Texas A&M releases ’17-18 non-conference schedule

In News by Blake Lovell

Go ahead and add the Texas A&M Aggies to the teams that have released their full non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The team announced its full slate on Friday, and on paper, it’s one that looks incredibly daunting.

Here’s a look at Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule for the new campaign:

  • vs. West Virginia (11/10/17 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany)
  • vs. UCSB (11/17/17)
  • vs. Pitt/Penn State/Oklahoma State (11/20/17 in Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY)
  • vs. Pitt/Penn State/Oklahoma State (11/21/17 in Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY)
  • vs. Pepperdine (11/24/17)
  • at USC (11/26/17)
  • vs. Utah Rio Grand Valley (11/30/17)
  • vs. Arizona (12/5/17 at Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, AZ)
  • vs. Prairie View A&M (12/9/17)
  • vs. Savannah State (12/13/17)
  • vs. Northern Kentucky (12/19/17)
  • vs. Buffalo (12/21/17)
  • at Kansas (1/27/18 in Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Lovell’s Analysis:

Billy Kennedy and the Aggies aren’t playing around when it comes to scheduling.

There are four teams on this schedule that could be potential Top 10 teams to start the season: West Virginia, USC, Arizona, and Kansas.

However, as I’ve mentioned throughout the offseason, Texas A&M is equipped with a roster that’ll be able to handle these challenges.

The Aggies return an enormous amount of talent while also adding in JJ Caldwell and a few talented freshmen.

We’ve seen throughout the years how the combination of tough scheduling and a high RPI can result in being viewed highly by the NCAA Tournament selection committee (just ask Vanderbilt last season), so this will certainly benefit the Aggies there.

But this team won’t have to worry about being on the bubble.

This is a team loaded with players who could succeed at the NBA level, and it’s going to be a big year for Kennedy and company in College Station.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.