AUSTIN, Texas -- Matchups against perennial national powers North Carolina, Michigan State, UCLA and Georgetown highlight the 2012-13 University of Texas non-conference basketball schedule released Wednesday. The Longhorns also will make an appearance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The Longhorns open the 2012-13 season with a home date against Fresno State (Nov. 9), coached by former UT assistant Rodney Terry. Texas hosts Coppin State in the regional round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 12).
The Longhorns then head to Maui for the championship rounds of the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 19-21). Texas will be joined in the eight-team tourney field by: Butler, Chaminade, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina and USC. Matchups for the championship rounds in Maui will be announced at a later date.
UT returns to Austin for a pair of home contests against in-state opponents Sam Houston State (Nov. 27) and Texas-Arlington (Dec. 1). The Horns travel to New York City to play Georgetown (Dec. 4) at historic Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. Tip time for the UT-Georgetown contest has already been set for 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern), and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Texas then faces UCLA at Reliant Stadium in Houston (Dec. 8) before returning to the Erwin Center for contests against Texas State (Dec. 15) and North Carolina (Dec. 19). Texas registered a 74-72 against No. 11 UNC on Dec. 30, 1995 in the Tar Heels’ only previous matchup against the Longhorns in Austin.
The Longhorns will travel to East Lansing, Mich. to face Michigan State (Dec. 22) at the Breslin Center. Two years ago, UT snapped Michigan State’s 52-game home win streak against non-conference foes with a 67-55 victory (Dec. 22, 2010).
Texas will conclude its non-conference slate with a home game against Rice (Dec. 29).
The Big 12 Conference schedule has not been finalized at this date. UT’s complete television schedule for the 2012-13 season will be announced at a later date.