The Colonials’ full schedule was released Thursday following the release of the Atlantic 10 Conference’s men’s basketball schedule. Television broadcast information was also released, and GW will play a minimum of 17 games on national television, the most in program history.
“We are seeing the continued trend of widespread, and hard earned, increased national and international exposure for GW, our men’s basketball program, and GW Athletics,” athletic director Patrick Nero said in a release. “Our team has worked tirelessly to prepare for this season, and our students and fans have shown that there is no better atmosphere for college basketball than a sold-out Smith Center. We are excited to continue to show a global audience the best that GW has to offer.”
When the season schedule was announced last year, the Colonials were slated for at least 14 nationally televised games. They wound up playing four more in the A-10 Tournament and NIT. The team has had more games broadcast on national television each year since none were in 2010-11.
The Colonials will begin the A-10 season on Jan. 3 at home against Fordham. Of GW’s 18 conference games, 14 will be on national television. The average A-10 men’s basketball team will play just over 12 games on national television throughout the regular season, or 107 total, an A-10 record.
GW never has more than two consecutive road games, though they play up to four in a row at home. The Colonials play Seton Hall, Penn State, Rutgers and Saint Peters from Dec. 2-19, all in the Smith Center.
When the team visits DePaul on Dec. 22, it will be just their second true away game of the season.
The most difficult stretch for the team last season came in February, a month which included a four-game losing streak. This year the hardest section is bumped up slightly: between Jan. 15 and Feb. 6 GW plays home games against Rhode Island, Richmond and Davidson and away games at Dayton, George Mason and VCU.
“After back-to-back postseason appearances and consecutive 20-plus win seasons, we feel as though this group is our strongest yet,” head coach Mike Lonergan said in a release. “We are excited to show our students, fans, alumni and recruits all of the hard work that we’ve put in, and the maturation of this team with a goal of accomplishing some special things all season and especially in March.”
The non-conference schedule was released in July, slating the season-opener for Nov. 13 against Lafayette after a Nov. 7 exhibition game against Gannon.
Full schedule and television information is available here.