Nov. 3: vs. Union College, at Saint Francis, 4 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Saint Francis, 4 p.m.
Nov. 8: at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Nov. 10: at Olivet Nazarene, TBD
Nov. 15: Madonna, 8 p.m.
Nov. 18: Siena Heights, 3 p.m.
Nov. 21: UM-Dearborn, 8 p.m.
Nov. 25: at IU-Kokomo, 7 p.m.
Nov. 27: at Walsh, 7 p.m.
Dec. 2: at Cornerstone, 3 p.m.
Dec. 6: at Aquinas, 8 p.m.
Dec. 9: Lourdes, 3 p.m.
Dec. 14: at Grace, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16: Concordia, 3 p.m.
Dec. 19: East-West, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29: Indiana Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
Dec. 30: at Saginaw Valley St., 3 p.m.
Jan. 3: at Lawrence Tech, 8 p.m.
Jan. 6: at Northwestern Ohio, 3 p.m.
Jan. 10: Rochester, 8 p.m.
Jan. 13: at Siena Heights, 3 p.m.
Jan. 17: at Madonna, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: Cornerstone, 3 p.m.
Jan. 24: Aquinas, 8 p.m.
Jan. 27: at Lourdes, 3 p.m.
Jan. 31: at UM-Dearborn, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3: at Rochester, 3 p.m.
Feb. 10: Northwestern Ohio, 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: Lawrence Tech, 8 p.m.
Feb. 17: at Concordia, 3 p.m.
• First-year coach Ted Albert won national championships as a player (2011) and assistant coach (2015) at conference rival Cornerstone.
• The Warriors were picked to finish in a tie for sixth with Madonna in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference preseason rankings.
•Finished 20-11 last year, 15-7 in the WHAC. The season ended with a first-round conference tournament loss to Aquinas.
• Last year's team finished eighth in the NAIA Division II standings with 3-point field goals made per game (10.23) and 11th in total 3-pointers (317).
• The team returns three players who recorded minutes last season along with four others who were on the roster but didn't appear in any games.
4 games of interest
Nov. 3 vs. No. 2 Union: The defending national champion was the Warriors' first challenge and provided an instant gauge into what the team will need to work on.
Nov. 4 at No. 3 Saint Francis: A crosstown rivalry coupled with the fact that the Cougars are once again ranked among the nation's top teams.
Dec. 2 at No. 1 Cornerstone: The Golden Eagles have since been upset by Indiana Wesleyan and Spring Arbor. The Warriors were able to scout the conference's top-ranked team at Saint Francis on Nov. 3 and 4.
Dec. 29 vs. No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan: The Wildcats finished last season ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll. With the matchup nearly two months into the season, the Warriors look to have improved drastically by then.
3 key players
Scott Schwieterman, Sr., F: The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Jay County graduate averaged 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds last season.
Nic Williams, Sr., G: The 6-4, 195-pound St. Joseph transfer is the only other senior on the roster. He started three games for the Pumas as a junior but appeared in 29, averaging 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Max Huber, Soph., F: The 6-6, 190-pound Ohio-native appeared in 27 games and averaged 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.
2 points of concern
Defense: Albert hopes that eventually the team's defense will be considered a strength. To get to that point, there's been a strong emphasis made on defense so far this season. “I think that gives you an opportunity to be in a good situation in every game to win,” Albert said. “Hopefully that's something that we can hang our hat on and something that can be our focal point of our identity. We're still learning a lot of those things and still putting the pieces together.”
Uncertainty: Albert said he's still determining which players will get time on the floor and what spot they'll play. “We have a solid group of nine to 10 right now, and everyone's still vying for whose role's going to be whose,” he said. “ We're still formulating a lot of those things. Obviously, we have a lot of new faces and a lot of new pieces to put together, so we're still kind of figuring some of those things out.”
1 major issue
New faces: In addition to the new coach, the roster consists of just two players who had any measurable playing time last season. “We've come a long ways, dating back to our first practice,” Albert said. “ Learning how someone plays takes time and takes a lot of experience and sweat and really just gym time. Once we've gotten to this point now, where we can start to put some of these things together, we're getting closer and closer. We're not where we want to be yet, and every day we just have to keep putting our best foot forward and getting better each day.”
– Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette