The UMBC men's basketball team opens its 2014-15 schedule with three consecutive road contests, before debuting at the RAC Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 25 versus the Howard Bison. The entire 29-game schedule, which includes the Retrievers' 16-contest America East slate, was announced today by head coach Aki Thomas.
The Retrievers open the campaign by traveling to Akron, Ohio to face the Zips for the first-time ever on Friday, Nov. 14. Five days later, UMBC will resume the series and seek revenge at Loyola, after the Greyhounds prevailed in overtime, 89-83, at the RAC Arena last season. UMBC completes the opening road swing of the campaign at Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 22.
The black and gold will debut at home on Tuesday, Nov. 25 against Coach Thomas' alma mater. That weekend, UMBC and Towson get together for the 58th time, with this meeting occurring at the RAC Arena on Saturday, Nov. 29.
"It's going to be a great experience to open up at home versus my alma mater," Thomas said. "Playing local rivals Loyola and Towson are always tough, hard-fought games for our fans to enjoy."
The Retrievers begin December with four consecutive road contests, including a Dec. 6 date at another Big Ten foe in the Iowa Hawkeyes. UMBC will play three of its final four non-conference foes at home, including dates with Longwood (Sun., Dec. 14), Lehigh (Sun., Dec. 28) and NJIT (Fri., Jan. 2).
UMBC opens its 12th America East campaign with home games versus UMass Lowell (Wed., Jan. 7) and New Hampshire (Sun., Jan. 11). After a trip to Stony Brook on Wed., Jan. 14, the Retrievers quickly return home and face conference favorites Vermont (Sat., Jan. 17) and Hartford (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Mon., Jan. 19) in a three-day span.
The Retrievers then play six of eight on the road, before closing out the home schedule versus defending AE champion Albany (Sat., Feb. 21) and Maine (Wed., Feb. 25). UMBC concludes the regular season at Binghamton on Saturday, Feb. 28.
"America East teams have all improved and have added some good talent across the board," Thomas said. "This should make for some exciting games this winter."
For the first time in 12 league seasons, UMBC will compete in a changed format in the America East Championships. Each round will be played at the site of the higher seed, beginning with the quarterfinals on Wed., March 4. The semifinals take place at the highest remaining seeds on Sat., March 7, with the title game slated for Sat., March 14.
"The new post season format will be great for fans," Thomas said. "It will be nice to see crowded arenas in March as America East teams battle for a championship."
Game times, ticket availability and media plans for 2014-15 Retriever basketball will be released shortly.
2014-15 UMBC Men's Basketball/Notes
Fri. 7 Frostburg St (Exh.)
Fri. 14 at Akron First-ever meeting
Wed.19 at Loyola Loyola leads, 30-19; rallied for OT win in '13
Sat. 22 at Minnesota First-ever meeting
Tue. 25 Howard First meeting since 1990; UMBC leads, 3-1
Sat. 29 Towson TU, 37-20; UMBC won last RAC mtg in '12
Tue. 2 at UMES UMBC leads 4-1 and won, 64-59, last season
Thu. 4 at G. Washington GW has won three straight and leads, 5-3
Sat. 6 at Iowa Iowa won lone meeting, 98-81, in 1990
Wed. 10 at Central Conn St. Teams to meet for 35th time; CC leads, 19-15
Sun. 14 Longwood First DI meeting; LU won 6 of 8 DII mtgs.
Sat. 20 at Kennesaw St. Homecoming for SR Devarick Houston
Sun. 28 Lehigh LU tied series at 2-2 with 70-68 win in '13
Fri. 2 NJIT First-ever meeting
Wed. 7 UMass Lowell UMBC dropped first two meetings in '14
Sun. 11 New Hampshire Teams split last five of six season series
Wed. 14 at Stony Brook UMBC has dropped 12 straight after taking 8-5 lead
Sat. 17 Vermont Vermont leads series, 23-4
Mon. 19 Hartford UMBC 8-4 at RAC Arena vs. UH
Thu. 22 at Maine Teams have split series 3 of last 4 years
Sun. 25 at Albany Albany leads series, 18-7
Wed. 28 Binghamton UMBC lost at home, won at BU in '14
Thu. 5 at UMass Lowell UML leads series, 2-0
Sat. 7 at New Hampshire UNH leads all-time series, 13-10
Wed. 11 Stony Brook SBU leads all-time series, 17-8
Sat. 14 at Vermont UVM has swept last seven season series
Tue. 17 at Hartford Series is tied at 12-12
Sat. 21 Maine Maine leads all-time series, 13-11
Wed. 25 Albany UMBC snaps 9-game slide to UA w 71-69 '14 win
Sat. 28 at Binghamton BU leads series, 12-11
Other Notes: The Nov. 25 home opener is UMBC's latest since opening at home on Dec. 2 in 2003-04… UMBC will play its first-ever game in the state of Georgia (Kennesaw State)… Radio and television dates will be announced shortly, but all home games will be streamed for free on www.umbcretrievers.tv, a part of the America East digital network.