Vikings ready to face North Arkansas Thursday night on homecoming to begin season

Editor's note — This is the second in a two-part series previewing the Carl Albert State College basketball teams.The Carl Albert State College Vikings will open their 2012-13 basketball season at 8 p.m. Thursday against North Arkansas for homecoming at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.The Vikings will face a pretty solid opponent in North Arkansas."Last season, North Arkansas was 21-9 overall,” said Mike St. John, Carl Albert men's coach. “They have their second- and third-leading scorers returning. Offensively, they are pretty patient, while defensively they will play man-to-man defense.”ScheduleDate Opponent Site TimeNov. 1 North Arkansas Here 8 p.m.Nov. 3 Howard, Texas-x Weatherford 10 a.m.Nov. 4 Trinity Valley, Texas-x Weatherford 11 a.m.Nov. 13 Cowley County, Kan. Here 8 p.m.Nov. 17 Western Altus 6 p.m.Nov. 20 Coffeyville, Kan. Coffeyville 8 p.m.Nov. 23 Collin County, Texas-y Plano, Texas 6 p.m.Nov. 24 South Plains, Texas-y Plano, Texas 4 p.m.Nov. 27 Connors State Here 8 p.m.Nov. 29 Murray State Tishomingo 8 p.m.Dec. 4 Cowley County, Kan. Arkansas City 7 p.m.Dec. 7 Coffeyville, Kan. Here 8 p.m.Jan. 7 Eastern Here 8 p.m.Jan. 10 Redlands Here 8 p.m.Jan. 14 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami 8 p.m.Jan. 17 Seminole State Here 8 p.m.Jan. 21 NOC-Tonkawa Tonkawa 8 p.m.Jan. 24 NOC-Enid Enid 8 p.m.Jan. 31 Connors State Warner 8 p.m.Feb. 2 Western Here 6 p.m.Feb. 4 Murray State Here 8 p.m.Feb. 7 Eastern Wilburton 8 p.m.Feb. 11 Redlands El Reno 8 p.m.Feb. 18 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Here 8 p.m.Feb. 20 Seminole State Seminole 8 p.m.Feb. 23 North Arkansas Harrison, Ark. 4 p.m.Feb. 25 NOC-Tonkawa Here 8 p.m.Feb. 28 NOC-Enid Here 8 p.m.March 4 Region II Tournament TBA TBA.March 6 Region II Tournament-z TBA TBA.March 8-9 Region II Tournament-z TBA TBA.March 19-23 National Tournament-a TBA TBA.x — Oklahoma-Texas Shootout.y — Thanksgiving Classic.z — At Shawnee.a — At Hutchinson, Kan.