OMAHA, Neb. – Home games against Nebraska and Oklahoma, road trips to Michigan and Arizona State, and a pair of games in Las Vegas highlight the Creighton men’s basketball non-conference schedule for 2019-20.
All told, Creighton will play four non-conference games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, in addition to one NIT and one CIT qualifier.
Head coach Greg McDermott‘s 10th season on The Hilltop begins with a November 1 exhibition game against McKendree. The Division II Bearcats are coached by Chris Foster, who played for McDermott at the University of Northern Iowa from 2001-05.
The campaign gets underway with a Nov. 5 home game against Kennesaw State in the earliest regular-season start date on the calendar in program history. Creighton has won 24 straight home openers and 21-of-22 season-openers at all sites.
Creighton breaks out its road jerseys for the first time on Nov. 12 when it heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the University of Michigan in the fifth edition of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Wolverines won 30 games a season ago and are in their first season under the direction of Juwan Howard.
The Bluejays return home for three straight home games, welcoming Louisiana Tech (Nov. 16), Cal Poly (Nov. 22) and North Florida (Nov. 24). The games against the Mustangs and Ospreys are part of the 19th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, which continues on Nov. 28 in Las Vegas when the Bluejays meet up with San Diego State. CU will also face either Iowa or defending national runner-up Texas Tech one day later, also in Las Vegas.
CU opens December with four consecutive home games, starting with a Dec. 3 tilt vs. Oral Roberts. The Bluejays will then face Nebraska for the 43rd straight season when the clubs square off on Dec. 7 in Omaha. The Bluejays have won seven of the past eight meetings against its intrastate rival, who are now coached by Fred Hoiberg.
After a few days off for final exams CU will host the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 13, then wrap up a home-and-home series with Oklahoma on Dec. 17.
Creighton’s final non-conference game will be on Dec. 21 at Arizona State as the Bluejays and Sun Devils start another two-year series.
The BIG EAST Conference schedule will once again be a double round-robin slate, giving Creighton 18 more games against postseason qualifiers from 2018-19. That schedule is likely to be released with start times and television coverage for all games in early September.
Creighton returns nine lettermen and four starters from last year’s team that finished 20-15 and tied for third in the BIG EAST Conference before reaching the quarterfinals of the NIT.
Last year’s Creighton team also ranked eighth nationally in average home attendance, drawing 15,980 fans per game. For season ticket information, contact the CU Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS or visit http://www.gocreighton.com/tickets.