GW Men's Hoops Reveals 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule
Colonials Will Use 13-Game Non-League Slate to Prepare for Rigorous A-10, Postseason Play
WASHINGTON - GW men's basketball unveiled its 2014-15 non-conference schedule which, depending on outcomes at the Diamond Head Classic, includes seven potential opponents that reached postseason play in 2014.
GW's out-of-conference slate is highlighted by the start of home-and-home series against five teams from either the ACC, Big Ten or Big East. Combined with the announced home-and-away pairings for the 18-game Atlantic 10 schedule, the Colonials could potentially face 15 teams that participated in the 2014 postseason as part of their 31-game regular season in 2014-15.
GW will play 14 regular season games and an exhibition in the Charles E. Smith Center where the Colonials won 15 of their 16 contests and recorded three sellouts in 2013-14.
Of the 14 regular-season home games, six will feature a 2014 postseason participant, including four Atlantic 10 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, as well as NIT contestant and league newcomer Davidson, and CIT semifinalist VMI.
The Colonials' road slate will prove to be extremely challenging, highlighted by visits to Virginia, Penn State, Saint Joseph's, VCU and the loaded field at ESPN Events' Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii in which GW is one of five teams that qualified for the postseason and finished in the RPI Top 100 in 2014.
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2014-15 GW MEN'S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
11/8/2014 - BLOOMSBURG (exhibition)
The NCAA Division II Huskies, coached by Coach Lonergan's former Vermont assistant John Sanow, are coming off a 16-win season and a trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference quarterfinals in 2013-14. Bloomsburg is expected to return three starters.
11/14/2014 - GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State, located in Grambling in northern Louisiana, is in its first season under Head Coach Shawn Walker. The Tigers are expected to return four of their top five scorers from last season.
11/16/2014 - at Rutgers
The first of two Big Ten opponents on GW's non-conference schedule, Rutgers and Head Coach Eddie Jordan will have three starters back in his second season, including backcourt leading scorers Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack. The meeting will be the 43rd all-time between the former Atlantic 10 rivals and third in as many seasons after the Colonials visited the RAC in Dec. 2012 and defeated the Scarlet Knights, 93-87, at the Smith Center last Dec. 4.
11/21/2014 - at Virginia
The Colonials and Cavaliers both recently completed banner 2013-14 seasons in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Virginia returns three starters and five of its top seven scorers from a team that won both the ACC regular season and tournament titles en route to a school-record tying 30 victories and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013-14. GW has won 23 of the 48 all-time meetings against Virginia since its debut intercollegiate season in 1906-07, with the most recent contest coming in the first round of the Postseason NIT in March 2004. The home-and-home series will mark the first regular-season meetings between the programs since 1984.
11/26/2014 - LONGWOOD
Longwood, located just 170 miles from the district in Farmville, Virginia, is the second of 10 games against teams from Maryland or Virginia on GW's 2014-15 schedule. GW is 2-1 against Longwood all-time including victories at the Smith Center in 2006 and 2007.
11/29/2014 - at Seton Hall
Seton Hall is coming off a 2013-14 season in which it finished 17-17 overall, 10-8 at home in the Prudential Center and reached the Big East Championship semifinals. The Pirates are expected to return four of their top seven scorers while also adding a heralded six-player recruiting class for 2014-15. The Nov. 29 meeting between GW and SHU will mark the fifth all-time dating back to 1946-47 and the first since the Colonials earned their lone win in the series with a 72-63 triumph in the 1999 BB&T Classic at Verizon Center.
12/4/2014 - UMBC
The third of 10 games versus opponents from Maryland or Virginia this season will come against UMBC, which will welcome three starters back from last season's team, highlighted by America East Rookie of the Year Rodney Elliott. GW and UMBC will meet for the ninth time since 1988 with the Colonials owning a 5-3 series advantage following a 74-61 win at Smith Center last season. The win was GW's fifth over UMBC in six all-time meetings at the Smith Center and was Coach Mike Lonergan's 12th in 16 tries against the Retrievers dating back to his six-year tenure at Vermont.
12/7/2014 - vs. Charlotte (BB&T Classic)
Charlotte is expected to return all five of its top scorers and four starters from a team that went 17-14 overall in 2013-14. The Colonials routed the 49ers, 82-54, at the Smith Center in Jan. 2013 in their last meeting as Atlantic 10 rivals. The win improved GW to 15-11 all-time against Charlotte, including a 10-2 mark and seven consecutive wins at home.
12/11/2014 - DEPAUL
DePaul went 8-6 in non-conference play and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship for just the second time with a first-round upset of Georgetown in 2013-14. Head Coach Oliver Purnell will enter his fifth season at DePaul in 2014-15 with two returning starters, including 2014 Big East Rookie of the Year Billy Garrett, who will be the Blue Demons' leading returning scorer after averaging 12.6 points as a freshman. This year's meeting will mark the fifth all-time between GW and DePaul dating back to the 1931-32 season and the first at Smith Center.
12/14/2014 - at Penn State
Penn State swept national power Ohio State during the 2013-14 season en route to a bid to the College Basketball Invitational in which they defeated Hampton before falling in the quarterfinals. Coach Pat Chambers is slated to return four starters for his fourth season in Happy Valley in 2014-15. GW is 11-19 all-time against its former Atlantic 10 rival with the most recent meeting coming in a 71-57 neutral-site, non-conference win by the Colonials in the 1991 Palm Beach Classic in Florida. The two teams last met as league foes in the 1991 A-10 Championship game with the Nittany Lions edging the Colonials, 81-75, in University Park for their lone A-10 title.
12/22-25/2014 - Diamond Head Classic
The eight-team Diamond Head Classic field is highlighted by five teams that played in the postseason and finished in the RPI Top 100 in 2013-14 in GW, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio and Wichita State. Tournament host Hawaii is one of the event's five teams that won at least 20 games last season (GW, Colorado, Ohio and Wichita State are the others). DePaul and Loyola Marymount cap the eight-team field, in which all teams will play three games. All games of the Diamond Head Classic will be broadcast on the ESPN Networks, with GW's opener against Ohio on Monday, Dec. 22 set for ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. ET.
12/30/2014 - VMI
VMI, the fourth game against a team from Maryland or Virginia on GW's non-conference docket, is coming off its first postseason tournament appearance in 37 years with a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinals to cap a 22-13 season in 2013-14. The Keydets, under Head Coach Dugger Baucom, led NCAA Division I in scoring average at 88.3 points per game last season and are expected to return three starters, including QJ Peterson who averaged 19.0 points per game last season.
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