Winthrop head men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey has announced a 29-game schedule for the 2013-14 season that includes 15 contests at the Winthrop Coliseum, Friday afternoon.
The schedule will feature 13 non-conference games and a 16-game Big South slate.
“Winthrop fans should be very excited about the release of this year’s schedule which features 15 home contests at the famed Winthrop Coliseum,” said Kelsey, who enters his second season as head coach of the Eagles. “Since my arrival as head coach, I have heard from numerous fans about the desire to play regional non-conference opponents to create and promote natural rivalries on the move forward. To that end, we will face Appalachian State and Wofford as well as a re-match with 2013 NCAA tournament participant James Madison. On the road at VCU, Virginia Tech and at Dayton, which is one of the best atmospheres in college basketball, highlight our non-conference schedule on the road. As always, January begins the rugged Big South schedule. “Rockin’ The Hill” early, loud and hostile is what we are asking from our fans and students. I can’t wait!”
Fans will get to see the Eagles four times at the Winthrop Coliseum before December as they open up with back-to-back home games at home against Roanoke College on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. followed by USC Upstate on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Roanoke College game will be during Homecoming weekend. Winthrop will then have back-to-back home games as it will face Virginia Intermont College on Nov. 23 and then James Madison on Nov. 27.
The remainder of the non-conference home schedule will feature Appalachian State (Dec. 15), Wofford College (Dec. 21) and Barber Scotia College (Jan. 4). It’s the most non-conference home games prior to the start of league play since the 1999-2000 season (7).
Winthrop had an impressive 11-4 mark at the Winthrop Coliseum last season and defeated Southeast Louisiana 66-52 to capture the program’s 300th victory at the Coliseum. The team was 6-2 in the league at home and lost those two games by just an average of 6.5 points.
The non-conference road schedule will take the Eagles to Virginia Commonwealth (Nov. 16), East Tennessee State (Nov. 19), Virginia Tech (Dec. 3), North Carolina Central (Dec. 18), Hampton (Dec. 29) and Dayton (Jan. 1).
Among the Winthrop’s opponents are nine teams that finished averaging 70 or more points in 2012-13 and three of which finished among the Top 40 in the country in scoring; Virginia Military Institute (78.2, 4th), VCU (76.9, 34th), and Charleston Southern (73.8, 39th). The Buccaneers also finished second in the nation in three-point field goals made while VMI was 4th and VCU was 34th.
Winthrop finished 2012-13 ranked 47th nationally in defensive scoring by holding opponents to 61.2 points per game. Of its opponents this year, three others finished among the Top 50 nationally as North Carolina Central was 11th (56.7ppg), Wofford College was 23rd (59.1) and Gardner-Webb finished 41st allowing 60.8 ppg.
The Big South schedule will feature eight games at home and eight games on the road as the Eagles will play four of their first seven league games at home. The Big South home schedule begins on Jan. 11 against Charleston Southern and will also include Gardner-Webb (Jan. 15), VMI (Jan. 25), Radford (Jan. 29), Campbell (Feb. 8), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 19), UNC Asheville (Feb. 26) and Presbyterian College (Mar. 1).
Winthrop opens up league play on the road on Jan. 8 at Presbyterian College. The remaining road schedule includes stops at Coastal Carolina (Jan. 18), UNC Asheville (Jan. 22), High Point (Feb. 1), Liberty (Feb. 4), Longwood (Feb. 12), and Gardner-Webb (Feb. 22).
During the middle of conference action, Winthrop will endure a run of six out of nine games on the road before finishing with three of its last four games of the regular season at home.
Winthrop finished the 2012-13 season with a 14-17 overall record and a 6-10 league mark as they were the 5th seed from the South Division and knocked off the North Division #4 seed Radford, 60-58 in overtime of the opening round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Basketball Championship. The season came to a close in the semifinals after falling to the South Division’s top seed Charleston Southern, 57-47.
All home games and conference road games will be broadcast on the Big South Conference Network and all games are free of cost.
Remaining game times as well as the television schedule will be released at a later date.
Season tickets are currently on sale and an application can be obtained by stopping by the Winthrop Coliseum ticket office or visiting www.winthropeagles.com under tickets.