Here's another in the series looking at the non-league schedule of men's teams.
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It finished with a school-record 15 wins last season (15-15) and 9-3 in the Great West conference, and is picked to finish second in the league this season. The Highlanders have only been a Division I program for five seasons. They return four starters, including 6-3 guard Isaiah Wilkerson who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season.
11/14 at Syracuse
The meeting with the Big East power comes in the first round of the preseason NIT. The Orange finished 12-6 in the league, 27-8 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament where it lost to Maruette, 66-62. Syracuse is picked to finish second in the 16-team conference this season. Its top players are 6-7 senior forward Kris Joseph (14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds), 6-2 senior point guard Scoop Jordine (12.5 points and a league-best 5.9 assists).
11/15 either University at Albany or Brown, second round of the preseason NIT
Lions were 6-8 in the Ivy League, 15-13 overall and are picked to finish 6th in the 8-team league this season. Top player is forward Noruwa Agho (16.8 points last season), the only player in the league to finish in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists.
11/29 at Penn
The Quakers were 7-7 in the Ivy League, 13-15 oerall last season and picked to finish third in the league this season. Their best players are Senior forward Tyler Bernardini (1,079 career points thus far), and senior point guard Zack Rosen (14.3, and 152 total assists last season, the fourth-highest single-season total in the program's history).
The Ram finished 1-15 in the Atlantic 10 last season, 7-21 overall and are picked for 14th in the 14-team conference. Fordham's lone league victory ended a 41-game losing steak in the A-10. Its top players are 6-7 junior forward Christ Gaston (15.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, fourth-best nationally in rebounding), and 6-3 sophomore guard Branden Frazier (11.0, 3.3 assists).
12/10 at Hofstra
It finished 14-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, 21-11 overall and is picked for 6th in the 12-team conference this season. Top players are 6-7 senior foreward Mike Moore (14.9 points), 6-8 forward David Imes (7.7, 6.8) and guard Dwan McMillan (6.8 points).
12/20 at Towson
The Tigers finished 0-18 in the Colonial Athletic Association and 4-26 overall last season and are picked for 12th in the 12-team conference this season. Towson lost its final 19 games last year and, then, had its leading scorer (guard Isaiah Philmore) transfer to Xavier. Its top returnee is 6-2 senior guard RaShawn Polk (11.6 points).
12/22 at George Mason
The Patriots won the CAA last season with a 16-2 league record and finished 26-6 overall. They are picked to finish third in the 12-team conference this season. Additions include new head coach Paul Hewitt (Siena's coach from 1997-98 through 1999-2000), who has been at Georgia Tech for the past 11 seasons. Returning are three starters including senior forward Ryan Pearson, who already is the 15th player in school history to eclipse career totals of 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Also back is guard Andre Cornelius (9.5 points) and forward Mike Morrison (6.8 points).
12/30 at Binghamton
The team finished 4-12 in the America East Conference last season and 8-23 oerall. It is picked to finish ninth in the 9-team conference this season. The programs' top three scorers from last year are gone. Top returnee is 6-9 forward Kyrie Sutton.