Entering his fourth year at Marist, Mike Maker begins life without Khallid Hart as Red Foxes take on non-conference schedule headlined by Advocare Invitational. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)
Mike Maker has spent his first three seasons at Marist trying to rebuild the Red Foxes into a competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program, and now begins his fourth campaign at the helm still in search of making significant headway into the benchmark set by teams the likes of Iona and Monmouth.
Monday afternoon, the first vestiges of life after point guard Khallid Hart's departure came to light in the form of Marist's non-conference schedule, which sees four games contested on the Red Foxes' home floor at McCann Arena.
The season commences in Poughkeepsie on November 11, when Patriot League program Lehigh, best known for its upset of Duke in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visits the Hudson Valley for the first meeting between the two schools since 2010. A trip to Massachusetts to face UMass Lowell is next on the ledger, on November 15, before Army West Point makes the short trek to McCann on the 18th of November.
Marist's three-game stint in the Advocare Invitational begins on November 23, includes a game the day after, and concludes on Sunday, November 26. The bracket for the Orlando tournament will be unveiled at a later date, but it is possible the Red Foxes could face high-major opponents such as West Virginia and/or St. John's while in the Sunshine State. From there, a trip to The Citadel awaits on December 1 as part of a two-day tournament. Following the battle with The Citadel, the Red Foxes will face either UMBC or a rematch with Army West Point.
Two home games greet Marist on shortly before final exams, first against Colgate on December 6 before Stetson comes to New York three days later. The Red Foxes' final two non-league contests come away from home, with a journey to Murray State on tap December 16 and a short ride to Providence to face Brown on December 22.
Marist's MAAC schedule will be released at a later date.
2017-18 Marist Non-Conference Schedule (all times TBD)
Saturday, November 11: vs. Lehigh
Wednesday, November 15: at UMass Lowell
Saturday, November 18: vs. Army West Point
Thursday, November 23: Advocare Invitational (Orlando)
Friday, November 24: Advocare Invitational (Orlando)
Sunday, November 26: Advocare Invitational (Orlando)
Friday, December 1: at The Citadel
Saturday, December 2: vs. UMBC or Army West Point (at The Citadel)
Wednesday, December 6: vs. Colgate
Saturday, December 9: vs. Stetson
Saturday, December 16: at Murray State
Friday, December 22: at Brown