NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Steve DeMeo released the 2009-10 playing schedule for the scarlet and gray cagers today.
The men will play 14 home contests and will take on one of the largest tasks in program history as they take on a Conference USA opponent in the regular season. This will be one of Newberry's toughest non-conference schedules in program history, taking on the Peach Belt Conference in five contests as well as the tough Division I game.
“It's been an interesting few weeks getting to know our players,” DeMeo said. “We're virtually all new to the program and the players are all new to what we're teaching and implementing. Our guys have worked very hard on their individual development and they are all looking forward to the start of practice and competing against other teams in less than a month.”
DeMeo's first game as head coach at Newberry will be an exhibition contest at Southern Conference opponent Furman University on November 6. This will be the second consecutive year Newberry has visited the Paladins in exhibition play.
The regular season gets underway at home on November 16, when Newberry welcomes the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan University to Eleazer Arena. Newberry will return the favor and travel to Central, S.C., to visit the Warriors on December 17.
After visiting Georgia College and State on November 18, Newberry closes out the month with three straight home games. North Georgia College and State comes to town for the third straight season on November 21. Thanksgiving week has two local opponents visiting Eleazer Arena in the form of Allen University on November 24 and Voorhees College on November 28.
Newberry will open up the month of December with one of the biggest challenges faces by any South Atlantic Conference team in recent memory. The scarlet and gray will travel to Orlando, Fla., on December 1 to take on the University of Central Florida, which plays in Conference USA. The Knights went 17-14 overall last season and finished sixth in C-USA. Newberry head coach Steve DeMeo was a member of UCF's coaching staff last season.
“Playing UCF is a phenomenal opportunity for our guys to see how a high-level program operates and compete against one of the nation's best coaches as well as a very talented UCF team that had one of the best recruiting classes in the country,” DeMeo said.
Following the trip to Orlando, Newberry takes a quick jaunt into the South Atlantic Conference schedule for a rare Friday night game at Wingate on December 4. After a short trip to Greenwood to take on Lander on December 12, Newberry closes the non-conference schedule against GCSU at home on December 15, Southern Wesleyan on the road on December 15, Paine College at home on December 19 and North Georgia on the road on December 30.
“Our non-conference schedule provides us with a lot of unique challenges as we compete against some of the top teams in our region,” DeMeo said. “For a young team with a new coaching staff, it's a great opportunity to learn a lot about ourselves as we enter SAC play.”
The SAC slate begins in earnest on January 2, 2010, as the scarlet and gray travel to Carson-Newman. The home SAC schedule begins on January 6 against Mars Hill, followed by a visit from Lenoir-Rhyne on January 9. Other home SAC games include Tusculum on January 20, Brevard on January 27, Carson-Newman on January 30, Catawba on February 10, Wingate on February 20 and the final regular season home game on February 27 against Lincoln Memorial
The top eight teams in the league will qualify for the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament, which begins at the home of the top four seeds on March 3. The semifinals and finals will take place on March 6 and 7 at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C.
2009-10 Newberry College Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 6 at Furman (Exhibition) 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 Southern Wesleyan 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Georgia College and State 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 North Georgia College and State 4 p.m.
Nov. 24 Allen 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 Voorhees 4 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Central Florida 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Wingate* 8 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Lander 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 Georgia College and State 4 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Southern Wesleyan 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 Paine 4 p.m.
Dec. 30 at North Georgia College and State 4 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Carson-Newman* 4 p.m.
Jan. 6 Mars Hill* 8 p.m.
Jan. 9 Lenoir-Rhyne* 4 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Lincoln Memorial* 8 p.m.
Jan. 20 Tusculum* 8 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Catawba* 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 Brevard* 8 p.m.
Jan. 30 Carson-Newman* 4 p.m.
Feb. 3 at Mars Hill* 8 p.m.
Feb. 6 at Lenoir-Rhyne* 8 p.m.
Feb. 10 Catawba* 8 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Tusculum* 8 p.m.
Feb. 20 Wingate* 4 p.m.
Feb. 24 at Brevard* 8 p.m.
Feb. 27 Lincoln Memorial* 4 p.m.
Schedule also available at http://www.newberryathleticsite.com/schedule.asp?sportID=2