PSU men will open season at home

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season with two home games in the Bryce Jordan Center as part of the 11th annual Cancun Challenge.

The Nittany Lions will play host to North Florida Friday, Nov. 9, and Jacksonville State, Monday, Nov. 12.

The eight-team tournament begins with seven games in the United States between the teams in the Mayan Division — Jacksonville State, North Florida, Southern Miss and Western Carolina — and the Riviera Division, which includes Penn State, Bradley, SMU and Wright State.

Both of Penn State’s games in Cancun will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Tip times and network designations for the two November games in the Bryce Jordan Center will be announced at a later date.

This is the first trip for Penn State men’s basketball to Cancun, Mexico, and the first-ever meetings for the Nittany Lions versus North Florida and Jacksonville State in men’s basketball.

Lady Lions non-conference set

Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington has announced the 2018-19 non-conference schedule for the Lady Lions, which includes six teams that qualified for the national postseason with nine games inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

The 11-game non-conference schedule will feature only two road games, with both opponents participating in the national postseason in 2017-18, while the home schedule will feature four postseason opponents.

The list includes Providence (home, Nov. 8), California (home, Nov. 11), Fordham (road, Nov. 14), Princeton (home, Nov. 18), North Dakota (home, Nov. 21), Stony Brook (home, Nov. 25), Florida State (road, Nov. 29), Jacksonville State (home, Dec. 1 or 2), Duquesne (home, Dec. 5), Saint Bonaventure (home, Dec. 9) and American (home, Dec. 16).

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