OU Set to Play Houston in All-College Classic

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners' 2011 opponent in the All-College Classic has been decided, as they'll face the Houston Cougars in what will be the 76th edition of the event on Dec. 17 at Oklahoma City Arena.

It will be the 67th appearance in the All-College Classic for OU, who has a solid 52-14 record there.

And while it's the first such appearance for head coach Lon Kruger at OU, it's not his first ever.

"The All-College Basketball Classic certainly brings back warm memories," Kruger said. "As a coach at Florida, our team participated in the tournament in 1995. It was a first-class experience then, and the event has improved since that time. Houston will be a challenge, as [head] coach [James] Dickey has done an outstanding job everywhere he's been."

In fact, Kruger's Florida team that year handed the Sooners one of their 14 losses in the All-College when they beat OU 76-72.

As for Dickey and the Cougars, they're thrilled with the matchup also.

"We are excited about the honor and opportunity to participate in the historic All-College Basketball Classic," Dickey said. "ESPN and the Oklahoma City All Sports Association do a wonderful job with the teams. Playing the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City will be a tremendous challenge for our young team."

In the other game, Oklahoma State is set to play New Mexico, for what Tim Brassfield, executive director of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, said completes a great field.

"The All-College Classic will once again feature a field that is worthy of the nation's oldest basketball tournament," Brassfield said. "With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State bringing in programs that are definitely moving upward, to compete against two teams with tremendous basketball heritage, this year's event should be really special. For the 76th time, fans will focus on this tradition-rich holiday classic in downtown Oklahoma City."

The date for the season-opener has not yet been determined for the 2011-12 season.

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