The countdown to the first tip-off of the 2018 Midwest Basketball League season is now down to just six weeks. For the Cedar Valley CourtKings, the path to a third straight league championship goes through an eighteen week, sixteen game stretch of hard work, dedication, and determination. With that, let’s break down the CourtKings 2018 schedule.
This year the Midwest Basketball League is expanding to eighteen teams since last season. Four teams, all of which competed in the MBL’s Branding Division a year ago, are joining the ranks as full members. They are the Chicago Legends, Chicago Knights, T.C. Elite, and the North Minneapolis Eagles. Additionally, the Rochester Roadrunners, will join the league as an expansion franchise out of Rochester, Minnesota. For 2018, the league will be playing under a new division format, replacing the previous system of an east and west division. Now, the league will be split into two divisions of five teams (the Northwest and Southwest divisions) and two divisions of four teams (the Southeast and Northeast divisions).
To kick off the 2018 campaign, the CourtKings will honor their 2017 undefeated championship team at the home opener of April 8 at 7:30pm at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex. The CourtKings will then travel the next week up to the land of 10,000 lakes for a weekend set of games against T.C. Elite in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on April 14, followed by a match-up with the Minnesota Broncos in Anoka the following afternoon. In their first two years of competition, the CourtKings lead the all-time series against the Broncos 7-0, including their lone playoff meeting in 2017. Returning home, the CourtKings will kick-off a three game homestand against three Northwest division opponents. They will include the Rochester Roadrunners on April 22, the Broncos in their second meeting in three weeks on April 29, and finally the Minnesota Lakers on May 6. Formerly known as the Minnesota Rangers, the team was purchased in the offseason by head coach Jason Sandifer and rebranded as the Minnesota Lakers. Since their inception the MBL in 2016 as an charter member, the CourtKings and now Lakers have had an intense rivalry. The CourtKings lost two of the their three regular season meetings against the Rangers in the 2016 campaign as the Rangers took the West division title, but the CourtKings got the final word as they took down the Rangers in the 2016 MBL Championship Game 108-98. Since then, the CourtKings have won three straight which includes the regular season sweep from 2017.
Following their first meeting with the Lakers, the CourtKings will spend the remainder of May on the road. This will include a May 12 game back in Anoka against the Broncos to wrap the season series, a May 19 trip to the windy city of Chicago to take on the Legends in a Northwest-Southwest division showdown. The Lincoln Lions, coming of a tough 5-9 season in 2016, will host the CourtKings on May 26, while the May portion of the season will conclude the following day in Springfield against the Panthers. The entirety of the month of June will be played at home and will include two bye weeks on the weekends of June 16th and 30th. T.C. Elite will come to Waterloo on June 2, followed by the Roadrunners on the 9th, and a home match-up with the Lakers on June 23.
Following the July 4th holiday, the CourtKings will play their home finale on July 7 against T.C. Elite before hitting the road one final time to take on the Roadrunners and Lakers in Minnesota. The campus of St. John’s University will then play host to the MBL Playoffs from July 27-29 as a new league champion is crowned in the heart of the midwest.
Though the clock is winding down to the start of the 2018 CourtKings season, it is never too late to get ahold of tickets for upcoming home games! Tickets can be purchased online at cvcourtkings.com and by calling 319-404-5941 or stopping by the Dan Gable Museum for season ticket brochures. Additionally, the full CourtKings schedule can be viewed on the team website.