Senior guard Casey Dulin is one of many integral parts of last year's Marist team to return this season as Brian Giorgis and Red Foxes look for ninth straight MAAC championship and tenth in eleven seasons. (Photo courtesy of Marist College)
Not surprisingly, the road to Springfield goes through Poughkeepsie, until proven otherwise.
After yet another MAAC season ended with Marist cutting down the MassMutual Center nets for their eighth straight conference championship and ninth in ten years, the questions going into the 2013-14 season do not revolve around whether or not the Red Foxes will emerge victorious, but rather, the margins of said victories for Brian Giorgis' Dutchess County powerhouse, who this afternoon released a nonconference schedule that rivals some high-major teams throughout the nation in terms of the opponents it features.
Marist gets tested right out of the gate on November 8th, when they open the season on their home court at the McCann Arena against Kentucky, who defeated the Red Foxes in Lexington last season and will be making their second trip to New York in a nine-month span after winning two games at Carnesecca Arena in Queens to reach the Bridgeport Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. Six days later, the Red Foxes make their first road trip of the season, traveling to New York's state capital to face Albany, with a voyage to New Jersey coming on November 17th, when Marist faces Princeton at Jadwin Gym.
From there, Marist returns to the site of some of their recent glory, as they will be among the participants in the inaugural Hall of Fame Challenge, played at Springfield's MassMutual Center; but not before a trip to Columbus on November 22nd when they meet Bowling Green, with Ohio State next up on the following day and Old Dominion waiting in the wings on November 24th. Marist then heads to Springfield on December 1st to take on St. Bonaventure, their last contest before a hiatus for final exams.
Following the twelve-day layoff, the Red Foxes will take the court at the Agganis Arena on December 14th for a matchup with Boston University, their final nonconference road game before two home dates that culminate the non-league ledger. Northeastern is the first of these two, making the trip to McCann on December 18th, with Oklahoma coming into Poughkeepsie three days later.