DALLAS (AP) – NCAA tournament teams Oklahoma and Colorado and defending NIT champion Baylor will play their season openers as part of a tip-off tripleheader.
The Tip-Off Showcase is Nov. 8 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, about 20 miles from the NFL stadium where the NCAA Final Four will be played next April.
“It’s great for basketball fans to come see three great teams and these programs in one day,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Oklahoma, with six newcomers, will play Alabama of the SEC in one of the matchups. The Crimson Tide return three starters, including leading scorer Trevor Releford (14.9 points per game).
Sooners coach Lon Kruger hopes the timing of the tripleheader, the day after the Oklahoma football team plays a game in Waco, will draw fans to the AAC along Interstate 35 about halfway between the Baylor campus and Norman, Okla.
Baylor will play former Big 12 rival Colorado for the third straight year. The Bears won a matchup in the 2012 NCAA tournament, but lost to the Buffaloes in the Charleston Classic last fall.
“It’s great for our program to get back down to Big 12 territory, kind of where our roots are, and Big Eight territory for that matter,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “An opportunity to play a team like Baylor right out of the shoot, first game of the year is going to be a great challenge and opportunity for us.”
SMU is beginning its second season under coach Larry Brown in a matchup against TCU.
“Larry Brown may be the best and most accomplished coach in this state, regardless of sport or level,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said.
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