Phil Valenti and Canisius begin Reggie Witherspoon's first season with non-conference schedule that opens with a trip to Lexington to face Kentucky. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)
Canisius begins the Reggie Witherspoon era with ten non-conference games and an appearance in the Bluegrass Showcase, as the Golden Griffins unveiled the opening chapter of their 2016-17 campaign in a Tuesday afternoon non-conference schedule release.
The Griffs commence their journey at Rupp Arena on November 13, when they face John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats in the first game of the Bluegrass Showcase. The trip to Lexington begins a three-game road swing that also features contests against Cleveland State and Duquesne on November 15 and 18, respectively. Canisius' home opener comes on November 21, when Tennessee-Martin invades the Koessler Athletic Center.
Two days later, the Griffs host Tennessee State before hitting the road again on November 26, heading to Ohio to meet Youngstown State. Following a break for final exams and the opening weekend of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, Canisius has a brief two-game homestand, welcoming St. Francis Brooklyn into Buffalo on December 10 before Albany comes to town on the 12th of the month.
The final two non-league tuneups are a pair of longstanding local rivalries, beginning with Buffalo in the Big 4 Basketball Classic at the First Niagara Center on December 17. Canisius' final game before league play resumes is another clash of adversaries, as the Griffs head to the Reilly Center on December 22 to square off against St. Bonaventure.
2016-17 Canisius College Non-Conference Schedule (tip times TBD unless noted)
Sunday, November 13: at Kentucky (Bluegrass Showcase)
Tuesday, November 15: at Cleveland State (Bluegrass Showcase)
Friday, November 18: at Duquesne (Bluegrass Showcase)
Monday, November 21: vs. UT-Martin (Bluegrass Showcase)
Wednesday, November 23: vs. Tennessee State
Saturday, November 26: at Youngstown State
Saturday, December 10: vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
Monday, December 12: vs. Albany
Saturday, December 17: vs. Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. (Big 4 Basketball Classic, First Niagara Center)
Thursday, December 22: at St. Bonaventure, 7:30 p.m.