Emmitsburg, Md. (September 27, 2010)-Mount St. Mary's University announced its 2010-11 men's basketball schedule today. The 31-game slate is highlighted by 13 home games and four games against BCS conference schools, the most such games in the Mount's history.
It also includes match-ups against seven teams that played postseason games last year. The list of teams that played in the postseason last year includes non-conference foes Cincinnati, Dayton, Northwestern, Vermont and Virginia Tech.
"This season's non-conference schedule should be exciting for both our players and our fans," said head coach Robert Burke. "Different coaches have different scheduling philosophies, and I believe that players want to compete against the best. Our schedule will test our inexperienced group, but hopefully it will also provide for some significant wins and prepare the team for success during conference play."
The season begins with 11 of the first 15 games on the road, starting with a two-game trip to Ohio to face Dayton on Nov. 13 and Cincinnati on Nov. 15. Those two games are part of the Global Sports Main Event, a five-team tournament that features Dayton, Cincinnati, Florida A&M, Savannah State and the Mount playing a round robin format.
The Mount's home slate begins on Saturday, Nov. 20, against Savannah State with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. It will be the first home game for Burke, who is in his first season at the helm of the Mount's men's basketball program. The Mountaineers will also host non-conference games with Florida A&M (Nov. 27), Navy (Nov. 29) and American (Dec. 20).
Northeast Conference (NEC) play begins in early December with the Mount traveling to Sacred Heart (Dec. 2) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 4). Those two games begin a five-game road swing for the Mountaineers that concludes with games at Penn State (Dec. 7), Loyola (Dec. 11) and Albany (Dec. 18).
After the American game, the Mount concludes non-conference play with a tough three-game road stretch at Northwestern (Dec. 23), Vermont (Dec. 29) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 2).
The Mountaineers return to NEC play in early January when Saint Francis (Pa.) (Jan. 6) and Robert Morris (Jan. 8) visit Knott Arena. Other January NEC contests include home games with Sacred Heart (Jan. 20) and Quinnipiac (Jan. 22) and road games against Long Island (Jan. 13), St. Francis (N.Y.) (Jan. 15), Central Connecticut State (Jan. 27) and Bryant (Jan. 29).
"Based on conversations I have had with folks familiar with our league, it sounds like the depth of the NEC may be greater than it has been in some time," said Burke. "For us in particular, the unbalanced schedule has left us with a tremendous challenge and opportunity. According to the preseason polls, we play five of the top six teams in the conference twice and have road games against each of the top six teams."
February opens with the Mount playing five of their first six games of the month at home. The stretch begins with Monmouth (Feb. 3), Fairleigh Dickinson (Feb. 5) and Wagner (Feb. 9) visiting Knott Arena. After a return game to Wagner on Feb. 12 as part of the NEC's rivalry week, the Mount will round out the home schedule against Long Island (Feb. 17) and St. Francis (N.Y.) (Feb. 19). The regular season concludes with games at Saint Francis (Pa.) (Feb. 24) and Robert Morris (Feb. 26).
For season tickets, contact the Mount St. Mary's Ticket Office at 301-447-5700. Individual game tickets will go on sale on November 1.