By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman head men’s basketball coach Chuck Benson unveiled the Eagles’ 2014-15 schedule, which features a Final Four participant and three other teams who have made the NCAA tournament within two years.
“First of all we knew that we we’re starting a new book with our program because of the graduation of all-time greats Antoine Davis and Ish Sanders,” Benson said. “We wanted to challenge our young team early and often. So we went out and put together the toughest schedule on paper for our team in my time here as head coach.”
Carson-Newman will welcome Final Four-participant USC Aiken to Holt Field house Nov. 29. The Eagles will also meet Anderson and LMU twice during South Atlantic Conference play a year removed from both teams making the NCAA tournament.
The Eagles open up the year at the 45-Second Classic in Wilson, N.C., on Nov. 14 against tournament host Barton and Mount Olive. The Bulldogs are two years removed from an Elite Eight appearance. The Eagles throttled Barton last year in Holt Field house 97 – 69. Benson’s team turns around the next day to face off with Mount Olive at 2 p.m.
Carson-Newman then opens up its 22 game conference schedule on Nov. 19 with a road game at Tusculum. They split the season series last year, with the Eagles winning at Mossy Creek and the Pioneers coming up victorious in Greeneville.