Now that the season’s completely over, it’s time to look ahead. The Spiders have already put together a solid schedule for next season. Given the talent returning and increased maturity by the freshmen, a challenging out-of-conference schedule could set the Spiders up well for at-large consideration. (Note: info for upcoming schedule gleaned from AD releases, Tip-Off Tournament site, and rumor/unconfirmed SpiderNation message board posts. Not responsible for accuracy. But you knew that already.)
A full schedule consists of 31 games. The Atlantic 10 has committed to a 16-game conference schedules of some form for next season (an 18 games schedule may come with the addition of Davidson in 2014).
In a thirteen team league, 16 games comes out to 4 home and homes and 8 one-leg match-ups. The odds-on favorites for the home and homes with UR are VCU, GW, Mason and one of the Philly schools – St. Joe’s or LaSalle.
In addition to 16 conference games, eleven non-conference games are confirmed to various degrees:
Hall of Fame Tipoff @ Mohegan Sun, CT: North Carolina (11/23), Louisville/Fairfield (11/24)
Home games: Belmont (11/11), Hofstra (11/19), Minnesota, Ohio, Old Dominion, James Madison
Away games: Florida, Wake Forest, Air Force
That’s 27 games. Richmond seems to be chasing 4 more dates. 14 of the games known (including 8 conference games) are in the Robins Center. Look for only 1, and probably no more than 2, of the remaining 6 games to be at home. Rumor has it Delaware could be opening the new-look RC (on 11/8) as one of the outstanding games; a high profile opponent was being sought. Another possibility is a return trip to Davidson ahead of their move to the A10. The OOC road schedule looks brutal at the moment, so I’d expect a cupcake or two addition (W&M?). Given the Texas flavor of the roster, a swing through Houston or Dallas while the team is at Air Force also is conceivable. Moving forward, and assuming the Spiders stay in the A10 for awhile, it’ll be interesting to see how often or if ever former A10 mates pop up on the schedule – Xavier, Temple, Charlotte. ODU and JMU both seem like candidates for the last game tune-up before the conference slate starts.
Am I missing anything? Anyone have other details?