FAU releases 2013-2014 basketball schedule, includes trips to Duke and Maryland

Mohamed Abdihakim

Owl guard Pablo Bertone jumps over a ULM defender last season. FAU Men's Basketball's 2013-2014 schedule was released. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Owl guard Pablo Bertone jumps over a ULM defender last season. FAU Men’s Basketball’s 2013-2014 schedule was released. Photo by Ryan Murphy.

FAU’s basketball program released its 2013-2014 regular season schedule, a docket that includes both familiar foes (FIU, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas) and collegiate basketball heavyweights (Duke, Maryland).

Following a pair of warm up games at The Burrow to open the season, FAU will step into one of the most frenzied arenas in the NCAA, Camden Indoor Stadium, for a clash with the Blue Devils, the school of choice for current NBA superstar Kyrie Irving, among many other notable alums.

FAU Head Coach Mike Jarvis is also familiar with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, making the showdown even more compelling.

“Off the court, we’re the best of friends,” Jarvis said. “But, much like any competition, that all ends when the game begins.”

Shortly after traveling to New York for the annual 2K Sports Classic (Nov. 17-24), the Owls will play consecutive home contests versus UCF and Jacksonville. Then, FAU goes back on the road for three-straight road games against DePaul, Maryland and Stetson.

Maryland is represented in the NBA by young talents, such as New Orleans Pelicans point guard Greivis Vasquez and Alex Len, the Phoenix Suns’ recently-drafted center.

The Owls’ first game as members of Conference USA comes on Jan. 9, when they’ll face Louisiana Tech. FAU’s first conference home game comes one week later, on Jan. 16, against ECU.

FAU will close out the season at home, battling in-state rival FIU on March 6.

The Owls have lost three players this offseason –– Cavon Baker, Chris Bryant and Stefan Moody –– as this looks to be a transition year for Jarvis.

“It’s a tough schedule,” Jarvis said. “But these kids are going to be playing in some of the best basketball environments in the country. If I’m a [player], I want to hear that.”

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FAU 2013-2014 Men’s Basketball Schedule

November 8 – Ave Maria

November 11 – St. Francis

November 15 – @Duke

November 17 – @Boston College (2K Sports Classic)

November 22-24 – 2K Sports Classic

December 3 – UCF

December 7 – Jacksonville

December 12 – @DePaul

December 14 – @Maryland

December 17 – @Stetson

December 21 – Georgia Southern

January 1 – Warner

January 9 – @Louisiana Tech

January 11 – @Rice

January 16 – East Carolina

January 18 – Old Dominion

January 21 – Harvard

January 25 – @FIU

January 30 – @Charlotte

February 1 – @Marshall

February 6 – MTSU

February 8 – UAB

February 13 – @UTEP

February 15 – @UTSA

February 20 – Tulsa

February 22 – North Texas

February 27 – @Tulane

March 2 – Southern Mississippi

March 6 – FIU