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UT basketball programs to salute military with weekend promotions

The Toledo men’s and women’s basketball programs will hold special opening-weekend promotions Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, in Savage Arena.

The women’s team will open their regular season against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the Preseason WNIT Friday at 7 p.m., while the men’s program will host Saint Joseph’s Saturday at 7 p.m.

In observance of Veteran’s Day Nov. 10, active duty or retired military veterans will receive free admission to both games with military ID. Along with that, military members can purchase a “Double Pack” for family and friends; this includes a general admission ticket for the women’s matchup and an Upper A ticket for the men’s game for $15 with military ID. General admission parking is included in the price of the ticket.

The public also can purchase the “Double Pack” with the same ticket options for $20.

In addition, UT employees can obtain tickets for half price with no limit on the number of seats purchased. For the women’s game, they can purchase general admission seating for $7. For the men’s contest, employees can buy tickets in Upper A for $8 and Upper B for $5.50.

Along with special ticket prices, active duty or retired military veterans will be recognized throughout the course of each game, and the ROTC oath will be performed at halftime.

There also will be an open gym both days in the Fetterman Practice Gym from 6 to 6:50 p.m. for youth eighth grade and younger.

On top of that, the women’s team will hold a special pre-game Mid-American Conference Championship and NCAA Championships banner and ring presentation, while the men’s program will honor a military family of the game.

For season ticket information, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at utrockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Rockets travel to Athens Nov. 8 to face Ohio in nationally televised showdown

A battle of first-place teams from West and East divisions of the Mid-American Conference will take place when Toledo travels to Ohio Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

Logan Woodside set a new Toledo record for career passing yards. As of Nov. 2, the senior quarterback has 9,288 career passing yards, 62 more than the previous record holder, Bruce Gradkowski.

The Rockets (8-1, 5-0 MAC) are coming off a crucial 27-17 victory over West Division rival Northern Illinois at the Glass Bowl Nov. 2. The win gave the Rockets sole possession of first place in the West and gives them control of their own destiny in the race for the division crown.

Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 361 yards as the Toledo Rockets overcame a determined NIU team that had knocked UT out of the MAC title race numerous times in the past decade. Woodside completed 23 of 31 passes on his way to setting the Toledo record for career passing yards.

Senior Terry Swanson reached a milestone of his own, becoming the seventh Rocket to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. Swanson was a workhorse, running the ball a career-best 29 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns, also a career high.

Ohio (7-2, 4-1 MAC), winners of three straight games, is tied for first place with Akron in the MAC East Division. Most recently, the Bobcats defeated archrival Miami, 45-28, Oct. 31. Their only conference loss was a 26-23 home-field setback to Central Michigan Oct. 7.

Toledo leads the Bobcats in the series, 31-20-1. Ohio won in Toledo last year, 31-26, snapping a 12-game Rocket winning streak in the series.

Toledo to play Wisconsin in first round of NCAA Soccer Championship

The Toledo women’s soccer team will travel to Madison to meet the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round of the NCAA Championship Friday, Nov. 10.

Kickoff from the McClimon Soccer Complex is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The UT soccer team reacted while watching the NCAA Selection Show in the Savage Arena Joe Grogran Room. They were excited to learn they will play Wisconsin Friday, Nov. 10.

The Rockets return to the NCAA Championship for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2011.

“It’s pretty cool to hear your name called on the selection show,” said Toledo Head Coach TJ Buchholz. “When you come into a program with all the history and tradition, you want to bring that excitement back. To see that fulfillment on the players’ faces is amazing.”

The Rockets put together a rigorous nonconference schedule to go along with a tough Mid-American Conference slate to prepare them for the likes of Big Ten competition in the national tournament.

“I think we do a good job playing up to other teams levels,” said senior defender Chiara Paradiso. “I’m really excited to see what this team can do against a great team like Wisconsin.”

Toledo, which was picked to finish sixth in the MAC West Division, proved it belonged atop the MAC with a conference semifinal win over MAC West champion Ball State and a title victory over archrival Bowling Green.

“The preseason poll motivated us,” said senior forward Sophie Pohl. “We wanted to prove everyone wrong and finish first. We have done that and it is exciting to get to this point in the season.”

If the Rockets are able to beat the Badgers and claim their first ever NCAA Championship victory, they would play the winner of Alabama State and No. 3 South Carolina in the Round of 32.

Women’s Soccer to learn NCAA Championship opponent Nov. 6; fans welcome to join team at watch party

The University of Toledo women’s soccer team will find out who it will be playing in first-round action of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship during the NCAA Selection Show Monday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m.

The show will be streamed live on the NCAA’s website, NCAA.com.

As Mid-American Conference Champions, the Rockets automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship. A total of 64 teams will play at 32 campus sites in first-round action Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Nov. 10-12.

The Rockets will watch the selection show in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room. Fans are welcome to join the watch party.

Toledo (12-7-3) advanced to the NCAA Championship thanks to a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Bowling Green in the title game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Nov. 5 in Kent, Ohio. Senior forward Sophie Pohl scored both of Toledo’s goals, including the game-winner with just five seconds remaining in overtime.

This is the Rockets’ fifth trip to the NCAA Championships and first since 2011.

Toledo wins conference-best fifth MAC Tournament Championship

Senior forward Sophie Pohl found the back of the net with five seconds remaining in overtime to propel Toledo over Bowling Green, 2-1, in the Mid-American Conference’s championship match Sunday afternoon at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. The win gives the Rockets their conference-best fifth MAC Tournament Championship and clinches a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

With the clock winding down, sophomore Kelsey Kraft found Pohl on the left wing, and Pohl was able to beat the Bowling Green keeper to the far post for her second goal of the match.

The women’s soccer team celebrated their big MAC Tournament Championship and posed for a photo Sunday afternoon.

“It’s been such a fun season and a fun ride,” said Toledo Head Coach TJ Buchholz. “Every one of these players battled for each other and that’s what it takes. They kept fighting, and they kept bouncing back.”

The Rockets (12-7-3) and the Falcons (13-7-1) played a highly competitive first half that was expected from the two rival teams. Both teams had chances with free kicks from just outside the box, but neither team could capitalize on the opportunity as the match was scoreless at the break.

In the 59th minute, Toledo tallied the opening goal. Junior Alena Sidwell found junior captain Regan Price down the right sideline. Price entered a perfect centering pass to Pohl, who tapped it in for the score.

However, BGSU battled back to tie the match less than 20 minutes later. First-team All-MAC selection Erica Hubert knotted the match, 1-1, in the 79th minute to keep the Falcons alive.

Kraft nearly regained the lead for the Rockets in the 84th minute before a great defensive play by Bowling Green stopped the attack. Neither team threatened in the final minutes of regulation.

The stage was set for Pohl’s last-second heroics and the St. Charles, Ill., native delivered with the match-winner to the upper right corner.

“Sophie is phenomenal,” Buchholz said. “The plays that she made down the stretch were unbelievable. That’s what she does, and I am so proud of her.”

UT out-shot the Falcons, 14-11, and had two more corner kicks, 3-1. Redshirt freshman Madison Perrin made four saves in goal for the Rockets to record her 12th win of the campaign.

With the win, the Rockets advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place Monday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m., and fans are invited to watch the show with the team in the Savage Arena Joe Grogan Room.

Placekicker named Groza Award semifinalist

Toledo junior placekicker Jameson Vest was named one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award yesterday. The award annually honors the top placekicker in the nation.

Vest has made 19 of his 22 field-goal attempts this season, with a long kick of 49 yards vs. Miami (Fla.). He leads the Mid-American Conference and is second in the nation with 2.1 field goals made per game.

Semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be voted on by a panel of more than 100 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, sports information directors, media members, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers to select the three finalists.

These finalists will be announced Nov. 21 and honored at the 26th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Awards Banquet Dec. 4 in Palm Beach County.

The same panel then selects the winner, who will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday, Dec. 7.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL Championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

Rockets overpower Northern Illinois, 27-17

Senior quarterback Logan Woodsidethrew for 361 yards as the Toledo Rockets overcame a determined Northern Illinois squad, 27-17, in a critical Mid-American Conference battle.

With the victory, Toledo (8-1, 5-0 MAC) claims sole possession of first place in the MAC’s West Division, one game ahead of NIU (6-3, 4-1 MAC), a team that had knocked UT out of the conference title race numerous times in the past decade.

Diontae Johnson caught 10 passes for 166 yards in Toledo’s victory over Northern Illinois.

Woodside completed 23 of 31 passes on his way to setting the Toledo record for career passing yards. He ended the day with 9,288 career passing yards, 62 more than previous record-holder Bruce Gradkowski (9,225 from 2002 to 2005).

Senior Terry Swanson reached a milestone of his own, becoming the seventh Rocket to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. Swanson was a workhorse, running the ball a career-best 29 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns, also a career high. He has 3,082 yards in his four-year career.

Toledo trailed early in the third quarter, 14-10, but outscored the Huskies 17-3 the rest of the way. Swanson scored twice in the third quarter to give UT a 24-14 edge heading into the final quarter.

The Rockets’ defense stepped up when it needed to, forcing NIU into a 47-yard field-goal attempt that missed with 3:46 to play that sealed the Huskies’ fate. Senior cornerback Trevon Mathis snagged a pair of interceptions for the first time in his career, while senior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had a career-high 10 tackles and one sack.

Running back Terry Swanson reached out for one of his three scores in the game.

Toledo scored on its opening possession of the game on an eight-play, 81-yard drive. Swanson finished it off with a four-yard TD run. The Huskies answered later in the quarter on a one-yard run by Tre Harbison that capped a 70-yard NIU drive.

The Rockets missed an excellent chance to score in the second quarter when a 10-yard TD run by Woodside was reviewed and ruled a fumble before he crossed the goal line. The Rockets began the drive on their own one-yard line, but turned the field around on an 89-yard catch and run by Diontae Johnson.

Toledo took a 10-7 lead into the locker room following a 22-yard field goal by Jameson Vest.

The Huskies marched down the field quickly on their first possession of the second half, ignited by chunk runs of 29, 14 and 19 before Childers finished off the seven-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard run to give NIU its first lead, 14-10. The Rockets immediately answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Swanson to re-take the lead with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

Less than four minutes later, Toledo extended the lead to 24-14 on a one-yard dive by Swanson. The big play on the drive was a 31-yard completion from Woodside to senior Darryl Richards that pushed him past Gradkowski to become Toledo’s career passing yardage leader.

Northern came up with a big play on special teams that brought them to within a touchdown. Jackson Abresch blocked Bailey Flint’s punt attempt deep in Toledo territory, recovering the ball on the UT 11-yard line. However, Toledo’s defense came up big and forced NIU to settle for a 25-yard field goal, making the score 24-17.

Toledo answered once again with a 34-yard field goal by Vest with 8:58 left in the game to up the Rocket lead to 27-17. Northern’s fate was sealed when its ensuing drive stalled, forcing a 47-yard field-goal attempt that sailed wide right with 3:46 to play. UT ate up most the clock on its final possession before punting it away with 1:28 left. The Huskies advanced to the UT 25-yard line when time ran out.

The Rockets will travel to Ohio next Wednesday to face the East Division co-leader Bobcats (7-2, 4-1 MAC).

UT quarterback named one of 10 finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside was one of 10 student-athletes who were named finalists for the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award yesterday.

The award honors the top quarterback from all divisions for his accomplishments both on and off the field.

He is the only quarterback from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.

Woodside leads the Mid-American Conference in passing yards (286.9 per game) and passing efficiency (171.3) for the 7-1 Rockets this season. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns against just two interceptions. For his career, Woodside has thrown for 8,927 passing yards and needs 299 more yards to pass Bruce Gradkowski (9,225 yards from 2002-05) as Toledo’s all-time leader.

Woodside also needs two touchdown passes to pass Gradkowski (85 TD passes) as the Rockets’ career leader in that category.

Last year, Woodside shattered nearly every Toledo passing record in the books. He led the nation with 45 touchdown passes, 16 more than the previous best in Rocket history. He connected on 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,129 yards, an average of more than 317 yards per contest and another school record. He graduated with a 3.4 grade point average in marketing last December and is working on his master’s degree.

Woodside is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation’s player of the year; the Davey O’Brien Award, which honors the nation’s top quarterback; and the Manning Award, another honor given to the nation’s top quarterback following the bowl season.

The 30th anniversary presentation of the Golden Arm Award will be held Friday, Dec. 8, at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand.

The award is named for Johnny Unitas, an 18-year veteran of the NFL who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958.

2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists
J. T. Barrett, Ohio State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Ryan Finley, NC State
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
Quinton Flowers, South Florida
Kenny Hill, TCU
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Trace McSorley, Penn State
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Logan Woodside, Toledo

Standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011); Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014); Connor Cook (Michigan State, 2015); and Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2016).

Toledo set to court success in 2017-18 season

Expectations are high: UT is coming off a memorable 2016-17 campaign that saw the Midnight Blue and Gold capture its eighth Mid-American Conference title in program history and advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001.

The Rockets finished the year with a 25-9 overall ledger and a 12-6 mark in the league. They tallied at least 20 wins for the fifth time in Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop’s tenure, and their 25 victories tied for fifth most in school history. 

“Our players now understand what it takes to get to the NCAA Championships, and they are extremely motivated to get back,” Cullop said. “We would like to be the first team in a decade to repeat as MAC Tournament champions.”

Toledo also led the MAC in attendance for an unprecedented 27th consecutive season in 2016-17 and ranked No. 27 in the NCAA, averaging a league-high 3,744 fans per home game. UT has ranked in the top 30 nationally in home attendance each of the last six seasons.

“We’re excited to be on the court and get things started,” said Cullop, who is in her 10th year as head coach and ranks fourth in league history in overall winning percentage (202-96, .678) and seventh in conference winning percentage (108-44, .711).

Toledo’s roster in 2017-18 consists of three seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. As far as numbers go, the Rockets welcome back 77.4 percent of their scoring, 76.9 percent of their rebounding, 86.9 percent of their assists and 77.5 percent of their steals.

Providing experience and leadership for the Rockets will be two-time All-MAC honoree senior Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (11.5 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game), 2016-17 third-team All-MAC selection junior Mikaela Boyd (12.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game, 2.0 steals per game), junior Kaayla McIntyre (10.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 1.2 blocks per game) and 2016-17 MAC All-Freshman recipient Mariella Santucci (7.7 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 4.6 assists per game).

Toledo’s four returning starters have logged extensive minutes and played key roles for the Rockets, and their leadership will be crucial if UT wants to successfully defend its conference championship.

“I need these four players, as well as the other returning players, to set a good example for the younger players and be vocal,” Cullop said.

The Rockets’ lone home exhibition game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, against NCAA Division II member Lock Haven. Tipoff will be at noon in Savage Arena.

Less than one week later, Toledo will open the regular season at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

“It’s certainly an honor to play in the Preseason WNIT,” Cullop said. “It’s a great way to create some buzz and enthusiasm for our program, as we will compete against some very good teams.”

The Rockets, who will take part in the Preseason WNIT for the fourth time in program history, are one of eight teams in the field that qualified for post-season play in 2016-17. The Preseason WNIT will feature at least three games for all squads with all contests hosted by participating schools.

“All of the teams that will participate in the Preseason WNIT are there for a reason,” said Cullop, whose team also took part in the Preseason WNIT during 1994-95, 1998-99 and most recently 2010-11. “We’re very excited to be included in this event and even more excited to start the season at home.” 

The winner of the UT-SFU contest will face either nationally ranked Louisville or Southeast Missouri in the second round at a site to be determined Nov. 12 or Nov. 14. 

Following the Preseason WNIT, Toledo will host 2017 NCAA Championship participant Dayton Nov. 22 before hitting the road for six of its final eight nonleague contests. That stretch of road games includes matchups at Iona Nov. 27, St. Bonaventure Dec. 4 and Duquesne Dec. 6. 

The two nonleague home games during this stretch are against Maine Nov. 30 and Cleveland State Dec. 9.

UT then will venture back to the road for a pair of neutral-court games against Northern Kentucky Dec. 17 and 2017 NCAA Championship participant Western Kentucky Dec. 18 at the West Palm Invitational before wrapping up nonconference action at Detroit Mercy Dec. 21.

The Rockets’ 18 MAC contests will consist of 10 games against West Division opponents and eight versus East Division foes.

UT will play four of its first five league contests at the friendly confines of Savage Arena, but will finish with four of its final seven conference games away from home. The 2017 MAC Champions have been nearly unbeatable in the Glass City under Cullop, compiling a stout 112-32 (.778) ledger. They have been even more dominant against MAC opponents on their home court, winning 63 of 79 contests (.797). 

The Rockets will begin defense of their league crown Dec. 31 when they travel to 2017 Postseason WNIT participant Ohio. Toledo will play two games against the Bobcats and Buffalo from the East Division as part of its conference schedule, as well as the five other MAC West Division schools.

Toledo also will face the remaining MAC East Division teams once, with Akron Jan. 3 and 2017 MAC East Division champion Kent State Jan. 24 visiting campus, and the Rockets traveling to archrival Bowling Green Jan. 27 and Miami Feb. 7.

The MAC Tournament will begin with first-round games at campus sites March 5.

Students are admitted free to home games with UT ID; tickets are half-price for University employees and retirees.

For ticket information, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Rockets ready to hit hardwood to open 2017-18 campaign

Men’s Head Basketball Coach Tod Kowalczyk was beaming and upbeat after the Rockets’ first official practice earlier this month.

“I’m really excited about the group we have and can’t wait to get going,” said Kowalczyk, who has guided the Rockets to the second most victories (81) in the Mid-American Conference over the last four years. “I believe the biggest strength of our team this season is going to be our versatility. We have a lot of length; we’re not a big, physical team, but we are long and athletic.

“I also think we’ll be able to cover some ground defensively. I hope that provides us the chance to play with more versatility defensively and with different types of lineups.”

The Rockets are returning a pair of starters, as well as one of the MAC’s top reserves in 2017-18. Junior point guard Jaelan Sanford is UT’s top returning scorer after tallying 13.6 points per game and a 39.2 three-point field-goal percentage last year. Junior forward Nate Navigato registered 9.5 points per game and a 40.8 three-point clip coming off the bench, while sophomore center Luke Knapke notched 6.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game in his initial season at the collegiate level.

UT also is gaining the services of a pair of impact transfers in senior guard Tre’Shaun Fletcher (7.1 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game at Colorado) and sophomore forward Willie Jackson (5.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game at Missouri). Jackson will not be eligible to play for the Rockets until the conclusion of fall semester.

The Rockets will play their only home exhibition game Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. vs. NCAA Division III foe Trine University. The contest will follow the Rocket women’s exhibition contest vs. Lock Haven (Pa.) University.

Toledo will open its regular season with three straight contests in Savage Arena, beginning with its home opener vs. Saint Joseph’s Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.

The nonleague slate consists of seven home dates and six road contests, including trips to Phog Allen Fieldhouse vs. Kansas, the Carrier Dome vs. Syracuse, and the historic Palestra vs. Penn.

“I thought our schedule last year was tremendous in terms of challenging us, and this year’s version is even better,” Kowalczyk said. “We’re playing at Kansas and Syracuse as part of the HoopHall Miami Invitational and have the unique opportunity to play in the Palestra, which is regarded as the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics. I also think we have a good home schedule against quite a few strong mid-major programs, and I believe playing three straight early home games really helps us.”

After tipping off the season Nov. 11 in Savage Arena, Toledo will stay home for two more contests against NCAA Division III foe Ohio Northern Nov. 14 and 2016 NIT participant Oakland Nov. 18. The Rockets then will venture on the road for games at 2016 NIT participant Syracuse Nov. 22, Cornell Nov. 24, and 13-time defending Big 12 Champion Kansas Nov. 28.

UT will open the month of December with four of five games in Savage Arena, starting with a Dec. 2 matchup vs. 2016 NCAA Tournament participant Texas Southern. After making a short trip up I-75 to take on Detroit Mercy Dec. 6, the Rockets will host Marshall Dec. 9, Wright State Dec. 16 and Jackson State Dec. 20. Toledo will wrap up its nonconference slate with road contests against Cleveland State Dec. 23 and Penn Dec. 29.

The first two MAC contests in 2018 will be nationally televised. The Rockets’ road game against Buffalo Jan. 2 and home matchup vs. Akron Jan. 5 will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. UT’s matchup at Akron Feb. 3 also can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.

After its opening week of nationally televised games, the Rockets will host Western Michigan Jan. 9 before playing three of their next four contests away from Savage Arena. UT will visit Central Michigan Jan. 13 and Ohio Jan. 16 before entertaining defending MAC Tournament Champion Kent State Jan. 20. Following a trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., to battle the Broncos Jan. 23, Toledo will finish the month of January with home dates vs. archrival Bowling Green Jan. 27 and Ball State Jan. 30.

UT will open February with a rematch at the Zips Feb. 3 before hosting Northern Illinois Feb. 6 and Ohio Feb. 13. A contest at Miami Feb. 10 splits up the Midnight Blue and Gold’s home encounters vs. the Huskies and Bobcats. The Rockets then will visit Ball State Feb. 17 before meeting Eastern Michigan for the first time Feb. 20 in Ypsilanti. Toledo will close out its regular season with a home game vs. Central Michigan Feb. 24, a road date against Northern Illinois Feb. 27, and its regular-season finale vs. Eastern Michigan March 2.

Students are admitted free to home games with UT ID; tickets are half-price for University employees and retirees.

For ticket information, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).