RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande will ring in the 2013-2014 men’s basketball season this weekend as they play host to the Saunders Insurance Tipoff Classic at the Newt Oliver Arena.
Action will get underway on Friday afternoon when the Rio junior varsity squad squares off against Fork Union Military Academy in the opening game at 4 p.m.
The RedStorm JV (1-3) enter the matchup on a three-game losing skid after falling at Cincinnati-Clermont, 83-68, on Wednesday night.
The second game of the day will feature Shawnee State and Indiana University-Kokomo, with tipoff slated for 6 p.m.
Shawnee State (0-1), like Rio Grande a member of the Mid-South Conference, suffered a 71-70 opening season loss at home to Talladega College on Monday night.
Indiana-Kokomo (0-2), a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is fresh off a 70-52 loss at home to Purdue University-Calumet on Wednesday night.
In the final part of Friday’s tripleheader, the Rio Grande men’s varsity team will get their season underway when they entertain Miami-Hamilton.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
Head coach Ken French returns just four players from last year’s squad, which finished the season with an 11-19 record.
The quartet of returnees for the RedStorm include reigning Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year D.D. Joiner (Columbus, OH), senior Jermaine Warmack (Orange, NJ) and juniors Travis Elliot (Ironton, OH) and Evan Legg (Piketon, OH). All four are guards.
Miami-Hamilton (0-1) will look to bounce back from a 129-81 setback at the hands of NAIA Division I defending national champion - and preseason No. 1 - Georgetown College on October 29.
Saturday’s slate also features three games, with Shawnee State and Miami-Hamilton taking to the hardwood at 1 p.m. to start things off.
The RedStorm men will follow that contest and face Indiana-Kokomo, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m., before the Rio Grande women’s basketball team caps off the weekend festivities when they face the ThunderHawks of Miami-Middletown in the final game of the day.
Tipoff for the women’s game is set for 5 p.m.