BURN THE HORSE
The schedule will look dramatically different for the 2012-2013 UALR Trojans.
First, the Sun Belt Conference has gone to a 20-game, round robin format with every team playing home and home against every other team. That has cut down on the number of nonconference games needing to be scheduled.
UALR has only one remaining home-and-home series in progress with Tulsa. The Trojans will host Tulsa this season. Home-and-home series expired with Oral Roberts, Missouri State, Illinois State, SMU and Louisiana Tech.
UALR is expected play a one season home-and-home series with Louisiana Tech this year. The Trojans are also looking at playing in a Thanksgiving tournament that would have them host two games at the Jack Stephens Center in November and play two neutral court games elsewhere on Thanksgiving weekend. Some familiar teams could be participating there.
In order to make that work, UALR would have to pay guarantees to the two opponents it is hosting for that tournament. And in order to raise that money, UALR has put out the feelers on a couple of large guarantee games. UALR is also looking at buying one additional home game against a Division I opponent.