Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Tribe basketball releases 2020-21 nonconference schedule

William & Mary basketball head coach Dane Fischer. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
William & Mary basketball head coach Dane Fischer. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary basketball head coach Dane Fischer on Monday announced the release of the Tribe’s 2020 nonconference schedule.

The nine-game slate includes five contests against teams from Virginia, three home games and a pair of road tilts at Atlantic Coast Conference foes.

The Green and Gold opens the 2020-21 season on the road at Old Dominion on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Tribe and Monarchs meet for the 48th year in a row, and W&M has won seven of the last nine meetings, including a 63-46 triumph in Williamsburg last season.

The Tribe travels to a pair of ACC foes in NC State (Nov. 30) and Virginia (Dec. 12). It marks the fourth time in the last six years that W&M has faced two ACC opponents in a season. The Tribe travels to Raleigh for the first time since beating the Wolfpack, 85-68, in 2015 and takes on the Cavaliers for the first time since 2018.

W&M will twice face Hampton during the 2020 nonconference slate, including in its home opener as part of George Washington’s Multi-Team Event on Dec. 3. It marks the sixth-straight season that the Tribe and Pirates have squared off and the 23rd time in the last 26 years.

The Green and Gold wraps up the GW MTE traveling to the host Colonials on Saturday, Dec. 5. The former Southern Conference rivals meet for the first time since 2003, and George Washington is led by former W&M assistant coach Jamion Christian.

The Tribe travels to Norfolk State for the first time on Dec. 9 and play against the Spartans for the first time since 2008. Following its trip to Virginia on Dec. 12, W&M heads to Hampton on Dec. 15 for its second game against HU in 2020. The Tribe topped Hampton, 78-65, last season to start 4-0 for the first time since 1992-93.

W&M wraps up the non-conference slate with back-to-back home games on Dec. 19 against High Point and Dec. 22 vs. Fairfield. Both contests are part of home-and-home series that saw the Tribe pick up road wins in its first season under Fischer.

On Oct. 14, the Colonial Athletic Association announced its league slate for the 2020‐21 season. The 18-game schedule was adjusted to limit travel and help ensure the health and safety of student‐athletes, coaches and staff. In lieu of a traditional, home‐and‐home round robin schedule, teams will play against the same opponent at the same site on consecutive days, primarily Saturdays and Sundays. W&M opens the CAA schedule at Hofstra on Jan. 2-3.

W&M has not made a determination regarding attendance at home basketball games. A decision is coming soon and will be based on state and local guidelines. With concerns over COVID-19 and the need for fluidity in the schedule throughout the 2020-21 season, stay tuned to TribeAtheltics.com and follow the Tribe on social media at @WMTribeMBB on TwitterInstagram and Facebook to stay up to date.

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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