CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel basketball team has finalized its 2016-17 schedule, head coach Duggar Baucom announced Thursday.
The slate features 17 games inside McAlister Field House, including the Holy City Hoops Classic, and road trips to opponents from the Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC.
"We are looking forward to our challenging schedule," Coach Baucom said. "Playing teams from the Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC will be an exciting experience for our team. The Holy City Hoops Classic we are hosting will be a great opportunity for our fans to see six college basketball games in three days. The College of Charleston, Presbyterian and USC Upstate will be three tough in-state tests for our young team. I hope our demanding non-conference schedule will help prepare our guys for the battles in the Southern Conference."
The Bulldogs play their first four games in Charleston with an exhibition game at home against North Greenville on Nov. 4 followed by the season opener at College of Charleston on Nov. 11 and home games on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15.
The first road trip of the season takes The Citadel to Stetson on Nov. 18 before playing at Iowa State on Nov. 20 and at Arizona State on Nov. 23. The Bulldogs defeated Stetson 94-93 last season in Charleston, and the all-time series with the Hatters is tied 9-9. This season marks the first meeting in program history with Iowa State and Arizona State, and the game against the Sun Devils will be the Bulldogs' first in the state of Arizona.
McAlister Field House will host the first Holy City Hoops Classic the first week of December. The Holy City Hoops Classic features Colgate, USC Upstate and Campbell with each team playing a round-robin schedule that will give fans two games each day Dec. 2-4. The Citadel wraps up the Holy City Hoops Classic by hosting Toccoa Falls on Dec. 7.
After a break for exams, the Bulldogs hit the road to Blacksburg, Virginia, to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Dec. 17. The Citadel has faced Virginia Tech 19 times in program history, but this season's matchup is only the second between the former SoCon foes since 1966.
The Citadel's Southern Conference slate begins Dec. 28 at home against UNCG and features home dates against ETSU on Jan. 5, VMI on Jan. 7, Samford on Jan. 14, Wofford on Feb. 2, Furman on Feb. 4, Mercer on Feb. 18, Western Carolina on Feb. 22 and the season finale against Chattanooga on Feb. 27.
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The Citadel 2016-17 Basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 North Greenville (Exhibition) 3 p.m.
Nov. 11 at College of Charleston 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Johnson University Florida 2 p.m.
Nov. 15 Truett-McConnell College 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Stetson TBA
Nov. 20 at Iowa State TBA
Nov. 23 at Arizona State TBA
Nov. 28 Presbyterian 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 Colgate^ 5 p.m.
Dec. 3 USC Upstate^ 3 p.m.
Dec. 4 Campbell^ 3 p.m.
Dec. 7 Toccoa Falls^ 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Virginia Tech TBA
Dec. 20 at UMBC TBA
Dec. 28 UNCG* 7 p.m.
Dec. 31 at Furman* 4 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Wofford* TBA
Jan. 5 ETSU* 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 VMI* 1 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Chattanooga* TBA
Jan. 14 Samford* 1 p.m.
Jan. 19 at Western Carolina* TBA
Jan. 22 at UNCG* TBA
Jan. 28 at Mercer* TBA
Feb. 2 Wofford* 7 p.m.
Feb. 4 Furman* 1 p.m.
Feb. 9 at ETSU* TBA
Feb. 11 at VMI* TBA
Feb. 18 Mercer* 1 p.m.
Feb. 22 Western Carolina* 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 at Samford* TBA
Feb. 27 Chattanooga* 7 p.m.
^ - Holy City Hoops Classic (Charleston, S.C.)