Greensboro, N.C. - UNCG men's basketball coach Mike Dement unveiled his 2010-11 schedule Tuesday, which features 15 home games including a date with defending national champion Duke and a renewed rivalry with North Carolina A&T.
The Blue Devils, who defeated Butler last season to win their first national title since 2001, will visit the Greensboro Coliseum on Dec. 29 in the middle of a five-game homestand for UNCG. The Blue Devils are one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference opponents on the slate for this coming season, four of which will visit the Spartans at the Coliseum.
"The schedule is very challenging again this coming season," said Dement. "There is no question about that with seven ACC teams on the slate, including the defending national champions, and opening the season against perennial CAA power VCU. Richmond is very good and could be a Top 25 team this season. I'm glad to have my alma mater East Carolina on there, as well.
"It was also very important to us, and the community, to have North Carolina A&T back on the schedule.
"We have said to the student-athletes that we are involved with in the recruiting process that we are going to play a first-class schedule in a first-class facility. That's what we have accomplished again this season with bringing this slate to our home floor in the Greensboro Coliseum."
Season ticket packages are on sale now beginning at $99. Season ticket holders that are renewing for 2010-11 should do so by Wednesday, Sept. 1 in order to guarantee last year's seat location or a possible upgrade.
UNCG will open the season at VCU on Friday, Nov. 12, before coming home to face Florida State in a Sunday matinee on Nov. 14. A week later, the second ACC foe of the year will come calling as Virginia Tech comes to town to face the Spartans on Nov. 21. It will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the teams have met.
UNCG visits East Carolina on Nov. 27 and then returns home to face cross-city foe North Carolina A&T on Monday, Nov. 29. The two schools, separated by exactly two miles on Market Street, have met 13 times in men's basketball since the first-ever meeting in January 1990, but haven't met since Jan. 16, 2002. The Aggies lead the series all-time, 7-6.
The Spartans open Southern Conference play on Dec. 2 at defending conference champion Wofford and then come home to face Furman on Dec. 6. After a three-game nonconference road swing that features three ACC schools - Maryland (Dec. 8), Wake Forest (Dec. 15) and Clemson (Dec. 19), the Spartans return home to host Richmond on Dec. 22 to open that five-game home stand.
Duke follows the Spiders after Christmas on Dec. 29 before UNCG returns to conference play for three games in five days. UNCG will host Samford on Jan. 6, Chattanooga on Jan. 8 and Elon on Jan. 10. After a trip to Appalachian State, the Spartans come back home to face Davidson (Jan. 17) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 20).
The Spartans will do their western road swing to Chattanooga and Samford to close out the month of January, before coming home to host Appalachian State on Wednesday, Feb. 2 to begin a stretch of three games in six days. UNCG goes to Western Carolina on Feb. 5 before playing back at home against The Citadel on Feb. 7.
After visiting College of Charleston on Feb. 12, the Spartans return to the Coliseum for their seventh and final game against an ACC member, hosting University of Miami on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The Spartans will close out the regular season with a road game at Elon on Feb. 19, hosting Western Carolina for Senior Night on Monday, Feb. 21, and then a road trip to Georgia Southern and Davidson to finish things out.
The Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship will return to Chattanooga, Tenn., this season. It will be played March 4-7 at McKenzie Arena.
Game times will be announced in the next few weeks after television schedules have been set.
Mike Hirschman/UNCG Sports Information Dept.