The Tigers are known for scheduling one of the hardest non-conference slogs in all of college basketball. Last season, their non-conference slate was ranked the toughest by Ken Pomeroy, and featured two homegames against DIII competition. They did, however, pull off wins over Baylor, Oregon, and Texas A&M, so it wasn’t all bad.
Last season, the Bulldogs beat the Tigers, 104-67, behind 19 point performances from Josh Perkins and Brandon Clarke.
The Tigers are losing their top three scorers from last season, so this contest is definitely a rehabilitation game for the Zags following the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Zags also have games at Texas A&M, at Arizona, at Washington, and home against North Carolina on the docket. Most likely, the stragglers that roll in to fill out the rest of the slate are going to be teams of the caliber of the Texas Southern Tigers.
The Zags have the mid-November to mid-December booked, but still can fit in another six non-conference opponents—most likely all of those teams being at the beginning of November or the end of December, right before WCC play starts.