NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College men's basketball Gaels have released its 2014-15 schedule.
The schedule features 10 non-conference opponents including an appearance in the 2014 BD Global Roundball Showcase and a standard 20 MAAC contests.
"We're looking forward to another challenging schedule," said head coach Tim Cluess. "We look to our 10 talented non-conference opponents to prepare us for what's shaping up to be a very competitive MAAC this year."
Iona will open up with the Horizon League's Cleveland State in a Friday night contest at the Hynes Center. The Vikings come to New Rochelle for the first time in 18 seasons. The Gaels dropped both contests to Cleveland State in the Cluess era with both games taking place at CSU's Wolstein Center. Iona is 1-3 all-time vs. the Vikings.
The Gaels' second game is Tuesday, Nov. 18, when they complete a home-and-home series at Wofford in Spartanburg, SC. As previously announced the game will be a part of ESPN's annual Tip-Off Marathon with the two teams squaring off in the 7:00 a.m. time slot. Iona defeated Wofford in its home opener in 2013-14 in the two teams’ first-ever meeting.
The next four games for the Gaels are a part of The Roundball Showcase, an exempt tournament event hosted at participant's campus sites. The weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday Iona travels to the ACC's Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 21 and Conference USA's North Texas on Sunday, Nov. 23. Two seasons ago the Gaels topped the Demon Deacons at the Puerto Rico Tipoff in San Juan. The Maroon & Gold has never faced North Texas.
Iona comes home to host Delaware State on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 26) at the Hynes Center, and then travels to Fayetteville to battle with the SEC's Arkansas the following Saturday (Nov. 30). The Gaels meet the Hornets and Razorbacks for the first time this season.
For the full schedule, visit www.icgaels.com.