Kevondric Davis will look to return the Wildcats to the NAIA Tournament.
The Jay Smith era will officially get underway on Homecoming against Rust College at 4 p.m. November 4. The Wiley College Athletics Department released its schedule Thursday.
Smith succeeded Jameus Hartsfield on June 30. After Homecoming, Wiley College will have a weekend road trip to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, on November 10 and Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on November 11. The Wildcats are 16-6 against Rust College and 11-4 versus Tougaloo College. The defending NAIA Champion Texas Wesleyan comes to Alumni Gymnasium for a 7:30 p.m. Tip on November 14.
Wiley College ends November on a four-game road trip. It travels to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, on November 17. The Wildcats visit Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, before traveling to Louisiana to face Southern University-New Orleans and Southern University-Baton Rouge.
"Wiley College definitely has good matchups year in and out," Smith said. "I'm definitely looking forward to being a part of that. They had a great matchup with Texas Wesleyan last year, I'm looking forward to the defending champs coming to Marshall, Texas. Philander Smith has good tradition. It's going to be fun to travel to SAGU after Wiley split with them last year.
"I'm looking forward to our only NCAA Division I opponent Southern University-Baton Rouge. It's great to play hard against a Division I school before conference."
Before the end of the fall semester, the Wildcats play three games at home against Philander Smith (December 2), Jarvis Christian College (December 6) and Paul Quinn College (December 8). Wiley College closes its pre-Christmas schedule at Our Lady of the Lake University on December 15 and at Huston-TIllotson University on December 16.
The Wildcats will begin the New Year by playing their only home conference games in January against Louisiana State University-Alexandria on January 5 – which is where Smith served as an assistant for three seasons and the three-time defending regular season Red River Athletic Conference champion. When the students return for the second semester, the Wildcats host Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
Wiley College begins a six-game road trip on January 11 at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico. The Wildcats visit Langston University on January 13. Wiley College visits nearby rivals Texas College on January 18 and Jarvis Christian College on January 24. In between, the Wildcats visit St. Thomas-Houston.
The schedule reverses itself in February with the Wildcats playing at home for six of eight games – including the final four. The only away games are against LSU-Alexandria on February 8, and February 10 against LSU-Shreveport. Senior Night is February 24 against Texas College.
"We have to get through January," Smith said. "Having six straight games on the road is brutal. The two games we have at home are tough. LSU-Alexandria is the defending champions. LSU-Shreveport is always good – year in and year out. We got to survive January and capitalize on February."
The Wildcats won't have to travel far for the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament – as it will be at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas for the third time in the last four seasons.