FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart released its 2017-18 men's basketball non-conference schedule on Tuesday. The Pioneers will open the season at the Pitt Center on Nov. 10 against Holy Cross.
SHU's game against the Crusaders will mark the first time the Pioneers have opened the season on heir home floor since 2004. On Nov. 14, SHU opens play in the Naismith Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Boston College. The Pioneers will then play Saint Peter's at Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 18, followed by a game against either Maine or South Alabama the following day. SHU is back at the Pitt Center on Nov. 22 to host Mitchell before traveling to Chicago to take on Northwestern on the 24th. Last season the Wildcats made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the round of 32 before falling to eventual national runners-up Gonzaga.
The Pioneers continue a three-game road trip on Nov. 29 with a matchup at UMass Lowell, followed by a Dec. 2 game at St. John's. SHU returns home for back-to-back games against Dartmouth on Dec. 5 and Lafayette on Dec. 9. The Pioneers will then play consecutive games against America East opponents, starting with a game at Hartford on Dec. 11 before hosting Binghamton on Dec. 17. SHU will travel to Providence on Dec. 22 to take on the Friars before the Christmas holiday.
"We feel we have put together an extremely competitive non-conference schedule this season playing teams from a variety of rival leagues such as the Ivy League, Patriot League, America East Conference and Metro Atlantic Conference," said head coach Anthony Latina. "We have also further challenged ourselves by scheduling teams from the Big East, ACC and the Big Ten which are three of the elite conferences in the country. In addition, our in-season tournament run by the Basketball Hall of Fame and played at the Mohegan Sun Arena will be a first class experience for our student-athletes and a tremendous opportunity for our program."
SHU earned its third consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament berth last season and won 13 games for the Pioneers' third straight season with double-digit wins. The Pioneers return three of their top-five scorers from a year ago, including All-NEC Third Team selection Joseph Lopez who averaged 13.2 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game last season.
2017-18 Sacred Heart Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Date Opponent Location
11/10 HOLY CROSS PITT CENTER
11/14 at Boston College! Chestnut Hill, Mass.
11/18 vs. Saint Peter's! Uncasville, Conn.
11/19 vs. Maine/South Alabama! Uncasville, Conn.
11/22 MITCHELL PITT CENTER
11/24 at Northwestern! Rosemont, Ill.
11/29 at UMass Lowell Lowell, Mass.
12/2 at St. John's Queens, N.Y.
12/5 DARTMOUTH PITT CENTER
12/9 LAFAYETTE PITT CENTER
12/11 at Hartford West Hartford, Conn.
12/17 BINGHAMTON PITT CENTER
12/22 at Providence Providence, R.I.
! - 2017 Tip-Off Tournament