BURLINGTON, Vt. - The University of Vermont men's basketball team will play 13 non-conference games in 2014-15, including six at Patrick Gymnasium.
UVM played its toughest non-conference schedule in program history last season and will once again challenge itself in 2014-15. The Catamounts will face six teams that advanced to a postseason tournament last year and 10 of the 13 squads posted at least 18 wins, including seven that recorded 20-win seasons in 2013-14.
Vermont, the defending America East Regular Season Champions, open the 2014-15 regular season with a road trip to Canisius (Nov. 14) and Siena (Nov. 17), the winners of the 2014 College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.
UVM will host Southern Vermont College in the team's home opener on November 19 at Patrick Gymnasium.
The Catamounts will also host Bryant (Nov. 26), Harvard (Dec. 6), Wagner (Dec. 14), Yale (Dec. 18) and Dartmouth (Jan. 14). Harvard is the defending Ivy League Champions, while Yale advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament last season.
Vermont will travel to defending Atlantic 10 Champion Saint Joseph's on November 22 and will also face A-10 opponent St. Louis (Dec. 21) on the road. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. Saint Joseph's lost to eventual national champion Connecticut in overtime in the first round, while St. Louis fell to Louisville in the third round. The St. Louis match up will be a homecoming trip for senior Ryan Pierson, a native of the city.
UVM's non-conference schedule is also highlighted by a second straight trip to the West Coast. Vermont will take on USC on December 30 in Los Angeles and faces UC Santa Barbara on January 2. The games will be a homecoming for senior Hector Harold, a native of Pasadena, California.
Vermont will host a pair of exhibition games against Concordia (Quebec) on November 1 and neighboring Saint Michael's College on November 8.
The Catamounts will get a jump on the 2014-15 season in Canada. Vermont will play five games in five days from August 9-13 and visit Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa (click here for complete schedule of Canadian Tour).
UVM posted a record of 15-1 in America East last season and went 22-11 overall, marking the sixth straight 20-win season for the program. UVM earned a berth to the NIT, the program's sixth straight postseason appearance, and faced Georgia in the first round.
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