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Frank Haith and the TU basketball team will play two SEC teams and a Big 12 squad on the road this season. Tulsa World file

Matchups with Arkansas, Kansas State and Vanderbilt highlight the University of Tulsa nonconference basketball schedule released Monday.

The 13-game schedule features eight home games, four true-road contests and a matchup with Colorado State at the BOK Center.

The Hurricane, under sixth-year head coach Frank Haith, opens the season Nov. 5 against Houston Baptist at the Reynolds Center as part of the third annual Backboards & Blackboards Educational Day.

A trip to Texas-Arlington follows on Nov. 9, part of a two-for-one series that started last season with a 72-58 victory at the Reynolds Center. TU returns home for four consecutive road games against Oral Roberts (Nov. 12), Austin Peay (Nov. 16), Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 19) and South Carolina State (Nov. 27).

The month will close with a visit to Vanderbilt on Nov. 30 for the second meeting in program history with the Commodores and the first since 1950. The Hurricane has home games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 4, Arkansas State on Dec. 7 and Boise State on Dec. 10, the last of which is the first of a home-and-home series.

TU’s last three nonconference games will be away from the Reynolds Center, starting with a Dec. 14 matchup at Arkansas for the first meeting between the programs since 2007. The series also is the first of a home-and-home.

Following the game against Colorado State on Dec. 21, the Hurricane closes out a three-game series with Kansas State on Dec. 29 in Manhattan. TU has prevailed in the previous two meetings in Wichita and at the Reynolds Center.

Game times and the 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule will be announced at a later date.

2019-20 TU basketball nonconference schedule

Nov. 5: Houston Baptist

Nov. 9: at Texas-Arlington

Nov. 12: Oral Roberts

Nov. 16: Austin Peay

Nov. 19: Southeastern La.

Nov. 27: South Carolina State

Nov. 30: at Vanderbilt

Dec. 4: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Dec. 7: Arkansas State

Dec. 10: Boise State

Dec. 14: at Arkansas

Dec. 21: vs. Colorado State (BOK Center)

Dec. 29: at Kansas State

Kelly Hines

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Kelly has been the University of Tulsa football and basketball beat writer since 2014. She grew up in Moore, was valedictorian at Christian Heritage Academy and graduated from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8452