Release: September 8, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Coming off an historic 23-9 season, Binghamton men's basketball will be tested in a challenging 2009-10 non-conference schedule. The 15-game slate features matchups against national power Pitt and 2009 postseason teams Drake and Rider plus 10 games against teams that posted 15 or more wins last season. To compound matters, BU will play 11 of its 15 games away from home - six straight road games in November and five straight in December.
For the first time in its Division I history, BU will be participating in three in-season tournaments - The O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic (Nov. 17, 23-25), the Drake Challenge (Dec. 12-13) and the St. Mary's Classic (Dec. 29-30).
After hosting Holy Family College in an exhibition game on November 10, BU will welcome Bloomsburg in its season-opener November 14 at the Events Center.
Then it's a trip to the Petersen Events Center on Nov. 17 for a nationally televised encounter with a Pitt program that went 31-5 and reached the NCAA Elite Eight last winter. Later in the CBE Classic, BU will face Duquesne, Western Carolina and Illinois-Chicago in back-to-back-to-back games November 23-25 in Culluwee, N.C. Duquesne returns four starters from a team that went 21-13 and was runnerup in the Atlantic 10 last season.
Road games at St. Bonaventure (Nov. 20) and Rider (Nov. 28) round out a busy November. Rider returns four starters from a 19-win team that advanced to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The Bearcats host Bucknell and Marshall in a brief respite to open December. Marshall won 15 games playing out of Conference USA and the Bison dealt BU a rare loss last season.
The Drake Challenge will send the Bearcats to Des Moines, Iowa where they will face the host school and a South Dakota program that won 20 games in 2008-09. Missouri Valley member Drake won 17 games and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament one year after playing in the NCAA Tournament.
After a game at Marist, BU will next head to California for the St. Mary's Classic on Dec. 29-30. The host Gaels are one of the premier mid-major programs in the nation and went 28-7 last season, narrowly missing out on an NCAA at-large berth. St. Mary's did advance to the NIT quarterfinals.
A January 2 home date with Atlantic 10 member La Salle completes the non-conference slate. The Explorers went 18-13 last winter.
Head Coach Kevin Broadus returns four starters and eight letterwinners from his championship 23-9 squad of last season. The Bearcats captured the America East regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The team was ranked No. 22 in the final CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll and held a final RPI of 88 out of 343 Division I programs.
The 16-game America East portion of BU's 2009-10 schedule will be released by the conference in late September. It will consist of home-and-home dates with each of the other eight league members beginning in early January and concluding at the end of February.
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