PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 21, 2013) – Defending national champion Louisville, longtime rival Seton Hall and perennial top programs Temple, Connecticut, Memphis and Cincinnati will all visit the RAC this winter courtesy of Rutgers’ 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule, which was announced today. The Scarlet Knights will have at least 19 nationally-televised games during the regular season and will compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which provides the opportunity to play additional top competition at Madison Square Garden during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I’m very pleased with our schedule,” said first-year head coach Eddie Jordan. “In non-conference play, we have established programs, including home games against Jersey rivals Seton Hall and Princeton. The NIT Season Tip-Off provides us a great opportunity to advance to Madison Square Garden and compete in a showcase event. In conference play, we have perennial NCAA Tournament teams, including the defending champion. Every game is going to be a challenge. We are going to take things one game at a time and focus on our next opponent, without looking ahead.”
After hosting Caldwell in exhibition action (Nov. 1), Jordan will direct the Scarlet Knights in non-conference home games against Florida A&M (Nov. 8), Yale (Nov. 14), William & Mary (Nov. 23), Seton Hall (Dec. 8), Princeton (Dec. 11), UNC-Greensboro (Dec 14) and Army (Dec. 22). The game against the Pirates has been moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate a national television broadcast on ESPNU.
In the NIT Season Tip-Off, the Scarlet Knights will host games against two opponents still to be announced in the regional round on Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 with a double-header format. Other host schools in the NIT Season Tip-Off are Duke, Arizona and Alabama. If the Scarlet Knights win both regional round games at the RAC, they will advance to play in the semifinal on Nov. 27 and the final/third place game on Nov. 29, both at MSG. If RU does not advance from the regional round, it will host two additional consolation round games at the RAC on Nov. 25 and 26 with a double-header format.
On the road in non-conference action, the Scarlet Knights will play at UAB (Nov. 11) and at George Washington (Dec. 4).
Rutgers opens its American Athletic Conference schedule at home on New Year’s Day against Temple, before also hosting Louisville (Jan. 4), UCF (Jan. 15), Connecticut (Jan. 25), Houston (Feb. 1), SMU (Feb. 13), Memphis (Feb. 20), USF (March 1) and Cincinnati (March 8) at the RAC, which will featured a new scoreboard and sound system this season.
On the road in AAC play, the Scarlet Knights travel to Cincinnati (Jan. 11), Houston (Jan. 19), SMU (Jan. 21), Temple (Jan. 29), Memphis (Feb. 4), USF (Feb. 8), Louisville (Feb. 16), UCF (Feb. 26) and Connecticut (March 5).
The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will take place March 12-15 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The March 12 first-round games and the March 13 quarterfinals will be televised on ESPNU, while the March 14 semifinals will be on ESPN or ESPN2. The March 15 final will be at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
|Friday November 1||CALDWELL (EXHIBITION)||RAC||TBA||7:30 PM|
|Friday November 8||FLORIDA A&M||RAC||ESPN3||7:30 PM|
|Monday November 11||Alabama-Birmingham||Birmingham, Ala.||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday November 14||YALE||RAC||ESPN3||7:30 PM|
|Monday November 18||NIT SEASON TIP-OFF REGIONAL vs. Canisius||RAC||ESPN3||7:30 PM|
|Tuesday November 19||NIT SEASON TIP-OFF REGIONAL**||RAC||ESPN3||TBA|
|Saturday November 23||WILLIAM AND MARY||RAC||ESPN3||2:00 PM|
|Wednesday November 27||vs. NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal**||New York, N.Y.||TBA||TBA|
|Friday November 29||vs. NIT Season Tip-Off Final/3rd**||New York, N.Y.||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday December 4||George Washington||Washington, D.C.||TBA||TBA|
|Sunday December 8||SETON HALL||RAC||ESPNU||8:00 PM|
|Wednesday December 11||PRINCETON||RAC||ESPN3||7:30 PM|
|Saturday December 14||UNC-GREENSBORO||RAC||ESPN3||4:00 PM|
|Sunday December 22||ARMY||RAC||ESPN3||2:00 PM|
|Wednesday January 1||TEMPLE||RAC||ESPNU||8:00 PM|
|Saturday January 4||LOUISVILLE||RAC||CBS SN||TBA|
|Saturday January 11||Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||CBS SN||TBA|
|Wednesday January 15||UCF||RAC||ESPNews||7:00 PM|
|Sunday January 19||Houston||Houston, Texas||CBS SN||2:00 PM|
|Tuesday January 21||SMU||Dallas, Texas||ESPNews||8:00 PM|
|Saturday January 25||CONNECTICUT||RAC||ESPNU||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday January 29||Temple||Philadelphia, Pa.||ESPNews||7:00 PM|
|Saturday February 1||HOUSTON||RAC||ESPNews||4:30 PM|
|Tuesday February 4||Memphis||Memphis, Tenn.||CBS SN||7:00 PM|
|Saturday February 8||USF||Tampa, Fla.||ESPNews||8:00 PM|
|Thursday February 13||SMU||RAC||ESPNews||7:00 PM|
|Sunday February 16||Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||ESPN2||6:00 PM|
|Thursday February 20||MEMPHIS||RAC||CBS SN||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday February 26||UCF||Orlando, Fla.||ESPNU||7:00 PM|
|Saturday March 1||USF||RAC||ESPNews||12:00 PM|
|Wednesday March 5||Connecticut||TBA||ESPNU||7:00 PM|
|Saturday March 8||CINCINNATI||RAC||ESPNews||12:00 PM|