The Citadel basketball team released its 2012-13 schedule on Wednesday, showcasing a slate that will include 14 home games, five first time opponents and three teams that earned bids to a 2012 postseason tournament.
Highlighting the non-conference schedule will be a first-ever meeting with NCAA Tournament participant St. Bonaventure as well contests against ACC opponents Georgia Tech and Clemson and the program's participation in ESPN's Bracketbusters on Feb. 23.
Among the games at McAlister Field House, which consists of nine Southern Conference tilts, is the second installment of the All-Military Classic. The Bulldogs will host longstanding rival VMI to open the season on Nov. 10, preceded by a meeting between Air Force and Army. The following day the Bulldogs square off with either the Falcons or Black Knights to complete the two-day event.
"I am excited about this seasons upcoming schedule and can't think of a better way to kick the season off than having The All-Military Classic at home in McAlister Field House," said Driesell. "This was a great tournament last year and I am confident our players and fans will enjoy a special experience as we host this year's Classic."
The five-game November homestand continues with a pair of games against Montreat College and Union College, both first time meetings.
Southern Conference action begins on Dec. 1 when the Dogs head to UNC Greensboro as they look to improve to 2-1 in conference openers under Driesell. Three days later The Citadel travels to Charleston Southern for their eighth consecutive meeting with the Buccaneers, dating back to the 2004-05 season.
Following a break for exams, The Citadel returns to the road for first ever meetings with Gardner-Webb and St. Bonaventure. Three days after facing the Bonnies, the Dogs head to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets and Cadets, who have played each other four times, last met during the 1998-99 season when Georgia Tech emerged with a 73-50 win.
The Bulldogs will enjoy a Christmas break before heading to the Upstate to face Clemson in the 82nd all-time meeting between the two programs. The game will be played on either Jan. 1 or 2, dependent upon the Tigers football program participating in the Orange Bowl. Among the 22 victories for The Citadel in the all-time series, seven have come at Clemson, including a 73-72 win on Jan. 2, 1969, the inaugural season of Littlejohn Coliseum.
"It was very important for us to schedule in such a way that we would have the opportunity to get off to a good start," added Driesell. "We have accomplished this by scheduling our first five games at home. This will give our young ball club an opportunity to come together and start to build the confidence necessary to be successful when we enter league play."
The Citadel returns to SoCon play beginning in January with a four-game stretch of home games against Western Carolina, Chattanooga, Samford and finally against cross-town foe College of Charleston, which takes place at McAlister Field House on Jan. 14.
The Cadets will endure a series of road bouts at Davidson, Georgia Southern before the second meeting of the season with College of Charleston on Jan. 24. The final two games of the month take place at McAlister Field House against Elon and Wofford.
Among the eight February games includes the Bulldogs first appearance in the ESPN Bracketbusters. The month begins with a series of road contests at Furman, Chattanooga and Samford. The Citadel returns home to host South Division rivals Georgia Southern and Davidson, before heading to Appalachian State. After a meeting with an undetermined opponent in the ESPN Bracketbuster, the Cadets cap off the month by facing Furman for the final home contest of the season on Feb. 28.
"February of course is always an interesting month as teams all across the country hope their teams will be playing their best basketball of the season," said Driesell. "This season, for the first time in Citadel history, we will participate in ESPN's Bracketbuster. I know that our team and fans will enjoy this experience as there is always a great deal of excitement and high profile teams participating in that event."
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2012-13 Citadel Basketball Schedule
November: 10, All-Military Classic, Charleston, S.C. (vs. VMI), 4:00 pm; 11, All-Military Classic, Charleston, S.C. (vs. Air Force or Army), 2:00/4:00 pm; 14 vs. Montreat, 7:05 pm; 17 vs. Union (Ky.), 7:05 pm; 24, vs. Radford, TBA.
December: 1, at UNC Greensboro*, 7:00 pm; 4, at Charleston Southern, 7:30 pm; 15, at Gardner-Webb, 7:00 pm; 19, at St. Bonaventure, 7:00 pm; 22, at Georgia Tech, TBA.
January: 1/2, at Clemson, TBA; 5, vs. Western Carolina*, 7:05 pm; 10, vs. Chattanooga, 7:05 pm; 12, vs. Samford*, 7:05 pm; 14, vs. College of Charleston*, 7:05 pm; 17, at Davidson*, TBA; 19, at Georgia Southern*, TBA; 24, at College of Charleston*, 7:30; 26, vs. Elon*, 2:05 pm; 31, vs. Wofford*, 7:05 pm.
February: 2, at Furman*, 4:30 pm; 7, at Chattanooga*, 7:00 pm; 9, at Samford*, TBA; 14, vs. Georgia Southern*, 7:05 pm; 16, vs. Davidson*, 7:05 pm; 20, at Appalachian State*, TBA; 23, ESPN Bracketbuster, TBA; 28, vs. Furman*, 7:05 pm.
March: 2, at Wofford*, TBA; 8-11, Southern Conference Tournament (Asheville, N.C.); 15, NCAA Tournament First Round (TBA).