SAN ANTONIO —
UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson unveiled Thursday his program's 2010-11 schedule. The ledger is highlighted by 14 home games, non-conference road contests at Bowling Green, Evansville, Houston, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Tulsa and UC Riverside and a full slate of 16 Southland Conference matchups.
“We approach scheduling the same way each offseason,” said Thompson, who has guided the Roadrunners to back-to-back 19-win campaigns. “Our philosophy in non-conference is to get on the road and learn how to win and this schedule will certainly present that challenge. We also want to be able to bring in quality opponents to the Convo for our fans to enjoy. The ultimate goal in scheduling is to prepare our team to compete for a conference championship and we think this schedule does that.”
UTSA opens the season at home against Huston-Tillotson on Nov. 12 in the second half of a doubleheader that begins with the women hosting Our Lady of the Lake.
The Roadrunners then hit the road to face Evansville for the first time in program history on Nov. 17 before returning to the Alamo City for a three-game home stand against Cameron (Nov. 19), Troy (Nov. 22) and San Jose State (Nov. 30).
On Dec. 2, UTSA heads to the West Coast to play UC Riverside for the first time since a 60-58 victory in 1985 and then will face Pepperdine for the first time two days later in Malibu, Calif. The Runners round out the three-game road trip on Dec. 11 back in the Lone Star State at Houston.
A home contest against Samford on Dec. 20 is followed by road dates with Tulsa (Dec. 23) and the program's first-ever meeting with Bowling Green (Dec. 30). The Roadrunners then will travel to Stillwater, Okla., on Jan. 3 to play Thompson’s alma mater, Oklahoma State, for the fifth consecutive season.
UTSA opens Southland play at home against Sam Houston State on Jan. 8 and it then makes the short trip down IH-37 to play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi four days later.
Other league contests at the Convocation Center include Stephen F. Austin (Jan. 15), Texas State (Jan. 22), UT Arlington (Feb. 2), Lamar (Feb. 5), McNeese State (Feb. 16), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Feb. 23) and Central Arkansas (March 2). UTSA also hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State in a non-conference game on Jan. 24.
The Roadrunners’ road games in the circuit also include Northwestern State (Jan. 19), Sam Houston State (Jan. 29), Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 9), Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 12), Nicholls (Feb. 19), Texas State (Feb. 26) and UT Arlington (March 5).
The Southland Tournament is slated for March 9-12 at the Merrell Center in Katy.