Davidson, UNC to play basketball game in Charlotte

08/07/2014 1:34 PM

08/07/2014 2:30 PM

A game against North Carolina in Time Warner Cable Arena highlights Davidson’s non-conference men’s 2014-15 basketball schedule.

The Wildcats and Tar Heels will play in uptown Charlotte on Nov. 22, part of an 11-game schedule Davidson will play before beginning its first season in the Atlantic 10 in January.

Other nonconference highlights include a home game for the Hornets Nest Trophy against Charlotte (Dec. 3) and a visit to Virginia on Dec. 30.

Following A-10 guidelines, Davidson is playing a majority of its nonconference games (six) at home. The Wildcats open the season at Belk Arena against Catholic (Nov. 15), then play other home games against Campbell (Nov. 18), UNC Wilmington (Nov. 29), Stetson (Dec. 6) and Niagara (Dec. 13). Away games: Central Florida (Nov. 26), Montana (Dec. 10) and College of Charleston (Dec. 20). The Montana game is a return for an ESPN Bracket Busters game two seasons ago between the Wildcats and Grizzlies at Belk Arena.

“We’re continuing to be aggressive with our nonconference scheduling,” said Wildcats coach Bob McKillop, whose team played nonconference games last season against Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Wichita State. “Coming into the Atlantic 10, there might have been a temptation to back off the great programs we play. Part of our experience when we were in the Southern Conference was we challenged and tested ourselves in November and December and we had a pretty good track record. We’re going to continue that the best we can.”

The Atlantic 10 schedule -- which hasn’t been released -- will be challenging, too. Six A-10 teams played in last season’s NCAA tournament.

“That’s already pretty imposing for us,” said McKillop.

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