America East Releases Hoops Schedule

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Last winter, it appeared that the UVM men's basketball team was marching toward another perfect season in America East play that would culminate in a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. But we all know what happened next.

After first seeing their 33 game regular season conference win streak ended at the hands of Hartford, the Hoop Cats were again stunned, this time by Jairus Lyles and UMBC in the closing seconds of the America East Championship Game.

Fortunately for the Cats, the conference plays a full double-round robin schedule, so they'll get at least two cracks at both the Hawks and Retrievers again this year. The America East announced its full conference men's and women's basketball schedules Thursday, filling in most of the blanks on the Hoop Cats calendar.

Vermont will get one of the juiciest dates on the conference slate out of the way early, as they pay a visit to Albany in their America East opener on Saturday, January 5th. As for those Hartford and UMBC return visits, those are also both in the first half of the season. Hartford invades Patrick for Vermont's conference home opener one week later on January 12th, while UMBC is in town on Wednesday the 23rd.

Here is the UVM men's basketball full conference schedule:
Jan. 5th @ Albany
Jan. 9th @ Maine
Jan. 12th vs Hartford
Jan. 16th @ New Hampshire
Jan. 19th vs Binghamton
Jan. 23rd vs UMBC
Jan 26th @ Stony Brook
Feb. 2nd @ UMass-Lowell
Feb. 6th vs Maine
Feb. 9th vs Albany
Feb. 13th vs New Hampshire
Feb. 16th @ Hartford
Feb. 21st @ UMBC
Feb. 23rd @ Binghamton
Mar. 2nd vs Stony Brook
Mar. 5th vs UMass-Lowell
Mar. 9th to 16th - America East Tournament