Which ACC teams will Davidson get a crack at this basketball season?

Davidson’s Kellan Grady (right) will be one of the Atlantic 10’s top players next season.
Davidson’s Kellan Grady (right) will be one of the Atlantic 10’s top players next season. TIM COWIE -

Davidson will open its Atlantic 10 men’s basketball season on Jan. 5 against Duquesne in Belk Arena, the league announced Wednesday.

The Wildcats, the A-10’s reigning champions, play four of their first six league games at home, including Virginia Commonwealth (Jan. 12), Richmond (Jan. 19) and George Washington (Jan. 23). The league tournament is March 13-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Davidson also released its nonconference schedule Wednesday, and it includes trips to the ACC’s Wake Forest on Dec. 17 and North Carolina on Dec. 29. The Wildcats will also face Wichita State in a first-round game of the Charleston Classic on Nov. 15.

Davidson opens its season Nov. 6 against Cleveland State at Belk Arena.

“From November through March, our schedule will be challenging and exciting,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said in a statement. “Whether it’s at home or away, or at a neutral site, we will be challenged by many outstanding players, coaches and programs. The nonconference schedule will certainly test our weaknesses and push us to a new level of performance.

“This will provide superb preparation for the highly competitive tests that we will experience each night in the A-10.”

Other nonconference highlights include a game at Atlantic City, N.J., in the Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic against Temple on Dec. 15 and home games against Mecklenburg County rival Charlotte on Nov. 27 and Winthrop on Dec. 4.

The Wildcats will play an exhibition against Division III Washington & Lee (Va.) at Belk Arena on Nov. 1.

Davidson 2018-19 basketball schedule

Nov. 1, Washington & Lee (exh.); 6, Cleveland State; 9, Dartmouth; 15, Wichita State (Charleston Classic); 16, Appalachian State or Purdue (Charleston Classic); 18, Charleston Classic, TBA; 24, Northeastern; 27, Charlotte.

Dec. 1, at UNC Wilmington; 4, Winthrop; 15, Temple (at Atlantic City, N.J.); 17, at Wake Forest; 22, Central Penn; 29, at North Carolina.

Jan. 5, Duquesne; 9, at George Mason; 12, Virginia Commonwealth; 15, at Saint Joseph’s; 19, Richmond; 23, George Washington; 26, at Saint Louis.

Feb. 1, at St. Bonaventure; 6, Rhode Island; 9, at Massachusetts; 12, at Fordham; 15, Saint Joseph’s; 19, Dayton; 22, at Rhode Island; 27, at La Salle.

March 2, Fordham; 6, St. Bonaventure; 9, at Richmond; 13-17, Atlantic 10 tournament (Brooklyn, N.Y.).