Overall college basketball schedules won't be revealed for several more weeks, but we do have a healthy amount of info for two local programs.
George Washington and George Mason, both members of the Atlantic 10, learned their in-conference opponents this week. Each A-10 men's basketball team plays 18 games with five home-and-home partners. Those partners are bolded.
Home: Dayton, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Davidson, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU
Away: Fordham, LaSalle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Davidson, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU
Home: Fordham, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Davidson, Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond, VCU
Away: Dayton, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, Davidson, Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond, VCU
Mason and GW essentially have the exact same home-and-home series, including a matchup against each other. The lone difference has the Patriots facing Saint Louis and the Colonials meeting Duquesne. VCU should remain formidable even with the loss of coach Shaka Smart to Texas. Davidson made the NCAA Tournament this past season.
GW, despite the loss of graduating senior John Kopriva and transfer Kethan Savage, will enter the season as one of the conference favorites under coach Mike Lonergan. Their lone meeting with Rhode Island, the likely preseason favorite, will take place at the Smith Center.
The Colonials reached he second round of the NIT last season. Returning starters and rising seniors Kevin Larsen, Patricio Garino and Joe McDonald should be in the mix for All-A10 preseason honors.
Dave Paulsen enters his first season at George Mason. The former Bucknell coach replaced Paul Hewitt in March. The Patriots went 20-42 over the past two seasons.