|Aggies hoops opens a new era|
|Coach Cy Alexander makes A&T debut on Nov. 9|
|Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:44 pm|
The Cy Alexander era will start at N.C. A&T on Nov. 9.
The Aggies will host Division III Greensboro College at Corbett Sports Center to open the 2012-13 men’s basketball season. A&T’s schedule includes 12 home games, a game against one of his former players and a trip to Las Vegas.
The schedule will also include something the Aggies have not had in six seasons, a December home game against a non-conference opponent.
“It’s a very challenging schedule,” said Alexander. “Our non-conference schedule is really going to test us early on. That’s going to be a good thing because there are so many quality teams in the MEAC. I’m hoping our non-conference schedule prepares us for the rigors of the MEAC."
A&T will follow up the opener against the Pride with another home game the following Monday as Utah Valley visits the Dawg Pound on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The majority of the Aggies’ November games are on the road, including contests at Wright State, Cincinnati and Iowa State.
The Aggies then head to Las Vegas to begin play in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase. Play begins Nov. 23 against Campbell. The next day, the Aggies will play in either the consolation or title game against Jacksonville State or Arizona State. November will conclude with the Aggies renewing its Gate City rivalry with UNC Greensboro Nov. 28 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Three days later, the Aggies have another big rivalry game as N.C. Central comes to Corbett Sports Center on Dec. 1. The Aggies December road games include stops at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Seton Hall, Texas Tech and Cal State Bakersfield. Eastern Kentucky will play at Corbett Sports Center on Dec. 19, marking the first time a non-conference opponent has been to the Dawg Pound in December since St. Andrews in 2006.
The New Year will start with Radford visiting A&T on Jan. 2. The Highlanders are coached by Mike Jones, who played at Howard when Alexander was an assistant coach in the 1980s. After playing Georgia Southern on Jan. 5, the Aggies head into conference play.
A&T opens the meat of its conference schedule at Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 12 and will end regular-season conference play at Norfolk State on March 7.
“Obviously playing against two Big East schools and two Big 12 schools will be quite an experience for our young men,” said Alexander. “We’re looking forward to playing in Las Vegas and of course when you see UNCG and North Carolina Central on the schedule, you know Aggies are looking forward to those two.”
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