BALTIMORE – The UMBC men's basketball program will face five first-time opponents in its non-conference, which was announced today by head coach Ryan Odom.
In addition, the America East Conference released its 2019 league slate, as the Retrievers attempt to defend their 2018 conference title.
UMBC opens the season on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the Retrievers help Marquette open the brand-new Wisconsin Sports and Entertainment Center, a venue they share with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
The Retrievers open the 15-game home slate by welcoming Shenandoah to the UMBC Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, then entertain first-time foe Manhattan on Monday, Nov. 12.
UMBC then travels to Bimini, The Bahamas for the Bimini Jam, where they will face Air Force, High Point and South Dakota from Nov. 15-19. The Retrievers have never faced any of the three schools in the tournament.
Coach Odom's final November home contest takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24, when UMBC meets American for the first time since 2013.
The Retrievers embark on their only three-game road swing, first taking on Northern Kentucky (Nov. 30) in a rematch of a 2017 thriller, and making the quick 12-mile journey to Coppin State on Dec. 3. The squad caps the trek at Drexel in Philadelphia on Dec. 8.
A pair of high-level contests await UMBC when they return to the Event Center the following week. Local rival Towson visits on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and, on Sunday, Dec. 16, a pair of Cinderellas clash as Florida Gulf Coast, a.k.a., "Dunk City", comes to Baltimore. Five years ago, the Eagles became the first-ever No. 15 seed to advance to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" in just their sixth season as a member of the NCAA Division I.
UMBC would take its turn with the glass slipper four months ago, as Odom's crew became the first-ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed, when the Retrievers stunned top-ranked Virginia, 74-54, in Charlotte.
The Retrievers conclude the homestand versus Hood College on Dec. 21, and play their final non-conference road game when they travel to University Park, Pa., for a battle at Penn State, the 2018 NIT Champions, on Saturday, Dec. 29.
UMBC hosts Centenary (N.J.) to close out 2018 on Monday, Dec. 31, then open their America East title defense on Saturday, Jan. 5, when the Retrievers host the Maine Black Bears.
Key early season America East clashes for UMBC occur in a five-day span when the Retrievers host Albany on Saturday., Jan. 19 and travel to Vermont's Patrick Gym, site of the 2018 dramatic conference championship game, on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
UMBC hosts the Catamounts in another rare mid-week meeting, as Vermont travels south on Thursday, Feb. 21. The Retrievers conclude the regular season at home on Saturday, March 2, when the New Hampshire Wildcats become the final America East team to play in the UMBC Event Center.
Season ticket packages and single-game seats will go on sale early next month. To guarantee lower bowl seating in the UMBC Event Center for the 2018-19 Retriever Basketball, please visit https://umbctickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1657&cid=165&p=1.
For the complete schedule, visit http://www.umbcretrievers.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule.