We announced the non-conference portion of the men's basketball schedule on Tuesday and the reaction has been very positive. There are some exciting games and a lot of weekend action in the Commonwealth which should make road trips much more accommodating for those not close to campus or who may live in Eastern Mass.
Just to recap, we've got an exhibition against AIC on Nov. 5, the opener against BC in the Garden on Nov. 10 (Recap of the last game here), LSU in the Tip Off Marathon two days later at 11 am (Recap of last year's Tip Off game with Harvard here), a trip to the Charleston Classic with some potentially big opponents and an old rival, some neutral site games with BYU and Florida State that could give us some postseason cache, the return of Providence to the schedule and a game at Elon who won 21 games a year ago.
Weekend in-state games include BC (Sunday), Youngstown State (Sunday), BYU (Saturday), Northern Illinois (Saturday), Providence (Saturday) and Miami (Ohio) (Saturday).
BYU, Florida State, LSU, Ohio and Providence (along with possibly Davidson (future A-10 member), New Mexico and Temple) were all top 100 RPI teams last season. The A-10 folks have said they are shooting for sometime in the next two weeks to announce the league schedule.
I know the fall sports have started but this is getting me excited for hoops. Practice officially begins in four weeks!