Although many strong programs aren't eager to travel to Alico Arena, Joe Dooley and FGCU still did a good job building a tough non-conference slate.
Senior guards Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson will lead the Eagles as they open the season with three straight games at home. After that, they won't have to travel far for the Gulf Coast Showcase as the Thanksgiving tournament is held at German Arena, a mere 10 minutes from the university.
The Eagles also travel to South Dakota State and UMass for a pair of intriguing mid-major match-ups. After guarantee games at Xavier and Pittsburgh in late December, FGCU heads back to Fort Myers to finish a one year home and home series with UC Santa Barbara.
With Comer and Thompson back, as well as Jamail Jones and Nate Hicks, don't be surprised if "Dunk City" makes some noise early in the season. They suffer the departure of senior Chase Fieler and his front court versatility but with an influx of transfer talent, don't expect them to miss a beat.
|Nov. 15||2 p.m.||Nova Southeastern (Non D-I)|
|Nov. 17||7 p.m.||UC Santa Barbara|
|Nov. 19||7 p.m.||Ohio|
|Nov. 24||6 p.m.||Marist (Gulf Coast Showcase)|
|Nov. 25||TBA||TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)|
|Nov. 26||TBA||TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)|
|Nov. 30||5 p.m.||at South Dakota State (Sioux Falls)|
|Dec. 3||TBA||Florida Tech (Non D-I)|
|Dec. 7||2 p.m.||at Massachusetts|
|Dec. 14||2 p.m.||FIU|
|Dec. 19||7:30 pm||Furman|
|Dec. 23||2 p.m.||at Iona|
|Dec. 28||4 p.m.||at Xavier|
|Dec. 30||7:30 p.m.||at Pittsburgh|
|Jan. 2||7 p.m.||Ave Maria (Non D-I)
|Jan. 5||10 p.m.||at UC Santa Barbara|