The William & Mary Tribe have announced their 2012-2013 Non-Conference Mens’ Basketball schedule. This season, the Tribe will play 11 contests before opening up Colonial Athletic Association Conference play.
To begin, Tribe will open up their season on November 9 when they welcome the Hampton Pirates. Representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Pirates will enter Williamsburg, VA after having an uneventful 12-21 season in 2011-2012. The Tribe should be able to win this matchup.
Next, William & Mary will play two straight road games against Big South Conference opponents. They will face two teams who suffered losing records last season in Liberty and High Point and will be able to compete against these unfamiliar foes.
Following this road trip, the Tribe will only play three more home games the entire season. They will host Miami (Ohio) on November 21, Howard on December 6 and Salisbury on December 21. In 2011-2012, Miami failed to record double-digit wins in the Mid-American Conference, Howard only won 10 games in the MEAC and Salisbury is a small DIII NCAA squad. Head Coach Tony Shaver should be able to make the school’s fans proud at home in these three contests.
As you can see, William & Mary will play the majority of their Non-Conference games on the road. They will play two more road games in November besides their first road trip and three road games in December.
In November, the Tribe will travel to battle Wake Forest (ACC) on November 23 and Richmond (A 10) on November 28. Both schools struggled last season in comparison to their usually annual success as Richmond was .500 and Wake suffered a losing record. However, hailing from more competitive conferences, both schools should give the W&M fits.
In December, the Tribe will play Radford (Big South) in their house on December 8. Last season Radford truly struggle and shouldn’t be much more successful this year.
Lastly, the Tribe will close out Non-Conference play with a two-game road trip at Purdue (Big Ten) and Vanderbilt (SEC). Both teams were very successful last season, earning NCAA Tournament bids and advanced in the Big Dance as well. Members of two power conferences, the Boilermakers and Commodores should have a field day with W&M.
Overall, the Tribe should be able to earn a Non-Conference record around .500, with hopes of improving in CAA play come January.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.