On Thursday, Brown coach Mike Martin announced the Bears 2019-2020 schedule. The 13-game nonconference schedule is highlighted by a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium to visit Duke on Dec. 28. The team will also visit St. John’s, while welcoming in-state rival Rhode Island to the Pizzitola Sports Center for the first time since a 88-85 overtime loss in 2016.
The conference schedule begins at defending champion Yale on Friday, January 17, followed by five straight games at home against Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard. The Bears then hit the road for six of their last eight, including four in a row against Penn, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell. Bruno welcomes the Tigers on February 28, followed by a senior night contest against the Quakers. The regular season concludes with a match against regular season favorites Harvard and a visit to Leede Arena to take on Dartmouth on March 7.
The Bears finished last season at 20-12, a program record for victories. They ended league play at 7-7, tied for fourth place. Although missing out on Ivy Madness to Penn due to tiebreak rules, Brown did get into postseason action with a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament. The Bears defeated UAB at home, 83-78, for its first-ever postseason victory. The year ended five nights later when Brown lost at Loyola Marymount, 81-63, in the second round.
Martin was named Ivy League Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Sophomore Tamenang Choh and senior Obi Okolie were chosen for the All-Ivy second team, while Okolie also was selected as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Heading into the 2019-2020 season, Bruno loses the services of the graduated Okolie, as well as 2018 Ivy Rookie of the Year Desmond Cambridge, who transferred to Nevada.
Bart Torvik presently has Bruno ranked No. 150 overall and in fifth place in the Ancient Eight.
2019-2020 Brown Men’s Basketball Schedule
11/5 Tue. at Bryant (Torvik rank #291)
11/9 Sat. CANISIUS (#294)
11/13 Wed. QUINNIPIAC (#265)
11/19 Tue. at Sacred Heart (#263)
11/23 Sat. NJIT (#142)
11/26 Tue. at UMass Lowell (#303)
11/30 Sat. NAVY (#215)
12/4 Wed. MERRIMACK (#293)
12/7 Sat. at Stony Brook (#217)
12/10 Tue. at St. John’s (#98)
12/28 Sat. at Duke (#10)
1/2 Thu. RHODE ISLAND (#86)
1/7 Tue. JOHNSON & WALES (not ranked)
1/17 Fri. at Yale (#175)
1/24 Fri. YALE
1/31 Fri. CORNELL (#280)
2/1 Sat. COLUMBIA (#132)
2/7 Fri. DARTMOUTH (#159)
2/8 Sat. HARVARD (#23)
2/14 Fri. at Penn (#68)
2/15 Sat. at Princeton (#109)
2/21 Fri. at Columbia
2/22 Sat. at Cornell
2/28 Fri. PRINCETON
2/29 Sat. PENN
3/6 Fri. at Harvard
3/7 Sat. at Dartmouth