TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 25, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College released its 2018-19 men's and women's basketball schedules on Wednesday, exactly 100 days out from the Eagles' season opener.
Both teams will open the season at home, but it'll be the Eagle men who tip off first, hosting Coastal Alabama Community College-North on Friday, November 2 (7:30 p.m.) as part of the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic.
The following day, a Tallahassee doubleheader highlights the slate. After the men square off against East Georgia State College at 2 p.m., the Eagle women will play their season opener – and open defense of their national championship – with a 4 p.m. tip against Central Georgia Technical College.
The November schedule features two other doubleheader evenings – November 20 against the Santa Fe College women (5:30 p.m.) and Albany (Ga.) Technical College men (7:30 p.m.) and November 28 when both Andrew (Ga.) College teams trek down Highway 27 from Cuthbert, Ga. The Tallahassee-Andrew men's clash will be the first between the two schools since 1998.
The Eagle women will play four of their eight November games at home before spending the entire month of December on the road. For the Eagle men, however, home games will be plentiful – 17 total and 11 of 18 during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Daytona State College visits the Bill Hebrock Eagledome on November 6 (6 p.m.) to conclude a season-opening three-game homestand. Following five straight on the road from November 9-17, Tallahassee will play five in a row at home beginning November 20 and concluding with a December 6 tilt against Pasco-Hernando State College, which marks the teams' first meeting since 1992.
After games against Daytona State (December 8, 5 p.m.) and Florida State College at Jacksonville (December 9, 5 p.m.) in Gainesville, Fla., as part of the Florida College's Men's Basketball Shootout, Tallahassee will play its final three non-conference games at home. Up first will be West Oaks Academy on December 12 (2 p.m.) then, following the Christmas break, games on December 28-29 against Jones County (Miss.) Junior College and Monroe (N.Y.) College, respectively, in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.
For the Tallahassee women, repeating as national champions will be a long road, literally.
The month of November features games at the College of Central Florida (November 6, 5:30 p.m.), Florida State College at Jacksonville (November 13, 6 p.m.), Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College (November 15, 5:30 p.m.) and Bishop (Ala.) State Community College (November 17, 3 p.m.). After consecutive home games to close the month, the Eagles' month-long December road trip begins in Fort Myers, Fla., at the Florida College's Women's Basketball Shootout where Tallahassee will play Eastern Florida State College (December 1, 4 p.m.) and Indian River State College (December 2, 1 p.m.).
The showdown with Eastern Florida State will be a rematch of March's FCSAA Tournament semifinal, which the Titans won in upset fashion, thus forcing Tallahassee into the at-large pool for the NJCAA Tournament.
Tallahassee will pick up a pair of games at the Chipola College Classic on December 7-8 then travel to Palm Beach State College (December 10, 5:30 p.m.), Broward College (December 11, 5:30 p.m.) and St. Petersburg College (December 15, 2 p.m.). After Christmas, the Eagles will play three games in the prestigious Title IX Holiday Classic in Washington, D.C. (December 27-29) to close the non-conference schedule.
The 12-game Panhandle Conference slate will commence Saturday, January 5 with a visit from Gulf Coast State College (3/5 p.m.). The women's game will be a rematch of March's National Semifinal, won by Tallahassee, 78-68, en route to its first national championship.
Tallahassee's PC home schedule also includes dates with Northwest Florida State College (January 16 and February 20), Chipola (January 26), Pensacola State College (February 2) and a return visit from Gulf Coast State (February 9).
The top two teams from the Panhandle will advance to the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA State Tournament in Ocala, Fla., March 6-9.