The Bears released their non-conference schedule on Friday, as the Big 12 continues to work through what its last 10-team, round-robin schedule will look like. The Big 12 will expand by four teams for the 2023-24 season — BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. The league will have 14 teams until Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC in 2025.
Baylor’s first five games are at home, which starts with an exhibition game against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 3.
The regular-season opener is on Nov. 7 against Lamar, the first of three Southland Conference schools the Bears will play in non-conference. The next game is against Incarnate Word on Nov. 10.
Baylor then hosts SMU on Nov. 15 and Maryland on Nov. 20. The Terrapins were an NCAA Tournament team last year and reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Stanford.
The Bears don’t have a true road game, but their one non-conference tournament is the previously-announced Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., which is during the Thanksgiving break. The Bears open the event by playing Saint Louis, followed by a contest against either Belmont or Villanova. The third opponent will be determined.
December starts with a home game against Houston Baptist on Dec. 4. The Bears will host UT Arlington on either Dec. 6 or Dec. 7. Before a week-long break. After that, the Bears pick up with a home game against Tennessee State on Dec. 15.
Baylor’s only other trip away from the Ferrell Center is its Dec. 18 contest against Arizona in the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge, which will be at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Baylor wraps up its non-conference slate at home on Dec. 21 against Long Beach State.
The Bears are coming off a 28-7 campaign in coach Nicki Collen’s first season succeeding Kim Mulkey. The Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and lost their top three players from a season ago, including forward NaLyssa Smith.
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