(WMC) - The Memphis Tigers basketball team got exactly what it bargained for out of its Canadian Exhibition trip -- true competition.
That seems to be the theme this year for a youthful Tigers team, which will be challenged plenty during the regular season.
Memphis released the non-conference portion of its 2014-15 men's basketball schedule. Of the 13 non-league encounters, 10 are set to be played at FedExForum.
An 11th home contest is the Tigers' annual exhibition game versus Christian Brothers University on Nov. 12.
The Tigers' non-conference regular-season schedule features:
- Nine teams that played in the 2014 postseason
- Five NCAA Tournament participants (Baylor, Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State)
- Three NIT participants (High Point, Illinois, Indiana State)
- One CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) participant (USC Upstate)
- Four conference champions (Gonzaga, High Point, Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State)
- Two teams ranked in ESPN.com and CBSSports.com summer polls (Gonzaga, Wichita State)
- Ten teams with overall winning records in 2013-14
- Five nationally-televised games (ESPN/ESPN2/Fox Sports 1) to date
It is the first time since 2003-04 that Memphis will not play its season opener at home. The Tigers' 2014-15 home opener is Nov. 22 versus High Point.
The following is the 2014-15 Memphis non-conference schedule:
Nov. 12 Christian Brothers (Exhibition) 7 pm
Nov. 18 vs. Wichita State (ESPN) 1 pm
Nov. 22 High Point
Nov. 24 Prairie View
Nov. 27 vs. Baylor (Fox Sports 1) 11 pm
Nov. 28 vs. Illinois/Indiana State (Fox Sports 1) 7/9:30 pm
Dec. 2 Stephen F. Austin
Dec. 6 Bradley
Dec. 13 Oklahoma State (ESPN2) 5 pm
Dec. 17 USC Upstate
Dec. 20 Oral Roberts
Dec. 23 Western Illinois
Jan. 31 at Gonzaga (ESPN2) 9 pm
TBA Jacksonville State