WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State University’s 2010-11 men’s basketball schedule is highlighted by 17 home games, more than 11 nationally or regionally televised games, renewal of the Tulsa rivalry, and a trip to the 2010 EA Sports Maui Invitational, third-year head coach Gregg Marshall announced today.
WSU could play four 2010 NCAA Tournament opponents in 2010-11 with Michigan State, which lost to Butler in the Final Four; San Diego State, which lost to Tennessee in the first round; and Valley-member Northern Iowa, which advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Michigan State. Kentucky, which lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight, and Washington, which lost to West Virginia in the Sweet 16, are potential opponents on the final day of the Maui Invitational.
“We feel this is an extremely challenging schedule with great balance," Marshall said. "We have the EA Sports Maui Invitational, which is the premier exempt tourney in the land. Also, we play games on the road versus San Diego State, which many pick as the pre-season favorite in the Mountain West, as well as LSU. We also renew the regional rivalry with Tulsa, that many had asked me to do since arriving in Wichita.”
The schedule also provides three 2010 NIT opponents in Connecticut, which the Shockers play in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational; Tulsa, which the Shockers will play for the 120th time in history with the Shockers down one game in the series 60-59; and Valley-member Illinois State, which lost to NIT Champion Dayton in the opening round.
Wichita State opens the 105th regular season of Shocker basketball against Texas Southern Nov. 16, before travelling to Maui for the EA Sports Maui Invitational and opening against Connecticut on ESPN2. Chaminade or Michigan State will be the Shockers' opponent on day two of the event on either ESPN or ESPN2, while WSU could face Kentucky, Washington, Virginia or Oklahoma on the final day on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
WSU follows up the Maui Invitational with home games against UMKC Nov. 29 and Chicago State Dec. 1, before travelling to San Diego State for the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge game Dec. 4. Another two-game homestand includes games against Nicholls State Dec. 10 and Alabama A&M Dec. 13.
The Shockers then complete a three-game series against LSU, this time in Bossier City, La., at the CenturyTel Center. The Shockers won the first two meetings, 57-53, in Baton Rouge, La., during the 2006-07 season, and, 67-47, in Wichita during the 2007-08 season.
Tulsa and the Shockers get together for the first time since 2004-05 when the Shockers won, 71-66, in Tulsa, Okla., in the 119th meeting of a series that first started in 1930-31 with a home-and-home series. The two teams last played in Wichita during the 2003-04 season with the Shockers taking a 66-58 win.
WSU then opens the Valley schedule Dec. 29 at home against Evansville before travelling to Bradley for a New Year's Day game on ESPNU. WSU never plays more than two-straight home games or two-straight road games throughout the Valley schedule, while the Shockers play 10 games in January and seven in February, not including the 2011 ESPNU Bracketbusters game at home Feb. 19 or 20.
As of now, WSU has seven games on the ESPN family of networks, and three MVC Television games on the FSN network. WSU's final road game of the season at Missouri State could be a television selection on the MVC's Wildcard Weekend.
Dates for the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament are March 3-6, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
In addition, WSU will play host to cross-town Newman University on Wed., Nov. 10, in the exhibition game.
All dates and times are subject to change. Additional national, regional and local television games will be announced at a later date.
WED. Nov. 10 NEWMAN UNIVERSITY (Exhibition) WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
TUES. Nov. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
EA Sports Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii)
Mon. Nov. 22 vs. Connecticut (ESPN2) 2:05 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 23 vs. Chaminade or Michigan State (ESPN or ESPN2) TBD
Wed. Nov. 24 vs. Oklahoma/Kentucky/Virginia/Washington (ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU) TBD
MON. Nov. 29 UMKC WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
WED. Dec. 1 CHICAGO STATE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 4 ^ @ San Diego St. (The Mtn) San Diego, Calif. 9:05 p.m.
FRI. Dec. 10 NICHOLLS STATE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
MON. Dec. 13 ALABAMA A&M WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 vs. Louisiana State Bossier City, La.$ 7 p.m.
TUES. Dec. 21 TULSA WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
WED. Dec. 29 *EVANSVILLE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 1 *at Bradley (ESPNU) Peoria, Ill. 6:05 p.m.
TUES. Jan. 4 *DRAKE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 7 *at Illinois State Normal, Ill. 7:05 p.m.
SUN. Jan. 9 *MISSOURI STATE (ESPNU) WICHITA 7:35 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 12 *at Creighton Omaha, Neb. 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 15 *at Drake Des Moines, Iowa 7:05 p.m.
WED. Jan. 19 *UNI (MVC TV) WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
SAT. Jan. 22 *INDIANA STATE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 26 *at Southern Illinois (MVC TV) Carbondale, Ill. 6:05 p.m.
SAT. Jan. 29 *BRADLEY (ESPN2) WICHITA 1:05 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 1 *at Indiana State Terre Haute, Ind. 6:05 p.m.
SAT. Feb. 5 *ILLINOIS STATE WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
TUES. Feb. 8 *SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 12 *at UNI (ESPN2) Cedar Falls, Iowa 9:05 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 15 *at Evansville Evansville, Ind. 7:05 p.m.
Fri.-Sun. Feb. 18-20 ESPN BRACKETBUSTERS WICHITA TBD
WED. Feb. 23 *CREIGHTON (MVC TV) WICHITA 7:05 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 26 *at Missouri State Spring¥eld, Mo. TBD#
State Farm MVC Tournament
Thurs. March 3 First Round St. Louis, Mo. TBD
Fri. March 4 Quarter¥nals St. Louis, Mo. TBD
Sat. March 5 Semi¥nals St. Louis, Mo. TBD
Sun. March 6 Final St. Louis, Mo. TBD
March 15/16 First Round TBA TBA
March 17/19 or 18/20 Second /Third Rounds TBA TBA
March 24/26 or 25/27 Regionals TBA TBA
April 2/4 Final Four Houston, Texas TBA