Cornerstone University basketball fans are excited as another year of men's basketball is right around the corner. Expectations are high for the men's basketball team after an elite eight appearance in last year's national tournament.
Recently, Andy Smith caught up with Coach Kim Elders to talk about the upcoming 2010-11 basketball season. Since recording this season preview, the preseason poll was announced ranking the men #4 in the country.
During the interview, Coach Elders talks about the team's achievements from last year - winning the Hall of Fame classic, beating Grand Valley by 17, winning the WHAC regular season and tournament championships, and making a run in the national tournament in Branson. Changes come with new seasons for most teams and CU is no exception. Losing Matt Kingshott and Corbin Donaldson to graduation leaves holes to be filled by returning players and newcomers to the team. Coach Elders shares about losing these key players and also about two new players, Wes Hudson and Jake Plite, who he thinks will contribute right away. Despite the loss of last year's seniors, Coach Elders feels that this year's team is deep.
A tough non-conference season, which includes seven straight games on the road, awaits the Golden Eagles beginning November 9 at Grace Bible College. After this tough Grace Bible match up comes the WHAC/MCC challenge on November 12-13. On November 16, CU will make the trip to Ft. Wayne to play St. Francis, the 2010 national champs and current preseason #1 team, setting up a rematch of the quarterfinals from last year's national tourney when St. Francis beat the Golden Eagles. The Hall of Fame classic will take place the weekend of November 26-27 at Aquinas College where CU will take on Hope College (#17 NCAA D3) on Friday night. On December 22 a trip to Mt. Pleasant will wrap up the brutal non-conference season against Central Michigan University.
When asked what to expect from this year's team, Coach Elders replied, "We're going to build our team on defense, running, and pushing the ball". This season holds much promise to be a fun and exciting one. One thing is for sure-you won't want to miss it so come out and support your Golden Eagles!