WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Tanner Milson was swishing three’s. Cedrick Williams went to work under the bucket. Dan Larkin and his team of able-bodied managers were busy keeping the basketballs in play.

And, oh yes, Head Coach Buzz Peterson and his newly-revamped staff studied their practice plans intently.

With the first practice late Friday at Trask Coliseum, the 2013-14 men’s basketball season at UNCW official got under way.

In legislation approved last May, college basketball teams are allowed to practice two weeks earlier than usual. Teams can begin practice 42 days before their first game of the season, providing for up to 30 practices in the six-week period leading up to the season opener.

UNCW opens its regular season in early November with a two-game swing to the Upper Midwest to face Iowa and Iowa State on Nov. 8 and 10. The Seahawks will be practicing twice on Saturday and Sunday to kick off the first weekend.

The Seahawks, 10-20 overall one year ago in Peterson’s third campaign, are restocked for the new season and must find a way to offset the loss of decorated star Keith Rendleman, now a pro in Korea.

The Seahawks will play a pair of exhibition games against Belmont Abbey (Oct. 30) and Methodist (Nov. 3) in preparation for the regular season opener against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. UNCW’s home opener is Saturday, Nov. 16, against Wingate in a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Season tickets remain on sale daily at the UNCW Ticket Office in Trask Coliseum or by visiting UNCWsports.com.

Midnite Madness, the annual celebration to kick off the start of basketball season, will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 9:30 p.m. at Trask Coliseum and the Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon is slated for Oct. 16 at Buffalo Wild Wings on Eastwood Road.