Whoever strung together this schedule made it a veritable who’s who of the mid-major basketball world.
The boys start off against Rhode Island. In the late 90’s, URI was a consistent tournament team, most notably in 1998 when they defeated #1 Kansas on the way to the Elite 8.
In late November, Monmouth comes to town. You may remember Monmouth from this.
And just before Christmas, the men’s team heads out to California to visit the Gaels of Saint Mary’s. Saint Mary’s has been the main competition of Gonzaga in the WCC, with three NCAA apperances since 2010.
They’ve also got some great Power-5 matchups with Clemson (ACC) and Vanderbilt (SEC). Finally, the non-conference schedule is filled in with area standbys like Wofford, Furman, and USC Upstate, and a new Big South/SoCon festivity at the Cellular Center against Western, which includes a High Point v. Wofford matchup.
The conference schedule begins with Campbell at home and ends at Gardner-Webb. Senior night is Thursday, February 22nd against Winthrop.
Oddly enough, every non-conference game for the women’s team is in the area. Fresh from their second straight NCAA tournament appearance, you have the chance to see these girls in action for every game.
They start off against Western, followed by #17 NC State, both on the road. Every year NC State has a killer team that is, unfortunately, often overshadowed by its bigger named rivals.
But the Wolfpack aren’t the only big team the Bulldogs face. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders have made the NCAA Tournament every year since the 2008-09 season, except one, and haven’t missed the postseason since 2003-04. More importantly, MTSU is coming to Asheville.
Like the men’s schedule, the women’s non-conference is littered with area competition, including Mercer, Furman, App St., Davidson, and UNC-Charlotte.
Inverse from the men’s schedule, the conference schedule begins with Campbell away and ends with Gardner-Webb in Asheville.