UALR nonconference schedule features six home, three road, two neutral games

The UALR basketball schedule was released this afternoon. Check it out here:

There are a couple of interesting facts about the schedule. UALR has bought three guarantee games this season. The first comes in the season opener against Tennessee-Martin. The other two come as part of the Hoops For Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. UALR will host Jacksonville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in two games at the Jack Stephens Center.

In order to pay for those games, UALR is playing two guarantee games. The Trojans will return to Ole Miss of the SEC this year after playing a home-and-home with the Rebels a few years back. And UALR will travel to Cincinnati of the Big East Conference.

The only remaining home-and-home series on the schedule was Tulsa and it wraps up with a game at UALR this year. UALR is also playing an in-season home-and-home with Louisiana Tech. UALR and Louisiana Tech have played in each of the past five years.

UALR will also host Oklahoma's St. Gregory's University for its other home game, the only non-Division I game on the schedule.

Rounding out the schedule are the games in Mexico. UALR will play SMU in its opener and then will play either South Carolina or Missouri State in the second game.

UALR's only true road games in nonconference play will be Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Cincinnati.

The biggest change in conference play is the 20-game Sun Belt schedule. That means UALR hosts Troy on Nov. 29 in an early start to conference play.