WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 10, 2019) – College coaching legend Tom Klusman has the schedule set for his 40th season leading the Tars men's basketball program.
A 1976 graduate of Rollins, Klusman took the reins of his alma mater as a 26 year old and has compiled a 703-425 record heading on the season, putting in him the top-10 all time among Division II coaching victories.
Rollins is coming off a 10-18 season last year, missing out on a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. Gone are five seniors, but this year's roster is bolstered by a mix of veterans and transfers who will look to get the Tars back on track. All-SSC point guard Connor Mckim and fellow senior Jakobi Bonner headline a deep, talented squad for Rollins this season.
The year starts with a trip to Montgomery, Alabama for the annual South Region Tip-off against teams from the Gulf South Conference and SIAC. Rollins faces host Auburn-Montgomery (Nov. 8) in the opener before meeting Benedict (Nov. 9) the following day.
The Tars then return to Winter Park for a string of five-straight home games, starting with Warner on Nov. 13. Dates with Lake Erie (Nov. 15), P.R.-Mayaguez (Nov. 19) and Webber (Nov. 26) lead to the Sunshine State Conference opener with Embry-Riddle, at home on Dec. 4.
Trips to Tampa (Dec. 7) and Nova Southeastern (Dec. 14) are next on the Tars slate. NSU won the conference a year ago and advanced to its first Elite Eight. The Sharks are expected to be ranked in the nation's top-five to start this season.
Rollins' annual trip to Las Vegas is set for Dec. 21-22 with a date against Drury the first day and meeting with either Pittsburg State or Montana State-Billings to close the tournament.
A visit from Saint Leo (Jan. 2) starts the new calendar year and is followed by a trip to Barry (Jan. 4) and visit from rival Florida Southern (Jan. 8). The Mocs will be ranked in the national preseason poll and are expected to challenge Nova Southeastern for the SSC title.
Road trips to Palm Beach Atlantic (Jan. 11) and Lynn (Jan. 15) are followed by home dates with Eckerd (Jan. 18) and Florida Tech (Jan. 22) to wrap up the first half of the conference slate.
At Embry-Riddle (Jan. 29) starts the back side of the SSC schedule and is followed by home games with Tampa (Feb. 1) and Nova Southeastern (Feb. 5). A pair of road games at Saint Leo (Feb. 8) and Florida Southern (Feb. 12) is followed by the Tars final home stand of the season. Barry (Feb. 15), Lynn (Feb. 19) and Palm Beach Atlantic (Feb. 22) will finish off the Tars regular season at Warden Arena.
The schedule ends with trips to Florida Tech (Feb. 26) and Eckerd (Feb. 29).
The Sunshine State Conference Tournament runs March 3-8 with top seeds hosting each round. The NCAA South Region will be on the top seed's campus March 14-17 and the Elite Eight is schedule for March 25-26 in Evansville, Indiana. The 2020 NCAA Division II National Championship game will be played in Atlanta on April 5.
Fans can watch the Tars all season long at RollinsSportsLive.com with broadcasts produced in partnership with Full Sail University's Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting and Simple Thought Productions. Rollins basketball will also be live over the airwaves at 91.5 FM WPRK.