The Citadel announces 2013-14 basketball schedule

CHARELSTON, S.C. (CIT) - Citadel basketball head coach Chuck Driesell announced the team's 2013-14 schedule on Monday, including 14 home games and meetings with two of the three NCAA Division I service academies.

The season opens on Nov. 8 with the third installment of the All-Military Classic when the Bulldogs take on host VMI in Lexington, Va., preceded by a game between Army and Air Force.

"The All-Military Classic has truly grown into a special event and I can't think of a better way to kick off our 2013-14 season than playing on ESPNU in front of a national television audience," said Driesell. "I know our players and fans will be excited to watch and be a part of this year's tournament."

The Citadel makes its home debut against in-state foe Presbyterian on Nov. 12 marking the first meeting at McAlister Field House between the two Palmetto State schools since 1982.

Also highlighting the non-conference schedule are November meetings with Tennessee (Nov. 18) and Wake Forest (Nov. 21). It marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Bulldogs have visited Knoxville and the third different ACC opponent that The Citadel has faced in Driesell's time at the helm.

The Citadel opens December play in Annapolis, Md., against Navy before completing the non-conference road slate at Nebraska (Dec. 21) and Radford (Jan. 2). The Huskers and Cadets have faced off three times, and the Bulldogs will be heading to Radford for the first time in program history after the Highlanders visited Charleston a year ago.

The Citadel hosts three non-conference games during December, including Gardner-Webb's first game at McAlister Field House in the series history on Dec. 7. The month culminates when the Bulldogs square off against College of Charleston (Dec. 29) for the first time since the Cougars joined the Colonial Athletic Association.

"Our non-conference schedule is once again very difficult and will give us a good read on how good we can be this season when conference play begins," added Driesell. "I do like the fact that this year we have a better balance of home and away games during the months of November and December. This should help with our confidence and, of course, give our fans at home an opportunity to see us play a few more times in McAlister Field House than last season."{}

Southern Conference play opens on Jan. 6 when the Dogs host Chattanooga. The Citadel wraps up the month by hosting a three-game homestand that includes the last home SoCon meeting with North Division rival Appalachian State (Jan. 23).

One week later the Cadets go on a three-game road swing that includes meetings with Georgia Southern (Jan. 30), defending SoCon champion Davidson (Feb. 1) and Appalachian State (Feb. 6).