In addition to a trip to play perennial power Duke University in the renowned Cameron Indoor Stadium, the University of Maine’s men’s basketball team will play six other teams that participated in postseason tournaments a year ago as part of its nonconference schedule released on Tuesday.
Duke reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament last season where the Blue Devils lost to Oregon 82-68.
Duke wound up 25-11. UMaine, which was 8-22, will play Duke on Dec. 3.
The other 2015-16 NCAA Tournament teams on UMaine’s schedule will be 24-11 Providence College (Dec. 20 at Providence), 20-15 Buffalo (Dec. 30 at Buffalo) and 15-20 Holy Cross (Dec. 7 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor).
Virginia Tech (20-15), which went 1-1 in the National Invitation Tournament, will host UMaine on Nov. 11, and 25-10 Columbia, which won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, will invade Bangor on Jan. 2.
UMaine will travel to play Longwood University of Virginia (10-23) on Nov. 13, Dartmouth (10-18) on Dec. 10 and Brown (8-20) on Dec. 22, and the Black Bears also will play in the Boston University Exempt Tournament on Nov. 19-21 against 19-15 Boston University, which went 1-1 in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, 18-15 Northeastern and 16-16 Long Island University-Brooklyn.
UMaine will host Central Connecticut State (4-25) on Nov. 30, Quinnipiac (9-21) on Dec. 18 and Division III the University of Maine at Presque Isle (13-13) on Nov. 26.
UMaine will have a pair of exhibition games against Division III teams Husson University of Bangor (21-7) and the University of Maine at Fort Kent (20-14). UMaine will play Husson on Oct. 29 at the Cross Insurance Center and UMFK at the Memorial Gym in Orono on Nov. 5.
“Our goal with our nonconference schedule is to prepare us to win our league [America East] and the challenges this schedule present should do just that,” UMaine coach Bob Walsh said in a news release.
Maine field hockey team 21st in nation
The University of Maine’s field hockey team, which set a school record for wins a year ago with a 19-4 record, has been picked No. 21 in the preseason National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
The Black Bears will play four teams ranked in the Top 20, including a Sept. 18 home game against the University of North Carolina, the No. 1 team in the poll.
The Tar Heels went 21-3 a year ago and reached the NCAA championship game where they lost to Syracuse 4-2.
Former Messalonskee of Oakland star Kristy Bernatchez is a starting senior back for the Tar Heels.
UMaine also will play a pair of games against America East rival Albany, ranked ninth in the poll, and one against No. 17 Boston University.
UMaine will visit Albany on Oct. 2 and host the Great Danes on Oct. 21. The Black Bears will trek to BU on Sept. 9.