MEMPHIS, Tenn–Last Thursday, Tigers fans filled in half of the University of Memphis men’s basketball schedule with the release of the non-conference contests. This Thursday, Tiger Nation can finish the Tigers’ 2014-15 slate with the announcement of their American Athletic Conference games.
All of Memphis’ conference contests will air on one of ESPN’s family of networks (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPNews), CBS or CBS Sports Network.
Like its first season in The American in 2013-14, Memphis has 18 league contests this season. However, The American expanded by a team – losing Louisville and Rutgers and adding East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa – for the 2014-15 campaign, and as a result, each league member plays a different schedule from last season.
Instead of playing a true round-robin (home and away) against every conference member, each team plays eight of the 10 opponents both home and away. Each member also plays one opponent at home and another on the road with no return game this season.
Memphis’ home-and-away league opponents are Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa and UCF. The Tigers’ one-time home foe is Temple, while their one-time road game is at USF.
The Tigers play five league opponents – Cincinnati, Connecticut, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa – that were 2014 postseason participants. Cincinnati, Connecticut and Tulsa all played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, with the Huskies claiming the national crown. SMU was the 2014 NIT runner-up, and Tulane played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
For a second-straight season, Memphis tips off its American Athletic Conference schedule with a New Year’s Eve contest. The Tigers open league play Dec. 31 with a 1 p.m. (CT) home contest against Houston.
Memphis’ league road opener is Jan. 8 at SMU. The Tigers’ Jan. 24 contest at Tulane is being played at the Smoothie King Center, home of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
The Tigers welcome NCAA champion Connecticut to FedExForum Feb. 19 and, two weeks later on Mar. 5, make their first trip to Storrs, Conn., to play the Huskies on the UConn campus.
Memphis hosts its regular-season home finale Feb. 28 versus Tulsa. The Tigers close league regular-season action with back-to-back road contests at Connecticut Mar. 5 and Cincinnati Mar. 8.
Also, on Thursday, game times and television contests were announced for several of the Tigers’ non-conference match-ups. In all, Memphis has 25 television appearances, with four additional contests to air on WatchESPN/ESPN3.com. At this date, only the Nov. 22 High Point and Dec. 20 Oral Roberts contests are not slated for television or the web.
The Jacksonville State game, released last Thursday with a date to be announced, now is set for Feb. 4.
The following is the complete 2014-15 Memphis schedule:
Nov. 12 Christian Brothers (Exhibition) 7 pm
Nov. 18 vs. Wichita State (ESPN) 1 pm
Nov. 22 High Point
Nov. 24 Prairie View (ESPN3.com) 7 pm
Nov. 27 vs. Baylor (Fox Sports 1) 11 pm
Nov. 28 vs. Illinois/Indiana State (Fox Sports 1) 7/9:30 pm
Dec. 2 Stephen F. Austin (ESPNews) 6 pm
Dec. 6 Bradley (ESPNU) 8:30 pm
Dec. 13 Oklahoma State (ESPN2) 5 pm
Dec. 17 USC Upstate (ESPN3.com) 7 pm
Dec. 20 Oral Roberts
Dec. 23 Western Illinois (ESPN3.com) 7 pm
Dec. 31 Houston* (ESPNU) 1 pm
Jan. 3 Tulane* (ESPNU) 3 or 5 pm
Jan. 8 at SMU* (ESPN/ESPN2) 8 pm
Jan. 11 at Houston* (CBS SN) 3 pm
Jan. 15 Cincinnati* (ESPN/ESPN2) 6 pm
Jan. 17 UCF* (ESPNews) TBA
Jan. 21 at Tulsa* (ESPNU) 6 pm
Jan. 24 at Tulane* (ESPNU) 7 pm
Jan. 28 East Carolina* (CBS SN) 8 pm
Jan. 31 Gonzaga (ESPN2) 9 pm
Feb. 4 Jacksonville State (ESPN3.com) 7 pm
Feb. 7 Temple* (ESPNews) 12 pm
Feb. 10 at East Carolina* (ESPNU) 6 pm
Feb. 14 at USF* (ESPNU) 11 am
Feb. 19 Connecticut* (ESPN/ESPN2) 8 pm
Feb. 22 at UCF* (CBS SN) 1 pm
Feb. 26 SMU* (ESPN/ESPN2) 8 pm
Feb. 28 Tulsa* (ESPNU) 7 pm
Mar. 5 at Connecticut* (ESPN/ESPN2) 8 pm
Mar. 8 at Cincinnati* (CBS) 11 am
Mar. 12- American Athletic Conference
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