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Grand Valley State Men's Basketball Schedule 2023-2024: What To Know

Grand Valley State Men's Basketball Schedule 2023-2024: What To Know

The GVSU men’s basketball team is young, but experienced, with four players who started at least 20 games last year. Here’s a look at their schedule.

Dec 11, 2023 by Matt Cannizzaro
Grand Valley State Men's Basketball Schedule 2023-2024: What To Know

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball program enjoyed a solid season under first-year head coach Cornell Mann, turning in an 18-12 record overall and an 11-7 mark to finish in the middle of the pack in the regular-season Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

The Lakers advanced to the semifinals of the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, where they fell to Michigan Tech.

GVSU’s success and potential did not go unnoticed, as the Lakers landed third in the 2023-2024 GLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, voted on by the conference’s coaches. Ferris State and Northern Michigan were the top two teams.

Standout forward Marius Grazulis, an All-GLIAC first-team selection last year for GVSU, found the spotlight again in the preseason voting. Now a graduate student, he landed on the preseason first team.  

Grazulis is one of six returning players for Grand Valley State, four of whom started at least 20 games. 

During the 2022-2023 campaign, Grazulis averaged a team-best 12.2 points and seven rebounds, while adding 1.6 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals per contest. 

Along with Grazulis, transfer Kohen Thompson is the only other player on this year’s Lakers’ roster classified above junior status. Thompson, one of three Division I transfers for the year. He played two seasons at Maryland Eastern Shore. 

Here’s a look at the Grand Valley State men’s basketball schedule for the 2023-2024 season.

Grand Valley State Men’s Basketball Schedule 2023-2024

All Times Eastern

Nov. 2(Thu)6 p.m.HomeMacomb CC (Exh)Allendale, MI
Nov. 10(Fri)7:30 p.m.AwayAshlandAshland, OH
Nov. 11 (Sat)7 p.m.AwayWalshNorth Canton, OH
Nov. 18(Sat)8 p.m.HomeQuincyAllendale, MI
Nov. 21(Tue)7 p.m.HomeFindlayAllendale, MI
Nov. 25(Sat)3 p.m.AwayHillsdaleHillsdale, MI
Nov. 27(Mon)7 p.m.HomeRochesterAllendale, MI
Dec. 5(Tue)6 p.m.HomeIndianapolisAllendale, MI
Dec. 8(Fri)8 p.m.HomeDavenportAllendale, MI
Dec. 17(Sun)4 p.m.AwayMcKendreeLebanon, IL
Dec. 19(Tue)7 p.m.AwayIllinois SpringfieldSpringfield, IL
Dec. 30(Sat)4 p.m.HomeLourdesAllendale, MI
Jan. 4(Thu)8 p.m.HomeMichigan TechAllendale, MI
Jan. 6(Sat)3 p.m.HomeNorthern MichiganAllendale, MI
Jan. 11(Thu)8 p.m.HomeSaginaw Valley StateAllendale, MI
Jan. 13(Sat)3 p.m.HomeWayne StateAllendale, MI
Jan. 18(Thu)7:30 p.m.AwayLake Superior StateSault Ste. Marie, MI
Jan. 20(Sat)3 p.m.AwayFerris StateBig Rapids, MI
Jan. 25(Thu)8 p.m.HomePurdue NorthwestAllendale, MI
Jan. 27(Sat)3 p.m.HomeParksideAllendale, MI
Feb. 3(Sat)3 p.m.AwayDavenportGrand Rapids, MI
Feb. 8(Thu)7:30 p.m.AwayWayne StateDetroit
Feb. 10(Sat)3 p.m.AwaySaginaw Valley StateUniversity Center, MI
Feb. 15(Thu)8:30 p.m.AwayParksideKenosha, WI
Feb. 17(Sat)4 p.m.AwayPurdue NorthwestHammond, IN
Feb. 22(Thu)8 p.m.HomeFerris StateAllendale, MI
Feb. 24(Sat)3 p.m.HomeLake Superior StateAllendale, MI
Feb. 29(Thu)7:30 p.m.AwayNorthern MichiganMarquette, MI
2-Mar(Sat)2 p.m.AwayMichigan TechHoughton, MI

When Is The GLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament?

The 2024 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 6-10 (March 6 (quarterfinals) and March 9-10 for the semifinals and final).

In 2023, the higher seed in each of the four quarterfinal matchups played host. Then, the highest remaining seed among the semifinalists was the host for the semifinals and championship. The plan is the same for 2024.

The tournament winner earns an automatic berth into the Division II Men’s Basketball Championship. 

When Is The 2024 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship?

The NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship takes place in March of each year.

Following the completion of the conference tournaments is a formal selection show, during which, the 64 teams for the national postseason bracket are announced. 

The first 23 teams are the automatic bids given to the conference champions. The remaining teams are selected by a selection committee. The spots are distributed evenly among the eight Division II regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West).

The road to the national championship will continue with the regional competitions – the opening round of play (Round of 64), Round of 32 and Round of 16 across eight locations – from March 16-19. Essentially, it’s eight single-elimination regional tournaments.

The eight regional champions are the Elite Eight for Division II, and they all converge on a pre-determined location for the final three rounds of play. 

In 2024, this will take place at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, from March 26-30. Specifically, the rounds (Elite Eight, semifinals and final) will take place on March 26, 28 and 30, respectively. 

Nova Southeastern defeated West Liberty to claim the Division II men’s title in 2023. 

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