UW-Oshkosh, the reigning NCAA Division III men's basketball champion, opens defense of its title on the road against a pair of nationally ranked teams from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
UW-Oshkosh (29-3 record last season), ranked second in the country by D3hoops.com, begins its 11-game nonconference schedule at 17th-ranked Augustana College (Ill.) on Nov. 9 before traveling to third-ranked North Central College (Ill.) on Nov. 12.
The Titans then continue their run against CCIW foes at Carthage College on Nov. 19 and ahead of their home opener versus Elmhurst College (Ill.) on Nov. 23. Augustana College (26-4) is the defending CCIW champion, while North Central College (23-6) placed second in the league standings, Elmhurst College (12-14) fifth and Carthage College (8-17) seventh. Augustana and North Central colleges reached the third and second round, respectively, at last season's NCAA Championship.
UW-Oshkosh's nonconference slate also includes a trip to Michigan to play at Alma College on Dec. 6 and at Calvin University on Dec. 7. Calvin University (14-13) finished third and Alma College (5-21) sixth a year ago in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The Titans wrap up nonconference play with a road game at St. Norbert College on Dec. 17 before heading to Atlanta, Ga., to battle sixth-ranked host Emory University on Dec. 29 and LaGrange College (Ga.) on Jan. 30. St. Norbert College (19-8) and Emory University (20-6) are defending champions in the Midwest Conference and University Athletic Association, respectively. Emory University was eliminated in the first round of last year's NCAA postseason. LaGrange College (17-9) placed third in the West Division of the USA South Conference last season.
UW-Oshkosh is set to play 10 games at home this season, welcoming Edgewood College to Kolf Sports Center on Nov. 26 and Lawrence University on Dec. 1. The Titans also host conference games against UW-La Crosse on Jan. 4, UW-Platteville on Jan. 8, UW-River Falls on Jan. 18, UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 22, UW-Eau Claire on Feb. 5, UW-Stout on Feb. 15 and UW-Whitewater on Feb. 19.
Completing UW-Oshkosh's schedule are WIAC road contests at UW-Stout on Jan. 11, UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 15, UW-Whitewater Jan. 25, UW-Platteville on Jan. 29, UW-La Crosse on Feb. 8, UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 12, and UW-River Falls for the regular season finale Feb. 22.
UW-Oshkosh secured the WIAC title by three games with a 13-1 record last season. The championship was the Titans' 13th overall and first outright since 1978.
UW-La Crosse (17-10) was the WIAC runner-up a year ago. The Eagles were followed in the league standings by UW-Platteville (18-11) and UW-Stevens Point (18-9) in third at 8-6, UW-Eau Claire (14-12) fifth at 7-7, UW-Whitewater (17-9) sixth at 6-8, UW-River Falls (11-14) seventh at 4-10 and UW-Stout (6-19) eighth at 0-14.
UW-Platteville earned the WIAC's automatic berth into the NCAA postseason by defeating UW-Stevens Point in the league tournament championship game. UW-Oshkosh and UW-Platteville were joined by UW-La Crosse in the 2019 Division III Championship field. UW-La Crosse and UW-Platteville both lost during the opening round of the national tournament.
UW-Oshkosh second-year head coach Matt Lewis brings back three starters and 12 letter winners to last year's squad that set school records for wins, points (2,715), rebounds (1,308), made 3-pointers (325) and 148 blocks (148). Lewis, named the 2019 Division III Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, D III News and D3hoops.com, enters the season with the best winning percentage (.906) among all 1,086 active NCAA men's basketball coaches.
Headlining the returning Titans are D3hoops.com Fourth Team All-American senior Jack Flynn at center and senior All-WIAC First Team selection Adam Fravert at forward. Flynn was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2019 Division III Championship while Fravert was also selected to the five-member All-Tournament Team.
Flynn scored 15.5 points per game on .593 shooting from the field last season and pulled down a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per contest. Fravert averaged 14.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 steals per game a year ago.
Junior forward Connor Duax returns from last year's UW-Oshkosh starting lineup after contributing 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game a year ago.
UW-Oshkosh also returns sophomore Eric Peterson along with seniors David Vlotho, Brian Wilman and Jake Zeitler, who each averaged more than five minutes per game last year.
UW-Oshkosh is seeking its fifth straight NCAA postseason appearance. The Titans, who also played in the 2018 national title game, have made nine trips to the Division III tournament since 1996.