The Beloit College basketball teams are set to open their 2013-’14 seasons this week, with both teams playing twice.
The men open the season on the road Tuesday night at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and play again at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee on Thursday night. Tipoff for both games is 7 p.m.
The Bucs, beginning their 105th season, finished 2012-’13 with a 12-11 overall mark, 10-8 in the Midwest Conference. Their 12 victories were the most since the 2001-02 season while their 10 wins in conference play were the most since the 1992-’93 season. They return all but two players from last year’s squad, including All-MWC players James Lazarcik and Steve McAfee, and welcome back seven seniors, with Brian Vraney beginning his seventh season as head coach.
The women open on Wednesday night with a challenge, playing at pre-season 21st-ranked Carthage College in Kenosha at 7 p.m. They open their home season on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Elmhurst College in Flood Arena.
Jennifer McCormick begins her third season following last year’s 4-19 overall record, 3-15 in the MWC. All-MWC guard Lauren McNanna returns along with starters Jenna Larsen and Lana Wieseman.