PASADENA, Calif. – Coming off an historic campaign last year, the Caltech men's basketball team has announced their schedule for the 2011-2012 season. The program is under the direction of fourth year head coach Dr. Oliver Eslinger.
The 25-game slate features 13 home contests, two schools which competed at the NCAA national tournament and the program's first ever trip to Minnesota.
The season begins on Saturday, Nov. 19 with a trip to NAIA foe Vanguard (8:00 p.m.). The home opener is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 22 against Pacifica at 7:30 p.m.
On Nov. 26 and 27 the Beavers will co-host the annual Thanksgiving Classic with Occidental College. Caltech will host Stevens Institute of Technology on Nov. 26 at 4:00 p.m. before traveling to Occidental to face the University of Dallas (2:00 p.m.) in a neutral site contest the next afternoon.
The December schedule begins with a trip to Lancaster, Calif. as the Beavers take on West Coast Baptist at 7:30 p.m. After an 11-day break for finals, the Beavers travel to Minnesota for a pair of games against MIAC foes. Macalester hosts the Beavers for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on Dec. 12 before Caltech travels to St. Paul, Minn. to face Hamline the next day at 5:00 p.m.
The Beavers return home for a Dec. 17 game against UC Santa Cruz at 5:00 p.m. Caltech will take a 12-day break during the Christmas holiday before returning home to play 2011 NCAA tournament participant Chapman on Dec. 29 (5:00 p.m.) and Babson for a New Year's eve tilt at 5:00 p.m. to close out 2011.
A Jan. 3 contest against Mount St. Mary (5:00 p.m.) is the final non-conference game of the season.
On Jan. 7 the Beavers begin their 14-game SCIAC season when they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:30 p.m. Beginning with that Saturday evening game, Caltech will compete every Wednesday and Saturday evening in January. The conference's Wednesday and Saturday schedule continues through mid-February.
The last home game of the season is a Feb. 15 contest against Whittier (7:30 p.m.). The regular season concludes with a road trip to the University of Redlands on Tuesday evening, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. Last season the Bulldogs represented the SCIAC at the NCAA Championship tournament.
Caltech made national news at the end of the 2011 season when they ended a 26-year drought against conference foes with a 46-45 win over Occidental.
Should the Beavers finish among the top four schools in the SCIAC, they would qualify for the conference tournament. The single elimination tournament is a two-day affair beginning on Feb. 25.