Shockers: AAC releases conference schedule, TV info

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

WICHITA, Kan. (Wichita State Athletics) Wichita State’s regular season schedule is complete. The American Athletic Conference finalized dates, times and television assignments on Wednesday afternoon.

For the second straight year, the Shockers will play all 18 conference games on linear national television, highlighted by CBS’ return to Wichita for the Jan. 19 rematch with Cincinnati.

The Mar. 4, 2018 game between WSU and Cincinnati marked CBS’ first-ever network telecast from the Roundhouse and was the highest-rated regular season broadcast in American conference history.

In addition to its fourth CBS appearance since joining The American, WSU will play eight times on CBS Sports Network during league play and 11 times overall. Seven more Shocker conference games (and as many as 15 total) will air on the ESPN family of networks, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3.

Four regular season games and one exhibition are earmarked for YurView Kansas, available locally on Cox channel 2022.

Start time and television assignment for the Dec. 8 game against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City have not yet been announced.

The 18-game conference slate kicks off Thursday, Jan. 3 at Memphis and concludes just over nine weeks later on Saturday, Mar. 9 when the Shockers face Tulane in New Orleans.

WSU’s home conference opener comes Sunday, Jan. 6 against Temple (3 p.m., ESPNEWS), and senior night is booked for Tuesday, Mar. 5 against ECU (8 p.m., CBSSN).

The Shockers will play home-and-homes series against seven of their 11 conference rivals: Cincinnati, UConn, ECU, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. They’ll face the four remaining schools once-each: Houston (road), USF (road), UCF (home) and Temple (home).

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Schedule Notables:

*This season 87 percent of the 108 American Athletic Conference games are on national linear television (CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, CBSSN). Remaining games can all be seen on ESPN3.

*This is WSU’s second go-around in The American, but there will still be plenty of unfamiliarity. Five of the nine conference road venues will be first-time visits for Shocker teams since joining the league. Cincinnati and Houston debut newly-renovated buildings in 2018-19 (Fifth Third Arena and the Fertitta Center). WSU did not play at USF or Tulane in 2017-18 due to the unbalanced league schedule. On Jan. 26, the Shockers trek to UConn’s Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Last year the teams played in Hartford at the XL Center.

* Fans who can’t get enough of basketball season will get a few extra days to enjoy this one. The Nov. 6 opener vs. Louisiana Tech is the earliest season tipoff in program history (by three full days). The March 9 finale will, likewise, be the latest for a Shocker team since the 1973 season.

*Recent NCAA legislation, aimed at decompressing the regular season schedule, accomplished its mission. At 123 days, this will be the longest regular season ever for a WSU team – nine days longer than the runner-up, the 2017-18 season, which stretched 114 days. The Shockers will average a game every 4.1 days.

*WSU will enjoy two extended breaks, including an eight-day gap during the heart of the conference schedule. After a Feb. 9 home game against Tulane, the Shockers won’t see action again until their Feb. 17 trip to Cincinnati.

*The schedule also features a 12-day break between the Dec. 22 non-conference finale at VCU and the Jan. 3 American opener at Memphis. Excluding gaps between conference tournament and postseason play, it’s the longest in-season layoff for a WSU team since the 1989-90 Shockers, who competed in the preseason NIT on Nov. 16, then didn’t see action again until Nov. 29.

*Saturday nights are all right. A year ago, WSU played just two home Saturday dates. This year’s schedule includes six.

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WICHITA STATE 2018-19 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

All Times are Central

OCTOBER

Tues., 30 – CATAWBA [Exhibition] – 7 p.m. (YurView KS)

NOVEMBER

Tues. 6 – LOUISIANA TECH – 7 p.m. (YurView KS)

Fri. 9 – vs. Providence % – 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thur. 15 – vs. Davidson ^ – 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Fri. 16 – vs. Appalachian St./ Purdue ^ – 3:30/5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sun. 18 – vs. Alabama/Ball St./Northeastern/Va. Tech ^ – TBD (ESPN2/U/3)

Nov. 25 – RICE – 2 p.m. (YurView KS)

DECEMBER

Sat. 1 – BAYLOR – 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sat. 8 – at Oklahoma # -- tba (tba)

Wed. 12 – JACKSONVILLE ST. – 7 p.m. (YurView KS)

Sat. 15 – SOUTHERN MISS – 4:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wed. 19 – ORAL ROBERTS – 7 p.m. (YurView KS)

Sat. 22 – at VCU – 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

JANUARY

Thur. 3 – at Memphis* – 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sun. 6 – TEMPLE* – 3 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Sat. 12 – at Houston* – 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wed. 16 – UCF* – 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sat. 19 – CINCINNATI* – 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tue. 22 – at USF* -- 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sat. 26 – at UConn* -- 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wed. 30 – SMU* – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/U)

FEBRUARY

Sat. 2 – TULSA* – 1 p.m. (ESPN2/U)

Wed. 6 – at ECU* – 6 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Sat. 9 – TULANE* – 7 p.m. (ESPN2/U)

Sun. 17 – at Cincinnati* – Noon (ESPN)

Wed. 20 – at Tulsa* – 8 p.m. (ESPN2/U)

Sat. 23 – MEMPHIS* – 7 p.m. (ESPN2/U)

Thur. 28 – UCONN* – 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

MARCH

Sun. 3 – at SMU* – 1 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tue. 5 – ECU* – 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sat. 9 – at Tulane* – 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thur. 14 - Sun. 17 – American Tournament @ Memphis, Tenn.

% = Veterans Classic at Annapolis, Md. (Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy)

^ = Charleston Classic at Charleston, S.C. (TD Arena)

# = All-College Classic at Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

! = at INTRUST Bank Arena

*= American Athletic Conference game

Note = Certain ESPN Network games are “flex networks.” Those decisions are usually announced two weeks in advance of the game. Tip time will not change.