Men's basketball to take on La Salle in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
HAMDEN, Conn. – Highlighted by a time slot in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and a trip to Pac-12 affiliate Oregon State, Quinnipiac University men's basketball head coach Tom Moore announced the team's non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday - a slate that includes five postseason teams from a year ago before entering its first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
"It is with great enthusiasm that we announce our 2013-14 non-conference schedule in this our inaugural season in the MAAC," said Moore, who is entering his seventh year at the helm of the program. "The schedule combines some very tough non-league games with some extremely demanding MAAC games which hopefully will help us return to national post-season play for the fourth time in the last five years. The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a nationally-televised game at La Salle as a part of ESPN's College Hoops Marathon. We will also travel to PAC-12 member Oregon State as part of a three-year deal which will see the Beavers return to Hamden to play in 2014-15. We begin the year versus Hartford in the Connecticut 6 followed by tough challenges on the road at America East power Vermont and Patriot League power Lehigh. We take on 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Albany, traditional rival Boston University, and Hampton University at TD Bank Arena."
The regular-season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the fifth annual Connecticut 6 Classic from Webster Bank Arena. Joining the Bobcats will be Hartford, Yale, Central Connecticut, Sacred Heart, and fellow MAAC foe Fairfield. For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac and Hartford will open the three-game showcase at 3 p.m. Yale and CCSU will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. followed by Sacred Heart and Fairfield in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
After that, Quinnipiac withstands a quick turnaround with one of its toughest opponents on national television. For the first time in program history, the Bobcats will be a part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and will square off against La Salle in Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (9 a.m.). The game will be aired live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Quinnipiac's home-opener is next where the Bobcats will host the 2013 America East Champion, UAlbany. The Bobcats and the Greyhounds are scheduled to meet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Last season, Quinnipiac upended Albany on a last second put-back by Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and the Bobcats escaped with a 59-57 victory in New York. However, UAlbany's 2012-13 campaign was one for the books. UAlbany went on to record 24 wins -- the program's Division I record -- captured the America East Conference Tournament title as the lowest seed (4) in conference history, and made its third NCAA Tournament appearance. UAlbany faced Duke in the first round, falling by a final score of 73-61.
November will close out with a pair of games before the holiday. Quinnipiac hosts Hampton University on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as the Bobcats look to avenge last year's loss in the series opener. Despite a 13-point, 11-rebound performance from Azotam, the Pirates outlasted the Bobcats in the waning minutes to prevail, 70-64. Hampton went on to make the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament at the end of the season, but fell in its quarterfinal match-up with Delaware State.
Five days later, Quinnipiac heads up north to The Pine Tree State for a clash with the University of Maine. On Monday, Nov. 25, the Bobcats and the Bears will tip-off at Alfond Arena. Maine edged Quinnipiac in last year's meeting as 26 points from Justin Edwards was too much for the Bobcats. QU holds the series lead, 3-2, since their inaugural meeting back in 2007.
Regular-season play resumes in December with a home game two days into the month. On Monday, Dec. 2, Quinnipiac welcomes Boston University to Hamden for a contest that will break an all-time series deadlock. The Terriers defeated the Bobcats last season in dramatic fashion to even the rivalry at two games apiece. Among the players on BU's roster is sophomore John Papale, younger brother of Michael Papale, who is currently in his second season as the director of basketball operations at Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac will make its MAAC debut in the on the weekend of Dec. 6-8, before wrapping up its non-conference slate with a three-game road trip. The Bobcats will head to Vermont on Sunday, Dec. 15; to Lehigh on Saturday, Dec. 21; and then to Oregon State on Sunday, Dec. 29. The Catamounts posted a 21-12 record in 2012-13 and made their way to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) after falling short in the America East Championship. The 2013-14 roster boasts six seniors including their leading scorer from a year ago, Clancy Rugg.
The next stop is Pennsylvania where the Bobcats will face a Lehigh team that eclipsed the 20-win plateau last year despite losing guard C.J. McCollum to a season-ending injury. McCollum, the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer, was selected by the Portland Trailblazers with the 10th pick in the 2013 NBA draft. The Mountain Hawks earned a bid to the CBI where they fell to Wyoming in the opening round. Lehigh looks to replace a good portion of its 2012-13 offensive output, as its top three scorers were lost to graduation.
Quinnipiac concludes its non-conference schedule with Oregon State at legendary Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State saw its 2012-13 season come to a close in the Pac-12 Quarterfinals with a loss to Colorado, a team that earned an At-Large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The 2013-14 Beaver team features an experienced lineup that encompasses seven seniors on the roster. Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama; Oregon State is looking for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1990 campaign. Quinnipiac has never faced a Pac-12 opponent.
2013-14 Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
|Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013||Connecticut 6 Classic vs. Hartford||Webster Arena - Bridgeport, Conn.||3:00 PM|
|Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013||ESPN College Tip-Off Marathon at La Salle||
Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, Pa.
|Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013||ALBANY||TDBSC - Hamden, Conn.||TBA|
|Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013||HAMPTON||TDBSC - Hamden, Conn.||TBA|
|Monday, Nov. 25, 2013||at Maine||
Alfond Arena - Bangor, Maine
|Monday, Dec. 2, 2013||BOSTON UNIVERSITY||TDBSC - Hamden, Conn.||TBA|
|Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013||at Vermont||Patrick Gymnasium - Burlington, Vt.||TBA|
|Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013||at Lehigh||Stabler Arena - Bethlehem, Pa.||TBA|
|Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013||at Oregon State||Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.||TBA|
Home Games in bold to be played at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.
With the addition of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac to the MAAC, each team will play 20 league games over a 10-week period. MAAC teams will face each other twice during the season, once on their home court and once on the road. The full 2013-14 MAAC television broadcast schedule will be announced on Sept. 11 as part of the MAAC's "2013-14 Preseason Hoops Show." Quinnipiac will release its televised game schedule on that date as well.
The league season culminates with the 2014 MAAC Championship, March 6-10, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. However, "March Madness" gets off to an earlier start in the MAAC with five league games on Sunday, March 2, the final day of regular season competition.
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