Tom Moore leads young Quinnipiac team into nonconference schedule that sees Bobcats play nine opponents, including three who reached postseason last year. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)
On a relatively slow Labor Day weekend, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference hot stove was fired up briefly Saturday afternoon, as Quinnipiac became the seventh of the league's eleven members to release its nonconference schedule.
"We have again tried to challenge our student-athletes with a cross section of strong basketball programs that have a tradition of postseason success," head coach Tom Moore said of the ledger his Bobcats will embark upon during his ninth season at the helm in Hamden. "I feel like our alumni and fans always enjoy the regional rivalries we have established, and we always enjoy opening our season in the Connecticut 6, which has become an annual favorite of many local college basketball fans."
This year's Connecticut 6 takes place on the campus of Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac's former Northeast Conference rival, and will see the Bobcats tip their season off against a fellow former NEC foe in Sacred Heart on November 13. A road trip to Vermont on the 18th of November serves as the first of four games that Quinnipiac will contest against members of the America East Conference, and it precedes a three-game homestand that begins as Holy Cross and new head coach Bill Carmody come to the TD Bank Sports Center on November 22.
Reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season champion North Carolina Central is next to come to Hamden, doing so on November 24, and three-time defending America East titleholder Albany is the final tuneup before the opening weekend of MAAC play, with Will Brown's Great Danes visiting on December 1. On the 9th of December, Quinnipiac meets its third America East opponent, traveling to the Chase Family Arena to take on John Gallagher and the Hartford Hawks. A home game with Boston University on December 13 is the Bobcats' final non-league affair on Lender Court.
Quinnipiac's penultimate non-league game comes in Oregon on December 21, when they fly out to Corvallis for the third and final matchup of a series against Oregon State. The Bobcats will be taking on the Beavers one year to the day of their first victory against an opponent from one of the "Power 5" conferences, a win they picked up against Oregon State last season in Hamden by the final of 60-52. Eight days later, Quinnipiac makes the trip to Maine to face Bob Walsh and the Black Bears on December 29.
2015-16 Quinnipiac Bobcats Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: vs. Sacred Heart, 3 p.m. (Connecticut 6, New Britain, Conn.)
Wednesday, November 18: at Vermont, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 22: vs. Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: vs. North Carolina Central, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1: vs. Albany, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9: at Hartford, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 13: vs. Boston University, 1 p.m.
Monday, December 21: at Oregon State, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29: at Maine, 7 p.m.