George Mason's 2012-13 men's basketball non-conference schedule includes hosting Virginia in the season opener, facing Maryland in the BB&T Classic and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the school announced on Friday.
The Patriots play all 12 non-conference games before New Year's, with four coming on their home court and road tilts against Big East program South Florida plus Atlantic 10 schools Rhode Island and Richmond.
After a home exhibition game against Bowie State on October 25, the Patriots face the Cavaliers on November 9 at the Patriot Center, the first time the schools have met in Fairfax since 1996. Last season Virginia defeated George Mason in Charlottesville 68-48 in coach Paul Hewitt's first campaign with the Patriots.
The BB&T appearance is the Patriots first in five seasons and the program's first matchup against Maryland since 2004.
George Mason will participate in the Paradise Jam on the island of St. Thomas November 16-19. The three-game stint starts against Mercer and the field includes Connecticut, Wake Forest and New Mexico.
Home game in CAPS, start times to be determined.
Thu, Oct 25 vs. BOWIE STATE (Exhibition)
Fri, Nov 09 VIRGINIA
Tue, Nov 13 Bucknell at Lewisburg, Pa.
Fri, Nov 16 Mercer at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Paradise Jam)
Sat, Nov 17 - Mon, Nov 19 Two Games vs. TBD (Paradise Jam)
Sat, Nov 24 BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Wed, Nov 28 Rhode Island at Kingston, R.I.
Sun, Dec 02 Maryland at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (BB&T Classic)
Tue, Dec 04 UMBC
Sat, Dec 08 NORTHERN IOWA
Sat, Dec 22 Richmond at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va.
(Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic)
Sat, Dec 29 South Florida at Tampa, Fla.