The Boston University men’s and women’s basketball teams announced their schedules for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday.
The men’s team will play 31 games this season, with 13 games taking place at either Case Gym or Agganis Arena. The Terriers certainly have a difficult task in front of them, as 20 of their opponents this season won at least 15 games in the 2012-13 season and 13 of those teams took part in postseason action.
The BU men’s team will open up its season in exciting fashion Nov. 10 at TD Garden, as it will take on Northeastern University for the fourth straight year. The Terriers will then face off against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell three days later in their home opener at Case Gym. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1985.
The Terriers’ next four games will be a part of the 2K Sports Classic, which will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. In perhaps its biggest game of the season, BU will open up the tournament with a visit to the University of Connecticut onNov. 17. After that game, BU will head to Irvine, Calif., for tournament play against Eastern Washington University (Nov. 22), the University of California-Irvine (Nov. 23) and Long Island University-Brooklyn (Nov. 24).
Other notable games this season include a meeting with the University of Maryland on Dec. 21 — the Terriers’ first road game against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since 1991 — and defending Patriot League champion Bucknell University on Jan. 25.
With all five starters returning this season, the Terriers are in a prime position to make some noise in their first season in the Patriot League.
The BU women’s basketball team also announced its 2013-14 schedule Tuesday. Just like the men’s team, the women’s basketball squad will face a daunting test this season, as it will face off against six teams that participated in the 2013 postseason.
The Terriers will open their 31-game season Nov. 8 at Case Gym against Northeastern, the fourth straight season opener between the two teams.
Later in November, the Terriers will face their toughest challenge of the year, as they will take part in their first Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge. Their first game of the tournament will be against arguably the toughest opponent that the Terriers have faced in years, as they will play defending national champions University of Connecticut Nov. 22.
Following their match against UConn, the Terriers will close out the tournament with games against St. Bonaventure University (Nov. 23), Monmouth University (Nov. 24) and Old Dominion University (Dec. 1).
After two more games against Commonwealth Avenue rival Boston College (Dec. 11) and Marist College (Dec. 14), the Terriers will face off against former America East foes in the University of New Hampshire (Dec. 22) and the University of Vermont (Dec. 29) before opening up their conference schedule with a game against College of the Holy Cross on Jan. 2. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.
A week later, the Terriers will travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on defending Patriot League champions at the U.S. Naval Academy.
After 18 conference games, the Terriers’ season will wrap up March 1 before the Patriot League tournament begins March 4.
Despite losing three-time America East Player of the Year Chantell Alford and 2013 America East All-Conference First Teamer Mo Moran this year, the Terriers should still put together a solid season, as they are bringing back 10 letter winners, including 2013 First Team All-Conference member Rashidat Agboola.