HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team will play a program-record 15 home dates in the 2010-11 regular season, highlighted by contests against Atlantic 10 foes Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition to nine home NEC games, the Bobcats also face Lehigh of the Patriot League and America East opponents Hartford, Maine and Vermont at the TD Bank Sports Center this season.
The non-conference slate away from home features a season-opening meeting with Yale in the second annual Connecticut 6 Classic, tilts with Ivy League opponents Dartmouth and Brown, as well as trips to Niagara of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Boston University of the America East.
After getting things started against Yale in the Connecticut 6 on Nov. 13, the Bobcats play host to Hartford in their home opener, Nov. 16 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game represents a rematch of one of the most exciting games to be played in the four-year history of the TD Bank Sports Center, when the Bobcats emerged with an 85-79 victory in Tom Moore's Quinnipiac debut, Nov. 11, 2007. The pairing with the Hawks begins a stretch of seven of eight games the Bobcats will play on Lender Court.
After a Nov. 20 pairing at home against perennial New England power Vermont, the Bobcats play their first road contest of 2010-11, Nov. 23 at Dartmouth. Prior to final exams, the Bobcats will play the next five contests at home. The stretch begins Nov. 29 against Maine, before UMass becomes the first Atlantic 10 men's basketball team to visit the TD Bank Sports Center on Dec. 1.
The Bobcats then jump head-first into Northeast Conference play, when they play host to league power Mount St. Mary's, Saturday, Dec. 4. On Dec. 7, Quinnipiac plays host to Lehigh for the first time since a 71-55 victory on Nov. 22, 2006, at the Burt Kahn Court. The homestand wraps up with a marquee match-up against Rhode Island on Dec. 11.
Following first-semester final exams, the Bobcats return to action Dec. 22 at Niagara. A week later on Dec. 29, Quinnipiac travels to Boston University.
The Bobcats ring in the New Year by returning to NEC play with a home tilt against Wagner on Jan. 3. Following a road swing through New Jersey to face league foes Monmouth (Jan. 6) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 8), Quinnipiac returns home to face Bryant (Jan. 13) and Central Connecticut (Jan. 15).
One last regular-season non-conference match-up follows as the Bobcats travel to Brown on Jan. 17, before the weekend takes them through Staten Island, N.Y., and Emmitsburg, Md., to face Wagner and Mount St. Mary's, respectively, on Jan. 20 and 22.
Having traveled to Western Pennysylvania to face Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris last season, the Bobcats enjoy the return trip from the Red Flash and Colonials on Jan. 27 and 29, respectively. Meanwhile, the Bobcats did not venture to Brooklyn last season and will make return engagements with St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island on Feb. 3 and 5, respectively.
NEC Rivalry Week follows on Feb. 10 and 12. The Bobcats face Sacred Heart on both dates, playing host to the Pioneers on Thursday, before heading down the Merritt Parkway on Saturday.
Return trips to Bryant and Central Connecticut are up next on Feb. 17 and 19, before the regular-season slate concludes with home pairings against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 24 and 26.
The Northeast Conference Tournament once again takes place at home sites, with the higher seed in each match-up getting the honor of playing host. Following the quarterfinal-round games, the remaining teams will be re-seeded, with the highest-remaining seed playing the lowest in the semifinals.
All games are subject to change as a result of possible television programming. Bobcat fans should visit the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes in addition to breaking news and highlights. Quinnipiac fans who wish to purchase tickets can buy them online at www.QuinnnipiacBobcats.com or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.