Men's Basketball Unveils 2014-15 Schedule

GO TERRIERS Junior John Papale and the Terriers will play 14 games at home, including eight Patriot League contests in Agganis Arena.
GO TERRIERS
Junior John Papale and the Terriers will play 14 games at home, including eight Patriot League contests in Agganis Arena.
GO TERRIERS

July 28, 2014

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BOSTON - Highlighted by an overseas trip to Italy and visit to eight-time national champion Kentucky, the Boston University men's basketball team and fourth-year head coach Joe Jones have released the 2014-15 schedule. In total, the defending Patriot League regular season champion Terriers will play 29 regular season games with nine scheduled against squads that participated in postseason action last spring.

Season tickets for men's basketball will be $112 for the general public with special pricing for faculty/staff and young alumni. The Terriers will host 14 contests, including eight Patriot League games at Agganis Arena. Last year's season ticket holders can renew by logging into their account on AgganisArena.com. Fans can make a deposit for season tickets by visiting AgganisArena.com. For more information, they can also visit the ticket office at 925 Commonwealth Avenue on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or call 617-353-GOBU (4628).

Coming off their fourth postseason appearance in five years, the Terriers will compete in 25 games against teams who ended last season with at least 10 victories. With the graduation of two 1,000-plus career point scorers and the addition of five newcomers to the official roster, BU will prepare for the challenging schedule by taking its first preseason foreign trip (Aug. 18-28) since a visit to Taiwan in the summer of 2007.

The entire team will begin practice on Aug. 8 and then fly out to Rome on Aug. 18 from Logan Airport. Besides facing off against four professional Italian squads (Stella Azzurra Roma, Indiana Pesre, All-Star Vicenza Basket and Fulgor Omegna), the Terriers will take a guided tour of the Colosseum before busing over to Vatican City for tours of St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Other highlights of the trip include seeing the famed Michelangelo's David, touring Venice by boat and spending a day in Lake Como, where the Alps ascend up to 8500 feet above the crystal clear water.

"The trip to Italy is a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for these young men to experience foreign travel and to also immerse themselves in another culture with their teammates," Jones said. "We are looking forward to defending our Patriot League title, and with the addition of two transfers and three freshmen to the rotation, the extra time spent together before the school year starts will allow everyone to get on the same page in preparation for the regular season.

"The schedule is a challenging one with trips to three opponents who won a game in the NCAA tournament, and they along with the other non-conference teams will make us battle tested for the Patriot League," Jones added. "The guys are anxiously awaiting for the chance to play in front of our great fans and also represent BU proud at exciting locations like Rupp Arena and TD Garden."

BU will tip off the regular season against crosstown rival Northeastern for the fifth consecutive year with one of the most exciting college basketball series in the country taking place at TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics, on Sunday, Nov. 16. In the last five meetings, the total differential in sports scored through the end of regulation is six points following the Terriers' thrilling come-from-behind 69-66 victory last season. The match-up will be part of the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader, which also features in-state schools Boston College, UMass, Harvard and Holy Cross.

The Terriers next head south to 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) participant Norfolk State for a return game on Nov. 19 after hosting the MEAC runner-up Spartans last season. They then make the trek to 2014 NCAA runner-up Kentucky on Nov. 21. The Wildcats last hosted BU in 2010 at the famed Rupp Arena and are coming off a hard-fought six-point loss in the national championship game.

Departing the America East last summer for the Patriot League, BU will face three straight members from their former conference, starting with a trip to New Hampshire (Nov. 25). The Terriers will open the 14-game home schedule against UMass Lowell on Nov. 30 and continue the slate with Binghamton on Dec. 3.

After hosting St. Peter's (Dec. 6) from the MAAC for the second consecutive year, BU will make the short drive over to four-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard (Dec. 8), who defeated fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the NCAAs. The Terriers then continue a budding rivalry at Case Gym with Quinnipiac (Dec. 14) in which the teams have split the previous four meetings. The Bobcats are coming off a CIT appearance and will look for revenge after recent graduate D.J. Irving propelled BU to a 69-66 win with a last-second three-point bomb in 2013.

The Terriers next fly out to face the Atlantic 10's Dayton (Dec. 20) in Ohio for the second time in program history. Seeded 11th in the NCAAs, the Flyers reached the Elite Eight and finished with 26 victories. BU then takes a week-long holiday break and returns home to conclude the non-conference schedule with Wentworth on Dec. 29.

The contest will serve as the last opportunity for the Terriers to play together before having to begin defense of its first regular season title since 2004. BU went 15-3 and will find the 18-game schedule to be the same as last season except for the swap in location. The Terriers will start on Dec. 31 at Holy Cross, the site of where they clinched sole possession of the title last March.

BU opens the new year against Lehigh (Jan. 3) in the final game at Case Gym, as the remaining eight home league contests will take place in Agganis Arena. After visiting Navy (Jan. 7), the Terriers host Lafayette (Jan. 10) and then hit the road for trips to Colgate (Jan. 14) and Loyola Maryland (Jan. 17).

The Terriers then welcome American to Agganis in a rematch of last season's Patriot League title game on Jan. 21 before hosting Bucknell on Jan. 24. After visiting Army (Jan. 28), BU will end the month of January at Lehigh (Jan. 31) in the start of the second go-round with the conference.

In February, BU will host three of the next four opponents with Navy (Feb. 4), Colgate (Feb. 11) and Loyola (Feb. 14) all paying a visit to Agganis Arena. The final three road games will take place at Lafayette (Feb. 7), American (Feb. 18) and Bucknell (Feb. 22).

BU ends the regular season schedule by hosting Army on Feb. 25 and Holy Cross on Feb. 28. The Patriot League tournament will tip off the following week with the higher seed hosting each match-up.

The Terriers are coming off a 24-11 (15-3 PL) season in which they were one win shy of tying the school record for victories. They claimed the program's sixth NIT berth by winning the Patriot League regular season title and hosted Illinois in the first round at Agganis Arena on ESPN2.

BU will feature a new lineup after the loss of six players, including 1,000-plus point scorers D.J. Irving and Dom Morris. Junior John Papale is the leading returning scorer at 9.5 ppg, while classmate Nathan Dieudonne is the top rebounder at 4.8 rpg.

Sophomores Eric Fanning and Blaise Mbargorba are eligible to play this season after sitting out last year due to transfer rules. They will be joined by freshmen Nick Havener, Eric Johnson and Cheddi Mosely.


 

 

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