DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Bill Herrion and the University of New Hampshire men's basketball program announced the remainder of its 2010-11 schedule – the America East portion – Wednesday afternoon.
UNH will ring in the New Year with conference play, beginning Jan. 2 at Albany and continuing at rival Boston University on Jan. 4. The 'Cats welcome Binghamton (Jan. 8) and Hartford (Jan. 11) into Lundholm Gymnasium to kick off the home portion of the America East slate before traveling to 2010 regular season champion Stony Brook on Jan. 15.
The Wildcats then return home for another pair, beginning Jan. 20 with Vermont, which handed UNH a loss in the America East semis last season. The Wildcats scored a 19-point victory in front of the largest Lundholm crowd in four years and a live NESN television audience in one of the better games in Durham last season. The 'Cats play host to UMBC on Jan. 23 before heading north to meet Maine on Jan. 25 for their third game in six days. Despite dropping both regular season contests to the Black Bears, UNH sent Maine packing from the tournament last season with a 68-57 win in the quarterfinals.
The 'Cats stay busy, kicking off a stretch of three games in five days as part of a larger span that features six contests in 14 days. Boston U. invades Lundholm on Jan. 29 before the Wildcats close out January with a return trip to Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium (Jan 31). February then kicks off with the 'Cats playing host to Albany (Feb. 2) before making their longest conference trip of the year to Binghamton on Feb. 6.
After playing host to Stony Brook each of the last two seasons, the Seawolves arrive in Durham a little earlier this year for a Feb. 9 clash. UNH travels to UMBC on Feb. 12 and gets a well-deserved week of rest before breaking from the conference schedule to take part in the ESPN BracketBusters event Feb. 19. The Wildcats return home Feb. 24 to honor their four-member senior class against Maine. The 'Cats then get an early – or late – look at Hartford's Chase Arena, site of this season's America East Championship for the second straight year, when they close out the regular season against the Hawks on Feb. 27. The America East Championship tournament takes place March 3-6, with the title game being played at the home of the higher seed March 12, live on ESPN 2.
The Wildcats officially kick off the season Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Lesley University at Lundholm. The 'Cats will gear up for the season at the annual Basketball Season Tip-Off Event, which will be held at Lundholm on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Fans will get a chance to meet the men's and women's basketball teams, win great prizes and purchase season tickets at a discounted rate. Admission is free. For more information, call (603) 862-0806.