Head coach Donyell Marshall and the Central Connecticut men's basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season on Thursday. CCSU will play 13 contests highlighted by playing in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi. The Blue Devils will play two games at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
"We're looking forward to playing a challenging schedule and having the chance to play in the Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun," said Marshall. "With a talented, young team this season, our squad will have a chance to grow and improve throughout the non-conference schedule before turning our focus to the Northeast Conference schedule."
The 13-game slate includes four home games and opponents from 10 conferences, including the ACC, America East, Atlantic-10, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Ivy League, and Pac-12. CCSU will also host an exhibition against Coast Guard at Detrick Gymnasium on Monday, Oct. 28.
Central will begin the regular season against local-rival Hartford for the fifth straight season. The Blue Devils will host the Hawks on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The teams are in the midst of a five-game agreement, with the series set to head back to Chase Arena in 2020-21 to wrap up the agreement.
The Blue Devils will then play three straight road games, beginning with a trip to BIG EAST member St. John's on Saturday, Nov. 9. The next two games will be part of the Tip-Off Tournament. CCSU will travel to Arizona State on Thursday, Nov. 14, before heading back east to play at UMass on Saturday, Nov. 16.
CCSU will return to New Britain to host New Hampshire on Tuesday, Nov. 19, before continuing its play in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament. Central will travel to Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, Nov. 23 to face Vermont as part of a four-game slate featuring all eight participating teams. The games on Nov. 24 will feature the champions of Naismith and Springfield brackets being crowned as well as consolation games for both. The Blue Devils are in the Springfield bracket, and will play either Rider or Columbia in Sunday's game.
Following a road game at UMass Lowell on Sunday, Dec. 1, CCSU will return to Detrick Gymnasium to host Maine on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Blue Devils will play three more road games beginning with a trip to Boston College on Sunday, Dec. 15. Central will then play at Dartmouth on Wednesday, Dec. 18, before heading to Penn State on Friday, Dec. 20.
Central will return home for its final non-conference game when it hosts Connecticut College on Sunday, Dec. 29 before beginning the NEC slate in the new year.
Season ticket information for the men's and women's basketball season will be available in October.
General public tickets for the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi will go on sale Friday, September 6 at 10 a.m. ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com.