A record number of regular season home games and a trip to Florida to battle two powerhouse programs highlight the Indian Hills Community College 2013-14 basketball schedule.
The schedule for the coming season includes 21 home games in the 30-game regular season slate.
The Warriors won their first 36 home games under Barret Peery, who will be entering his third season as head coach, before losing the season finale last year to Marshalltown CC.
Indian Hills had five players suspended for that game, the result of a postgame brawl after the Southeastern CC game the week before.
??With the most home games in our history,?? Peery said, ??I think everyone should be very excited. We have a great group of teams coming in, nationally-known teams from all over the country.??
Three of the nine road contests will come in the final week in November.
The road swing begins with a test at Iowa Lakes CC, in Estherville, in what will be the first meeting between the two Iowa community colleges in basketball in over 25 years.
The Warriors then head to the Florida gulf coast where they will play twice in a tournament in Niceville, Fla.
IHCC opens up against always-tough Chipola JC and, the following evening, will battle the host school, Northwest Florida State, which has lost in the national championship game each of the past two seasons.
Chipola played at the Hellyer Student Life Center in the second game of the 2008-09 season and edged IHCC by a point.
There are six home tourneys on the schedule, another record, featuring a number of teams that will be making their initial visit to Ottumwa.
They include the College of Southern Idaho and Mesa (Ariz.) CC, two teams the Warriors faced on the road last year.
Also making its way to the Hellyer Center will be Barton County (Kan.) CC. Warrior fans might remember the last time those teams met, in the championship game of the 1999 NJCAA national tournament, with Indian Hills completing its third straight title run with a 100-86 victory.
Another visitor to the Warriors?? home court will be Malcolm X College from Chicago, marking the 10th year in a row and the 19th season in the past 20 years that IHCC will host one of the city colleges of Chicago.
Four of the five Division I programs from Missouri will challenge the Warriors at the Hellyer Center this year.
Northeast (Neb.) CC will provide the opposition for the first of eight conference games, on Jan. 11, the Hawks having joined IHCC, SCC, Iowa Western and Marshalltown in the league last year.
Indian Hills will be the ??weekend Warriors?? with exactly one-half of the regular season games on a Saturday night and seven more on Fridays.
Peery welcomes the challenge the schedule will provide, saying ??I think this schedule will be a great test for us and help us get ready for where we ultimately want to be in March.??
Basketball season tickets are on sale now in the Athletic Office in the Hellyer Center.
They are $105 for the full 21-game home schedule, if purchased by Sept. 30. After that, the season ticket price increases to $126.