MBB: Shockers finalize 2018-19 non-conference schedule

Jan, 4, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, ; during a game between the Wichita State Shockers and Houston Cougars at Koch Arena ©Kelly Ross KWCH12

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Wichita State unveiled its 2018-19 non-conference schedule on Thursday morning.

The 12-game pre-conference slate includes six home games, four neutral site contests and two road dates. Tip times and television details will be announced at a later date after the American Athletic Conference schedule release (traditionally in early September).

WSU hosts Catawba College, a Division II program from Salisbury, N.C., in an exhibition contest on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and opens the regular season a week later against Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Charles Koch Arena.

A young Shocker team will be tested early with a stretch of four straight neutral court games – all of which could come against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. The Shockers face Providence on Friday, Nov. 9 at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the 5th Annual Veteran’s Classic doubleheader. WSU plays a quarterfinal matchup the following week against Davidson at the Charleston Classic with a potential day-two matchup against Sweet 16 participant Purdue and a possible clash with Alabama or Virginia Tech in the tournament’s final round.

Other schedule highlights include a pair of games against Big 12 foes. Baylor invades Charles Koch Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1 and, a week later on Dec. 8, WSU will take on Oklahoma at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

For the ninth consecutive year, WSU will stage a non-conference game at downtown INTRUST Bank Arena – Saturday, Dec. 15 against Southern Miss.

Other home opponents include Rice (Sunday, Nov. 25), Jacksonville State (Wednesday, Dec. 12) and Oral Roberts (Wednesday, Dec. 19).

As announced previously, WSU’s final tune-up before the start of conference play comes Dec. 22 at VCU, which will kick off a two-year series between the programs. The Rams make a return visit to Wichita in December, 2019.

Fans wishing to purchase new men’s basketball season tickets will soon have an opportunity. The Shockers Ticket Office will have a limited supply of men’s basketball season tickets for sale later this month. Move to the front of line by signing up for the waiting list. For details call or stop by the Shocker Ticket Office (316-978-FANS) inside Charles Koch Arena during business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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Wichita State 2018-19 Non-Conference Men’s Basketball Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 30 – CATAWBA (N.C.) [Exhibition Game]
Tuesday, Nov. 6 – LOUISIANA TECH
Friday, Nov. 9 – vs. Providence #
Thursday, Nov. 15 – vs. Davidson ^
Friday, Nov. 16 – vs. Appalachian State or Purdue ^
Sunday, Nov. 18 – vs. Alabama/Ball State/Northeastern/Virginia Tech ^
Sunday, Nov. 25 – RICE
Saturday, Dec. 1 – BAYLOR
Saturday, Dec. 8 – at Oklahoma %
Wednesday, Dec. 12 – JACKSONVILLE STATE
Saturday, Dec. 15 – SOUTHERN MISS $
Wednesday, Dec. 19 – ORAL ROBERTS
Saturday, Dec. 22 – at VCU

Home Games in CAPS; at Charles Koch Arena unless otherwise noted
# = Veterans Classic (Annapolis, Md./ Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy)
^ = Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C./ TD Arena)
% = at Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
$ = at INTRUST Bank Arena