NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma Head Men's Basketball Coach Lon Kruger and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione announced the Sooners' 15-game non-conference schedule Monday, a slate that features 10 home dates (two of them exhibitions) and five contests at NBA arenas.
Highlighting the schedule are an opening-season game against Alabama in Dallas, Texas, participation in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., a trip to Washington, D.C., for the BB&T Classic, a home game versus Tulsa and a contest against Texas A&M in Houston.
"This year we’ve got five neutral-site games as opposed to road games, which always is a big challenge because neutral-site games typically are very competitive and against high-level competition," said Kruger, who is the only Division I coach to lead five different programs to the NCAA Tournament. "Certainly that's the case this year. With so many new guys, a lot of games at home early is a benefit. You still have to play well and take care of business in those, but hopefully we’ll be able to gain some momentum and confidence from that part of the schedule."
The Sooners open Nov. 2 with a home exhibition game against NCAA Division II member Washburn (19-8 last year) and play another exhibition contest Nov. 4 versus 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association runner-up Oklahoma Christian (19-12). Washburn is coached by Kruger's collegiate teammate Bob Chipman, while Oklahoma Christian is under the direction of Dan Hays, who enters the year with 701 career wins.
OU starts the regular season Friday, Nov. 8 against Alabama (23-13 last year) at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Sooners then play Nov. 11 and 13 home games against North Texas (12-20) and Idaho (12-18) as part of the opening rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Following the two-game homestand, Kruger's squad will head to Brooklyn and the new Barclays Center for the Nov. 22 and 23 championship rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Sooners will face Seton Hall (15-18) on Nov. 22 and either Michigan State or Virginia Tech (13-19) the next day. Both of OU's games will be televised by truTV. Barclays Center was named the 2013 Sports Business Awards Sports Facility of the Year.
OU finishes November with a home outing against Arkansas-Little Rock (17-15) on the 29th, and then hosts Mercer (24-12) on Dec. 2 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-23) on Dec. 5. The contest against 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference champion Mercer will be televised on ESPNU and feature the return of Bob Hoffman to Lloyd Noble Center. The Bears' head coach, Hoffman was an OU assistant coach during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons when the Sooners went a combined 45-17 (won 2005 Big 12 title).
Kruger's crew will head to Washington, D.C., to take on George Mason (22-16) in the BB&T Classic on Dec. 8. The George Mason contest will be held at Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards.
The Sooners return home for Dec. 14 and 17 home games against Tulsa (17-16) and UT Arlington (19-14), respectively. The game against the Golden Hurricane will mark the first between the two programs since the 2008-09 season. OU leads the all-time series with TU, 28-11, and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings.
OU will take on former Big 12 foe Texas A&M (18-15) on Dec. 21 at the Toyota Center in Houston, home of the NBA's Rockets (televised by ESPNU), before closing its non-conference slate Dec. 30 at home against 2013 WAC co-champion Louisiana Tech (27-7).
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|2013 OU Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule (all times Central)|
|Nov. 2||Washburn (Ex.)||Norman||2 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 4||Oklahoma Christian (Ex.)||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 8||vs. Alabama||Dallas, Texas||TBD||TBD|
|Nov. 11||North Texas||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 13||Idaho||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Nov. 22||vs. Seton Hall #||Brooklyn, N.Y.||6 p.m.||truTV|
|Nov. 23||vs. Mich. State or Va. Tech #||Brooklyn, N.Y.||6/8:30 p.m.||truTV|
|Nov. 29||Arkansas-Little Rock||Norman||2 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 2||Mercer||Norman||8 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Dec. 5||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 8||vs. George Mason %||Washington, D.C.||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 17||UT Arlington||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
|Dec. 21||vs. Texas A&M||Houston, Texas||6 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Dec. 30||Louisiana Tech||Norman||7 p.m.||SSTV|
# Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
% BB&T Classic