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Hoops Releases 2011-12 Schedule

Ben Jessee

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Hampden-Sydney head basketball coach Dee Vick has announced the Tigers' schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Included in the 25 games regular season are three tournaments, 16 Old Dominion Athletic Conference match ups, and three additional non-conference opponents.

The Tigers have no easy schedule playing seven games against teams ranked in the top eight in the South Region (NCAA Regional Rankings) and five games against 2011 NCAA Tournament Teams - with two match ups against Sweet Sixteen finisher Virginia Wesleyan (Jan. 4, Feb. 11).

"There are some great challenges both during the non-conference schedule and in the ever tough Old Dominion Athletic Conference," said Vick.

Hampden-Sydney will open the season in Montgomery, Alabama in the Huntingdon College Classic on November 18 and 19. After a November 22 trip to Methodist University, the Tigers will remain on the road for the Fourth Annual South Region Hoops Challenge. The team will face Shenandoah (Nov. 26) and North Carolina Wesleyan (Nov. 27) in Fredericksburg at Mary Washington.

With five games under their belts, the Tigers will open their home season with a tough conference match up against ODAC-foe Eastern Mennonite University on November 30. They will then remain home for the entire month of December with games against Ferrum on the 3rd, Randolph on the 7th, and the Car Coop/Weenie Miller Holiday Hoops Tournament on the 29th and 30th. This year's tournament will feature Frostburg State, John Jay and University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg.

The new year will bring the heart of the conference schedule, mixing home and away games with match ups at Washington & Lee (Jan. 1), Roanoke (Jan. 7), and Bridgewater (Jan. 14). In between the road games, the Tigers see action in the friendly confines of Fleet Gymnasium against Virginia Wesleyan (Jan. 4), Lynchburg (Jan. 11) and Washington & Lee (Jan. 18).

The Tigers then have the tough task of three straight ODAC road  games against arch-rival Randolph-Macon (Jan. 21), Lynchburg (Jan. 25) and Randolph (Jan. 28).

The final four of six games, however, are played at home. The Tigers face Virginia Wesleyan (Feb. 11) and Guilford (Feb. 15) on the road, but host Bridgewater (Feb. 1), Emory & Henry (Feb. 4), Patrick Henry (Feb. 7) and Randolph-Macon (Feb. 18) to finish out the season.

Vick's squad returns four starters and 11 players from the 2010-11 team that went 17-10. "We return a large nucleus from last year's team who now under stand the demands of college basketball and in particular the ODAC," added the coach. "We anticipate an exciting year and look forward to the journey."

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