WICHITA - Wichita State University’s 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule is highlighted by 18 home games, a rematch with Tennessee in Wichita, and a trip to the 2013 College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. Seventh-year head coach Gregg Marshall made the announcement Thursday. WSU could play as many as 11 teams that advanced to postseason play in 2013. They will face three 2013 NCAA Tournament opponents, including Western Kentucky on ESPN, Saint Louis, and Davidson during the 2013-14 season.
WSU will also play Tennessee in WSU's fourth INTRUST Bank Arena game in downtown Wichita. The Shockers lost to Tennessee in Knoxville, 69-60, in a non-conference game in 2012-13. Another SEC foe, Alabama, which lost to Maryland in the NIT Regional final, is on the Shockers' schedule Dec. 17 in Tuscaloosa. In the two schools' last meeting, Wichita State defeated the Crimson Tide, 66-57, in the final of the 2011 Postseason NIT in Madison Square Garden.
After opening the season against Oklahoma Baptist in exhibition action Nov. 2, WSU opens its 108th regular-season against Emporia State Nov. 9 before playing host to Western Kentucky in a Midnight game Nov. 11. WSU will drop its 2013 Final Four banner that night. WSU then plays two home games in the opening rounds of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic against William & Mary and Tennessee State.
Another non-conference highlight is a game at Tulsa, which the Shockers will play for the 123rd time in history with WSU leading the series 62-60. WSU won, 86-60, in Wichita a year ago, 77-67, in Tulsa in 2011-12, and 82-79, in 2010-11 in the renewal of the rivalry, which was also the Shockers' first game in the new INTRUST Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. Then, on Nov. 25, Wichita State and DePaul play at 9 p.m. Central, on ESPN3 in Kansas City in the Championship Rounds of the CBE. Texas and BYU, which lost to Baylor in the semifinal of the 2013 Postseason NIT, play the 6:30 p.m. game. On Nov. 26, the consolation game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. Central on ESPNU, followed by the 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at 9 p.m. Central on ESPN2.
Wichita State then travels to Saint Louis to face the Billikins, which defeated New Mexico State and lost to Oregon in the NCAA Tournament a year ago to finish 28-7. The Shockers then play ORU, a 2013 Collegeinsider.com Tournament quarterfinalist (20-15) before playing host to Tennessee, and travelling to Alabama. Two more home non-conference games against North Carolina Central, and 2013 NCAA participant, Davidson, wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule. Davidson lost to Marquette its first game of the tournament to finish 26-8 in 2012-13.
WSU opens the Valley schedule Jan. 2 at SIU before home games against UNI, which finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference and lost to Weber State in the CIT semifinals, and Illinois State. WSU plays new MVC member Loyola in Wichita on Jan. 28, in the first meeting between the two schools since 1989-90. WSU holds a 18-9 advantage in that overall series.
Dates for the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament are March 6-9, 2014 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The ESPN and MVC-TV Network games will be announced Sept. 16, and Oct. 1, respectively, while the local television schedule will be announced soon after. The MVC Wildcard Television weekend times will be announced Feb. 7, 2014.