Spiders Host ACC And Big East Teams; Open Season In Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic

The Spiders non-conference schedule includes four teams that played in the postseason, NCAA participants VCU (28-7), Old Dominion (24-9) and Virginia Tech (22-12) and NIT participant Marist (25-9).

Aug. 13, 2007

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - An appearance in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer and a home game against ACC foe Virginia Tech highlight the 2007-08 Richmond men's basketball non-conference schedule, released today by the athletic department.

The Spiders non-conference schedule features four teams that played in the postseason, NCAA participants VCU (28-7), Old Dominion (24-9) and Virginia Tech (22-12) and NIT participant Marist (25-9).

Richmond opens the season in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer with the opponents and site to be announced shortly. Two victories would earn the Spiders a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Richmond will host Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in the Robins Center, the second-straight year the Spiders will play the Hokies. The Spiders also host South Florida of the Big East Conference on Dec. 5. Richmond defeated the Bulls last year in Tampa as Chris Mooney improved to 3-1 against Big East teams in his coaching career, including a 2-1 mark at Richmond.

"Our non-conference schedule should challenge our team with some tough road games and really help us prepare for Atlantic 10 play," Mooney said. "We really look forward to the opportunity to play in a prestigious preseason tournament, and we are excited to have Big East and ACC teams come to the Robins Center. It's also important for us to continue to play our in-state rivals."

The Spiders play six Commonwealth opponents and will not leave Virginia from Nov. 28 until the start of conference play in January. Along with the eight Atlantic 10 Conference home games, the Spiders will play 15 home games and 14 on the road. Richmond is 17-15 at home under third-year head coach Chris Mooney, and won its last three contests last season in the Robins Center over Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island and Duquesne. This is the third-straight year that the Spiders will play at least 15 home games.

Richmond's Atlantic 10 schedule will include home-and-home match-ups with Charlotte, La Salle and St. Bonaventure. The Spiders will also play Dayton, Fordham, Massachusetts, Temple and Saint Louis at home. The road schedule also includes Duquesne, George Washington, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph's and Xavier.

Wake Forest will return to Richmond's schedule in 2008-09, visiting the Robins Center for two consecutive seasons.

The Spiders return 10 players from the 2006-07 team, including the top two scorers in upcoming sophomores Dan Geriot and David Gonzalvez.
 

 

2006-07 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection Dan Geriot and the Spiders will play 15 home games in 2007-08.

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