Aug. 24, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma Head Men's Basketball Coach Lon Kruger and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced the Sooners' 14-game non-conference schedule today, a slate that features seven home dates (two of them exhibitions), three nationally televised games Thanksgiving week at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., an All-College Classic meeting in Oklahoma City against former Big 12 rival Texas A&M, a visit from 2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant Ohio, and road contests against Oral Roberts and Arkansas.
OU's 18-game double round-robin Big 12 schedule was released Aug. 9.
"Even though it will be extremely challenging, we really like our schedule," said Kruger, who is just six wins shy of 500 in his collegiate coaching career. "Seven of the non-conference opponents won at least 20 games last year, four made the NCAA Tournament and two played in the NIT. Seven of our non-league games will be played away from home, which can be difficult. But we like our team and know that our guys will be up for every challenge. They're excited for Nov. 2 to get here, for sure."
The Sooners open with home exhibition games Nov. 2 and 7 against NCAA Division II members Washburn (25-8 last year) and Central Oklahoma (15-11), respectively. UCO is coached by former OU point guard Terry Evans, the Sooners' all-time leader in 3-point field goals and assists.
OU starts the regular season Sunday, Nov. 11 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, then hits the road for five straight contests. OU will play at Texas-Arlington (24-9; NIT last year) on Nov. 16 before competing in the three-game Old Spice Classic during Thanksgiving week. The Sooners will open in Orlando vs. UTEP (15-17) on Nov. 22 and then play Clemson (16-15) or Gonzaga (26-7) on Nov. 23. The third round on Nov. 25 will pit OU against Davidson (25-8), Marist (14-18), Vanderbilt (25-11) or West Virginia (19-14). Gonzaga, Davidson, Vanderbilt and West Virginia all participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. All three of OU's Old Spice Classic games are scheduled to be televised by ESPN2.
The Sooners return to Oklahoma for a Nov. 28 road contest at Oral Roberts (27-7; NIT), host Northwestern State (16-16) Nov. 30 and then go back on the road for a Dec. 4 game at Arkansas (18-14) on ESPN2. After final exams, they'll face Texas A&M (14-18) in a Dec. 15 All-College Classic game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City (televised by ESPNU).
OU will close its non-league schedule with three home dates: Dec. 18 vs. Stephen F. Austin (20-12), Dec. 29 vs. Ohio (29-8; NCAA Sweet 16) and Dec. 31 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-24).
Oklahoma will play at least 14 (possibly 15) of its 30 regular season contests against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams. Twenty-eight of the 30 games (as well as the exhibitions) are slated for television, with a possibility for more. Seventeen games will air on national TV, which is six more than last season. Eleven will air on ESPN or ESPN2 and six on ESPNU. Additionally, five games will be shown by the Big 12 Network and at least eight by Sooner Sports TV.
OU men's basketball season ticket renewal information will be mailed/emailed in the coming week. New this year for all season ticket holders is a personal VIP Day with the Sooners (more details coming next week). The popular "20 Prizes in 20 Days" promotion will return, with all season ticket holders who renew by Oct. 1 being included in the chance to win one of 20 great prizes given away once a day beginning Oct. 13. A list of prizes will be posted next week on SoonerSports.com.
Season ticket holders renewing before the deadline will also receive a $20-per-ticket discount (up to an additional $10 off the entire order if renewed on SoonerSports.com) and access throughout the season to the season ticket holder concession stand at Lloyd Noble Center's Legacy Court.
For more 2012-13 men's basketball ticket information, contact the OU Athletics Ticket Office by phone at (800) 456-4668 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Oklahoma's 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule (all times Central)|
|Nov. 2||Washburn (Ex.)||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 7||Central Oklahoma (Ex.)||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 11||Louisiana-Monroe||Norman||2 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 16||at Texas-Arlington||Arlington, Texas||7 p.m.||TBD|
|Nov. 22||vs. UTEP #||Orlando, Fla.||6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Nov. 23||vs. Clemson/Gonzaga #||Orlando, Fla.||TBD||ESPN2|
|Nov. 25||vs. TBD #||Orlando, Fla.||TBD||ESPN2|
|Nov. 28||at Oral Roberts||Tulsa, Okla.||7 p.m.||TBD|
|Nov. 30||Northwestern State||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 4||at Arkansas||Fayetteville, Ark.||6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Dec. 15||vs. Texas A&M %||Oklahoma City, Okla.||TBD||ESPNU|
|Dec. 18||Stephen F. Austin||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 29||Ohio||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 31||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Norman||2 p.m.||SSTV|
|Jan. 5||at West Virginia||Morgantown, W.Va.||3 p.m.||Big 12 Network|
|Jan. 12||Oklahoma State||Norman||2 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Jan. 16||Texas Tech||Norman||7 p.m.||Big 12 Network|
|Jan 19||at Kansas State||Manhattan, Kan.||3 p.m.||Big 12 Network|
|Jan. 21||Texas||Norman||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Jan. 26||at Kansas||Lawrence, Kan.||3 p.m.||ESPN|
|Jan. 30||at Baylor||Waco, Texas||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 2||Kansas State||Norman||5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Feb. 4||at Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 9||Kansas||Norman||3 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Feb. 11||TCU||Norman||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 16||at Oklahoma State||Stillwater, Okla.||12:30 p.m.||Big 12 Network|
|Feb. 20||at Texas Tech||Lubbock, Texas||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 23||Baylor||Norman||4 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 27||at Texas||Austin, Texas||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|March 2||Iowa State||Norman||12:30 p.m.||Big 12 Network|
|March 6||West Virginia||Norman||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|March 9||at TCU||Fort Worth, Texas||TBD||SSTV|
|March 13-16||at Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship||Kansas City, Mo.||TBD||Big 12 Network/ESPN|
# Old Spice Classic
% All-College Classic