With two announcements this week – one from the RTD and one from the A10 – suddenly the Spiders’ men’s hoops schedule comes into much clearer focus. The details are thus:
A10: VCU, Fordham, Bonaventure, Dayton, GW, LaSalle, UMass, St. Joe’s
OOC: Delaware, Belmont, Minnesota, Hofstra, Ohio, JMU, Old Dominion, Coppin State
A10: VCU, Fordham, Bonaventure, Dayton, URI, Duquesne, Mason, St. Louis
OOC: Florida, Wake Forest, Air Force, William & Mary
OOC: North Carolina, Fairfield/Louisville
That’s 30 games. UR is reportedly still chasing one more BCS-esque opponent (presumably an away game).
Buckle your seat belts. Even if the A10 regresses to the mean this year with all the departures, that’s a robust schedule. Mooney (and his staff) has done a pretty good job in his tenure at UR of scheduling up or down depending on the team’s needs/expectations. Regardless of whatever optimistic cliches he spouts at media day, ramping up the opponents liking this shows where his mind is entering the season as opposed the last.
Time to grow up, freshmen.