Davidson released its 2008-09 basketball schedule Thursday, and a challenging nonconference portion will force the Wildcats to start fast.
Coach Bob McKillop's team, which reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight last season, opens the season in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The Wildcats will play James Madison in the first round Nov. 17 in Norman, Okla.
The way the tournament is aligned, Davidson will play four games no matter the outcome. The Wildcats will face Oklahoma or Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 18, with two games the following weekend.
Davidson will also meet Winthrop in its home opener at Belk Arena on Nov. 21.
The Wildcats will play host to N.C. State at Time Warner Cable Arena on Dec. 6, and will travel to New York for the Jimmy V Basketball Classic, where they will meet West Virginia in the first round on Dec. 9. The Wildcats also will play in the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis on Dec. 20.
“The challenges of last year's schedule were instrumental in preparing us for our magical run at the end of the season,” McKillop said in a statement. . “Our aim in creating this year's schedule was to present ourselves with similar challenges, and I think we have accomplished that.”
The Wildcats will open Southern Conference play with a home game against Chattanooga on Dec. 13.
Davidson returns 11 lettermen, including four of its top six scorers from last season.
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