2023 Schedule Breakdown: Brown Bears

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The Brown Bears are the 62nd DI program in the 2023 schedule breakdown series. The Bears are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 10–6 overall and 4-2 in Ivy League play. Brown saw its season end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Virginia at home.

Brown’s 2023 slate features 14 games with five coming at home and nine on the road. Brown opens the season at home on February 18th against Quinnipiac. The Bears opens Ivy League play on March 18th at home against Harvard.

Brown’s 2023 Schedule

3/4Stony BrookBrown
3/11North CarolinaBrown
3/18BrownHarvardIvy League
4/1PrincetonBrownIvy League
4/8BrownPennIvy League
4/15YaleBrownIvy League
4/22BrownCornellIvy League
4/29DartmouthBrownIvy League

New Opponents


Teams Dropped


Key Games

3/11 @ North Carolina: One of the biggest early-season test for the Brown Bears comes in Chapel Hill against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In their meeting last season, the Tar Heels defeated the Bears 14-11 in a game that saw three ties in the second half alone and seven throughout the game. This contest should tell a lot about where the Bears are with some of the holes have needing to be filled from last year’s team.

3/18 vs Harvard: Brown opens Ivy League play against a Harvard squad that also made the NCAA Tournament last season and returns nearly all of its top contributors on both sides. Brown fell 12-11 to the Crimson on the road last season. This could be another close one early in the Ivy schedule.

3/27 @ Villanova: Having played each year they have been able to since 2016, Brown holds a 3-2 record over Villanova in the last five meetings between these two. That includes a 15-14 victory over the Wildcats at home last season. Playing later in the year in 2023, we could see another exciting contest between these two this spring.

4/8 vs Penn: Brown ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak in 2022. That streak started with a 12-10, comeback victory over the Penn Quakers. Brown got down 5-0 at the end of the first quarter and came roaring back to secure the win. Penn then beat Brown 14-9 in the Ivy League quarterfinals. This will be one to surely circle on the Ivy calendar.

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