Tulsa BBall AAC Opponents Named; Hurricane will Play in Oregon Tourney

The American Athletic Conference has announced the basketball conference opponents for the 2015-16 season, and Tulsa will play eight opponents twice, including defending champion , UConn, Cincinnati and Temple.

American Athletic Conference teams play an 18-game league schedule with each team playing eight of its 10 opponents twice and the other two opponents once each, one at home and one away.

The Golden Hurricane, which finished second in The American last season in its first year as a member of the league, will play home-and-home against , UConn, Cincinnati, Temple, Tulane, East Carolina, and Houston. TU will host and play at Memphis, facing those two schools just once.

The Hurricane swept the season series last year over Temple, Tulane, East Carolina and Houston and won the only meeting against . Tulsa split the regular season meetings with UConn, while and Cincinnati won regular season matchups against TU.

and Cincinnati played in the Tournament last season, while Temple and UConn joined Tulsa in the .

The American Athletic Conference Championship will take place March 10-13, 2016, at the Amway Center in Orlando. The complete American Conference schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date.

In additional TU basketball news, the team will play Oregon State in the Far West Classic Invitational on Dec. 19 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon State University and the University of Portland have announced.

The Golden Hurricane will play one game in the event and meet the Beavers as part of a two-day doubleheader that will take place Dec. 18-19 at the home arena of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Preliminary tip-off time for TU and is 8 p.m. PT/10 p.m. CT. The 2015 tournament will be hosted by the Trail Blazers, Oregon State and the University of Portland.

Tulsa and Oregon State have played once before – a 59-57 Hurricane win on Dec. 23, 1998, in the Pearl Harbor Classic in Kahuku, Hawai’i.

The Far West Classic returns after a 19-year hiatus. The holiday tournament was originally held from 1956-1996, starting in Corvallis, Ore., and moving to Portland in 1960.

Portland, Cal State Fullerton and Weber State will join Tulsa and Oregon State as participants in the event. For exclusive Far West Classic Invite presale ticket opportunities and other information, go to www.rosequarter.com/FWC2015.

It was previously announced that the Golden Hurricane will also play in the 2015 Paradise Jam Nov. 20-23 in the U.S. Virgin Islands and face Ohio in the first round. Tulsa’s full non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.

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Updated 05-27-2015

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