PRINCESS ANNE, Md.— The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department and Head Coach Frankie Allen released its 2012-13 men's basketball schedule Wednesday. The Hawks will compete in 27 total games, including eight home contests.
UMES will open its season Nov. 9 in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii. Following the Rainbow Classic, UMES will travel to Tampa, Florida to compete in the University of South Florida Tournament Nov. 16-18 against teams including Loyola-Chicago, Western Michigan, and host South Florida.
The Bulls had the best record of teams competing in the tournament, finishing 22-14 and 12-6 in the BIG EAST last season. Both Loyola and UMES finished the season 7-23, while Western Michigan went 14-20.
Following two trips to sun-soaked areas of the country, UMES will return east to play MEAC opponent Delaware State on Dec. 1. The Hawks will then go on a five-game non- conference road trip.
UMES will face three former national champions — Maryland on Dec. 5, Cincinnati on Dec. 8, and UConn on Dec. 17 — before traveling to Ohio University Dec. 22 and American University Jan. 2 to open the 2013 season. UMES topped American 64-62 in overtime last season in the W.P. Hytche Athletic Arena.
The Hawks have its home opener Jan. 12 when it hosts MEAC foe Norfolk State University, followed by its second meeting with Delaware State on Jan. 19. Its other home contests will include North Carolina A&T on Feb. 2 and North Carolina Central on Feb. 4, as well as a four-game home stint that will include its homecoming game versus Morgan State on Feb. 16.
Coppin State on Feb. 18, Hampton University on Feb. 23, and Howard on Feb. 25 will all make appearances in the Hytche. UMES will make trips to Florida A&M on Jan. 26 and Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 28, which it did not do last season.
The Hawks will conclude the regular season with a trip to Savannah, Ga. to meet up with Savannah State on Mar. 7 before the conference tournament. A change in venue for the MEAC Tournament will have the Hawks traveling to Norfolk, Virginia March 11-16.