Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State’s American schedule includes visits from Cincinnati, SMU, UConn

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has elevated the Bearcats to the top of the American Athletic Conference.
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has elevated the Bearcats to the top of the American Athletic Conference. Associated Press

Wichita State’s entrance into the American Athletic Conference seems significantly more powerful with Thursday’s release of home and road games for men’s and women’s basketball.

The good news is the men’s team gets visits from almost all the brand names a fan could wish for. The bad news is the Connecticut women’s team will not come to Koch Arena.

Coming to Koch Arena this winter: Cincinnati, Connecticut, SMU, Tulsa, Houston, Temple and Central Florida to play the Shocker men.

“It’s exciting that we’re going to get guys like that in here,” WSU sophomore guard Landry Shamet said.

WSU will play those seven schools home and away.

The schedule reunites the Shockers with former Missouri Valley Conference opponents Tulsa, Cincinnati and Houston.

▪  Cincinnati returns to Wichita for the first time since 1981, when the teams played a non-conference game. The Bearcats played their last game in Wichita as an MVC school in 1970.

▪  Houston last came to Wichita in 1960 to play an MVC game. The Cougars lost a 2005 NIT game in Koch Arena.

▪  Tulsa has been a regular non-conference opponent in recent seasons to both Koch Arena and Intrust Bank Arena. The Hurricane exited the MVC in 1996.

The Shockers play at East Carolina and Memphis, also a former MVC member, with no home games. South Florida and Tulane travel to Koch Arena but don’t get home games with the Shockers.

Wichita State played a non-conference game at Memphis in 1983. Its last game against the Tigers as conference opponents came in 1973 at Memphis.

Scheduling in the AAC matches seven schools picked to have similar success in two-game series in order to help power rankings (RPI) and create matchups for TV. Teams play a single game against the four remaining schools to minimize the effects of bad teams on the RPI.

The WSU women will play a 16-game schedule with home-and-away series against Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. The schedule, like the men’s, is designed to help the RPI of upper-level teams and give lower-level teams a chance to win.

The Shockers will play the American’s three 2017 NCAA teams — Connecticut, Temple, South Florida — once each. All of WSU’s home-and-home opponents finished with losing records in conference play.

The Shockers travel to Central Florida, Connecticut and East Carolina. Cincinnati, South Florida and Temple visit Koch Arena.

Athletic director Darron Boatright said WSU had no influence on receiving a home game with UConn as a welcome-to-the-AAC bonus. There is a chance UConn will visit Koch Arena in 2018-19. The conference, Boatright said, attempts to schedule return games between the three single-game opponents when those teams match up again as single-game opponents.

If WSU were to move up in the American standings, it could earn a home-and-home with UConn in 2018-19.

Complete schedules with dates and TV information are expected in the early fall.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

Men’s American basketball schedule pairings

School

Home

Away

Home and away

Central Florida

Houston, Tulane

East Carolina, Tulsa

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Wichita State

Cincinnati

East Carolina, Tulsa

South Florida, Tulane

Houston, Connecticut, Memphis, Central Florida, SMU, Temple, Wichita State

Connecticut

South Florida, SMU

Houston, Tulane

Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, Central Florida, Tulsa, Temple, Wichita State

East Carolina

Central Florida, Wichita State

Cincinnati, Temple

Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa

Houston

Connecticut, Tulsa

Central Florida, Memphis

Cincinnati, East Carolina, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Wichita State

Memphis

Houston, Wichita State

SMU, Temple

Cincinnati, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, South Florida, Tulane, Tulsa

South Florida

Cincinnati, Temple

Connecticut, Wichita State

Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa

SMU

Memphis, Temple

Cincinnati, Tulsa

Central Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, South Florida, Tulane, Wichita State

Temple

East Carolina, Memphis

South Florida, SMU

Cincinnati, Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston,Tulane, Tulsa, Wichita State

Tulane

Cincinnati, Connecticut

Central Florida, Wichita State

East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulsa

Tulsa

Central Florida, SMU

Cincinnati, Houston

Connecticut, East Carolina, Memphis, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, Wichita State

Wichita State

South Florida, Tulane

East Carolina Memphis

Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, SMU, Temple, Tulsa

Women’s American basketball schedule pairings

School

Home

Away

Home and away

Central Florida

East Carolina, Tulane, Wichita State

Cincinnati, Houston,

Tulsa

Connecticut, Memphis, South Florida,

SMU, Temple

Cincinnati

Central Florida, Memphis,

Tulane

Connecticut, SMU,

Wichita State

East Carolina, Houston,

South Florida, Temple, Tulsa

Connecticut

Cincinnati, Tulsa,

Wichita State

East Carolina,

Houston, SMU

Central Florida, Memphis, South Florida,

Temple, Tulane

East Carolina

Connecticut, Temple,

Wichita State

Central Florida, South Florida, Tulane

Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis,

SMU, Tulsa

Houston

Central Florida, Connecticut, Memphis

South Florida, Temple, Tulsa

Cincinnati, East Carolina, SMU,

Tulane, Wichita State

Memphis

South Florida, SMU, Tulane

Cincinnati,

Houston, Temple

Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina,

Tulsa, Wichita State

South Florida

East Carolina, Houston, SMU

Memphis, Tulsa,

Wichita State

Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut,

Temple, Tulane

SMU

Cincinnati, Connecticut, Tulsa

Memphis, South Florida, Tulane

Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston,

Temple, Wichita State

Temple

Houston, Memphis, Tulsa

East Carolina, Tulane, Wichita State

Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut,

South Florida, SMU

Tulane

East Carolina,

SMU, Temple

Central Florida, Cincinnati, Memphis

Connecticut, Houston, South Florida,

Tulsa, Wichita State

Tulsa

Central Florida, Houston, USF

Connecticut, SMU, Temple

Cincinnati, East Carolina, Memphis, Tulane, Wichita State

Wichita State

Cincinnati, South Florida, Temple

Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina

Houston, Memphis, SMU,

Tulane, Tulsa

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