HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney head basketball coach Dee Vick has announced the Tigers' schedule for the upcoming 2010-11 season. Included in the 25 game regular season are three tournaments, 16 Old Dominion Athletic Conference match ups, two additional non conference opponents and one Division I opponent.
The Tigers have no easy schedule playing six games against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, including two Final Four teams in Guilford (Feb. 16) and Randolph-Macon (Jan. 22, Feb. 19). "The conference slate will be tough with four of our league members advancing to at least the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament last year," said Vick.
Hampden-Sydney will open the season at home in its Tip-Off Tournament on November 19 and 20. The tournament will feature the Tigers' first opponent, Methodist College, as well as Farmingdale State and Virginia Wise. The Tigers then hit the road to face Division I opponent Elon University on November 22.
"We have a challenging schedule that will test our young team. We like to play at least one Division I school every year to help make us better," said Vick of his match up with the Phoenix.
Hampden-Sydney remains on the road for three more games. On the 29 and 30 of November, the Tigers will participate in the third annual South Region Hoops Challenge with Shenandoah (Nov. 27), North Carolina Wesleyan (Nov. 28) and Mary Washington. The next stop is in Harrisonburg, when the Tigers face 2010 Elite Eight team, and first ODAC opponent, Eastern Mennonite (Dec. 1).
Before Christmas, Hampden-Sydney will host new opponent Johnson and Wales (Dec. 4) and travel to ODAC foe Randolph College in Lynchburg (Dec. 8).
Coming back from Christmas, Hampden-Sydney will play in the friendly confines of Fleet Gymnasium hosting the Annual Car Coop/Weenie Miller Holiday Hoops Tournament featuring Marymount, Ursinus, and Medaille on December 29 and 30.
The new year will bring in the heart of the conference schedule, beginning with matchups at Virginia Wesleyan (Jan. 5) and against Roanoke (Jan. 8). The Tigers then have the tough task of three straight ODAC road games against Lynchburg (Jan. 12), Bridgewater (Jan. 15) and Washington & Lee (Jan. 19).
After the road stretch, Hampden-Sydney finishes out with its final seven of ten games at home. The home stand features Randolph-Macon, Lynchburg (Jan. 26), Randolph (Jan. 29), Bridgewater (Feb. 2), Virginia Wesleyan (Feb. 12), Washington & Lee (Feb. 14) and Guilford. The three road games mixed in are Emory & Henry (Feb. 5), USA South opponent Ferrum (Feb. 9) and the final game of the season at Randolph-Macon.
Vick knows the difficulty of the conference, but feels it will be good for team. "If we can perform well in our conference then we will be prepared for national competition if we get that opportunity," he commented.
Vick's squad returns three starters and nine letter winners from the 2009-10 team that won 14 games.