I’ll post much more about the schedule in the coming weeks, but here are five quick impressions. This site’s schedule page has also been updated.
- A couple of great home games at College Park Center: two non-Division I schools (University of Texas at Dallas, Arkansas Tech) and three good mid-major opponents: Tulsa, North Texas and UC Santa Barbara.
- Good road games against high-profile NCAA teams on the road: Gonzaga, Oregon, Houston and Nevada. I’ve read that Nevada might be coming here next year as a home-and-home or a 2-for-1.
- This schedule seems to have a bit of time off between games at times and a nearly two-week break between at the end of the year. I had wondered if there might be a home game in there around Christmas perhaps, but it looks like there isn’t.
- This year’s schedule has tough teams on the road, but I think this year’s team has had a year to play together and while the west coast games are exceptionally tough ones to win on the road for nearly every team in the NCAA, I think there are definitely opportunities for quality wins on the east coast trip vs. Furman and Elon. This doesn’t seem like it’s as tough as last year’s schedule.
- The North Texas game. A monday night game might make it tough for some of the North Texas fans to make it down I-35 to College Park Center and create that special rivalry atmosphere that we have seen over the years…but I am simply glad the programs are continuing this great series. North Texas got off to a 16-1 start last season, then fell apart in conference play and finished the season at 8-10 in conference and 21-12 overall (5-11 over their final 16 games). UTA is much improved since last year’s close loss and I think we get a 10-point win that night.
Here’s the schedule: