The Southern Conference announced its 2022–23 men’s basketball league schedule Monday, Sept. 5. The SoCon’s 10 men’s basketball teams will all play double-round-robin, 18-game intraleague schedules, totaling 90 league contests over nine weeks from Thursday, Dec. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 25, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
VMI’s league slate is found below.
For the second straight season, all 10 teams open league play Dec. 29. After another full slate of games Saturday, Dec. 31, the schedule settles into a Wednesday-Saturday format until a pair of Thursday games Jan. 19 and Feb. 2. The schedule also features UNCG hosting Furman Sunday, Jan. 29, and the Spartans hosting Wofford Sunday, Feb. 12. ETSU welcomes VMI Friday, Feb. 10, in the only other scheduled deviation from the Wednesday-Saturday format. Additional games might later be moved due to national television assignments.
The Citadel’s Ed Conroy, who coached the Bulldogs from 2006–10, opens his second tour through the league when The Citadel hosts the defending SoCon regular-season and tournament champion, Chattanooga, to begin SoCon play. The Mocs will also feature a new head coach familiar with the league, as Dan Earl will attempt to lead UTC to another SoCon title after spending the previous seven seasons leading VMI. Andrew Wilson, the new Keydets head coach who previously served as assistant coach in the SoCon at College of Charleston and Georgia Southern, makes his SoCon head coaching debut at Furman.
Among other notable games on the slate this season, Chattanooga hosts Furman in a rematch of last season’s Ingles SoCon Basketball Championship title game Wednesday, Jan. 18. The teams square off again exactly two weeks later at Furman.
The final day of the regular season could also provide intrigue, as two matchups feature the top four teams from 2021–22. Wofford and Samford, who tied for third in the league last season, host Chattanooga and regular-season runner-up Furman, respectively, to close the 2022–23 regular-season campaign.
The 2023 Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship will take place at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina, March 3–6.
Full broadcast schedules will be announced later, but all 10 schools’ home games will air on ESPN+ if not selected for national or regional broadcast. Five SoCon regular-season games and three tournament games aired on ESPN networks last season, while another five regular-season contests aired on CBS Sports Network. The league broadcast schedule will also continue to feature its Ingles SoCon Game of the Week on select Nexstar affiliates throughout the Southeast.
The 102nd season of Southern Conference basketball opens with nonconference play Monday, Nov. 7.
For the composite league schedule, visit SoConSports.com.
The complete VMI 2022–23 basketball schedule will be released in the near future.
2022-23 VMI Southern Conference Basketball Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 29 – at Furman – Greenville, South Carolina
Saturday, Dec. 31 – versus ETSU – Lexington, Virginia
Wednesday, Jan. 4, – at Samford – Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, Jan. 7 – at Chattanooga – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wednesday, Jan. 11 – versus UNCG – Lexington, Virginia
Saturday, Jan. 14 – at Wofford – Spartanburg, South Carolina
Thursday, Jan. 19 – versus Mercer – Lexington, Virginia
Saturday, Jan. 21 – versus The Citadel – Lexington, Virginia
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – at UNCG – Greensboro, North Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 28 – versus Western Carolina – Lexington, Virginia
Thursday, Feb. 2 – at The Citadel – Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, Feb. 4 – at Mercer – Macon, Georgia
Wednesday, Feb. 8 – versus Furman – Lexington, Virginia
Friday, Feb. 10 – at ETSU – Johnson City, Tennessee
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – versus Chattanooga – Lexington, Virginia
Saturday, Feb. 18 – versus Samford – Lexington, Virginia
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – versus Wofford – Lexington, Virginia
Saturday, Feb. 25 – at Western Carolina – Cullowhee, North Carolina
All Times TBA
Editor’s Note: This article was first published on vmikeydets.com.