PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team has announced its 2013-14 schedule. The Hawks are set to play 29 regular season games, 13 of which will be held at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. UMES has scheduled 16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches as well.
The Hawks open up the season with its maroon and gray scrimmage on Nov. 1 before the squad heads to New York City to play Columbia University eight days later. Last season, Columbia went 12-16 overall and 4-10 in the Ivy League. The Hawks will look to keep up their success against their Route 13 rival, Salisbury University, when they host the Sea Gulls in their home opener on Nov. 12.
Two days later, UMES will fly to the University of Iowa. The team will engage in battle with the Hawkeyes, who went 25-13 last year with a runner-up finish in the NIT. Their return from Iowa includes two games against Mount Saint Mary's on Nov. 20 and Navy on Nov. 26.
The Hawks will continue their road trip at UMBC on Dec. 2 before taking the next two weeks off. The team will then travel across the country on Dec. 15 to take on the Beavers of Oregon State. The men will trek back east with a game against Purdue on Dec. 17. UMES will not have much time off as it hosts Wilmington and American in the fourth week of the month before concluding the year at Virginia Tech on Dec. 31.
UMES opens up the New Year at Mississippi State on Jan. 2 before getting into its MEAC schedule. The Hawks travel to Savannah State and South Carolina State on Jan. 6 and 8, respectively. Savannah State was previously the lone MEAC representative at the 2013 CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament. The team then hosts the 2012-13 MEAC regular season champion, Norfolk State on Jan. 11. The Spartans swept conference play a year ago with a 16-0 record and proceeded to play in the NIT.
The next couple of weeks will be slow for the team as the month of January closes out. UMES engages in just three contests within a three-week period, but will come back to the Hytche to host six of their next seven games (all in conference.) The lone road game is at Hampton on Feb. 10.
Umes plays Delaware State on Feb. 22 and then hosts Hampton on Feb. 24. March will begin with games at Coppin State and Norfolk State before the team closes the regular season with a home game against Delaware State.
The MEAC is set to begin on March 10 and will continue on March 15. The tournament will once again be held at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
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