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June 5, 2014

Sooner men get tough non-conference slate

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s 14-game non-conference basketball schedule was announced for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. The slate could potentially mean six games against teams that played in the NCAA tournament this past season.

Six of the games are at Lloyd Noble Center, but it will take OU to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving, Las Vegas and true road games at Tulsa and Creighton.

“This is a very challenging schedule,” OU coach Lon Kruger said in a statement. “But because of the experience we have with our returning players and with what our new guys bring to the table, we think it suits our team extremely well. Our expectation is to always compete for a Big 12 championship, and this year’s non-conference schedule will afford us the opportunity to play against great competition in November and December to help prepare us for the always difficult conference grind. The Big 12 will once again be one of the toughest — if not the toughest — leagues in the country.”

The Sooners open with a pair of home exhibition game against NCAA Division II members Washburn on Nov. 7, and Southwestern Oklahoma State on Nov. 11, which will be played at McCasland Fieldhouse.

The regular season opens on Nov. 16 at Lloyd Noble Center against Southeastern Louisiana followed by Creighton on Nov. 19 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Kruger’s squad will return to Lloyd Noble Center on Nov. 23 for a contest against Northwestern State.

The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament runs Nov. 26-28 at Imperial Arena inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort.

The field will includes: Butler, Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina, UAB, UCLA and Wisconsin. The bracket will be announced at a later date, but the Gators and Badgers both reached the Final Four last season.

The Sooners will face Missouri for the first time since the Tigers left the Big 12 Conference for SEC following the 2012 season on Dec. 5 at Lloyd Noble Center. The game is part of ESPN’s Big 12-SEC Challenge and will be played the night before the Bedlam football game at Owen Field.

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