Tulsa will play Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Wichita State and Oral Roberts as part of a 12-game non-conference schedule announced by TU Coach Frank Haith.
The Hurricane will play six home games at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, including contests against Jacksonville State, New Orleans, Oregon State, Illinois State, Oklahoma State and Texas State. TU will play road contests against Wichita State, Oral Roberts and Little Rock, and three neutral site games at the Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22-25, in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The schedule features as many as seven teams that played in the postseason last year. Wichita State, Oregon State and Little Rock, as well as Diamond Head Classic participants Utah, Hawai’i and Stephen F. Austin, who played in the NCAA Tournament last season, while San Diego State participated in the postseason NIT.
The Golden Hurricane is coming off a 20-win season in which it earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the 15th NCAA appearance in program history. TU returns four players with Division I experience, including two that saw action last season, and welcomed nine newcomers to the roster for the 2016-17 season.
“I am excited about this nonconference schedule, and the opportunities it presents our team this season,” Haith said. “Wichita State, Oregon State and Little Rock played in the postseason last year, and we will face a strong field in Hawai’i. The home schedule features some attractive and well-known opponents for our fans, including in-state rival Oklahoma State, and we expect to be tested every night. This schedule will challenge our young team, and prepare our guys for the rigors of American Athletic Conference play.”
Tulsa opens the 2016-17 season on Nov. 11 against Jacksonville State at home. It will be the first meeting between the Hurricane and the Gamecocks from Jacksonville, Ala.
TU then plays at Wichita State on Nov. 16. The Golden Hurricane defeated the Shockers, 77-67, last season at the Reynolds Center. The most-played rivalry in program history, WSU holds a slim, 64-61, series advantage.
The Hurricane will play a pair of home games against New Orleans (Nov. 19) and Oregon State (Nov. 22) leading into Thanksgiving week.
It will be the first meeting between Tulsa and the Privateers of New Orleans. TU and Oregon State are tied 1-1 in the series, including a 76-71 OSU win in Portland, Ore., last season. The Hurricane won the first contest, 59-57, in 1998.
The Mayor’s Cup rivalry renews on Nov. 28, when TU travels across town to play at Oral Roberts at the Mabee Center. The Golden Hurricane leads the series, 32-19.
Tulsa then plays at Little Rock on Dec. 3, to take on the Trojans, who went 30-5 last season and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It will be the eighth straight year the two schools have met, and TU leads the series, 5-4.
TU plays three straight home games in mid-December, before closing out nonconference play at the Diamond Head Classic.
Tulsa hosts Illinois State on Dec. 7. It will be the 32nd meeting between former Missouri Valley Conference rivals. This will be the first meeting between the schools since the 1995-96 season, and the Hurricane holds a 16-15 series lead on the Cardinals.
The Golden Hurricane welcomes in-state rival Oklahoma State to the Reynolds Center on Dec. 10. Tulsa defeated the Cowboys in Stillwater last season, 66-56. This will be the first meeting at the Reynolds Center since the 2009-10 season, when TU won 86-65 in front of a sellout crowd.
TU closes out the home nonconference slate against Texas State on Dec. 17. Tulsa leads the series against the Bobcats, 4-0, including an 84-46 win in the last meeting during the 2003-04 season.
The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic takes place Dec. 22-25 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Hawai’i, Illinois State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin and Utah join Tulsa in the field. The bracket pairings and game times will be announced at a later date.
Tulsa will play two home exhibition games in early November, facing Oklahoma Christian on Nov. 2 and Northeastern State on Nov. 7.
The 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule will be announced at a later date.
TU Nonconference Schedule
2 – Oklahoma Christian (exhibition)
7 – Northeastern State (exhibition)
11 – Jacksonville State
16 at Wichita State
19 – New Orleans
22 – Oregon State
28 at Oral Roberts