Shaka Smart’s first season at Texas is now taking shape as the Longhorns released their non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season.
Smart’s first game will be against Washington in Shanghai, China. The game is schedule for Nov. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in China, but considering the time zone differences, the game will be televised at 9 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the United States.
Smart’s home debut comes afterward in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Texas will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Erwin Center on Nov. 21 and then leave for games in the Bahamas.
The Horns return home in December and play five straight at home, facing UT-Arlington (Dec. 1), Samford (Dec. 4), UT-San Antonio (Dec. 8), North Carolina (Dec. 12) and Appalachian State (Dec. 15).
The matchup against the Tar Heels is clearly the glamour date among those five. Texas holds a 6-3 record in the series. The Horns won the last game in Chapel Hill, knocking off the 14th-ranked Tar Heels, 86-83.
Texas will travel to face Stanford on Dec. 19 in a return match from last season. Then, the Horns come back home to host UConn on Dec. 29. UT won in Storrs, Conn., last season on a last-second 3-pointer by senior Jon Holmes.
The Big 12 portion of the schedule has not been released, but conference games generally start in early January. The only remaining non-conference game is scheduled for Jan. 30 when Texas hosts Vanderbilt as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Most tip times have not been determined, but every game is expected to be televised.
“Our terrific home schedule will be extremely exciting for our fans,” Smart said in a press release. “We want UT students, alumni and all those that support our team to feel a close connection to our program and to help us make the Erwin Center one of the toughest venues for visiting teams in all of college basketball.”
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