Penguins open Horizon League in Cleveland

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State is starting 2018 with the only game on the Horizon League schedule.

The Penguins men’s basketball team begins this year’s league schedule Jan. 1, 2018, at rival Cleveland State.

The Horizon League announced its complete 2017-18 schedule. Times will be announced at a later date.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete in such a great league like the Horizon League,” YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun said in a news release. “There are so many tremendous coaches and players in our league that will make this season very competitive.”

YSU’s home opener is against Milwaukee on Jan. 4 and hosts Green Bay on Jan. 6.

The Penguins first two league games features first-year coaches in Calhoun, Cleveland State’s Dennis Felton and Milwaukee’s Pat Baldwin.

YSU heads on the road the next three games at Oakland (Jan. 10), at Detroit Mercy (Jan. 12) and at Wright State (Jan. 15).

The Penguins then host UIC (Jan. 18) and IUPUI (Jan. 20) before two on the road against Milwaukee (Jan. 25) and Green Bay (Jan. 27).

Defending Horizon League Tournament Champion Northern Kentucky (Feb. 1) and Wright State (Feb. 3) return to the Beeghly Center.

The Penguins visit UIC (Feb. 8) and IUPUI (Feb. 10) before returning home for matchups against Oakland (Feb. 14) and Detroit Mercy (Feb. 16).

The Penguins travel to Northern Kentucky (Feb. 19) before hosting Cleveland State (Feb. 24).

The Horizon League Championship in Detroit is set for March 2-6 at Little Caesars Arena.