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.
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:
|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|
|12/29||Tues||Cal Poly||Reed Arena|
|1/30||Sat||Iowa State||Reed Arena|