 

Information on season-ticket packages and single-game tickets will be announced soon.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.