Sep 11, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT
The Towson University men’s basketball team will play a total of 16 regular season home games inside brand new SECU Arena as the Tigers announced their 2013-14 schedule. Towson will take on eight teams that reached post-season play last year, including four 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.
Third-year head coach Pat Skerry and the Tigers will face off against teams from 11 different conferences during this year’s non-conference slate of games, including squads from the BIG EAST, Pac-12, Big 12 and American Athletic Conference.
“We’re extremely excited about a challenging non-conference schedule which will prepare us for the battles that we’re going to see night in and night out in the CAA,” said Skerry. “We’re really excited about the number of home games that we’re going to be able to play in SECU Arena, starting with Navy, Morgan State and Temple right out of the gate. We’re also thrilled that we’ll be playing so many of the local area teams.”
SECU Arena will host its first regular season games on November 8 as both the men and women play Navy as part of a double header. The Tigers will remain at home to take on local rival Morgan State on November 12 and Temple on November 14. The Owls advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will be making just their second trip to Towson.
The Tigers will then hit the road for a pair of nationally-televised games. Towson travels to Villanova (November 17) and Kansas (November 22) as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The game against the Wildcats can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and the contest against the Jayhawks can be viewed on ESPN3. Both squads qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year with Kansas reaching the Sweet 16.
After a home game against UMBC on November 26, Towson will host the mainland bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Citadel, Abilene Christian and West Alabama will come to SECU Arena for the two-day tournament, which will run November 29-30. Each team will play two games with opponents and game times are still to be determined.
The Tigers will then take part in the Lumberjack E-Tech Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas. Towson will take on Sam Houston St. on December 6 and battle host school Stephen F. Austin on December 7.
The Tigers will play their final two non-conference home games of the year on December 10 against Central Penn and December 30 against New Hampshire with their longest road trip of the year sandwiched in between. Less than a year after upsetting Oregon State on the road, Towson will again travel across the country to take on the Beavers on December 18. That game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. Before returning home, the Tigers will take on North Dakota State in Fargo on December 21.
Towson will wrap-up its non-conference slate on January 4 at Coppin State.
The Tigers will play a balanced 16-game CAA schedule in 2014, facing each member school both at home and on the road.
League home games will be: UNCW (January 11), Northeastern (January 22), Hofstra (January 27), Drexel (February 1), James Madison (February 5), College of Charleston (February 8), Delaware (February 17) and William & Mary (March 1).
League road games will be: Drexel (January 15), College of Charleston (January 19), Delaware (January 25), UNCW (January 29), William & Mary (February 15), Northeastern (February 20), Hofstra (February 22) and James Madison (February 26).
The Tigers return four starters from last year’s team that won 18 games, the most for a Towson squad since 1993-94. Honorable Mention All-America selection and 2013 CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon returns for his senior season after ranking third in the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and second in double-doubles (20) a year ago.
The Tigers also welcome back starters Marcus Damas (11.4 ppg/5.3 rpg), CAA All-Rookie Team selection Jerome Hairston (9.9 ppg/2.5 apg) and Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg/3.2 rpg).
All CAA game dates are subject to change. Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com as game times, ticket information and TV broadcast schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.
2013-14 Towson Men’s Basketball Schedule
October 24 Bloomsburg University (exhibition)
October 30 Mansfield University (exhibition)
November 8 Navy
November 12 Morgan State
November 14 Temple
November 17 at Villanova
November 22 at Kansas
November 26 UMBC
November 29-30 Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament (SECU Arena)
December 6 vs. Sam Houston State (Lumberjack E-Tech Classic/Nacogdoches, Texas)
December 7 at Stephen F. Austin (Lumberjack E-Tech Classic/Nacogdoches, Texas)
December 10 Central Penn College
December 18 at Oregon State
December 21 at North Dakota State
December 30 New Hampshire
January 4 at Coppin State
January 11 UNC Wilmington
January 15 at Drexel
January 19 at College of Charleston
January 22 Northeastern
January 25 at Delaware
January 27 Hofstra
January 29 at UNC Wilmington
February 1 Drexel
February 5 James Madison
February 8 College of Charleston
February 15 at William & Mary
February 17 Delaware
February 20 at Northeastern
February 22 at Hofstra
February 26 at James Madison
March 1 William & Mary
*Game dates are subject to change and all times are TBD
*Home games in bold
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