OU Announces Non-Conference Hoops Slate

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooner head basketball coach Lon Kruger announced the team's upcoming non-conference schedule for his first season at OU, and it features 14 games with nine home dates, three in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., a road game at Cincinnati and the All-College Classic against Houston.

The Sooners open things up with a Nov. 1 exhibition game against Northeastern (Okla.) State and host Washburn just five days later.

They start the regular season Nov. 11 at home against Idaho State before taking a week off and hosting Coppin State Nov. 18.

Then, OU heads west for the 76 Classic Nov. 24, 25 and 27 against opponents to be determined, although the field is comprised of Boston College, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Santa Clara, UC Riverside, Villanova and Washington State.

After that, the Sooners return home for three consecutive contests, first against Sacramento State Dec. 2, then vs. Oral Roberts Dec. 8, followed by Arkansas Dec. 10.

The next week, it's the All-College Classic against Houston Dec. 17, before OU welcomes South Carolina State to town four days later.

OU makes its only non-conference road trip on Dec. 29 after a nine-day layoff before coming back to Lloyd Noble Center to cap off the out-of-conference slate on New Year's Eve against Northwestern (La.) State.

"It's a good schedule from the standpoint that it will really help prepare us for Big 12 play," Kruger said. "We've got some tough games on the road with the 76 Classic in Anaheim--a very good field there--and Cincinnati. The home schedule is highlighted by the game against Arkansas. That's a team that will come here and play extremely hard and well under Coach [Mike] Anderson."

While the dates have been determined, start times will be released at a later date prior to the start of the season.

"November 1 seems like a long way away, but it will be here before we know it," Kruger said. "Our team is excited for the season, and we hope our fans are, too."

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