As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. Last year, the men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 16-10. They won all of their games at home. This year they are coming back with a more experienced team. The men only lost three seniors from a roster that included 11 freshmen in the 2017 season. This year they have fewer freshmen and more people with experience. According to Aubrie King, a senior education major who is starting his second basketball season with the Cru, the team’s biggest rival is Hardin-Simmons. Last year the Crusaders lost to Hardin-Simmons 112-120 in double overtime and 76-77 in their second meeting of the season. The team will face-off against the Cowboys Jan. 11 and Feb. 3.King admits that Hardin-Simmons isn’t the only team they’re hoping to beat this season. “Honestly anyone who beat us last year, especially on our home floor, is someone that we could consider a ‘rival,’ if for no other reason than that we just really want to beat them,” he said.The men’s basketball team is focused on their team motto, “win the next game,” so right now they are looking forward to the season opener at Shreiner Wednesday, Nov. 15. While the men’s basketball team is relying on experienced players, the women’s basketball team is hoping to gain momentum with some new players. They lost four seniors from last year and only have two seniors on the roster this year. The team also has a new assistant coach. Niya Johnson, a former member of the women’s basketball team at Baylor University, is hoping to help head coach Mark Morefield capture the coveted championship win. Last year, the team finished the season with a record of 18-9, winning 11 of their 12 home games. This year, they hope to improve their record even more. The women’s basketball team will host Texas Lutheran University Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.