OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball program has released its 2019-20 non-conference schedule, head coach Derrin Hansen announced Wednesday.
The 15-game non-conference slate takes Omaha to seven states with competition from nine other Division I conferences. The schedule has three opponents from the Big Sky, two from the Pac-12 and one apiece from the American, Atlantic-10, MEAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, Sun Belt, WAC and West Coast Conference. It marks the second straight year Omaha has faced multiple Pac-12 opponents.
The Mavericks open their ninth Division I campaign on the road at Wichita State (Nov. 5), then make their home debut two days later against Midland (Nov. 7) at Baxter Arena.
Another home contest follows against Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 11), after which Omaha hits the road for three straight games at Colorado State (Nov. 13), Dayton (Nov. 19) and Washington State (Nov. 21). The CSU and WSU matchups are part of the Cayman Islands Classic.
The Mavericks then return to Baxter for two on-campus games as part of the Cayman Islands Classic, welcoming the field of Loyola (Md.), Southern and former Summit League peer IUPUI (Nov. 25-26) for the Mainland Tournament at Omaha.
A swing of four consecutive road contests is up next, as Omaha visits 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Mary’s (Dec. 1), Arkansas State (Dec. 3), Northern Arizona (Dec. 8) and perennial power Arizona (Dec. 11).
The Mavericks continue with year two of the WAC/Summit League Challenge, welcoming UT Rio Grande Valley (Dec. 15) at home. A trip to Eastern Washington (Dec. 17) and a home tilt with 2019 NCAA Tournament participant Montana (Dec. 21) are part of the second year of the Big Sky/Summit League Challenge, which caps non-conference before league action opens Dec. 29.
“This schedule will test our team so we’re playing our best basketball in February and March,” Hansen said. “The challenges ahead, especially on the road, will strengthen us and set us up for success in conference play.
“Northern Arizona is a return game for us, but there are also plenty of new names with Arizona, Dayton, Saint Mary’s and Washington State. We’re looking forward to this rigorous test for our squad.”
Hansen enters his 15th season leading the Maverick program, toting a career record of 227-199. Omaha returns seven letterwinners from the 2018-19 squad, which finished 21-11 (13-3) and made its second Summit League Championship Final appearance in the last three seasons.
“Last year, we were 10-2 at home, and our fans had a lot to do with that success,” Hansen said. “We appreciate their support and look forward to another big contingent of Omaha fans at Baxter Arena this winter.”
Season tickets are on sale now at the Baxter Arena Box Office, by phone at (402) 554-MAVS and online at OMavs.com/tix. New ticket packages start at $125.