Oklahoma basketball: Full schedule announced for 2018-19 men’s hoops

Unless you are a fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, there is not much interest right now in the upcoming college basketball season. And that may go double, or even triple, if you are an Oklahoma football fan.

Regardless, basketball isn’t that far off, and the Big 12 has announced its complete hoops schedule for 2018-19, including the one for Oklahoma basketball.

The Sooners will open the season on Nov. 9 with a road game against the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and will begin Big 12 play on Jan. 2 with a real tough assignment, going to Kansas to play the 13-time, defending-league-champion Jayhawks.

Among the notable nonconference opponents OU will face this season are Florida, followed by either Stanford or Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas during Thanksgiving week, Notre Dame on Dec. 4 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York, followed by Wichita State in Oklahoma City Dec. 8 and USC in Tulsa Dec. 15, Creighton in Norman on Dec. 18 and at Northwestern on Dec. 21.

Added to an always fiercely competitive Big 12 schedule, the upcoming Sooner basketball season shaped up again as one of the more difficult ones among NCAA Division I teams.

The Sooners finished in a tie for sixth place in the Big 12 last season with an 8-10 league record and were 18-14 overall, including an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Last year’s OU team featured consensus All-American Trae Young, the nation’s leading scorer and assist leader. Young has moved on to the NBA after one season in Norman, but Oklahoma returns four of its top four scorers from last season in seniors Christian James, Rashard Odomes and Jamuni McNeace and sophomore Brady Manek.

Sixteen of the Sooners’ 18 Big 12 contests will be televised on one of the ESPN networks.