The days of sneaking up on opponents are over for Stony Brook. After a three-year stretch that included an NIT bid, an America East regular season title and a trip to the conference tournament championship game, it’s time for the Seawolves to reach for a new level.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell has guided the men's basketball team to unprecedented success in recent years, finishing .500 or better in the America East for three straight seasons.
Stony Brook’s reward for its recent success? Try four non-conference games against BCS teams. The Seawolves open their season on November 11 with a road trip to the historic Assembly Hall and a showdown with Indiana. Other BCS teams include Northwestern and Boston College.
The Seawolves will also take on Rutgers in the MSG Holiday Festival.
“This is arguably the toughest schedule we have had in my time here, but I am excited for our team because we have a veteran group of student-athletes that will be up to the challenge of playing four BCS teams this year,” Pikiell said. “It will be the perfect test for us as we gear up towards our competitive America East schedule and compete for the conference championship. I am also thrilled for our entire university community that we get to represent Stony Brook University at Madison Square Garden, known as the mecca of college basketball.”
With all but one player from last season returning, including redshirt junior forward Tommy Brenton and senior guard Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook should be more than capable of handling its challenging non-conference schedule.
In addition to the four BCS teams on its schedule, Stony Brook will renew its budding rivalry with Columbia and play fellow metro area schools Wagner, Rider and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Here’s the complete non-conference schedule (Home games in caps).
Fri. 11 at Indiana TBA
Sun. 13 MOUNT IDA 2 p.m.
Tue. 15 at Sacred Heart 7 p.m.
Fri. 18 at Wagner TBA
Tue. 22 COLUMBIA 7 p.m.
Fri. 25 at Northwestern TBA
Sat. 3 at Eastern Illinois 3 p.m. (EST)
Wed. 7 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 7 p.m.
Sun. 11 at Boston College 2 p.m.
Sat. 17 vs. Rutgers 12 p.m.
Wed. 28 CORNELL 7 p.m.
Fri. 30 RIDER 7 p.m.