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Seahawks open CAA men's basketball schedule at home

The UNCW men’s basketball team will play its first two Colonial Athletic Association games at home for the first time in 14 seasons and battles James Madison in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in mid-February. (Source: UNCW) The UNCW men’s basketball team will play its first two Colonial Athletic Association games at home for the first time in 14 seasons and battles James Madison in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in mid-February. (Source: UNCW)

News release from UNCW: 

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW men’s basketball team will play its first two Colonial Athletic Association games at home for the first time in 14 seasons and battles James Madison in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in mid-February.

The CAA office released the 2015-16 slate early Monday and the 18-game league schedule will have all 10 CAA teams facing each other at home and on the road. This year’s docket has the men playing on Thursday and Saturday.

The Seahawks, 18-14 overall and 12-6 in the CAA last season, are coming off one of the top turnaround seasons in the NCAA Division I ranks. Second-year Head Coach Kevin Keatts and his staff steered the team to a four-way share of first place in the league and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

“I’m excited about the conference schedule being released,” said Keatts, the 2015 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. “There are no advantages and no disadvantages to it. We just know that we’ll be going up against some very good CAA competition and we’re excited about showing everybody what we can do.

“I like the fact that we’ll be playing our first two games at home. Our students may not be here, but I know the community will be behind us. Anytime you play home games, and especially in this conference, it’s important. We have a very challenging schedule with so many new faces.”

The CAA schedule opens for the Seahawks on New Year’s Eve when the Seahawks ring in 2016 with a matchup against Drexel. UNCW then takes on Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 2, in the second of two straight home games to christen the new season. The last time UNCW played two home games to kick off the CAA schedule came during the program’s third championship season in 2002-03.

Following the tip-off with the Huskies, the Seahawks hit the road for three straight road dates at Towson, Delaware and Elon. UNCW then returns home to entertain William & Mary and Delaware before leaving again for Drexel and James Madison.

UNCW and regional rival College of Charleston play the first of two games on Saturday, Jan. 30, before the Seahawks travel to Hofstra and Northeastern.

The Seahawks have a favorable home schedule down the stretch, playing four of their final six conference games at Trask Coliseum. UNCW entertains Elon (Feb. 11) and James Madison (Feb. 13) and wraps up the regular season with home games against Hofstra (Feb. 25) and Towson (Feb. 25). Sandwiched in between is a pair of away trips to William & Mary and Charleston.

The NBCSN matchup with JMU on Saturday, Feb. 13, represents UNCW’s regular season debut on the network. NBCSN will provide national television coverage of CAA basketball for the fourth consecutive year. The network, which is available in nearly 85 million homes, will air six regular-season contests along with the semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. All NBCSN games are also available online through NBC Sports Live Extra.

The non-conference schedule for the Seahawks, along with game times for all of the games, will be released in the coming weeks.

2015-16 UNCW Men’s Basketball
Colonial Athletic Association Schedule
(Dates and Times Subject To Change)

Date                 Day      Opponent                                                        

December

31                     Thrs.     DREXEL

January
  2                    Sat.      NORTHEASTERN
  7                    Thrs.     at Towson
  9                    Sat.      at Delaware
14                    Thrs.     at Elon
16                    Sat.      WILLIAM & MARY
21                    Thrs.     DELAWARE
23                    Sat.      at Drexel
28                    Thrs.     at James Madison
30                    Sat.      CHARLESTON

February
  4                    Thrs.     at Hofstra
  6                    Sat.      at Northeastern
11                     Thrs.     ELON
13                     Sat.      JAMES MADISON
18                     Thrs.     at William & Mary
20                     Sat.      at Charleston
25                     Thrs.     HOFSTRA
27                     Sat.      TOWSON

                       

March
4-7                                at CAA Championships
                                    Royal Farms Arena | Baltimore, Md.

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