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Updating Wichita State’s non-conference men’s basketball opponents

Wichita State plays Tulsa at Koch Arena on Nov. 29. Tulsa, which won an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season, is coached by former Missouri coach Frank Haith, who replaces Danny Manning.
Wichita State plays Tulsa at Koch Arena on Nov. 29. Tulsa, which won an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season, is coached by former Missouri coach Frank Haith, who replaces Danny Manning.

New Mexico State - Nov. 14

▪  Guard Daniel Mullings, the WAC Player of the Year, can lead the Aggies to a fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

▪  New Mexico State is the preseason WAC favorite with three of the 10 players on the preseason all-conference team.

Memphis - Nov. 18 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

▪  Memphis coach Josh Pastner recently ditched his flip phone.

▪  A look around the AAC, with Memphis and Tulsa expected to finish in the middle.

Newman - Nov. 23

▪  The Jets are picked eighth in the Heartland Conference.

Tulsa - Nov. 29

▪  New coach Frank Haith inherits a team with 78 percent of its scoring back from last season.

at Utah - Dec. 3

▪  New offensive style intends to give the Utes more freedom.

▪  Preseason polls are kind to the Utes, a change from recent seasons.

Saint Louis - Dec. 6

▪  Villanova transfer Achraf Yacoubou could play an important role immediately for the Billikens.

▪  SLU lost 75 percent of its scoring from last season and coach Jim Crews needs every minute of practice to recover.

▪  The A-10 remains strong despite changes in membership.

▪  SLU picked ninth in A-10 preseason poll.

Seton Hall - Dec. 9

▪  Newcomers may allow the Pirates to play three and four guards.

at Detroit - Dec. 13

▪  The Titans are picked third in the Horizon League.

Alabama - Dec. 16

▪  Alabama’s post players are making progress.

▪  Guard Retin Obasohan expected to recover from ankle surgery in time for the opener.

▪  Injuries will keep transfer Christophe Varidel from playing.

Loyola Marymount - Dec. 22 (Diamond Head Classic)

Nebraska - Dec. 23 (possible opponent at Diamond Head Classic)

▪  While Terran Petteway is getting all the attention, coach Tim Miles says two other Huskers are also deserving.

▪  The Huskers are picked fourth in the Big Ten and picked No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll.

▪  Mile wants to have fun with his job and his personality is selling Husker hoops.

Hawaii - Dec. 23 (possible opponent at Diamond Head Classic)

▪  NCAA inquiry hangs over basketball program.

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