It’s unclear exactly what the college basketball season will look like amid the continued effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but if it’s business as usual, the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team now knows what it will be up against in Atlantic 10 play.
Pairings for the league schedule were announced last week, and URI’s marching orders include a difficult road slate, plus a pair of matchups each against two of the league’s perennial contenders.
URI’s four road-only opponents include Richmond and St. Louis, two teams that are projected for the top of the A-10 standings. Both teams beat the Rams at the Ryan Center last season. A road trip to Duquesne should also present a challenge, a year after the Dukes finished fifth in the final league standings. URI will also travel to La Salle.
URI’s home-and-home partners include Dayton and VCU. While the Flyers have said goodbye to Obi Toppin from their powerhouse team last season, first-team all-conference pick Jalen Crutcher is returning to lead a team that should contend again. The Rams will also face St. Joseph’s, Davidson and UMass twice.
Home-only opponents are George Washington, George Mason, Fordham and St. Bonaventure.
The upcoming season will mark the 45th anniversary for the A-10 and will feature an 18-game league slate for the seventh straight year.
The dates and tip-off times - as well as national television information, will be released at a later date.
The 2021 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship is scheduled for March 10-14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The league is also scheduled to host the 2021 NCAA East Regional at Barclays Center, March 26 and 28.