Resuming the fourth game of the men’s basketball schedule preview, the Hawks are currently at 14-8.
January 22 against Virginia Commonwealth University
Forwards Vince Williams Jr. and Hason Ward will be tasked with leading Ramsas Mike Rhoades’ attempts to bring his team to the NCAA tournament. The team also brings transfer Marcus Tsohonis from Washington, who was a double-digit scorer and had some real breakout games for the Huskies. As usual, VCU will offer challenging physical play and lead the A-10 conference.
January 26 against Duquesne
The Dukes have brought in scorers from many different levels of college basketball, including talents who will play their first seasons at Division I level. It will likely be difficult for this group to sign on as quickly as the coach. -Chief Keith
Dambrot wants them to do it, but they have a lot of proven scorers at different levels. And the rating is reflected.
January 29, February 26 vs. St. Bonaventure
The only nationally ranked team in the A-10 is currently Université Saint-Bonaventure, which sits 23rd in the Associated Press pre-season Top-25. Mark Schmidt dismisses Osum Osunniyi and Kyle Lofton, both of whom were recently named to the A-10 preseason first team. They are returning all of their starting lineup from last year’s A-10 Championship squad, and they should feature as one of the toughest teams the Hawks will face all year.
February 5 vs. Fordham
Fordham University will enter its first season under new management as former Villanova assistant coach Kyle Neptune begins his tenure at the helm. Neptune is certainly going to experience growing pains in his debut season at Rose Hill Gymnasium, but I expect Florida International University transfer Antonio Daye Jr. to lead the Rams to a few wins this season. But not against the Hawks.
February 12 against UMass
The University of Massachusetts lost its star player this offseason in the form of Tre Mitchell. Many people started
to apply for head coach Matt McCall, but he has apparently gathered “his” roster this season with many
transfers. I project the Minutemen to be a midfield team in the A-10 this season.
February 19 vs. Dayton
The Flyers have a good recruiting class for the coming season, and they should continue to compete in the A-10. However, I appreciate the experience in this conference, so I think the University of Dayton will struggle to be a contender for the championship. DaRon Holmes Jr. and Kaleb Washington are sure to be players to watch this season.
February 22 against Saint Louis
The Billikens recently lost star Javonte Perkins for the entire season. Obviously this unbelievably deflates the program and it will be very difficult to overcome. Yuri Collins and Jordan Nesbitt can be counted on to perform at a higher level in Perkins’ absence. Either way, this game will be tough for the Hawks.
Above record: 3-5
Hawks’ projected final record: 17-13
It would be absolutely huge if the Billy Lange Hawks could find their way above .500 this season. It would also allow them to make some noise in Washington, DC during this year’s A-10 Championship tournament. Either way, it will be great to have fans inside the Hagan Arena again, and this season should be an exciting one for Hawk fans.