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Wichita State’s non-conference opponent update

Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste and Wichita State’s Evan Wessel may get a chance to wrestle again in November in Orlando
Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste and Wichita State’s Evan Wessel may get a chance to wrestle again in November in Orlando The Wichita Eagle

Tulsa rising in AAC as series with Shockers continues

Nov. 7 — Hawaii Pacific (exhibition)

2015 record: 16-10

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2014-15 highlight video

Nov. 13 — Charleston Southern

2015 record (RPI): 19-12 (164)

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Division I transfers should quickly rebuild roster.

Nov. 17 — at Tulsa

2015 record (RPI): 23-11 (45)

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Tulsa World coverage

Experience should make Tulsa one of the AAC’s top teams.

Nov. 21 — Emporia State

2015 record: 12-16

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Boise State center transfers to ESU.

Nov. 26, 27, 29 — Advocare Classic

(Alabama, Dayton, Iowa, Monmouth, Xavier, Notre Dame and Southern Cal), Orlando, Fla.

The bracket isn’t set. Might ESPN sets things up for a WSU-ND rematch in the finals, or another WSU-Alabama game? WSU and Iowa played in recent tournaments, with the Shockers winning in 2010 in Kansas City (Garrett Stutz breakout game) and 2013 in Cancun (Cleanthony Early breakout game).

Dayton and Xavier, big rivals, will also eagerly await the bracket and the Flyers would love a shot at the Musketeers, who left the A-10 for the Big East. Both would like a shot at Notre Dame.

All teams in this field finished in the top 100 of the RPI last season, except Monmouth and Southern Cal. Alabama has — you might remember — a new coach in Avery Johnson, who is off to a great starting recruiting. Dazon Ingram took a strong look at WSU before signing with the Tide. Notre Dame lost Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton, both of whom went in the NBA Draft. It returns Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson and ESPN.com ranks its recruiting class No. 37.

Dec. 5 — at Saint Louis

2015 record: 11-21 (272)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Reliance on freshmen made it a rough season for Bills.

Dec. 9 — UNLV

2015 record: 18-15 (114)

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Sun

Seven newcomers arrive for a crucial season for coach Dave Rice.

Rice plans three-guard lineups.

McDonald’s All-American center Stephen Zimmerman, transfers highlight UNLV roster.

Dec. 12 — Utah at Intrust Bank Arena

2015 record: 26-9 (19)

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Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Deseret News

Utes bulk up in the summer.

Utes No. 11 in ESPN’s May ranking.

Dec. 19 — at Seton Hall

2015 record: 16-15 (97)

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Coach Kevin Willard is back after a disappointing season.

Pirates need leaders to emerge.

WSU won’t need to worry about Sterling Gibbs.

Dec. 22 — Nevada

2015 record: 9-22 (306)

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New coach Eric Musselman fires up fans with newcomers.

Center AJ West is Nevada’s top returner. Two ex-MVC players are sitting out 2015-16.

Dec. 28 — New Mexico State

2015 record: 23-11 (103)

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Las Cruces Sun

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