Northwestern announced the nonconference portion of the upcoming men's basketball season Tuesday, unveiling its 13-game nonconference slate, which includes trips to California and Las Vegas and several games against in-state opponents.
The Wildcats, who will be playing in their first season under new head coach Chris Collins, play an exhibition game Nov. 6 against Lewis before they kick the 2013-14 campaign off with a home game against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 9 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern then heads out to California for a road game against Stanford before returning to the Chicago area to host Illinois State and play at UIC.
Northwestern is scheduled to play four games as part of the Las Vegas Invitational. The team's first two contests of that in-season tournament will be played in Evanston before the Wildcats head to Las Vegas for two more games. Other teams playing in Northwestern's field include UCLA, Missouri and Nevada.
As part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Wildcats will travel for a road game against North Carolina State on Dec. 4. It'll be a quick return trip to the Tar Heel State for Collins, who spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Duke.
Northwestern will close out its nonconference schedule with four home games against Western Michigan, Mississippi Valley State, Brown and local opponent DePaul before they begin conference play. The Big Ten schedule has yet to be announced. Dates for all games can be found on Northwestern's official athletic site.