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Aggie Hoops Confirms Non-Conference Schedule

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A quick start, a stout tournament, and three late marquee games will give us a nice early read on the 2015-2016 season

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Aggie Hoops revealed their 2015-16 non-conference schedule on Friday, and we will not have to wait long to see this talented roster get tested.

Rapid Fire

The season starts with a peculiar "four games in eight days" stretch, but as Aubrey Bloom points out, this is likely due to the bizarre NCAA eligibility ruling that suspends Jones for the first four games of the season. It's important to get those four games in early, because...

We're playing in a big kids tournament

Y'all, the Battle for Atlantis is legit. You probably can't tell based on the ridiculous blue "Look, we're playing underwater!" ambiance lighting, but it has quickly risen up the preseason tournament ranks. And while we don't know who we're playing yet, this field is loaded:

Battle for Atlantis field: Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan, Syracuse, UCONN, Gonzaga, Washington... and Charlotte.

Slice the draw however you'd like (and I think we all know an A&M/Texas first round tilt is coming), there's really no way to avoid a couple of stout tests in the Caribbean.

Big time games with a ton of rest

We'll get rewarded for our insane front-loading in November, as three separate power five games (@ASU; KSU; Baylor) will land on consecutive Saturdays with no mid-week game. The opportunity here is massive - if we can take care of business, we could fly into the conference slate with a ton of confidence and a shiny top 25 ranking. The Ags wrap up the non-conference slate against Cal Poly, and get a break in the SEC schedule to tackle Iowa St in the Big XII / SEC Challenge.

The full non-conference slate is listed below:

Date Day Opponent Location
11/13 Fri USC Upstate Reed Arena
11/16 Mon SE Louisiana Reed Arena
11/19 Thurs TAMU CC Reed Arena
11/21 Sat USC Asheville Reed Arena
11/25 Wed Battle 4 Atlantis - TBD Paradise Island, Bahamas
11/26 Thurs Battle 4 Atlantis - TBD Paradise Island, Bahamas
11/27 Fri Battle 4 Atlantis - TBD Paradise Island, Bahamas
12/2 Wed Florida Gulf Coast Reed Arena
12/5 Sat Arizona State Tempe, AZ
12/12 Sat Kansas State Reed Arena
12/19 Sat Baylor Reed Arena
12/29 Tues Cal Poly Reed Arena
1/30 Sat Iowa State Reed Arena