by Stan McCormick, Director of Sports Information
Albany State University head men’s basketball coach Christopher Cameron and the Golden Rams have announced their 2013-2014 men’s basketball schedule, which includes a solid non-conference lineup and a traditionally competitive conference schedule.
In his eighth season as head coach, Cameron says although the upcoming season will be a tough one, but his team is ready for the challenge.
“I’m very excited about the schedule we have put together,” said Cameron. “I believe we will have the strength of schedule we need from the non-league portion.
“We’re looking forward to playing in the Paine College Classic against two strong Division II teams, Georgia College and State University (Peach Belt Conference) and Fayetteville State University (CIAA). We also wanted to start a series with the Sunshine Conference, and we filled that need with St. Leo University.”
Cameron said the SIAC will continue to be very competitive and balanced, and fans will have the opportunity to watch the team play more home games this year.
The Golden Rams will be at home for a pair of exhibition games as ASU kicks off its season during the first week in November against a pair of local teams. Albany State will play on November 2nd against Darton College in HPER Gym. ASU will then play the SOWEGA All-Stars on November 5th.
Albany State will begin the regular season with three games on the road. On November 9th, the Golden Rams will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to play the Xavier University Gold Rush. A week later, November 15th-16th, ASU will participate in the Paine College Classic. The Golden Rams will play the Fayetteville State University Broncos on Friday, followed by a game against the Georgia College & State University Bobcats on Saturday.
The Golden Rams will make their home debut on November 26th against in-state rival Valdosta State University Blazers at 7 p.m. in ASU’s HPER Gymnasium. Albany State will continue its home stand against the Florida National University Conquistadors on November 30th.
ASU also has two home games scheduled for the month of the December. The Golden Rams will return to action on December 4th against the Carver College Cougars. On December 6th, Albany State will host the Auburn University-Montgomery War Hawks. A December 7th date on the road against the Saint Leo University Lions concludes the Golden Rams’ 2013 portion of their schedule.
The team will open SIAC play at home against the Kentucky State University Thorobreds on January 2nd before going on the road for two back-to-back home games. The Golden Rams will face the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers on January 6th and the Stillman College Tigers on January 9th. Albany State will play four more home games in January at HPER Gymnasium, including the Miles College Golden Bears on January 11th, the LeMoyne Owen College Magicians on January 13th, the Benedict College Tigers on January 18th, and the Paine College Lions on January 20th.
Albany State’s other road contests for the month of January include: Lane College Dragons (January 16th), Claflin University Panthers (January 25th), and Clark Atlanta University Panthers (January 30th).
The month of February opens with the Golden Rams battling their conference and arch-rivals, Fort Valley State University Wildcats on February 1st. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. in Fort Valley. The Golden Rams will host the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers on February 3rd before going on the road to play Benedict College (February 6th and Paine College (February 10th).
Albany State returns home for a two-game slate to battle Claflin University on February 13th and Clark Atlanta University on February 17th. ASU will then travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face Morehouse on February 20th. Albany State will end regular season play at home in The 12th Annual Peach Ball Classic/Basketball Homecoming game against Fort Valley State on February 23rd.
The Golden Rams will compete for a conference championship title during the 2014 SIAC Tournament, starting March 3rd through March 8th at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.