The 2009-10 edition of the Central Connecticut State University
men's basketball schedule was released on Monday afternoon. The
Blue Devils will open the season on Friday, Nov. 13 against
Fairfield at the inaugural Connecticut 6 Classic being played at
the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. Central will host
non-conference games against Albany, UMBC and Savannah State and
travel to non-conference games at Savannah State, New Hampshire,
Northwestern and Colgate. The Blue Devils will also face Holy
Cross at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, Jan. 2., as part of a
doubleheader. Rhode Island and Oklahoma State will complete the
doubleheader that night.
COMPLETE 2009-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
"We are excited about our schedule for the upcoming season," head coach Howie Dickenman said. "We open with a fantastic night of basketball on Nov. 13, followed by a challenging non-conference schedule. We are looking forward to the trip to Chicago in December to face a Big Ten opponent, and also about heading to the Mohegan Sun Arena in January to play Holy Cross. The Arena has always been a wonderful place to play a game, and we look forward to returning there this season. The doubleheader will be a tremendous opportunity for fans to see four quality basketball teams on one night."
Following the opening game against Fairfield, the Blue Devils will travel south on two separate occassions to continue their non-conference slate. CCSU will play at Savannah State on Monday, Nov. 16, before heading to the CollegeInsider.com Skip Prosser Tournament at The Citadel for a pair of games on Nov. 28 and 29. The opponents for that tournament are still to be announced, but CCSU will face the Citadel in one of the games.
The Blue Devils open conference play on Thursday, Dec. 3 at St. Francis (NY) and then play at Long Island on Dec. 5.
The non-conference schedule continues on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at New Hampshire, followed by the home opener for the Blue Devils on Dec. 12 against Albany. A trip to Big Ten opponent Northwestern takes play on Dec. 22 followed by a home meeting with UMBC on Dec. 30.
The calendar turns and the Blue Devils play Holy Cross at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, Jan. 2, followed by the final non-conference road game of the season at Colgate on Jan. 4. CCSU hosts Savannah State for its final non-conference game of the season on Jan. 11.
Conference play begins again on Thursday, Jan. 7. CCSU will face every team in the league twice this season except for Robert Morris, Wagner, St. Francis (PA) and Mount St. Mary's. CCSU will only face RMU and St. Francis (PA) at home, and will only face the Mount and Wagner on the road in 2009-10. Bryant University has been added to the schedule for 2009-10, and the Blue Devils will play the Bulldogs both home and away this season. Games against Bryant will count in the league standings, but the Bulldogs will not be eligible for post season play.