TCU Announces Nonconference Schedule
Aug. 18, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU, which returns its top six scorers from last season's NIT championship team, begins its second season of the Jamie Dixon era on Nov. 10 as the men's basketball nonconference schedule was announced Friday.
"Last season our strength of schedule was ranked 15th out of 351 teams," said head coach Jamie Dixon. "I anticipate our schedule to be ranked even stronger this season."
This season, TCU is scheduled to play four nonconference teams that made the NCAA tournament last season. All but two teams on the schedule finished with a winning record.
The Horned Frogs begin the season with three home games in five days. The home opener is Nov. 10 against ULM. TCU then hosts Tennessee Tech on Nov. 13 and South Dakota on Nov. 15. South Dakota went 22-12 last season and fell at Iowa in the first round of the NIT.
TCU hosts SMU on Dec. 5 at Schollmaier Arena. The Mustangs went 30-5 last season and won the American Athletic Conference, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Horned Frogs host Omaha on Nov. 20. The Mavericks are projected by many media outlets to win the Summit League this season.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, TCU will participate in the Emerald Coast Classic. The Frogs will play New Mexico on Nov. 24. The winner of that game will play the winner of Maryland and St. Bonaventure on Nov. 25. Both teams finished with over 20 wins last season with Maryland earning an NCAA tournament bid. All games will be played at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. CBS Sports Network has been the television provider for the Emerald Coast Classic for the past three seasons.
TCU will play its next three games at home starting with Belmont on Nov. 29. The Bruins went 23-7 last season on their way to winning the Ohio Valley Conference and making it to the second round of the NIT. The Frogs will host Yale on Dec. 2 before the SMU game on Dec. 5.
As previously announced, TCU will play in the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., against Nevada on Dec. 8. The Wolf Pack is coming off a 28-7 season and an NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Mountain West Conference. Tip time has been set for Midnight CST/10 PM PST and will be televised on ESPNU.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic," said Dixon. "I expect to see many of our great fans in California come out to STAPLES Center and watch us compete against a very good Nevada team."
Tickets for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic are on-sale now at AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 and the STAPLES Center box office.
TCU will return home for two home games before Christmas Day. The Frogs host 2017 NCAA tournament participant and defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Texas Southern on Dec. 18 followed by William & Mary on Dec. 22.
TCU's final non-conference game is the previously announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game at Vanderbilt on Jan. 27. The game against the Commodores, who made the NCAA tournament last season, will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. TCU holds a 3-1 advantage over the SEC in the Challenge.
Tip times and television information will be announced at a later date.
Fans interested in renewing season tickets can do so by visiting the ticket office website on GoFrogs.com . New season ticket sales will begin Oct. 2 and will be based on availability and priority point rank within the Horned Frogs Priority Point System.
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