TU completes its basketball schedule

The University of Tulsa’s 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule is now complete with the release of the 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule.

Each of the league’s 12 members will face seven of its 11 opponents twice, while playing the remaining four opponents once each — two at home and two on the road.

Tulsa will host UCF and SMU and travel for road matchups at Cincinnati and Houston. The Golden Hurricane will face every other league member twice, at home and on the road.

At least 25 of Tulsa’s 30 regular-season games can be seen nationally on the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network.

“The American is an outstanding conference and will once again be among the strongest in the nation,” head coach Frank Haith said. “There is great depth in this league and we will be prepared for a challenge every night. We are looking forward to several big-time matchups in front of our fans at the Reynolds Center and we are excited that TU supporters across the country will have an opportunity to see us play every conference game.”

TU will open its league slate on Dec. 28 when it hosts ECU. The teams split a pair of meetings last season with each team winning on its home floor.

The Golden Hurricane lead the all-time series, 16-3, and have claimed wins in seven of the last eight matchups. The teams will square off again on March 1 in Greenville, N.C.

Tulsa will close out 2017 at Tulane on New Year’s Eve. The Hurricane took two of the three contests against the Green Wave a season ago to push its lead itnthe all-time series to 18-6. TU will host Tulane on Feb. 8.

The month of January will feature home matchups against UConn, Wichita State and Memphis. Tulsa will open 2018 at the Reynolds Center on Jan. 3 against the Huskies. TU claimed the only meeting with UConn last season, which also came at home, in overtime and the teams have split six games since the Hurricane joined The American. TU will make the trip to Hartford, Conn., for a contest against the Huskies at the XL Center on Feb. 15.

Tulsa will take on Memphis and former Golden Hurricane coach Tubby Smith on Jan. 6 at the FedEx Forum before a trip to Houston on Jan. 11. The Hurricane split a pair of games with the Tigers last season, while it leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 27-24. TU’s game in Houston will take place at Health & PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern due to renovations at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Following the two road games, Tulsa will return to the Reynolds Center on Jan. 13 for the inaugural Havoc in the Heartland contest against Wichita State.

The series with the Shockers dates back to the 1930-31 season and this will mark the first conference matchup between the programs since the 1995-96 campaign when both were members of the Missouri Valley Conference. At 126 games, TU has faced WSU more than any other opponent in program history and the Hurricane will make a return trip to Charles Koch Arena in Wichita on Jan. 28.

Tulsa will close January with a home game against Memphis on Jan. 20 before its trip to Wichita on Jan. 28.

The Hurricane will host SMU on Feb. 1 for its only matchup of the season against the Mustangs. That contest will be followed by a trip to USF on Feb. 4 and a Feb. 8 game with Tulane in Tulsa. TU has won all five previous meetings against USF.

After a Feb. 15 visit to Hartford, Conn., and a matchup against UConn, Tulsa will return home for back-to-back contests. The squad will host USF on Feb. 18 and then UCF on Feb. 21 in the only scheduled game with the Knights. TU and UCF split games last season, with each team defending its home court.

On Feb. 25, TU plays at Cincinnati in the only matchup of the season with the Bearcats. The regular-season then will wind down with a March 1 matchup at ECU before TU hosts Temple on March 4 in the final home game of the season.

The American Athletic Conference Championship will return to the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and take place March 8-11.