Bryant Bulldogs Announce Hoop Schedule

Bryant news release…

Bryant to open season at Gonzaga, play nine different leagues in 2013-14

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's basketball team will
take on one of its toughest schedules yet in 2013-14, a 31-game slate
that will feature 14 home contests and participation in the 2013 Gotham
Classic.

The Bulldogs, who enter their second season of full Division I
eligibility in 2013-14 after completing one of the best single-season
turnarounds in NCAA history a year ago, look for their second-straight
postseason berth after hosting a first-round contest in the 2013 College
Basketball Invitational (CBI).

The Bulldogs' 2013-14 lineup features teams from nine different
conferences (ACC, Big Ten, West Coast Conference, Ivy League, America
East, Summit League, Patriot League, CAA and Northeast Conference) and
includes 11 games against opponents who made postseason appearances in
2013. Of those games, six come from last year's NCAA tournament field,
including a Nov. 9 date with No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the season opener.

“Our team will get a chance to go cross country and play a program
that has really elevated itself into a national power,” said sixth-year
head coach Tim O'Shea. “Gonzaga is considered by just about everyone to be one of the top teams in the nation again this year.

“Our non-conference schedule as a whole this season is extremely
competitive,” O'Shea added. “If you look around the country, there
aren't many schools competing against the kind of schedule we've put
together this year. It's tough, it's diverse and it gives us a great
deal of national exposure, so it's exactly what we want in terms of
building ourselves up as a Division I program.”

Bryant will return to New England after the opener but will stay on
the road to face Ivy League challenger Dartmouth Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) before
fans get their first peek at the Bulldogs on their home court Nov. 16
against America East favorite Vermont in the team's home debut (7 p.m.).

Games at NCAA tournament darling Harvard (Nov. 20, 7 p.m.) and
America East foe New Hampshire (Nov. 24, 1 p.m.) fill the week leading
up to Bryant's return to the Chace Athletic Center, where the team will
host intrastate rival Brown in a pre-Thanksgiving matchup Nov. 27 (7
p.m.).

The Bulldogs will get to the heart of their non-conference schedule
in December, starting off the month at Yale Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.) before
the first bout of the Gotham Classic, a four-team in-season tournament
that will pit the Black and Gold against NCAA tournament-qualifiers
Notre Dame and Ohio State, as well as CBI-qualifier North Dakota State
and the University of Delaware throughout the month.

Bryant kicks off the Gotham Classic and its most challenging stretch
of the season Saturday, Dec. 7, hosting the Bison of NDSU at the Chace
Athletic Center (1 p.m.). The team will then head to South Bend, Ind.,
Dec. 9 for a Monday night matchup against the Fighting Irish (7 p.m.) in
a game broadcast nationally on ESPNU. The game marks the second time in
the last three seasons Bryant has shared a court with Notre Dame, last
facing the now-ACC foe on Nov. 27, 2011.

The Bulldogs stop off in Columbus, Ohio, two days later on their way
back east to take on Big Ten opponent Ohio State (Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.)
for the first time in program history, marking the team's third contest
in five days. The run is also part of a larger stretch that will see the
Black and Gold hit the hardwood five times in 11 days, as the team
hosts Navy in Smithfield on Dec. 14 (12:30 p.m.).

Bryant wraps up Gotham Classic action with a bang Dec. 21, when it
will face off against Delaware on one of basketball's biggest stages —
Madison Square Garden. The MSG matchup between the Bulldogs and the Blue
Hens will follow the Ohio State/Notre Dame showdown as the second half
of a Gotham Classic doubleheader.

“It's a unique experience,” said O'Shea. “One of the things that I am most happy about is that it will allow Alex Francis
as a senior to go back home to New York City and play a game at one of
the most renowned venues in the country in Madison Square Garden.”

Bryant will take the next week off to complete finals before heading
to Binghamton Dec. 28, and from there the Bulldogs return home for their
longest homestand of the season, hosting four games at the Chace
Athletic Center from Dec. 30 through Jan. 16. The run will see the Black
and Gold wrap up non-league play against yet another CBI team in Lehigh
Dec. 30 (7 p.m.) and open up against NEC competition Jan. 9 (Saint
Francis U., 7 p.m.).

From there, the Bulldogs will welcome two more postseason qualifiers
to the Chace Athletic Center in league rivals Robert Morris (Jan. 11)
and LIU Brooklyn (Jan. 23) and will also host league games against
Sacred Heart (Jan. 16) and St. Francis Brooklyn (Jan. 25) while playing
just a pair of road contests throughout the month (Jan. 18 at Fairleigh
Dickinson; Jan. 30 at Robert Morris).

Beginning with the road rematch against the Colonials, though, Bryant
will stick to the highways for seven of its final 10 contests, as the
team plays league opponents Sacred Heart (Feb. 2), Central Connecticut
(Feb. 6), Mount St. Mary's (Feb. 13), Wagner (Feb. 15), St. Francis
Brooklyn (Feb. 27) and LIU Brooklyn (March 1) on the road while hosting
the Mount (Feb. 8), FDU (Feb. 20) and Central Connecticut (Feb. 22) in
Smithfield.

The Northeast Conference Tournament will be held March 5, 8 and 11, 2014, hosted by the league's highest seed.