VOL. 129 | NO. 164 | Friday, August 22, 2014
Oklahoma State Highlights Tigers’ Schedule
By Don Wade
The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.
In all, 10 of the 13 non-league games will be played at FedExForum. The schedule also includes the Tigers' annual exhibition game versus Christian Brothers University Nov. 12 at FedExForum.
The Tigers' non-conference regular-season schedule features: Nine teams that played in the 2014 postseason, including five NCAA Tournament participants (Baylor, Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State), three NIT participants (High Point, Illinois, Indiana State), and one CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) participant (USC Upstate); four conference champions (Gonzaga, High Point, Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State); two teams ranked in ESPN.com and CBSSports.com summer polls (Gonzaga, Wichita State); and 10 teams with overall winning records in 2013-2014.
The Wichita State game in Sioux Falls, S.D., is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start as part of ESPN's 24-hour College Hoops Marathon, and will be played at the Sanford Pentagon.
It is the first time since 2003-2004 that Memphis will not play its season opener at home. The Tigers' 2014-2015 home opener is Nov. 22 versus High Point. The remaining games on Memphis' non-conference home slate are Prairie View Nov. 24, Stephen F. Austin Dec. 2, Bradley Dec. 6, Oklahoma State Dec. 13, USC Upstate Dec. 17, Oral Roberts Dec. 20 and Western Illinois Dec. 23. The date for the Tigers' contest against Jacksonville State will be announced later.
The Dec. 13 Oklahoma State contest is set for a 5 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The Nov. 24 Prairie View and Dec. 2 Stephen F. Austin games are a part of the Tigers' participation in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. In addition to those two home games, Memphis travels to Las Vegas Nov. 27-28 for two games. It is the first in-season tournament/event Memphis has played in Las Vegas in the program's history. It's also the first time the Tigers are playing in Las Vegas since a 1997 NIT setback to UNLV.
The Tigers open play Nov. 27 in Las Vegas against Baylor, a 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen participant. The Memphis-Baylor game is slated to tip at 11 p.m. Thanksgiving night on Fox Sports 1. The following night (Nov. 28), the Tigers will meet Illinois or Indiana State at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
Memphis' only true road non-league contest is at Gonzaga Jan. 31 in Spokane, Wash. ESPN2 is televising the Jan. 31 game at 9 p.m.