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Indiana, VCU highlight Stony Brook schedule
Is Stony Brook ready to take the next step necessary to become NCAA-Tournament bound? Judging by the non-conference schedule coach Steve Pikiell announced Tuesday, the answer is yes.
Stony Brook will face seven teams that played in a postseason tournament last year.
Indiana, VCU, La Salle and Northeastern highlight Stony Brook’s non-conference schedule. Marist, Toledo, Loyola Maryland, Florida Atlantic, Detroit and Canisius, as well as a host of New York-area teams fill out the Seawolves’ schedule.
"Our non-conference schedule has an excellent mix of high-profile opponents, teams with recent postseason success and rivals from the New York City area," Pikiell said. "We are excited to be facing quality opponents day in and day out, and we expect this competitive schedule will help us prepare for the America East conference schedule and the America East Championship.”
Stony Brook hosts Marist at Pritchard Gymnasium in its season opener on November 8. The Seawolves will be home for two more games, hosting Haverford and Northeastern on Nov. 10 and 13, respectively.
Sunday, Nov. 17 the Seawolves will play Indiana in Bloomington for the second time in three seasons. The rest of the November schedule includes games vs. Toledo, Florida Atlantic and Detroit in the 2KSports Classic Subregional at University of Detroit and a road contest at Canisius.
December’s schedule features a game against La Salle as part of the MSG Holiday Festival. The Seawolves also host St. Francis of Brooklyn and FDU on Dec. 1 and 4, respectively. They end their December schedule on the 22nd with a home game against Cornell.
“We are also honored to once again be invited to play at Madison Square Garden, the mecca of college basketball, and to be invited to participate in the 2K Sports Classic, which supports a worthy cause,” Pikiell said.
Stony Brook concludes its non-conference schedule with road games against VCU and Columbia on Jan. 3 and 8, respectively.
Stony Brook returns seven letterwinners and three redshirt freshmen from last season's team that went 25-8 and captured the America East regular season championship for the third time in four seasons.
The Seawolves also advanced to the second round of the NIT.
STONY BROOK 2013-2014 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Home games in caps
Fri. 8 - MARIST - TBA
Sun. 10 - HAVERFORD - 2 p.m.
Wed. 13 - NORTHEASTERN - 7 p.m.
Sun. 17 - at Indiana - TBA
Fri. 22 - vs. Toledo - 4:30 p.m.
Sat. 23 - vs. Florida Atlantic - 3 p.m.
Sun. 24 - at Detroit - 4 p.m.
Tue. 26 - at Canisius - TBA
Sun. 1 - ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN - 2 p.m.
Wed. 4 - FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON - 7 p.m.
Sat. 7 - vs. La Salle - 11 a.m.
Thu. 19 - at Loyola Maryland - TBA
Sun. 22 - CORNELL - TBA
Fri. 3 - at VCU - TBA
Wed. 8 - at Columbia - 7 p.m.