AUSTIN, Texas -- Matchups against perennial national powers North Carolina, UCLA and Temple highlight the 2011-12 University of Texas basketball non-conference schedule released today. The Longhorns also will make an appearance in the Legends Classic and play nine of their 13 non-conference dates in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center.
The Big 12 Conference schedule has not been finalized at this date. Tip times and UT's complete television schedule for the 2011-12 season will be announced at a later date.
The Longhorns open the 2011-12 season with consecutive home dates against Boston University (Nov. 13) and Rhode Island (Nov. 15). Both games will be in conjunction with the Legends Classic. As one of the four regional host sites for the tournament, Texas automatically advances to the Championship Rounds at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Nov. 19 and 21. UT will join North Carolina State, Oregon State and Vanderbilt for the semifinals and championship/consolation games. Matchups for the Championship Rounds will be announced at a later date.
Texas returns to Austin for a pair of home contests against in-state opponents Sam Houston State (Nov. 26) and North Texas (Nov. 29). The Horns then travel to Los Angeles to play UCLA (Dec. 3). The contest against the Bruins will be played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, as Pauley Pavilion will be unavailable this coming season due to a renovation project.
UT returns to the Erwin Center for a four-game homestand, featuring contests against Texas-Arlington (Dec. 6), Texas State (Dec. 10), Nicholls State (Dec. 13) and Temple (Dec. 17). The contest against the Owls marks the beginning of a home-and-home series, in which Texas will travel to Philadelphia during the 2012-13 season.
The Longhorns will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face North Carolina (Dec. 21) at the Smith Center. Texas will conclude its non-conference slate with a home game against Rice on New Year's Eve.
2011-12 University of Texas Basketball Non-Conference Schedule (all dates and times subject to change; as of July 1, 2011; All times Central)
Day Date Opponent Time TV Nov. 13-15 Legends Classic Regional Round (Frank Erwin Center; Austin, Texas) Sun. Nov. 13 Boston University TBA TBA Tues. Nov. 15 Rhode Island TBA TBA
Nov. 19-21 Legends Classic Championship Round (Izod Center; East Rutherford, N.J.) (Participating Teams: North Carolina State, Oregon State, Texas, Vanderbilt) Sat. Nov. 19 Semifinal Game TBA TBA Mon. Nov. 21 Consolation/Championship Game TBA TBA
Sat. Nov. 26 Sam Houston State TBA TBA Tues. Nov. 29 North Texas TBA TBA Sat. Dec. 3 at UCLA (Los Angeles Sports Arena; Los Angeles, Calif.) TBA TBA Tues. Dec. 6 Texas-Arlington TBA TBA Sat. Dec. 10 Texas State TBA TBA Tues. Dec. 13 Nicholls State TBA TBA Sat. Dec. 17 Temple TBA TBA Wed. Dec. 21 at North Carolina (Smith Center; Chapel Hill, N.C.) 6 p.m. ESPN2 Sat. Dec. 31 Rice TBA TBA