BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb University announced its 2012-2013 men's basketball schedule Wednesday, with the season opener set for Friday, November 9 at North Carolina.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will play 14 home games this season, including non-conference tilts in Paul Porter Arena against Covenant (Nov. 10), Lipscomb (Nov. 14), UVA-Wise (Dec. 3), Tennessee Tech (Dec. 8), The Citadel (Dec. 15) and Spalding (Dec. 22).
In addition to North Carolina, Gardner-Webb will do battle with several major conference foes on the road, including DePaul (Nov. 15), Iowa (Nov. 17), Illinois (Nov. 25) and East Carolina (Dec. 18).
GWU will also play two games in Cancun, Mexico, as part of the 2012 Cancun Challenge – battling in a division with Howard, Austin Peay and Western Carolina at the Moon Palace Resort.
"We are excited about this challenging schedule," said third-year Gardner-Webb head coach Chris Holtmann. "We play some outstanding programs, attend a tournament really growing in prestige and have a terrific home slate of games with several very good opponents coming to Paul Porter Arena. I do have some concern about the brutal and hectic early part of our schedule, however I'm excited about how we can grow from that as the season progresses into Big South play."
Gardner-Webb opens Big South Conference play on January 5, battling in-state league foe Campbell in Buies Creek. GWU hosts defending league champion UNC Asheville at home in Paul Porter Arena in its home Big South opener.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will participate in the ESPNU BracketBusters Challenge again in 2013, traveling to an opponent to be determined on February 23 – before closing out the regular season at home with games against Charleston Southern (Feb. 27) and Presbyterian (March 2).
The Big South will institute divisional play for the first time in 2012-2013 in men's basketball, with Gardner-Webb in a six-team division with Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville and Winthrop.
The 2013 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will be held in its entirety in Conway, S.C., with first round games beginning March 5.
2012-2013 Gardner-Webb University Men's Basketball Schedule
11/09 – at North Carolina
11/10 – COVENANT COLLEGE
11/14 – LIPSCOMB
11/15 – at DePaul
11/17 – at Iowa
11/20 – vs. Howard (Cancun Challenge)
11/21 – vs. Austin Peay or Western Carolina (Cancun Challenge)
11/25 – at Illinois
12/03 – UVA-WISE
12/05 – at Wofford
12/08 – TENNESSEE TECH
12/15 – THE CITADEL
12/18 – at East Carolina
12/22 – SPALDING
01/05 – at Campbell *
01/09 – UNC ASHEVILLE *
01/12 – at High Point *
01/16 – COASTAL CAROLINA *
01/19 – RADFORD •
01/23 – at Winthrop *
01/26 – at VMI *
01/30 – at Charleston Southern *
02/02 – LONGWOOD *
02/06 – at Presbyterian *
02/09 – LIBERTY *
02/13 – at UNC Asheville *
02/16 – at Coastal Carolina *
02/19 – WINTHROP *
02/23 – at ESPNU Bracketbusters
02/27 – CHARLESTON SOUTHERN *
03/02 – PRESBYTERIAN *
03/05-03/08 – at Big South Conference Tournament