NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With non-league contests against opponents from the Big 10 and Big EAST, notable road trips to Ohio and California and the full regular-season slate in the Northeast Conference (NEC) in its future, the Merrimack College men’s basketball program unveiled its first-ever Division I schedule on Friday afternoon.
Single-game tickets have also been released for the upcoming season; general admission tickets with be $7 for the upcoming year. Faculty/staff, military, senior and youth (12U) tickets are sold at $5. Tickets can be purchased online via the link above or in-person on game day at Hammel Court.
“We are very excited about the new challenges we will face with our first Division I schedule. We have a good mix of non-conference regional opponents as well as trips that we will take to play Northwestern, Akron, and UCSB,” commented head coach Joe Gallo.
Entering the Warriors’ first year of the NCAA’s mandated four-year reclassification period into Division, Merrimack will play a full NEC slate and count in the regular season standings, but the program will not be able to compete in the NEC Tournament.
Gallo added, “We are also looking forward to starting some new rivalries and competing in the NEC. I could not be prouder as a former player, assistant coach, and now head coach of Merrimack College to release this historical Division 1 schedule!”
Away game times will be posted once confirmed by the opposing school. All dates and times are subject to change, and games that are selected to be televised – which will be announced at a later date – could alter start times, as well.
- The 2019-20 season begins in Orono, Maine where the Warriors visit the Maine Black Bears for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Cross Insurance Center
- Forty-eight hours later, Merrimack plays one its most prominent non-league opponents; the Warriors visit Northwestern out in Evanston, Ill. for a tip-off against one of the Big Ten’s premier programs
- Merrimack will compete in the River Hawk Invitational from Nov. 15-17, facing Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and Jacksonville University in Lowell, Mass. After the tournament, Merrimack travels to Providence College to face one of New England’s premier programs. Tip-off against the Friars from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center is set for 7 p.m.
- The Warriors’ first home game of the season is set for Friday, Nov. 22, against Lesley. The first Division I opponent visits Hammel Court on Wednesday, Dec. 11, when Army comes to campus. Merrimack also hosts Boston University (Dec. 29) in non-conference play
- Other notable non-conference games include trips to the University of Akron to face the Zips (Nov. 29) and a pre-holiday trek to UC-Santa Barbara (Dec. 22)
- Merrimack begins its NEC era on Thursday, Jan. 2, against Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn.
- Gallo’s first game against his former program – Robert Morris where he was an assistant from 2012-16 – also marks the first NEC home game at Hammel Court. The Colonials visit campus on Saturday, Jan. 4
- Other league home games include Mount Saint Mary’s (Jan. 9), Bryant (Jan. 15), Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 23), St. Francis Brooklyn (Jan. 30), Long Island University (Feb. 1), Wagner (Feb. 15), Sacred Heart (Feb. 21) and Central Connecticut State (Feb. 27)