The schedules keep coming fast and furiously as both Wagner and Stony Brook released their schedules. The Seahawks released their entire schedule, since the NEC has a tentative conference schedule already set, while the Seawolves sent out a rather challenging non-conference slate.
Wagner’s 11 non-conference games include three home games, the Cable Car Classic and six road games (well the championship of the Cable Car Classic could end up a road game too if Wagner defeats SMU). The Seahawks play at Syracuse, Temple and Hofstra. It’s not a schedule for the faint of heart. Also, two Ivy League home games, returns for traveling to Princeton and Penn last season, make for some non-conference games worth attending at the Spiro Center. The thing is, Wagner wanted to do more, but Bashir Mason’s team got dodged a bit this offseason. Makes sense considering all the talent that is returning on Staten Island. I’ll continue the over/under game by putting Wagner’s at a rather robust 7 during non-conference play.
Stony Brook is also going to be a bunch of road warriors. The Seawolves play four of their 13 non-conference games at home. A number of the road games are local though, as SBU will play at Rider (6 a.m. on Nov. 13 in ESPN’s College Tip-Off Marathon), Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 15), St. Francis (NY) (Dec. 11), Sacred Heart (Dec. 18), Seton Hall (Dec. 28) and Manhattan (Jan. 1). All of those games are rather quick trips. The doozies are games at Maryland and Connecticut. Cornell is thrown in there for good measure. The in-season home-and-home versus Sacred Heart just goes to show how hard it is for some lower mid-majors to schedule. Stony Brook’s over/under is really difficult to predict because roles will be changing quite a bit, but 5.5 seems like a fair number.