Green Bay’s 2022 non-conference schedule seems to be set.
Using already-released schedules as well as open records requests, we now know the Phoenix opponents as well as when and where the games will be played.
Green Bay will play two more non-conference games than last year due to UIC’s departure from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference, leaving the Horizon with 11 teams and a 20-game conference schedule.
The full Horizon League schedule is expected to be released sometime this week according to a tweet from the league’s official account.
Here is what we know so far about the Phoenix schedule:
Green Bay will open the season at Indiana State on either Monday, November 7th or Tuesday, November 8th. With November 8th being Election Day, this game will likely be played on November 7th due to the NCAA passing a rule in 2020 that states student athletes “will not practice and compete, among other countable athletically related activities, on the first Tuesday after Nov. 1 every year” in order to “provide a day each year dedicated to increasing opportunities for Division I athletes to participate in civic engagement.”
The game is the return leg of a home-and-home series with the Sycamores. Green Bay had a twelve-point second half lead against Indiana State in the season opener at the Kress Center last season but ultimately lost 81-77.
The Sycamores finished 11-20 overall last season and 4-14 in the MVC.
Green Bay then travels to Georgetown to face the Hoyas in a road game as part of the Jamaica Classic on November 12th before playing a buy game in Madison against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 15th.
The Phoenix then depart for a pair of games in Jamaica as part of the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic in Montego Bay. The Phoenix participated in a scaled down version of this event in St. Petersburg, Florida last season but are back for the real thing this time around.
It is an 8-team event, though Green Bay is officially considered a “traveling” team meaning it will participate in the undercard against other mid-major opponents. The Phoenix will face Queens in their opening game on November 18th and then either Utah Valley or Morgan State on November 20th.
Besides an exhibition game on November 3rd, the Phoenix first home game of the season will come on Saturday, November 26th against the UIC according to the Flames schedule. Green Bay and UIC have played each other every season since 1971, usually at least twice a season, and that series will continue with the start of a home-and-home. The two teams had been in the same conference together since 1982 when both teams joined the AMCU-8.
After a brief pause for what is likely the opening slate of conference games during the first weekend in December, Green Bay travels to take on another former Horizon League foe when they play a buy game at Gentile Arena in Chicago against the Loyola Ramblers on December 6th. It will be GB’s first game against the Ramblers, now in the Atlantic 10 Conference, since they left the league following the 2013 season.
The Phoenix had dominated LUC before they left for the Missouri Valley Conference winning 10 of the last 12 matchups including the last four meetings.
Green Bay will play their second (and final) home non-conference game on Saturday, December 10th against UMKC in a return game from that home-and-home series. The Roos easily handled the Phoenix last season, turning a 3-point halftime lead into a double-digit lead for most of the second half enroute to a convincing 64-55 victory in Kansas City.
UMKC finished 19-12 overall and 12-6 in the Summit League last season, good for third place. However the team has a new head coach in Marvin Menzies, the former head coach at New Mexico State, after Billy Donlon stepped down during the offseason to take an assistant coaching job at Clemson.
After UMKC, Green Bay will face another Summit League team: the St. Thomas Tommies. The two programs originally signed a four-year home-and-home agreement this spring with each team alternating home games starting with the initial game this season in Green Bay. However, the agreement is now a 6-year home-and-home through the 2027/2028 season and will start in St. Paul, MN on December 13th.
St. Thomas finished 10-20 overall in their first season as a Division I program, though 3 of those victories came against non-Division I opponents.
It’s a series that makes sense on several levels. St. Thomas is a drivable regional opponent in a peer mid-major conference and the Green Bay / Minnesota rivalry is fun.
There is also the fact that St. Thomas has successfully made in-roads recruiting the state of Wisconsin, most notably landing Andrew Rohde, the Brookfield Central star and #3 ranked prospect in the state, this season and Ben Nau, another former Brookfield Central star with multiple Division I offers, back in 2021.
For its part, despite fairing pretty well recruiting Wisconsin, Green Bay also appears to be getting a little more involved in recruiting to Twin Cities area as evidenced by their scholarship offer to Cody Pennebaker of Brooklyn Park, MN, who ultimately committed to Lamar. The Phoenix have faced Minnesota in Minneapolis in each of the past two seasons as well which may have helped increase their visibility in the area.
According to an open records request, Green Bay will finish off the non-conference season with a pair of buy games on a west coast swing with games at Stanford on December 16th and Oregon State on December 18th.
Overall, it is a challenging schedule with seven true road games – four of them against power 5 opponents, and just two home games. But it does include several winnable games against mid-major opponents.
Green Bay has not won a non-conference game against a Division I opponent in the past two seasons (0-13).
Green Bay’s 2022 non-conference schedule:
11/7 – at Indiana State
11/12 – at Georgetown (Jamaica Classic)
11/15 – at Wisconsin
11/18 – vs Queens (at Jamaica Classic)
11/20 – vs Utah Valley or Morgan State (at Jamaica Classic)
11/26 – UIC
12/6 – at Loyola Chicago
12/10 – UMKC
12/13 – at St. Thomas
12/16 – at Stanford
12/18 – at Oregon State