TOWSON, Md. - Three local rivals, two Atlantic 10 opponents and a trio of Mid-American Conference teams combine to make Towson's 2009-10 non-league men's basketball schedule one of the most challenging ever for the Tigers.
"Once again we have put together an outstanding non-conference schedule," says head coach Pat Kennedy. "The consistency of quality and the level of the teams is very impressive and will be very challenging."
The home schedule features three MAC teams plus George Washington of the Atlantic 10, UMBC of the America East Conference and Hampton from the MEAC.
Towson tips off its season at home on Friday, November 13th when the Tigers host first-time opponent Miami of Ohio. The RedHawks were 17-13 last year, finishing fourth in the MAC.
The Tigers then renew an old acquaintance in the University of Buffalo on November 21 in the Towson Center. The Tigers and Bulls met three times during the 1991-92 season when the two schools were members of the now defunct East Coast Conference. Towson won all three games including a 122-58 ECC first round tournament victory that still stands as the Tigers' single game scoring record. Buffalo was 2-26 that year. The Bulls have turned their program completely around. Last year they were an impressive 21-12, tying Bowling Green for first place in the MAC East Division. The Bulls' season ended with an 84-73 loss at Wichita State in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.
UMBC (15-17) visits the Towson Center on December 2nd. The Tigers downed the Retrievers 82-65 in Catonsville last year in the 50th meeting between the two schools.
George Washington (10-18) makes its way back on to the schedule when the Colonials arrive on December 12th. This will be the 9th meeting between the two schools. Towson's lone win in the series came back in 1980 when the Tigers hung on for a 57-56 victory.
The Tigers have a second straight home game in their series against Hampton, hosting the Pirates on December 19th. Towson beat the Pirates 82-73 last year.
The Tigers conclude the 2009 portion of their schedule with a home contest on December 30th against another MAC team, Bowling Green. This is a return contest. The Falcons won last year's encounter against the Tigers, 77-58, played in Anderson Arena. BGSU finished 19-14 and 11-5 in its league. The Falcons' season ended with a 73-71 loss to Creighton in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Towson's first road trip will be a short one - to Annapolis where the Tigers will meet Navy on November 25th. This will be the 10th meeting between the two schools. Towson's 86-68 opening season win over the Midshipmen last year boosted the Tigers' lead in the series to 7-2.
Just before the holiday break the Tigers will face Morgan State in Hill Fieldhouse. Morgan escaped the Towson Center with an 80-54 BracketBuster victory last year when the Golden Bears enjoyed their most successful Division I season ever, going 23-12 to earn their first ever NCAA Tournament berth.
The Tigers will be taking on another Atlantic 10 opponent - Dayton. Towson will be making its fifth trip to Dayton Arena on November 28th. The Flyers own a 3-1 advantage in the series but the Tigers won the last encounter, 72-70, in 1993, when Scooter Alexander and Ralph Blalock combined for 44 points. Defending NCAA champion Kansas ended Dayton's season last year by downing the 27-8 Flyers 60-43 in second round tournament action.
Once again the Tigers will participate in the BracketBuster scheduled for February 20th. Towson will be a road team this year. The opponent won't be announced until two weeks prior to the game.
|13||Miami of Ohio||
|21||University of Buffalo||Towson Center|
|25||@ Navy||Annapolis, Md.|
|28||@ Dayton||Dayton, Ohio|
|12||George Washington||Towson Center|
|22||@ Morgan State||Baltimore, Md.|
|30||Bowling Green||Towson Center|
|20||BracketBuster - TBA||Away|