Men's basketball announces 2013-14 schedule

Men's basketball announces 2013-14 schedule

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team's 28-game 2013-14 schedule, which includes two tournaments and 13 home games, has been released by Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee on Friday.

Philadelphia will see its first on-court action of the season when it travels to James Madison for an exhibition contest on Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center. This will be the fifth straight season that the Rams and Dukes have squared off. The Dukes will be a solid test for the Rams as James Madison won the Colonial Athletic Association title and defeated LIU Brooklyn in a NCAA Tournament First Four game last season.

The Rams' second exhibition contest comes on Dec. 15 when Philadelphia heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Boston College head coach Steve Donahue was an assistant under Magee from 1988 to 1990. Even though this is an exhibition game for the Rams, due to Division I rules the game will count towards the Eagles' overall record. A game time will be announced at a later date because it will be a televised game.

Philadelphia officially opens the 2013-14 season with the East Region Classic hosted by Holy Family on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. The Rams will take on the College of St. Rose on Saturday and Assumption—a 2013 NCAA Tournament team—on Sunday.

The Rams' home and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener comes on Nov. 13 against first-year program Georgian Court University at 8 p.m. The contest will be the Lions' first-ever CACC contest.

After a non-conference home showdown with West Chester on Nov. 16, the Rams hit the road for three games against Molloy (Nov. 23), Kutztown (Nov. 26), and CACC foe Dominican (N.Y.) (Dec. 1).

The Dominican contest also starts a string of five consecutive CACC contests which includes home dates with Chestnut Hill (Dec. 4), Felician (Dec. 7) and Goldey-Beacom (Dec. 14). On Dec. 10, Philadelphia travels to Holy Family.

Philadelphia wraps up the 2013 portion of its season at the Adelphi Holiday Tournament on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 with games against host Adelphi and its second meeting of the season with the College of St. Rose.

The Rams open 2014 with back-to-back home games against St. Anselm—a NCAA Tournament team last season—on Jan. 2 and Pace on Jan. 4.

After a Jan. 8 road match-up with Wilmington (Del.), Philadelphia will have nine days to prepare for a home date with USciences on Jan. 18. Philadelphia makes its first-ever visit to the GCU Wellness Center on Jan. 22 contest with Georgian Court.

The Rams end January with home games against defending CACC champion Bloomfield (Jan. 25) and Holy Family (Jan. 28).

In February, the Rams will be road warriors with five of their eight games on the road. Philadelphia travels to Caldwell (Feb. 1), Post (Feb. 8), and Chestnut Hill (Feb. 11) with a home-game against Wilmington (Del.) (Feb. 5) sandwiched in-between.

Philadelphia welcomes Nyack to the Gallagher Center on Feb. 15 before heading to USciences on Feb. 18.

The Rams' final home game of the season, which is also Senior Day, takes place on Feb. 22 against Concordia (N.Y.). The regular-season finale is on Feb. 25 at Goldey-Beacom.

This year's CACC Tournament takes place on March 1, March 7, and March 8 with the semifinal and championship rounds at Caldwell.