LIVONIA, Mich. – Entering his ninth season at the helm of the Madonna University men's basketball program, Noel Emenhiser will begin the 2017-18 campaign in a way he never has as a head coach; at home. For the first time since the 2008-09 season, the Crusader men will begin the season inside the Activity Center.
In fact, Madonna will play eight of its first 11 games in front of the Cruzone, the Madonna student fan section. The season begins on Oct. 20 as the Crusaders host Redeemer University College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 see East-West University and Great Lakes Christian College come to Livonia before perennial NAIA power Grace College comes to town Nov. 11.
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play, which features a home and home date with all 11 conference programs for 22 regular season contests, begins on Nov. 15 with a trip to Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A visit from Lawrence Technological University on Nov. 18 opens the home conference slate.
Madonna travels to Grace Bible College on Dec. 19 and stay on the road as they travel to the Roosevelt University New Year's Classic for the second straight year. The Classic is held in Chicago, Illinois Dec. 29-30.
The Crusaders face off against WHAC newcomer Rochester College for the first time on Jan. 3 and wrap up the regular season on Feb. 17 when Siena Heights University visits the MU Activities Center.
The WHAC tournament, which features the top eight teams in the conference standings, will take place over three days with the quarterfinals scheduled for Feb. 22, the semifinals slated for Feb. 24 and the championship game Feb. 27.
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