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August 21, 2013PISCATAWAY, 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.
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TV TIME
Friday November 1 CALDWELL (EXHIBITION) RAC TBA 7:30 PM
Friday November 8 FLORIDA A&M RAC RVision 7:30 PM
Monday November 11 Alabama-Birmingham Birmingham, Ala. TBA TBA
Thursday November 14 YALE RAC RVision 7:30 PM
Monday November 18 NIT SEASON TIP-OFF REGIONAL** RAC TBA TBA
Tuesday November 19 NIT SEASON TIP-OFF REGIONAL** RAC TBA TBA
Saturday November 23 WILLIAM AND MARY RAC RVision 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 RVision 7:30 PM
Saturday December 14 UNC-GREENSBORO RAC RVision 4:00 PM
Sunday December 22 ARMY RAC RVision 2:00 PM
Wednesday January 1 TEMPLE The American RAC ESPNU 8:00 PM
Saturday January 4 LOUISVILLE The American RAC CBS SN TBA
Saturday January 11 Cincinnati The American Cincinnati, Ohio CBS SN TBA
Wednesday January 15 UCF The American RAC ESPNews 7:00 PM
Sunday January 19 Houston The American Houston, Texas CBS SN 2:00 PM
Tuesday January 21 SMU The American Dallas, Texas ESPNews 8:00 PM
Saturday January 25 CONNECTICUT The American RAC ESPNU 7:00 PM
Wednesday January 29 Temple The American Philadelphia, Pa. ESPNews 7:00 PM
Saturday February 1 HOUSTON The American RAC ESPNews 4:00 PM
Tuesday February 4 Memphis The American Memphis, Tenn. CBS SN 7:00 PM
Saturday February 8 USF The American Tampa, Fla. ESPNews 8:00 PM
Thursday February 13 SMU The American RAC ESPNews 7:00 PM
Sunday February 16 Louisville The American Louisville, Ky. ESPN2 6:00 PM
Thursday February 20 MEMPHIS The American RAC CBS SN 7:00 PM
Wednesday February 26 UCF The American Orlando, Fla. ESPNU 7:00 PM
Saturday March 1 USF The American RAC ESPNews 12:00 PM
Wednesday March 5 Connecticut The American TBA ESPNU 7:00 PM
Saturday March 8 CINCINNATI The American RAC ESPNews 12:00 PM
**Rutgers must win both NIT Season Tip-Off regional games in order to advance to New York [MSG]. If RU does not advance, it will host two NIT Season Tip-Off consolation games on both Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the RAC).
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