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Any news or insights (hell, I'll even take unverified gossip) on UVM's non-conference slate?

I believe there are only two games in current contract:
UNCG- A
Dartmouth- H
Unknown: Yale (H) - Do we have a home game left in contract? BU (A) - was series extended?

Hopes: I'd love to see more home-and-home with out-of-region midmajors. Such a treat to get a SoCon, MAC or MVC school up to Patrick. I doubt something like ETSU would ever be feasible, but I'd take almost any MAC. As far as A10 schools go I wouldn't be surprised if Becker negotiates another series with Bonaventure. Other than maybe Fordham (pointless) not sure if any other A10 school is a real possibility, unless UVM gets into one of those neutral-court "feast week" November tourneys (unlikely but would love to see that). Didn't seem like the current GWU coach/administration was happy about that brief series.

Realistically, I'll take restarting the Harvard and Northeastern series. Harvard will have a lot less pressure and I imagine they're open to that.

I'm going to ignore the ridiculous obsession many commenters on these boards have of scheduling "home" games for Bailey, Stef and Bernie Andre; though a buy game with UMiami and a home-and-home with Buffalo would be nice.

Any one have any idea what the high-major buy-game(s) could be? From my standpoint the more the better. Increases attention/relevance of the program and we don't have much too lose, especially given the lower expectations going into the 20/21 season.
 

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Any news or insights (hell, I'll even take unverified gossip) on UVM's non-conference slate?

I believe there are only two games in current contract:
UNCG- A
Dartmouth- H
Unknown: Yale (H) - Do we have a home game left in contract? BU (A) - was series extended?
I don't think Yale drops UVM like Harvard and Northeastern did...if they'd wanted to they would have when their tourney teams were getting handed losses up until this year. I think Becker and James Jones know it's mutually beneficial for them because it's a game that can help if you win, but isn't gonna hurt you if you lose because both are right up there in the top 100 in NET every year.

Hopes: I'd love to see more home-and-home with out-of-region midmajors. Such a treat to get a SoCon, MAC or MVC school up to Patrick. I doubt something like ETSU would ever be feasible, but I'd take almost any MAC. As far as A10 schools go I wouldn't be surprised if Becker negotiates another series with Bonaventure. Other than maybe Fordham (pointless) not sure if any other A10 school is a real possibility, unless UVM gets into one of those neutral-court "feast week" November tourneys (unlikely but would love to see that). Didn't seem like the current GWU coach/administration was happy about that brief series.

Realistically, I'll take restarting the Harvard and Northeastern series. Harvard will have a lot less pressure and I imagine they're open to that.
Need the $$$ and donors to step up to help cover the guarantees. Yes, that's what it takes to get most teams to come this way even it's nominal comping of a few hotel rooms or comping the bus they use when they get here. That's why games like UNCG and others are rather rare. This is a program that only wanted to give Lyndon $500 to show up and lose, while Yale or Dartmouth offered them $2-3k to do the same thing. On top of that, there's very few ballsy coaches who are willing to show up to Burlington and have a chance at taking an L. Gotta give a lot of credit to the ones that have over the years. No way would Fordham put UVM on its schedule. Their coach was saved by COVID-19 from a firing. He's not even bringing the Cats to the Bronx, especially after what they did in Queens last year. Remeber, these guys lost to MAINE recently. The A10 school that should have UVM on the schedule every year, because it's a literal day trip and they should be doing home-and-homes like the Dartmouth series is UMass Amherst, but they know in the last decade they probably would not have come out on the winning end of the series, and they haven't scheduled UVM since like 2002?

Getting into the big $$$ Thanksgiving/Christmas tournaments on ESPN requires a lot of politicking, and now that the AE has the Jamacia one (which is CBSSN I think), I don't see the administration going for that, but who knows. Generally they want teams they can market on those things and as much as ESPN likes these small schools, they're novelty acts to them. Or if you have that one that the MAAC sponsors at Disney, well, ESPN is owned by Disney.

I'm going to ignore the ridiculous obsession many commenters on these boards have of scheduling "home" games for Bailey, Stef and Bernie Andre; though a buy game with UMiami and a home-and-home with Buffalo would be nice.

Any one have any idea what the high-major buy-game(s) could be? From my standpoint the more the better. Increases attention/relevance of the program and we don't have much too lose, especially given the lower expectations going into the 20/21 season.
Yeah some people care too much, but it only ever happens if it can happen. Schedule likely too locked in to get anything in South Florida, and with Smith, well anything within 4-5 hours of Toronto would have to do. I'm sure they tried, we'll just have to see. My feeling this is a Providence on the schedule kind of year, but it would be fun to be surprised. More clarity will come in July is my guess.
 

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Albany will play in the HOF Tip Off Classic. Participants so far are Marquette, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Univ of Central Florida, Albany, Liu-Brooklyn, Quinnipiac, and Lehigh. The first four team pod will host two of the latter four team pod on their campus. All eight teams will play two games at Mohegan Sun with two games played against teams from your pod.

Several of URI's games have been leaked. Rhody will host Lehigh and play Marquette at Mohegan Sun. Its second game at the casino will be versus either Minnesota or UCF (depending on game outcomes).


 
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