SMU basketball non-conference schedule features Gonzaga, Michigan

SMU basketball’s non-conference schedule for 2015-16 is highlighted by Gonzaga and Michigan visiting Moody Coliseum.

The schedule was released on Thursday by the school and also has the Mustangs traveling to Stanford and playing in a holiday tournament in Las Vegas.

SMU opens the season on Saturday, Nov. 14 against Sam Houston State at Moody Coliseum. It won’t host Gonzaga until mid-February, about halfway through conference play.

SMU will also resume its rivalry against TCU in the Horned Frogs’ newly renovated on-campus arena.

There are high expectations for the Mustangs in 2015-16 even with an unresolved NCAA investigation.

The program is currently awaiting potential sanctions from the NCAA regarding alleged academic improprieties that may have involved SMU staff assisting Frazier with coursework. SMU went before the committee of infractions in June and expects to have any potential discipline handed down before the season starts.

SMU ended last season in the AP Top 25, won both the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and ended a two-decade plus NCAA tournament drought.

The Mustangs are considered a favorite to repeat as conference champions by college basketball experts since it returns star players Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy and adds in transfers from Duke and Texas Tech.

SMU’s conference schedule, which features UCONN, Cincinnati and Memphis, will be released at a later date.


SMU Basketball non-conference schedule

Sat.      Nov. 14       Sam Houston State

Thu.      Nov. 19       at Stanford

Sun.     Nov. 22       Yale

Sun.     Nov. 29       Brown

Wed.    Dec. 2        at TCU

Sat.      Dec. 5        New Hampshire

Tue.      Dec. 8        Michigan (ESPN2)

Wed.    Dec. 16       Nicholls State

Thu.      Dec. 17       Hampton

Tue.      Dec. 22       vs. Kent State (Las Vegas tourney)

Wed.    Dec. 23       vs. Penn State/Colorado (Las Vegas tourney)

Sat.      Feb. 13       Gonzaga (ESPN2)