ASHLAND, Va. - Following its successful trip to Costa Rica in August, the Randolph-Macon men's basketball will play its annual Division I exhibition game at Maryland to begin the 2017-18 campaign.
The Yellow Jackets have faced American, Mount St. Mary's, George Mason and Richmond in recent years.
Randolph-Macon has played the Terrapins twice in regular-season encounters. R-MC faced sixth-ranked Maryland on Dec. 29, 1983 in the first round of the Maryland Invitational Tournament. The Yellow Jackets trailed by two with 39 seconds left before the Terrapins pulled out a 58-52 victory. On Jan. 7, 1986 Maryland posted a 74-50 win over R-MC in College Park.
“On behalf of our program, we are extremely grateful to Mark Turgeon and his staff for the opportunity to compete against the University of Maryland at the Xfinity Center," said Josh Merkel, R-MC third-year head men's basketball coach. "This is a unique opportunity and our team is thrilled to play against one of the best teams in the country, and a program with an elite tradition of winning and excellence.”
Randolph-Macon will face three opponents which were NCAA participants a season ago, including the first two games of the regular season against teams that combined to go 53-6 in 2016-17. The Yellow Jackets open at home with Christopher Newport on Nov. 15. The Captains went 27-3 overall a season ago and 17-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference. CNU won the CAC regular season and tournament crowns. The Captains reached the third round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. R-MC will travel to Arlington, Va., to play in Marymount's fifth annual Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will face Ramapo in the first round on Nov. 18. The Roadrunners were 26-3 a year ago and 16-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Ramapo won the NJAC regular season and tourney titles. The Roadrunners advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA tourney. R-MC will meet either the host Saints or SUNY Geneseo on Nov. 19.
The Yellow Jackets will have two of their next three games at home, beginning with Ferrum on Nov. 26. R-MC, defending regular-season ODAC champion, will open league play at Roanoke on Nov. 29 before returning to Crenshaw Gym on Dec. 2 for a conference contest with Lynchburg. The Yellow Jackets will play in Juniata's tournament, facing Misericordia on Dec. 8 and either the host Eagles or St. Joseph (Vt.) on Dec. 9. Following exam break, R-MC will travel to Mary Washington on Dec. 17.
After Christmas break, the Yellow Jackets will host the R-MC Coaches Tournament. On Friday, Dec. 29, Rowan and Hobart will meet at 5 p.m., followed by R-MC vs. Frostburg State at 7 p.m. The losers will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, followed by the title game at 4 p.m.
R-MC will host Shenandoah on Jan. 3 to kick off the 2018 portion of the schedule. The Yellow Jackets will play at Randolph and at Bridgewater before meeting Washington & Lee at home on Jan. 13. R-MC's first encounter with Hampden-Sydney will be on Jan. 17 in Ashland. After playing at Emory & Henry on Jan. 20, the Yellow Jackets will entertain Eastern Mennonite on Jan 24 and Randolph on Jan. 27. R-MC will play at Shenandoah on Jan. 31 to close out the month.
The Yellow Jackets welcome defending ODAC champion Guilford to the Center of the Universe on Feb. 3. The Quakers reached the second round of the 2017 NCAA tourney. R-MC will have three of its final four regular season games on the road. The Yellow Jackets will play at Virginia Wesleyan on Feb. 7 before finishing the home schedule on Feb. 10 against E&H for Senior Day. R-MC will play at H-SC on Valentine's Day and at W&L on Feb. 17.
The ODAC Tournament will have first-round contests on Feb. 20 on campus sites before moving to the Salem Civic Center for the final three rounds on Feb. 23-25.