WILMINGTON, North Carolina – A large turnout of Seahawk fans made their way to Buffalo Wild Wings on Old Eastwood Road midday Wednesday for the annual UNCW Basketball Tip-off Luncheon to celebrate the arrival of hoops season.

      Host Mike Vaccaro, the radio voice of the Seahawks, welcomed everyone before Head Coaches Buzz Peterson and Adell Harris provided detailed looks at their respective teams.

      The men’s team plays the first of two exhibition games on Oct. 30 when Belmont Abbey visits Trask Coliseum. Peterson’s revamped squad opens the regular season on Nov. 8 with a matchup against Big Ten power Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

      The women’s team, meanwhile, makes its first public appearance on Monday, Nov. 4, when UNC Pembroke comes to the Port City for an exhibition clash. The Seahawks then travel to national juggernaut Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 9, for their season debut.

      For complete schedules of both squads, visit UNCWsports.com.