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Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 non-conference slate
BU will face Notre Dame, Providence, Boston College; will play 15 games in Nov-Dec
July 11, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton men’s basketball released its 15-game non-conference schedule on Friday and several intriguing matchups await head coach Tommy Dempsey’s 2014-15 Bearcats.
After home exhibition games against Mansfield (Nov. 1) and Oswego State (Nov. 7), BU will head to South Bend, Ind. for its season opener against ACC member Notre Dame - the first of two games against ACC schools and the first of four games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Irish have advanced to the NCAA tournament four times in the last five years.
The Bearcats will then travel to Providence on Nov. 17 to face a Friars team that won 23 games and captured the BIG EAST title in 2013-14.
Binghamton will host Hartwick in its home opener on Nov. 19 before playing its final two Hall of Fame games at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. First up will be a Nov. 22 tilt against a Manhattan team that went 25-8 and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Then the Bearcats will either face Northeastern or Navy in the bracket championship or consolation game on Nov. 23.
An away game at Army (Nov. 25) and home game against regional rival Cornell (Nov. 29) bookend Thanksgiving and close out the first month of the season.
In December, BU will renew its rivalry with former America East foe Boston University (away, Dec. 3), an NIT participant and Patriot League regular season champion last winter. Binghamton then has two home games in a three-day stretch when Ivy League member Penn and first-time opponent Caldwell come to the Events Center on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 respectively.
After a Dec. 11 game at Colgate, BU heads back to Boston for a first-time meeting with ACC member Boston College (Dec. 14). That game begins a tough final stretch to the calendar year. Binghamton hosts Atlantic-10 member St. Bonaventure on Dec. 22, plays at 2014 NCAA participant Mt. St. Mary’s on Dec. 22 and then finishes up on Dec. 30 against a Buffalo program that won 19 games last season.
In all, BU will face six opponents who won 18 or more games in 2013-14 and four who advanced to the NCAA tournament. The breakdown of 15 games is six at home, seven on the road and two neutral.
Dempsey returns four starters and nine letterwinners from his 2013-14 BU squad.
Men’s basketball non-conference schedule released
Games vs. Syracuse, St. Joseph's highlight slate; opener set for Nov. 8 at home
August 20, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - In his second season at the helm of the Bearcats, Binghamton head men’s basketball coach Tommy Dempsey has set up a challenging schedule. The school released its 13-game non-conference slate on Tuesday and it features NCAA Final Four team Syracuse, NIT participant St. Joseph’s and five teams that won 18 or more games last season.
There are five home games and eight on the road before the team’s 16-game America East slate begins in January. That conference schedule will be released in the next week.
“We have put together a schedule that will prepare us well for America East conference play,” Dempsey said.
The team’s fifth game against now-ACC member Syracuse highlights the schedule. The teams haven’t played since 2004 when they completed a four-year run of games at the Carrier Dome.
Binghamton opens with an exhibition game against Bloomsburg on November 2 at the Events Center. Then BU welcomes Patriot League member Loyola (Md.) for the regular-season opener on November 8. The Greyhounds, a 2012 NCAA participant, are coming off a 23-win season that included two postseason wins in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
Back-to-back road games at Ivy League foes Brown (Nov. 10) and Cornell (Nov. 13) precede two straight at home when BU hosts Navy (Nov. 16) and Radford (Nov. 23) for the first time. The Midshipmen return all 15 team members and the game against the Big South member Highlanders is the return game from the Bracketbusters pool matchup two years ago. An away game at St. Peter’s (Nov. 26) closes out the month.
In December, BU will host Colgate (Dec. 1) before playing four straight on the road. After a tough matchup at Mt. St. Mary’s (Dec. 4), BU will face the Orange on December 7. Syracuse went 30-10 last season and won four games in the NCAA tournament to reach the national semifinals. The 2013 BIG EAST runnersup went 17-2 at home.
Binghamton also faces Monmouth (Dec. 14) and Buffalo (Dec. 23) on the road before hosting Bryant on December 28. The Bulldogs, from the Northeast Conference, won 19 games and played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) last season.
On New Year’s Eve, BU will head to Philly to face Atlantic-10 member St. Joseph’s for the first time. The Hawks won 18 games last year before losing to St. John’s at the buzzer in the NIT first round.
“I know the players are really looking forward to playing in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve and also the opportunity to play Syracuse at the Carrier Dome,” Dempsey said.
Dempsey returns eight letterwinners, including all-conference selection Jordan Reed and 2011-12 leading scorer Robert Mansell.
Basketball season ticket packages are now on sale. Bearcats season tickets are $185 each and include the same reserved seat for all 27 men’s and women’s regular season and exhibition home games. There is free parking during all basketball games and you will receive two complimentary chairback ticket coupons (a $24 value) for each season ticket purchased. For more ticket information, please click here or call (607) 777-3741.
- 13 games against teams from eight different conferences
- Five home, eight away games
- Five games against teams with 18 or more wins in 2012-13
- Four games against postseason tournament teams
- Three games against teams from the Patriot League, two against the Ivy, MAAC and NEC
- Opponents have an average of 15.3 wins from last season