Alex Rosenberg is primed for breakout junior season at Columbia, who released its full schedule recently. (Photo courtesy of Columbia University)
After a brief hiatus, we return with another local schedule release, this one having come last week when Columbia University unveiled its full 31-game slate for what will be the fourth season of the Kyle Smith era.
Led now by junior forward Alex Rosenberg following the graduation of point guard Brian Barbour, the Lions will open the year with a two-game homestand, first welcoming Maryland-Eastern Shore to Levien Gym on November 9th before entertaining Manhattan on their home floor for the second year in a row three days later. The competition only intensifies from there, as Columbia invades the Breslin Center on November 15th for a meeting with Tom Izzo and likely preseason Top 5 program Michigan State, which precedes a three-game trip to Portland to take on North Texas, Portland and Idaho from November 21st-23rd.
American University is next on the Columbia ledger when the Eagles face the Lions on November 26th at Levien in what will be a homecoming of sorts for American sports information director Mike Gambardella, who spent several years learning the ropes at nearby St. John's University, who also plays Columbia later in the season. Following the American game, Columbia will travel to North Carolina on December 1st to meet future Colonial Athletic Association member Elon before alternating home and road games with Army; who comes to Levien on December 4th, and visiting the Sojka Pavilion on December 7th to meet reigning Patriot League champion Bucknell.
Columbia will help welcome UMass-Lowell into Division I two days later when they host them on December 9th, and following a break for final exams, the Lions will square off with Fairleigh Dickinson on the 21st of December at Levien Gym. Columbia will then have a week off before meeting St. John's for the first time since November 2010 when they lock horns with Steve Lavin and the Red Storm on December 28th at the Barclays Center, two days before making the trek to upstate New York for a December 30th showdown with Colgate. The Lions will open 2014 with a four-game homestand, first taking on St. Francis College on January 4th, with Stony Brook coming to Levien on the 8th and Central Pennsylvania College visiting on the 11th before Columbia's Ivy League opener against archrival Cornell on January 18th.
The Lions will return the favor with Cornell on January 25th in the second half of the traditional Ivy League home-and-home against a school's travel partner, when they make the journey to the Newman Arena in Ithaca to face the Big Red once again. From there, the schedule shifts to the Friday/Saturday Ivy League format, with road trips to Yale and Brown next on the ledger for January 31st and February 1st. One week later, Columbia concludes a five-game road trip at Jadwin Gym against Princeton on February 7th before their annual pilgrimage to the Palestra to meet Penn the next day. A four-game homestand ensues after that, with Harvard and Dartmouth coming to Levien on February 14th and 15th, respectively, while Brown and Yale visit the Big Apple on the 21st and 22nd. The Lions' final road trips come on February 28th and March 1st to Dartmouth and Harvard, with home dates on March 7th and 8th against Penn and Princeton to close the season.
2013-14 Columbia University Schedule (all road game times TBD)
Saturday, November 9th: vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7pm
Tuesday, November 12th: vs. Manhattan, 7pm
Friday, November 15th: at Michigan State
Thursday, November 21st: vs. North Texas in Portland, Ore.
Friday, November 22nd: at Portland
Saturday, November 23rd: vs. Idaho in Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, November 26th: vs. American, 7pm
Sunday, December 1st: at Elon
Wednesday, December 4th: vs. Army, 7pm
Saturday, December 7th: at Bucknell
Monday, December 9th: vs. UMass-Lowell, 7pm
Saturday, December 21st: vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 4pm
Saturday, December 28th: vs. St. John's at Barclays Center, 3pm
Saturday, January 4th: vs. St. Francis College, 4pm
Wednesday, January 8th: vs. Stony Brook, 7pm
Saturday, January 11th: vs. Central Pennsylvania, 4pm
Saturday, January 18th: vs. Cornell, 7pm
Saturday, January 25th: at Cornell
Friday, January 31st: at Yale
Saturday, February 1st: at Brown
Friday, February 7th: at Princeton
Saturday, February 8th: at Penn
Friday, February 14th: vs. Harvard, 7pm
Saturday, February 15th: vs. Dartmouth, 7pm
Friday, February 21st: vs. Brown, 7pm
Saturday, February 22nd: vs. Yale, 7pm
Friday, February 28th: at Dartmouth
Saturday, March 1st: at Harvard
Friday, March 7th: vs. Penn, 7pm
Saturday, March 8th: vs. Princeton, 7pm