Baker Dunleavy's first season at Quinnipiac features mounds of opportunities for Bobcats' new head coach to build competitive team heading into MAAC play. (Photo by Quinnipiac University Athletics)
With a new coach comes new challenges, and Quinnipiac's non-conference schedule provided a glimpse of the first hurdles the Bobcats will attempt to overcome this season under Baker Dunleavy, who replaced Tom Moore this past March.
Quinnipiac released the first half of its 2017-18 slate Wednesday morning, and it begins on Saturday, November 11, when Dunleavy and the Bobcats play host to Dartmouth College in a 2 p.m. tipoff. The meeting with the Big Green is the first between the two schools since the 2010-11 season, when the Bobcats went into New Hampshire and left with a 69-52 victory. Two days later, another Ivy League school makes its way to the TD Bank Sports Center, as Brown visits Hamden for a 7 p.m. soiree on November 13.
Quinnipiac's return to the Paradise Jam, an event in which they last participated during the 2012-13 season, commences on November 17 as the Bobcats will face Colorado in the opening round of the Virgin Islands tournament. From there, a meeting with either Drake or Wake Forest, contingent on the result of the Colorado game, awaits the following day, with a final game in the tournament taking place November 20 against either Drexel, Houston, Liberty, or Mercer. The Bobcats conclude the month of November with their final two home games before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play begins, hosting Maine on November 26 before Massachusetts comes to the Nutmeg State for a 7 p.m. tip on November 29.
The Bobcats open December with a trip to Pennsylvania, where Lafayette will welcome them to the Kirby Sports Center on December 2. Two days later, the road trip ensues with a journey to Levien Gymnasium for a December 4 battle against Columbia, with a third game in six days emanating from the University of Hartford on December 7. Following a break for final exams, Quinnipiac visits Drexel for a potential second meeting with the Dragons on December 18, with the final non-league contest of the season tipping off on December 21 in Burlington against reigning America East Conference champion Vermont.
Quinnipiac's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule will be released at a later date.
2017-18 Quinnipiac Non-Conference Schedule
Saturday, November 11: vs. Dartmouth, 2 p.m.
Monday, November 13: vs. Brown, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 17: vs. Colorado, 6:30 p.m. (Paradise Jam)
Saturday, November 18: vs. Drake or Wake Forest, TBD (Paradise Jam)
Monday, November 20: vs. Drexel, Houston, Liberty, or Mercer, TBD (Paradise Jam)
Sunday, November 26: vs. Maine, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29: vs. Massachusetts, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2: at Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Monday, December 4: at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7: at Hartford, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 18: at Drexel, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21: at Vermont, 7 p.m.