Michigan is coming to the Erwin Center, and Texas coach Shaka Smart will get a decidedly unwelcome reception when he returns to VCU this upcoming men’s basketball season.
The Longhorns released the non-conference portion of the 2017-18 schedule on Thursday. The Big 12 half of the schedule will be released at a later date.
The season begins on Nov. 10 against Northwestern State, and Texas will host New Hampshire (Nov. 14) and Lipscomb (Nov. 18).
Texas will then travel to Portland to compete in the PK80, a power-packed tournament designed to honor Nike founder Phil Knight. Texas will play Butler on Nov. 23 and then either Duke or Portland State on Nov. 24. A third game will take place on Nov. 26.
The Longhorns return home to face Florida A&M on Nov. 29. Then come back-to-back whoppers.
Texas will travel to Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 5 as required by Smart’s contract with his former employer. Then, it’s back home as UT faces Michigan on Dec. 12 in the return matchup of the home-and-home series that began last season.
Games against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 16), Tennessee State (Dec. 18) and a trip to Alabama (Dec. 22) round out the pre-Christmas schedule.
The final non-conference game will be Jan. 27 against Ole Miss at the Erwin Center the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
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