JERSEY CITY, NJ – Fresh off of one of the most historical seasons in program history, Saint Peter's University men's basketball head coach John Dunne has announced the team's full schedule for the 2017-18 season. The non-conference slate is highlighted by trips to La Salle and Northwestern in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament and a renewed rivalry with Seton Hall. In total, the Peacocks will play in 29 contests, with 18 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games.
The defending CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) champions will open up its 88th season in program history participating in the Tip-Off Tournament. The Peacocks will visit Philadelphia for a campus round meeting with La Salle on Saturday, November 11. Two days later on Monday, November 13, the team will travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on 2016 NCAA qualifier, Northwestern. The tournament then heads to Mohegan Sun where the Peacocks will face Sacred Heart in the Springfield Bracket, on Saturday, November 18. The winner between Saint Peter's and Sacred Heart will advance to the championship game to face the winner of South Alabama/Maine, while the two losers will meet in the consolation game on November 19.
The squad will have its first opportunity to avenge a 2016-17 loss on November 26, when the Peacocks travel to Easton Pennsylvania to face Lafayette. The Leopards defeated the Peacocks in the season and home-opener last year. Three days later, on November 29, the Peacocks will have their home-opener against New Jersey foe, Fairleigh Dickinson. The Peacocks defeated the Knights, 84-58, last season in the final game of the Johnny Bach Classic in Bronx, NY at Fordham University.
"I think our tough non-conference schedule should prepare us for the MAAC schedule," added Dunne.
The MAAC is returning to an 18-game league schedule for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The men's basketball team will open up MAAC play on the road at Fairfield on December 28. The Peacocks swept the Stags last season, winning both meetings by double-figures. The Peacocks will then close out the December league slate at home against two-time defending MAAC regular season champions, Monmouth on December 31. The hOURglass Rivals split last season's series, with both teams winning on their respective home floors.
League play continues in the New Year for Saint Peter's on January 5, with a road meeting at the two-time defending MAAC champions, Iona. The Gaels were the only MAAC opponent last season that the Peacocks failed to defeat, falling in all three games to Iona. The Peacocks then host Quinnipiac, on January 7 to close out the January opening week. The Peacocks swept the Bobcats in 2016-17, capping off the season series with a dominating, 76-45, win on ESPN3 to spark a seven-game winning streak.
The Peacocks take their annual Western New York trip the next weekend on January 12 and 14. On Friday, January 12, the Peacocks and Canisius will clash first. The two teams split the season meetings last year with the road teams taking the victory, but the Peacocks earned the win in the third meeting of the season, edging the Golden Griffins by three points in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals. Saint Peter's and Niagara will meet on Sunday, January 14 to close out the Buffalo trip. The Peacocks and the Purple Eagles also split the season series last season with the road team victorious in both games.
The Peacocks close out the month of January with two home games and two road games. The team will host hOURglass Rival Rider on January 18 and then they welcome Manhattan on January 21. The Peacocks went 4-0 against both teams in 2016-17, beating Rider by six and four points, and beating Manhattan by 14 and 19 points respectively. After the brief home stand, Rider will return the favor as the Peacocks head to Lawrenceville on January 26. Then the unit heads north to the capital of New York, to face Siena at the Times Union Center in Albany on January 29. The Peacocks fell to Siena by two points the last meeting in Albany, but defeated the Saints by 12 points in Jersey City on ESPN3 to even the season series at 1-1.
The February slate for the Peacocks tip-offs with four straight home games. The four-game home stretch begins on February 2, when Saint Peter's host Niagara. The Peacocks then welcome Canisius on February 4. The home stand continues on February 8 with a matchup against Marist and concludes on February 10 with a meeting against Iona. Saint Peter's will have a three-game road trip at Monmouth on February 13, at Marist on February 17, and at Quinnipiac on February 23. The Peacocks close out the regular season at home against Siena on February 25.
The Peacocks return to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York for the 2018 MAAC Championship, from March 1-5.
Times for all games will be announced at a later date.
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