TOWSON ANNOUNCES 2012-13 NON-CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
The Tigers Will Face Four Teams That Qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament During Their Non-Conference Slate
TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play 13 games, including four contests against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, during the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule, Tiger head coach Pat Skerry announced today.
The Tigers, who played the most difficult non-conference schedule in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) last year, will face off against teams from 12 different conferences during this year’s slate of non-league games. The BIG EAST, Pac-12 and Atlantic-10 are just three of the conferences with members on the Tigers’ non-conference schedule this season.
“Our non-conference schedule will once again challenge us from beginning to end,” said Skerry. “We face a number of really good teams from a number of quality conferences. I think the caliber of teams we’ll go up against will prepare our guys for the rigors of CAA play.”
The Tigers will host a pair of exhibition games at the Towson Center, taking on Bloomsburg University on November 1 and Goldey-Beacom on Nov. 12. Sandwiched in between the exhibitions will be the Tigers’ regular season opener at the College of Charleston on Nov. 9. The Cougars won 19 games last season and are usually among the front-runners in the Southern Conference.
After the exhibition finale, Towson will take part in the Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky. The Tigers will be challenged with four games in four days, taking on Radford (Nov. 16), Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 17), Kennesaw State (Nov. 18) and Cincinnati Christian (Nov. 19).
Towson will then renew a pair of local rivalries, traveling to reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 26 and battling UMBC at the Retriever Activities Center Arena on Dec. 1. The Tigers will be meeting the Greyhounds for the 71st time and the Retrievers for the 54th time.
After that Towson faces a tough stretch of three consecutive road games against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will be at Vermont on Dec. 5, Georgetown on Dec. 8 and Temple on Dec. 12.
The regular season home opener is slated for Dec. 15 when North Dakota State comes to the Towson Center Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. The Tigers will then be part of a doubleheader with the Towson women’s basketball team on Dec. 19. The women’s team will compete against Bucknell at 5 p.m. with the men’s squad slated to play Coppin State at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers will conclude their non-conference slate of games on Dec. 29 when they travel across the country to take on Oregon State out of the Pac-12 Conference. The Tigers and Beavers met this past season in the Towson Center Arena with President Barack Obama on hand to watch. Oregon State’s head coach, Craig Robinson, is Obama’s brother-in-law.
Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for the remainder of the 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule once the CAA slate of games are announced.
Towson University 2012-13 Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
November 1 Bloomsburg (exhibition)
November 9 at College of Charleston 7:00 p.m.
November 12 Goldey-Beacom
November 16 vs. Radford*
November 17 at Eastern Kentucky*
November 18 vs. Kennesaw State* TBD
November 19 vs. Cincinnati Christian* TBD
November 26 at Loyola (Md.)
December 1 at UMBC
December 5 at Vermont
December 8 at Georgetown
December 12 at Temple
December 15 North Dakota State
December 19 Coppin State
December 29 at Oregon State
*Games part of Eastern Kentucky Tournament in Richmond, Ky.