The non-conference portion of the 2019-20 schedule for Western Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams is set and features a total of 26 out of conference games – 11 for the men and 15 for the women.

Highlighting the men’s non-conference schedule is a season-opening trip to Georgia of the Southeastern Conference on Nov. 5 and a Nov. 15 game at Atlantic Coast Conference member Florida State.

The women will also venture into the ACC with a Nov. 7 game at North Carolina.

Non-conference home games for the men will be against Gardner-Webb (Nov. 9), N.C. A&T (Nov. 12), Bryan (Nov. 27), UNC-Asheville (Dec. 7) and Piedmont (Dec. 28).

Other non-conference road games for the men will be with Jacksonville (Nov. 21), Stetson (Nov. 24), Xavier (Dec. 18) and Tennessee Tech (Dec. 21).

“We are thrilled to announce our very competitive non-conference schedule for the 2019-2020 season,” said Mark Prosser, who is preparing for his second season as coach of the WCU men. “We felt as though we had to ensure that we challenged ourselves at a high level in preparation for a Southern Conference that proved to be one of the finest basketball conferences in the country last season. We also wanted to make sure that we brought quality opponents into the Ramsey Center.

“There is a palpable excitement around our team and our program, and we hope that it translates over into our students, alums, and fans and that Cullowhee continues to be a very difficult place for opponents to play,” he added.

Home non-conference games for the women will be against UVa-Wise (Nov. 5), Campbell (Nov. 14), UNC-A (Nov. 18), Coastal Carolina (Nov. 24), Charleston Southern (Dec. 4), Cleveland State (Dec. 6), Tennessee Tech (Dec. 17), Winthrop (Dec. 21) and Southern Wesleyan (Jan. 6).

In addition to UNC, the Lady Cats will travel to Elon (Nov. 9), USC-Upstate (Nov. 12), Davidson (Nov. 20), Gardner-Webb (Nov. 27) and College of Charleston (Dec. 30).

“As our program transitions in various ways, we are excited for the opportunities and challenges we will have in front of us with our non-conference schedule,” said Kiley Hill, who was recently named coach. “Hopefully, we can put ourselves in a position to prepare ourselves for the rigors of Southern Conference play and be a team that the Western Carolina faithful will come to enjoy watching compete and be willing to adopt us as a program that they want to be part of and will represent them with class, pride and competitive spirit.”