The University of Richmond men’s basketball team has released its 2017-18 schedule.
The Spiders will face at least 12 teams who advanced to postseason play last season, including eight games against teams who competed in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
“We’re thrilled that our schedule gives us a chance to compete against some of the best teams in the nation,” Head Coach Chris Mooney said. “It’s great to have a mix of conference champions, local rivals, and legendary programs coming into the Robins Center this season. We’re excited to test ourselves against some big-time teams in our non-conference games and, as always, going through the Atlantic 10 is a formidable challenge that will allow us to build a solid résumé for the postseason.”
The Spiders are scheduled to host historic powerhouse Georgetown and new Head Coach Patrick Ewing at the Robins Center on November 25th for the first meeting between the Hoyas and Richmond since December 29, 1964 and the first meeting in Richmond since December 29, 1961. As part of the home-and-home agreement, the Spiders will travel to Georgetown for a game in the 2018-19 season.
Other highlights of the non-conference schedule include a pair of road games against ACC opponents Wake Forest and Boston College and a potential matchup against perennially-ranked Cincinnati at the Cayman Islands Classic.
Richmond will play 15 games at the Robins Center, six against non-conference opponents and nine versus A-10 foes. Of the six teams from outside the Atlantic 10 to visit Richmond, three are defending conference champions: Bucknell in the Patriot League, Vermont in the America East Conference, and Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley Conference. Richmond is still seeking to add one additional game against a non-conference opponent at the Robins Center, where the Spiders average attendance (6,317) ranked third in the A-10 last season and third nationally among schools with a total enrollment under 5,000, trailing only Providence and Butler.
The conference home slate features six Saturday games plus visits from Dayton, the defending regular-season conference champions, on Tuesday, January 9th and VCU on Wednesday, February 7th as part of the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic.
The Spiders will open the 2017-18 season with home games against Delaware on November 10th and Jacksonville State on November 13th before taking part in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic from November 20-22. Richmond will open tournament play against UAB on November 20th and face either Buffalo or Cincinnati on November 21st. The Spiders third game at the Cayman Islands Classic will be on November 22nd. Richmond’s home opener against the Blue Hens is presented by Carreras Jewelers.
Following home dates with Georgetown and Vermont, the Spiders will play their first true road game of the season December 2nd against ACC foe Wake Forest. A pair of games against in-state rivals Old Dominion (December 6th in Norfolk, Va.) and James Madison (December 9th at the Robins Center) are next, and the non-conference schedule finishes with a home date against Bucknell on December 19th and a visit to Boston College on December 23rd.
Atlantic 10 play begins on December 30th with a home game against Davidson that will be shown on the NBC Sports Network at 4:30 PM, the first of at least seven Spiders games on national television in 2017-18. Following road games at Fordham (January 3rd) and Saint Louis (January 6th), the Spiders return to the Robins Center for dates with Dayton (January 9th) and George Washington (January 13th on NBCSN).
Richmond visits VCU on January 17th in the first of the two-game Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic before taking on La Salle at home on January 20th on NBCSN. After a January 24th road trip to Duquesne, the Spiders will play three straight games on national television: January 28th at Davidson (NBCSN), a home game vs George Mason on February 3rd (NBCSN), and a home game vs VCU on February 7th (CBS Sports Network).
Three of the next four Spiders games will be on the road as Richmond visits St. Bonaventure on February 10th, reigning A-10 tournament champions Rhode Island on February 13th, and George Washington on February 21st with a February 17th home game vs Saint Louis in between.
Back-to-back home games against Saint Joseph’s (February 24th) and Massachusetts (February 28th) plus a March 3rd visit to George Mason wrap up the Spiders regular-season schedule. The 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. from March 7th-11th.
The 2017-18 Spiders could be among the youngest teams in the A-10. Reigning conference Rookie of the Year De’Monte Buckingham leads a roster that returns four of its top six scorers from 2016-17 and will include just two players entering their final year of eligibility (senior Joe Kirby and graduate student Jordan Madrid-Andrews).
Season tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/Spiderstickets. Please note Spiders season ticket holders will have first chance to request additional tickets to the February 7th VCU game at a discounted rate and additional tickets to that game will be allotted based on the total number of season tickets purchased and Spider Club points. Details of the policy are available at http://bit.ly/SpidersVCUpolicy. Fans can call 1-877-Spider-1 for more information.
The schedule will be updated on RichmondSpiders.com in the coming weeks with further game times and television information as it becomes available.