The 57-game slate includes a tough non-conference slate that includes six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, as well as eight games against ACC, SEC and BIG EAST opponents.
“I’m really excited about the schedule we were able to put together for this season,” Woodson remarked. “We want to play the best and you can see that we are doing just that – playing four ACC teams in midweek contests, along with hosting Seton Hall for three. The schedule will be a challenge, but I have full confidence in this team and what we can accomplish this season.”
The season begins in Jacksonville, Florida on February 14-16, when the Spiders play three games in the North Florida Tournament. Richmond opens with Missouri and Liberty the first two days of the tourney before facing host UNF that Sunday.
Once again this season, the Spiders will play the bulk of their schedule at home, with 34 of the 57 games to be played at Pitt Field. Richmond begins its home slate with a season-long 13-game home stand beginning on February 19 against VMI.
The non-conference schedule begins in earnest on February 21-23, when the Spiders host BIG EAST rival Seton Hall for three games at Pitt Field. Richmond will also host Fairfield (Feb. 28-Mar. 2), Quinnipiac (Mar. 7-9) and Penn (Mar. 14-16) in three-game, non-conference series at Pitt Field.
Along with home-and-home midweek games against VMI, William & Mary and Coppin State, the Spiders will also host Old Dominion (Feb. 25), Virginia Tech (Mar. 11), and Brown (Mar. 25-26) at Pitt Field.
On the road, the Spiders will face three more ACC teams – Virginia (Apr. 23), NC State (May 7) and Duke (May 13). Richmond also has road, non-conference contests scheduled against Longwood (Apr. 2) and Liberty (Apr. 9).
In Atlantic 10 play, the Spiders will have nine conference weekends, with four series against teams who made the A-10 Tournament last season. Of the 12 teams in the league this year, Richmond will not play George Mason or Fordham.
At home, Richmond will host Massachusetts (Mar. 28-30), La Salle (Apr. 4-6), VCU (Apr. 11-13), George Washington (Apr. 25-27) and St. Bonaventure (May 9-11).
On the road, the Spiders will face Dayton (Mar. 21-23), defending A-10 champion Saint Louis (Apr. 17-19), Saint Joseph’s (May 2-4) and finish the season at Rhode Island (May 15-17).